According to Unlocking Doors® Founder/President/CEO Christina Melton Crain Esq.,
Nonprofit organizations have the skills, ability and agility necessary to form and leverage connections to create meaningful impact. Unlocking Doors®, a Dallas-based nonprofit organization, is doing the important work of connection to serve individuals with criminal backgrounds.
Unlocking Doors® witnessed a gap that separated the people with criminal backgrounds to the services they need to successfully reintegrate into society. Research shows that by supporting individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system, entire communities are uplifted – poverty decreases, public safety increases, and children get more time with their families. Through its mission and work, Unlocking Doors® realizes the immense potential benefit of serving its target population.
The public sector lacks the resources, and in some cases, a shared political will to provide this group of people what they need. As a vulnerable population, the private sector does not have a clear way to monetize this problem. Without anyone there to fill the gap, everyone loses. The individuals may miss the opportunity to care for themselves and their families. Society pays more to provide disconnected services that fall short of meeting needs, or eventually pays the cost of re-incarceration. The private sector loses potential consumers and employees. This is just one example of how the nonprofit sector frequently steps in to make the necessary connections to fill the gaps.
North Texas Giving Day allows you the opportunity to support organizations like Unlocking Doors® that create the necessary connections that can and do truly impact our community. So get up and give on September 19th!
* Graphic/photo provided by Unlocking Doors® ** Photo credit: Danny Fulgencio *** Photo credit: John Perez
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.