Established in 2016, Dallas Hope Charities (DHC) is Dallas’ “only LGBTQ-focused Homeless Youth Transitional Living Center and extension program.” The program’s goal was to “provide inclusive spaces for at-risk, homeless LGBTQ youth (18 to 24)” in order to “change the lives of those who experience high rates of conduct disorder, post-traumatic stress and suicidal behavior.”
From the start DHC had such support from the Anthony Bobrow Trust, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Santander Consumer USA Foundation Inc., CW33, Microsoft, the Riley Gale Foundation, Junior League of Dallas, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church Foundation, DIFFA, Oak Lawn United Methodist Church, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas Stars Foundation and many more.
A year ago DHC launched Collective Hope Coalition, an initiative aimed at eliminating suicide among LGBTQ community in the Dallas area.
This year has gotten off to a good start, with DHC being selected as a first-time beneficiary for this year’s Black Tie Dinner and having Tamika Perry being named its new CEO.
Prior to joining DHC, Tamika served as Highland Park United Methodist Church’s impact coordinator following her work at Gilda’s Club, Vital Bridges and Catholic Charities in Chicago. After graduating from Southern Illinois with a B.A. in Administration of Justice, she earned a M.S. in Non-profit Management from the Spertus Institute.
In addition to overseeing DHC’s current programs (Meal of Hope, Dallas Hope Center, Collective Hope Coalition and Worthy Bags), Tamika says her goal is to “develop Dallas Hope Charities as an organization that gives hope to all as we provide dignity and stability for underserved communities.”
According to DHC Board Chair Roscoe Compton-Kelly, “Dallas Hope Charities is working to elevate the position of the organization in the Dallas-based non-profit space and Tamika is just the leader to take us there. I can’t think of a more perfect fit for DHC as we work to further develop this organization to serve more of those who are in dire need of our support. Tamika is a passionate, experienced leader who believes in equality for under-served communities and as a novel non-profit in the area, we need her passion and proven track record to take DHC to the next level.”
* Graphic/photo courtesy of Dallas Hope Charities