According to Dwell With Dignity Communications Manager Caitlin Miller,
Cassandra screamed joyfully when she saw her new bedroom for the first time – “I have my own bed?!” She surveyed the room further and took in the scene, exclaiming, “I have a nightstand! And a dresser?! Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!”
Before working with Dwell with Dignity, Cassandra would give her three children the only bed they had and she would sleep on the floor.
Can you imagine having no bed of your own, no dining room table to gather for dinner as a family, and no secure home to host play dates or celebrate birthdays or holidays? Families that have encountered the worst situations not only need to have their basic needs meet, but desperately need an environment that offers comfort, inspiration and a sense of hope. This hope penetrates into other areas of the family’s lives, resulting in self-sufficiency for the parents and improved academic performance and behavior for the children. Dwell with Dignity believes that hope begins at home, and experiences like Cassandra’s are at the heart of our mission to transform lives through design.
Poverty rates in Dallas are currently widespread, holding the third highest child poverty rate, with 40% of children living at or below the federal poverty line. Dwell with Dignity seeks to end family homelessness by partnering with accountability-based agencies to gift deserving families with a fully-furnished home interior to bring transformative design to those who have formerly been homeless, ending family’s cycles of poverty one household at a time.
Supporting Dwell with Dignity on North Texas Giving Day does not just help homeless families overcome poverty, but it helps children grow up in an environment that offers hope. Every dollar counts to make transformational homecoming stories like this possible, right in your own community!
* Graphic/photo provided by Dwell With Dignity ** Photo credit: Lance Selgo, Unique Exposure Photography
In ten years, Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day has pumped more than $240 million into the North Texas community. In 2018, more than $48 million was raised through more than 157,000 gifts benefiting over 2,700 area nonprofits.