According to Gateway To Opportunity Luncheon Co-Chairs Gina Betts and Lisa Cooley,
“Sadly, in our community, more than 3,600 families with children seek our help annually because of a housing crisis. Unfortunately the number of children and families that are homeless or on the edge of homelessness is growing at a record pace. With only 110 emergency shelter rooms for homeless families with children in Dallas, we are facing tremendous pressure to increase our capacity to serve more families than ever before.
“Family Gateway opened in October of 1986 when Mayor-Pro Tem, Annette G. Strauss saw families living on the streets of Dallas and envisioned a facility where homeless families could stay together as a family unit in a safe place.
“Today, Family Gateway acts as the point of triage for families experiencing or near homelessness in Dallas County, a new designation to help build in opportunities for families to avoid a shelter experience, if at all possible. For families who do need shelter or supportive housing, we believe that a family that stays together provides the most stability and long-term success for children. Our mission is to provide stability and life-changing supportive services to these vulnerable families, and with your help, we can do it.
“Our wish is that that you partner with us by purchasing a sponsorship or table, or underwriting necessary funds needed to make sure that the 2018 Gateway To Opportunity Luncheon is a success. Please visit familygateway.org to learn more about us, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive 2018 luncheon information.”
-By Gina Betts and Lisa Cooley, Gateway To Opportunity Luncheon co-chairs