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The Annette G. Strauss Family Gateway Center

Family Gateway Center

Located at 711 South St. Paul Street, the Annette G. Strauss Family Gateway Center provides 30 families with short-term transitional housing for up to 6 months.  The Center features 30 bedrooms designed to keep families together, and provide privacy to counter the unavoidable institutional aspects of a supportive housing environment. 

The Center features a main dining hall/recreation area, a large fully-staffed kitchen, two computer labs, indoor play areas for children and an outdoor playground.  While living at the Center, guests receive case management services, counseling, referrals, job search assistance and parenting and budgeting classes.

The Center’s computer classrooms are staffed by volunteers who are business and educational professionals, as well as college students. The adult area offers training in Microsoft Office programs, letter writing, and resume writing skills. The children's area, Cyberkids Korner, offers reading, language, and math skills improvement programs.

The Center provides children’s activities in the evenings while parents attend counseling or training sessions.   During the day, Vogel Alcove provides off-site day care to supplement Family Gateway's child care services.


In 2006, Family Gateway dedicated its newest addition to the Center, the Chi O KidZone, made possible by the generosity of the Chi Omega Alumnae of Dallas, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Highland Park High School 2005 Freshman Leadership Class.

The playground features large, colorful equipment, and kid-friendly paintings in an enclosed, safe recreation area. 

Chi O Kid Zone


                                      Chi O Kid Zone



The Family Gateway Center partners with JP Morgan Chase to provide a “Bright Spaces”.  Created by JP Morgan Chase in 2001 as part of their Bright Horizons program, this special room serves as a well-equipped area where homeless children can play.  The room features items like bookshelves and books, art supplies and soft cushions and chairs.  At the Center, the room serves as a private place where parents and children can spend some quality time together in a relaxing, cozy environment.


JP Morgan Chase “Bright Spaces” at
Family Gateway Center


                              3000 San Jacinto Street  Dallas, Texas 75204

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