As you know this is a critical time in our community and many of our non-profits are at risk as they struggle to stay afloat while continuing to respond to the urgent needs of the most vulnerable in our community. During this unprecedented time, the Mary M. Jalonick Women's Philanthropy Institute has an immediate opportunity to mobilize our resources and passion for helping others
Through May 27, 2020, we are accepting gifts to the Mary M. Jalonick Women's Philanthropy Institute Response Fund that will benefit the organizations listed below. Each is a former WPI grantee or slated for 2020. In addition, one of our own WPI Advisory Committee members, Kay Winzenried, has offered a generous $25,000 challenge grant to encourage your participation. We invite you and your friends to contribute as you are able to help support the urgent needs outlined below. Contributions received by May 27 will be immediately granted out equally to these six designated agencies, each of which has been vetted and supported by WPI in previous years.
Their mission is to provide quality health care services unconditionally to underserved people. They serve as a medical home to anyone in need of care and provide family, specialty and women's health care services. While their primary clinic is located in East Dallas, they serve patients from throughout our community and serve approximately 18,000 patients each year.
Demand for services is at an all-time high and they need to schedule additional hours for their part time providers to meet that need. They have retooled their operations for a mostly tele-medicine structure to limit contact while meeting their medical needs without putting anyone in harm.
"We are averaging over 60 medical visits per day and returning hundreds of calls from concerned and scared people during this trying time" -Janna Gardner, President & CEO
The mission of Bonton Farms is to restore lives, create jobs and ignite hope in a once forgotten and neglected neighborhood with some of the most marginalized people. Bonton Farms leverages urban agriculture to nourish the physical, mental, financial and spiritual health of 2,500 people in South Dallas each year.
"Because of the vulnerability of staff members, we know that maintaining employment for them is critical, especially during a time of community crisis. If we are not able to maintain their employment, many will face longer term crisis including eviction, loss of utilities, food insecurity and more." - Daron Babcock, Executive Director
Healing Hands Ministries
Healing Hands Ministries provides non-emergency, primary healthcare for the low-income and uninsured residents of Dallas, primarily Northeast Dallas. They serve as a medical home for the region's most vulnerable, many with chronic conditions that require regular intervention.
They have an immediate need to maintain contact with 19,000 patients, especially those that exhibit COVID-19 symptoms to stem a potential hospital surge. They are working in partnership with Parkland hospital and Healing Hands Ministries is currently the only non-profit in Vickery Meadows still open.
Interfaith Family Services
For 35 years, their mission has been to empower families in crisis to break the cycle of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency. They target working poor families because they are the least likely to qualify for temporary assistance, but the most likely to achieve long term success.
They have established a COVID-19 Affected Workers Fund to provide rent and utility assistance paired with debt negotiation, job placement assistance and childcare. They will also remain open to provide urgent services such as childcare, transitional housing for homeless families, and food distribution via their food pantry.
Shared Housing Center
Created in 1984, the mission has been to offer housing options and supportive services that foster independence, empowerment, and self-worth and to serve a multicultural, intergenerational population. Housing and services are offered to critically at-risk populations - older adults, single parents with young children, non-traditional families and individuals with special needs - seeking to elevate themselves from homeless and near homeless situations to lifestyles of relative self-sufficiency. They offer Homeshare and transitional Group Residence to meet the needs of the homeless/near homeless for supportive living environments that foster interpersonal growth and mutual self-help.
Approximately 3,000 children in Dallas go to sleep each night without a home of their own. Their mission is to help young children ages six weeks to 12 years old overcome the lasting and traumatic effects of homelessness. 90% of a child's development happens by the age of five. Without intervention at this critical time, homeless children may suffer lifelong social, emotional and educational deficits. Their highly trained teachers and staff provide therapeutic early childhood and school aged programs, family support and physical/mental health services.
In response to COVID-19, Vogel Alcove works to meet the needs of our community's most vulnerable residents, Dallas' homeless children and their families. They must be able to retain and pay qualified staff, and evolve programming to meet the needs of families during the COVID-19 crisis. Stability for our community's families is extremely fragile; they have little or no support system, even on a regular day, much less during this crisis.
If you are a Dallas Foundation donor-advised fund holder, you may recommend a grant from your fund via interfund transfer. To do so, please log into the donor portal
, then "Make a Grant Recommendation" to the Women's Philanthropy Institute COVID-19 Response Fund