CitySquare fights the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy and friendship.
Our Food Pantry distributed 2.4 million pounds of food to 14,189 neighbors. Food on the Move, which distributes meals to at-risk children and youth, distributed 227,403 lunches and after-school meals to 5,754 children and youth in Dallas, Austin, and Waco areas.
The doctors and nurses of the CitySquare Community Clinic served 1,577 patients, providing a medical home to the uninsured and underinsured. We provided 3,901 health-related appointments for neighbors who would not otherwise be able to access healthcare.
CitySquare Housing, Destination Home, Community Life, Emergency Shelter Program, Healthy Community Collaborative, and the Cottages of Hickory Crossing housing programs provided 868 units of housing for neighbors including the elderly, veterans and youth.
LAW secured $1,972,080 in child support impacting the lives of 412 children. Our financial empowerment program, FinPow, provided training for 384 neighbors. The Transition Resource Action Center for foster youth aging out of the foster care system enrolled 285 youth in workforce program.
For 30 years, CitySquare has fought poverty.
In 1988, Dallas businessman Jim Sowell was moved by his concern for the problems associated with poverty. He took action in response to the human suffering he observed by working with friends to launch the Central Dallas Food Pantry in a strip shopping center at Henderson and Central Expressway.
In 1990, the organization received status as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and, due to its growth, relocated to larger quarters at 801 N. Peak in East Dallas. In August 1994, current CEO, Larry James, joined the organization and shortly thereafter, Central Dallas Food Pantry began doing business as Central Dallas Ministries and acquired an additional building at 409 N. Haskell.
In October 2010, Central Dallas Ministries changed its name to CitySquare in order to better reflect the commitment to equality, inclusiveness, and recognition that fighting poverty involves bringing the entire community together in the heart of the city.
In November 2014, CitySquare relocated most of its direct services programs, including the food pantry and workforce training department, to its new Opportunity Center–a 53,000 square foot collective impact campus located at the corner of Malcolm X Boulevard and I-30.
Since our humble beginnings in 1988 to present day, CitySquare has grown into a broad community development organization offering a comprehensive array of social services that address four key areas related to the persistence of poverty: hunger, health, housing, and hope. Together, our 17 social service programs provide more than 50,000 human touches in Dallas, Waco, and Denver, Colorado.