Family Gateway is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and was founded by Mayor Annette G. Strauss in 1986. With Mayor Strauss spearheading the effort, a coalition of nine charter congregations responded. These included:
- All Saints Catholic Church
- First United Methodist Church of Dallas
- King of Glory Lutheran Church
- Lovers Lane United Methodist Church
- Midway Hills Christian Church
- NorthPark Presbyterian Church
- Northway Christian Church
- Ridgeview Presbyterian Church
- St. Luke Presbyterian Church
Our mission is to lead the Dallas community to end child homelessness by providing innovative and comprehensive housing, social, and educational services to homeless children and their families. We accept families of all kinds and believe in providing housing first, then wrapping trauma-informed services around families to help them break the cycle of poverty. Last year, we served 394 families comprised of 1,335 individuals including 885 children.
In addition to providing safe, stable housing and comprehensive case management, we work with partner agencies to deliver a wide array of services to our clients, including mental and physical health care, employment readiness and job training, financial literacy classes, and educational support, such as preschool and after-school programs, GED preparation classes, and assistance seeking higher education.
The interventions we provide give young children who have experienced the traumatic effects of homelessness the chance to build the resiliency and competence they need to break the detrimental cycle of homelessness.