Family Gateway is leading the Dallas community to end child homelessness. For the first time in 30 years, the primary facility, Annette G. Strauss Family Gateway Center (Center) dedicated to homeless children and families has received a significant renovation. In the last 3 years, the number of families served by Family Gateway grew 750%. Each night in Dallas, an estimated 5,000 children and their families will not have a safe place to sleep.
Dallas, TX, April 29, 2015 –(PR.com)– Family Gateway is leading the Dallas community to end child homelessness. For the first time in 30 years, the primary facility, Annette G. Strauss Family Gateway Center (Center) dedicated to homeless children and families has received a significant renovation. The Center has new flooring throughout, new ceiling, fresh paint, fully renovated bathrooms and plumbing and a cohesive overall design. The remodel is full of personal touches including framed inspirational messages, apartment style door numbers for a sense of privacy and pride, warm décor accents throughout and a new welcoming lobby. In addition to these enhancements, the Center updated their roof, HVAC/AC system and commercial-grade kitchen in 2008.
The facts surrounding child homelessness are startling. In the last 3 years, the number of families served by Family Gateway grew 750%. Each night in Dallas, an estimated 5,000 children and their families will not have a safe place to sleep. These children are at risk with their health, education, repeating the cycle and most of all at risk for no hope of a brighter future.
Open House Date: Wednesday, April 29
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Address: 711 South St. Paul Street, Dallas 75201 (metered parking available on Canton St.)
Attendees: Family Gateway Community Partners & Staff
Visual/Interviews: Tour of remodeled Annette G. Strauss Family Gateway Center and spokesperson to be available
Bay Miltenberger, CEO JLB Partners and JLB Partners team
Northway Christian Church
Eugene Straus Charitable Foundation
Holly Bosler and Jessica Goss of HBC Design Group
Jayne & John D. Baumgarten, Bernstein Global Wealth Management
Paul Rowsey and Compatriot Capital
“The renovated Annette G. Strauss Center has provided our families with a comfortable and warm living environment conducive to recovery from the trauma they have experienced and to undertaking the difficult changes they must make in order to overcome homelessness,” stated Family Gateway Executive Director, Cathy Packard.
Family Gateway has developed an innovative and collaborative approach to serving these families and uplifting them to achieve independence, financial stability and regain their courage and pride to overcome homelessness. More than 20 nonprofit Dallas agencies work together for these families (a list of partners is here http://familygateway.org/about/partners/)
In addition to providing safe and stable housing as well as comprehensive case management, Family Gateway works with partner agencies to deliver a wide array of services to its clients, including mental and physical health care; employment readiness and job training; financial literacy classes; and educational support, such as preschool and afterschool programs, GED preparation classes, and assistance seeking higher education.
Client Success Statistics:
· 100% of our eligible seniors graduated from high school compared to the DISD average of 75% and 90% of our children passed the STAAR test compared to the DISD average of 80% in 2013
· 22% of our employed parents were promoted while at Family Gateway in 2013
· 750% expansion in the number of families served in the last three years
· All our programs’ outcomes exceed HUD-defined benchmarks for families exiting to or maintaining permanent housing and increasing earned income
The vision for Family Gateway came from the heart and dedication of Mayor Annette G. Strauss in 1986. The Downtown Family Shelter opened its doors to serve 30 families. Family Gateway was named Homeless Services Agency of the Year by Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance in 2012 and recently launched the campaign to End Child Homelessness in Dallas and the Early Childhood Education Program. Family Gateway was awarded 4 out 4 stars by Charity Navigator noting the quality and effectiveness of their services. Dallas community and business leaders continue to support Family Gateway.
For more information, visit www.familygateway.org