March 2020
To our friends, supporters, and volunteers: Thank you for your continued support, we are grateful to the organizations and individuals who have offered to help. We hope you all remain safe and well during this time.
Local Students Create Artwork for
Youth Center
Oscar, a recent graduate from Thomas Jefferson, and Kylee, a current student at Hockaday, collaborated to create the artwork concepts that now adorn the dorm-style rooms at the center. Kylee and Oscar worked together with the help of student volunteers and donations from Pace GFX, who provided letters for the artwork, to create 23 original art pieces for the residential services wing.
Dwell With Dignity Designs and Furnishes Counseling Rooms
Dwell With Dignity (DWD), a local Dallas nonprofit organization dedicated to creating soothing and inspiring spaces for those struggling with homelessness and poverty, has contributed their expertise and resources to furnish the counseling rooms at the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center's residential services wing. We appreciate DWD for partnering with us to create beautiful spaces for our youth!
Living Company Donates Beds
The Living Company, a global furniture design and manufacturing company, has donated 35 beds and mattresses for the residential services wing. These beds will furnish single and double occupancy dorm-style rooms for homeless students. We are grateful for the generosity of The Living Company and their commitment to supporting local students!
EAGLE Scholars Students Volunteer
The beds for the residential services wing at the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center arrived earlier this month. Students from the EAGLE Scholars college readiness program helped the After8 team install headboards on the 35 beds in the rooms that will offer shelter to homeless youth. Thank you Ebun and Mohammed for helping out!
Support After8 During
the Coronavirus Pandemic
The challenges facing youth and students who experience homelessness are complex, especially during uncertain times like the current pandemic situation. While the Fannie C. Harris drop-in center, operated by CitySquare, had to suspend operations following the City of Dallas’s orders for shelter in place, students can still reach out for support by phone.
While many of us retreat to our homes when ordered to shelter in place, unfortunately many unsheltered youth have no place to go. Many find themselves unable to protect themselves from the highly contagious virus or stuck in an unsafe situation. One such youth resorted to building a makeshift shelter out of leftover construction materials near the center.

The residential services wing at the center is close to being completed. The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted our ability to open the doors and operate as an emergency youth shelter. Now, more than ever, we need your help .
You can contribute by donating , every dollar of which will help us give support, shelter, and safety to young people experiencing homelessness in Dallas ISD.

You can name a space or sponsor a room at the residential services wing. Single and double occupancy room sponsorships are still available.

Help us reach our goal and open our doors to better serve unsheltered students in Dallas ISD. Your support now will enable us to immediately provide much-needed resources when we emerge on the other side of this crisis. Visit the link below or text FCH2020 to 44-321 to donate today!
State of Homelessness Address Reveals
New Trends in Dallas
During Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance's (MDHA) live-stream of the State of Homelessness Address, MDHA President Carl Falconer shared data from the recent count. It showed a decrease in family and veteran homelessness. It was also reported that 14.8% of the homeless population are children under the age of 18. Learn more .
After8toEducate ("After8") is a first-of-its-kind, collaborative effort to support unsheltered youth enrolled in Dallas Independent School District high schools and provide immediate support services for homeless young adults ages 14-21. Powered through Social Venture Partners Dallas, After8 harnesses the strengths of Dallas ISD and nonprofit agencies Promise House and CitySquare.