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Against the Odds: 1 On 1 Mentoring Program

3127 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75215

(serves South Dallas and Pleasant Grove)

Services Offered: Provides trained mentor for children ages 4 to 15 who have an incarcerated parent in either state or federal prison. The mentor meets with the child at least once per week for a period of one year. Throughout the year, there are planned activities and events for the child to enjoy.

Contact Information:
(214) 928-9410

ARK Program - Adults Relating to Kids

2215 Canada Drive
Dallas, TX 75212

Services Offered: The ARK Program helps parents learn to be more accepting of themselves, which empowers them to give and receive unconditional love. Initially assisting female offenders incarcerated at the Plane State Jail, in Dayton, Texas, this program continues its efforts through an aftercare program that works with the families once the parent is out of prison and reunited with their children. Services in the aftercare may include continued parenting classes and referrals to area resources to assist in the transition from prison to community.

Contact Information:
Jan Nelson (817) 268-2100

AVANCE - Dallas

2816 Swiss Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204

Services Offered: Educational programs for predominantly Hispanic families providing parenting skills and family literacy, to include ESL classes and GED preparation courses. The Early Childhood Development Program helps children get ready for school and the HOPE (Hispanic Outreach for Parents in their Environment) Program provides emergency assistance and case management services that help families meet basic needs so they can focus on education.

Contact Information:
(214) 887-9907

Bethlehem Center

4410 Leland Avenue
Dallas, TX 75215

Services Offered: Dallas Bethlehem Center is dedicated to providing the children of South Dallas with a positive environment for growth, regardless of their economic status or family situation by means of a nurturing atmosphere that fosters educational, physical, emotional, social, moral, and spiritual development. Services include child development, Pre-K, after-school programs, summer programs, computer education, a health fair, and special holiday programs.

Contact Information:
(214) 428-5171

Child and Family Guidance Centers

8915 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75235

Northeast Center (Dallas/Mesquite)
1035 A Military Parkway
Dallas, TX 75235

Services Offered: Provides parents opportunity to learn non-violent skills and techniques for raising healthy, well-adjusted children.

Contact Information:
(214) 351-3490
(972) 285-8834 (Northeast Center)

Child Care Group

8585 N. Stemmons Fwy., Ste. 300 South
Dallas, TX 75247

Services Offered: Provides childcare to infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Childcare assistance available for parents involved with the Texas Workforce Commission. Provides resource referral services.

Contact Information:
(214) 630-7911

Dallas Bar Association

Juvenile Justice Tutoring Program

Services Offered: Provides weekly tutoring services to teens confined in the Henry Wade Juvenile Justice Center.

Contact Information:
(214) 220-7499

Mi Escuelita Reading Program

Services Offered: Pre-school level English and reading skills provided to at-risk children in the Dallas area.

Contact Information:
(214) 220-7447


Services Offered: An Internet-friendly mentoring program for select students in the Dallas ISD. Students in the Advancement via Independent Determination (AVID) program receive mentoring services from DBA attorneys and other Dallas legal and professional volunteers as they pursue their goal of being the first in their family to graduate from college.

Contact Information:

Toms® Shoes

Services Offered: The Dallas Bar Association (DBA) has partnered with Toms Shoes in a venture that will provide funding for the Amachi Mentoring Program. For every pair of Toms Shoes purchased by a DBA affiliate, Toms Shoes will donate $8 of that purchase to Amachi (Toms Shoes also donates a brand new pair of their shoes to underpriviledged children in need).

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Dallas MetroCARE Services (Mental Health and Mental Retardation)

1353 N. Westmoreland
Dallas, TX 75211

Services Offered: Provides a variety of mental health services, including crisis intervention, screening, assessment, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, and service coordination. Has a specific mental health program geared toward youth that are at risk to or have become involved in the juvenile justice system.

Contact Information:
(877) 283-2121 (Crisis Hotline)
(214) 333-7000

DOORS (Unlocking DOORS to Reduce Recidivism)

DOORS Administrative Offices
17101 Preston Road, Suite 260
Dallas, Texas 75248

DOORS Operations Offices
1402 Corinth Street
Dallas, Texas 75215

Services Offered: DOORS is a 501c3 organization that, as a "Reentry Connector and Collaborator", is committed to reducing recidivism in our community by two means:

  • serving as a "Reentry Advocate" for formerly incarcerated persons (FIPS) by doing a risk assessment of their criminogenic needs, sending them to "expert" providers for service of those needs, and monitoring them as they work through their service plan for a period of up to four (4) years; and
  • serving as a "Reentry Educator and Trainer" for FIPS' families, service providers and the public, by offering symposiums, seminars, workshops and trainings so that each have the tools at their disposal necessary to effectively work, service and relate to this very special population.

Contact Information:

Christina Melton Crain, President/CEO
(214) 296-9258 (Administrative)
(214) 296-9258 (Operations)

Exodus Ministries

4630 Munger Ave., #110
Dallas, TX 75204

Services Offered: Mentoring, rehabilitation for ex-inmates and families, job training, life skills, spiritual issues.

Contact Information:
(214) 827-3772

Family Place

7424 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75231

Services Offered: Batterer intervention, shelter, counseling, incest recovery, supervised visitation, education, and supportive living for victims.

Contact Information:
(214) 941-1991 (Crisis Hotline)
(214) 559-2170

Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas

2040 Empire Central Drive
Dallas, TX 75235

(serves Love Field, Oak Cliff, Parkwoods, Pleasant Grove, South and West Dallas)

Services Offered: Provides after school and all-day summer programs for girls ages 6 to 18. Programs build character, self-esteem, and develop leadership skills.

Contact Information:
(214) 654-4530

Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Juvenile Diversion Program

4525 Lemmon Ave., Ste. 300
Dallas, TX 75219

Services Offered: Concentrates on changing behavior of at-risk youth. Provides parents an opportunity to intervene before criminal justice is involved. Shows youth consequences of behavior, teaches healthy decision making, and self discipline. For ages 9 to 16.

Contact Information:
(214) 698-5588

Homeward Bound, Inc.

Trinity Center
233 West 10th
Dallas, TX 75208

Services Offered: Family education, family inclusion in discharge planning, counseling services.

Contact Information:
(214) 941-3500


7777 Forest Lane
Building C, Ste. 270
Dallas, TX 75230

(also serves Irving, Farmers Branch and Carrollton)

Services Offered: A martial arts training program designed for children to build resilience skills by teaching them to take responsibility for their behavior, resist negative peer pressure and make responsible decisions.

Contact Information:
(888) 868-6024

Neighborhood Service Council

7700 Spring Valley Road
Dallas, TX 75254

Services Offered: Neighborhood Service Council, Inc. provides residents of the Spring Valley-Coit Road area of North Dallas/Richardson access to services and programs, which give special attention to the requirements for healthy development of children, families and individuals.

Contact Information:
(972) 239-3501

New Connections

UT Southwestern Div. of Maternal Health Central Offices
2330 Butler, Ste. 119
Dallas, TX 75235

Services Offered: Chemical dependency counseling, parent education, medicine, nursing, and health education, social work, and child care.

Contact Information:
(214) 905-2166

Nexus Recovery Center

4525 Lemmon Ave, Ste. 201
Dallas, TX 75219 (Outpatient)
8733 La Prada Dr. Dallas, TX 75228 (Residential)

Services Offered: A residential program, outpatient services, parenting classes, family education, counseling, lifeskills and childcare.

Contact Information:
(214) 321-0158

Promise House

236 W. Page Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208

Services Offered: Emergency youth shelter, case management, counseling, halfway house, pregnant and parenting teen services, parent education, alternative day school, drug and alcohol prevention and education.

Contact Information:
(866) 941-8578
(214) 941-8578

Shelton School

15720 Hillcrest Road
Dallas, TX 75248

(also serves as resource center nationwide)

Services Offered: A school whose purpose is to provide excellence in education to learning different children (Pre K to 12). Offers a full, broad based curriculum with a strong academic orientation in a nurturing family atmosphere, which considers the physical, intellectual, emotional and social growth of each student.

Contact Information:
(972) 774-1772

Southern Methodist University

Dedman School of Law Legal Clinics
3315 Daniel
Dallas, TX 75275

Services Offered: Provides legal assistance to low income Dallas County residents in civil, criminal, child advocacy and tax matters.

Contact Information:
(214) 768-2562

Wesley Rankin Community Center

3100 Crossman
Dallas, TX 75212

Services Offered: Provides programs for children and youth, including after school and summer events. Provides a computer learning center, ESL and GED classes. Senior citizen activities available.

Contact Information:
(214) 742-6674

The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

601 N. Akard Street
Dallas, TX 75201

Services Offered: An agency whose mission is to teach values to kids; to strengthen and support families; to help teenagers make the transition into adulthood; and create safe environments that allow individuals to develop total health. Critical services include emergency shelter for youth in need, services for teen parents, day camp for low income children, tutoring for students attending low performing schools, and scholarships for college.

Contact Information:
(214) 954-0655

YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas

4621 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204

(locations in Garland, Irving and Richardson)

Services Offered: The YWCA’s purpose is to improve women’s lives and remove barriers to self-sufficiency through childcare, financial literacy and health services.

Contact Information:
(214) 826-9922


North Central Texas Workforce

1300 Teasley Lane
Denton, TX 76202

Services Offered: Provides funding resources for child care.

Contact Information:
(800) 234-9306


Dumas Family Services

Moore County Community Supervision and Corrections Department
804 N.E. 4th
Dumas, TX 79029

Services Offered: Parenting classes, counseling (group, individual and family).

Contact Information:
(806) 935-6945