2015 Dirk Nowitzki Foundation Grant Recipients

Education Opens Doors


Education Opens Doors equips students, starting as early as middle school, with a self-guided student manual titled Roadmap to Success, which is composed of college and career knowledge in addition to soft skills not taught in traditional academic courses.
They collaborate with schools and organizations, collectively impacting students, to increase their college expectations and attainability. The student manual comes with program implementation support, correlating instructional tools, and engaging lesson plans aligned to the manual and the specific needs of the school.


Dikembe Mutombo Foundation

Democratic Republic of Congo

The Dikembe Mutombo Foundation (DMF) is dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The foundation strives to accomplish this goal through an emphasis on primary health care and disease prevention, the promotion of health policy, health research, and increased access to health care education for the people of the Congo.
The DMF is looking to improve and extend those lives that are at risk for Malaria, measles, tuberculosis, pneumonia and other common diseases that can be prevented or eradicated.


Habitat for Humanity


Habitat for Humanity is seeking funding to Increase access to decent shelter and sanitation, and training for vulnerable and orphaned children in Lesotho, reducing their vulnerability and increasing self-sustainability.
The overall goal of the 3-month project is to provide shelter and sanitation to improve overall living conditions and to provide training on secure tenure and inheritance rights, maintenance and home hygiene.
The object is to build 5 two-room homes with 5 improved ventilated pit latrines and also train 5 caregivers, 5 families on the construction process, basic home maintenance etc.
The key priority among orphan and vulnerable children is a need for decent and safe low-cost housing.
Lesotho faces challenges with poverty, food insecurity and HIV/AIDS being amongst the top issues facing the country with an estimated 27.5% of the population being at risk of multi dimensional poverty.


The Women’s Center

Fort Worth

The Women’s Center inspires, teaches and empowers women and families to overcome violence, crisis and poverty. They provide services in three primary program areas: Rape Crisis & Victim Services, Employment solutions and General Counseling.
This year the Women’s Center is requesting funding for their supplies for the Crisis Intervention for Child Sexual Abuse Victims Program, which provides 24-hour crisis services to children victimized by sexual abuse and their non-offending significant others. Embodied in the crisis intervention is volunteer recruitment and training, crisis line technology and comfort and security supplies for child victims and their families.
This year, The Women’s Center’s Crisis Intervention for Child Sexual Abuse Victims program expects to serve a total of 213 child sexual abuse victims and 423 significant others through the Crisis Hotline and at Hospital Rape Exams.


Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support


The mission of Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support is to end the epidemic of domestic violence against women and children by stopping individual victimization and reducing the devastating impact of family violence through safety, shelter and expert services to battered women and their children.
Genesis is seeking funding for their Emergency Shelter Children’s Program where they reverse the damaging effect of abuse on these young victims and ensure future families are free from the horrors of domestic violence. The program focuses on the healing and development of each child emotionally, socially and academically. They provide on-site day and after-school care, K-12 school and bran-new pre school to clinical counseling and case management where a holistic approach is implanted to help each child recover from the trauma. The ultimate goal of the program is for children to show age-appropriate, healthy behaviors and feelings. Another major goal of the program is strengthening the child’s relationship with their mother who is and will be the most important factor in the child’s resiliency.


Youth with Faces


Youth with Faces is formed to benefit the residents of the Dallas County Youth Village in areas where Dallas County Juvenile Services is unable to fund or provide the necessary resources. They are dedicated to helping juvenile offenders, ages 10 to 17years old, reach their law abiding potential and to divert them from further involvement with the juvenile justice system or progression to greater offenses. They are seeking funding for their Direct service programs such as the Skills Advancement for Vocation and Employment program which they partner with El Centro College and the North Texas Food bank, Financial Literacy program which is run by Students in Enterprise from the University of Texas at Dallas, Mentoring program and Speaker program to name a few. Through Youth with Faces and their community partners they are trying to help youth in trouble turn their lives in a positive direction through education and healthy life changes.


Brighter Tomorrows


Brighter Tomorrow is working towards reducing violence in our communities and empower victims of domestic and sexual violence by providing safe shelter and support services. They are seeking support of their Children’s Services domestic violence and sexual assault programs. The goal of the program is to break the cycle of violence by educating children who have been the victim of or witness to domestic violence in how to deal with their environment and emotions in a healthy, positive and appropriate way to increase their sense of safety. The Children’s Service Program has always been a key priority and last year they housed 491 children ranging from babies to teenagers. Without treatment, these children are at significant risk for delinquency, substance abuse, school dropout and difficulties in their own relationships.
Brighter Tomorrows currently operates two full-service emergency safe shelters in Grand Prairie and Irving that can house up to 72 residents in total, a 24-hour crisis line, the Counseling and Resource Center, a transitional housing program and two thrift stores. They provide shelter, food, clothing, support groups, budgeting and life skills classes, counseling, hospital and court accompaniment and help facilitate applications for protective orders – all free of charge.


Arlington Life Shelter


The mission of Arlington Life Shelter is that it offers a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless men, women and children from the North Texas area by providing food and shelter, family services and assistance in securing and maintaining employment.
The shelter is seeking funding for replacement of wood bunk beds with smaller metal beds in family dorms to increase shelter capacity for families and decrease the incidence of bed bugs. Replacing the existing bunks with smaller metal bunks would allow the installation of safety rails and ladders designed for children. The dorms could be personalized for the children, allowing space for play and study.
The Arlington Life Shelter is the only facility in Arlington and the mid-cities and it’s one of the few shelters in the DFW area with a work requirement. The agency’s philosophy is that in order to regain self-sufficiency, one must have the ability to secure and maintain employment to produce a steady income. The Arlington Life Shelter has served the homeless since 1987.


Community Partners of Dallas


Community Partners of Dallas helps protect and restore our community’s abused and neglected children by providing resources to the caseworkers of Child Protective Services. They serve the children in Dallas County and served more than 20,000 children last year. This year they are seeking funding for the Kids in Crisis Program that serves children with open CPS cases who live in their own homes but are at risk of abuse, or are in the care of relatives. This program is a lifeline for children with needs that might otherwise fall through the cracks of available resources.
The program also provides funding for critical needs such as clothing, transportation, enrichment activities, housing, medical expenses and therapy for children in need.
This program is particularly important for these children because, unlike children in foster care, relatives who take in children receive no financial support from the state. More than 78% of the children they serve live in families with annual incomes of less than $14,000.
Last year, the Kids in Crisis program served 8,119 children.

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