Community Does It

A nonprofit organization

$20,025 raised by 44 donors

100% complete

$5,000 Goal

This initiative was conceived in April 2021 from the gathering of community members from the 75217 zip code, known locally as Pleasant Grove, to understand a common interest in improving the public health of their community. During this process, we learned that community members had long desired a mental health center for their children and teens. Those that participated in the focus groups mentioned feeling helpless when it came to knowing how to best help their children’s mental health needs. However, in giving them the space to speak and think, these same parents came up with a truly innovative idea for a mental health center. They agreed that the center should not only provide counseling services, but also educational support, emotional support, and a network of resources for them as parents to feel equipped in helping their children.  

Therefore, Community Does It has made the dreams of families in Pleasant Grove a reality: the very first center for mental health services in the 75217 zip code! The first service offered at the center is connecting families to other resources available for them through other organizations in the Dallas area. When children receive a diagnosis, all too often their parents are not connected with the resources that could help them. Our goal is that no family who has visited our clinic ever says, “I didn’t know about that.” The second service we offer is family support through education and emotional support, free of cost to families. What families asked about the most during the focus groups was for us to teach them strategies to support what was gained in therapy sessions and to increase the chances of their children succeeding through their mental health challenges by creating a supportive environment at home. Thus, we have created a validated curriculum to give the parents those tools and strategies to support their children and fight the stigma within their own families and smaller communities so their children can receive the full scope of the support they need. The third layer of services is counseling therapy for children and youth ages 4-18 and their families at the low cost of $20 per session. Although we have grown our counseling department, we still an extensive waiting list for counseling therapy before even formally marketing this service! Therefore, we cannot fully meet the high demand for our services without your help! Your financial contributions are crucial in keeping counseling therapy both accessible and affordable for our community families. Asking $20 per session covers only 7% of our operations, and the true cost of a session is $120. Therefore, in order to stay true to our mission of giving equitable access to routine mental health services to the members of this community that has asked for them, we need the generous contributions of people like you! Scroll to our "Programs" section to learn more about what we do at Community Does It!

Mission

Founded in April of 2021, Community Does It is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower marginalized populations through knowledge, resources, and support systems to become agents of the change they see necessary for their community, especially in regards to public health. Community Does It uses a combination of Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR), grassroots organizing and traditional public health to employ a new approach to public health: for the community by the community.

Needs

$1000 = Give a family access to 10 counseling sessions. As families will only pay $20, the remaining $100 per session cost comes from generous donors like you!

$500 = Educational material for 10 family support workshops. Covering the material allows us to offer the workshops at no cost to attendees.

$200 = Materials for 1 monthly community health fair. Covering the material allows us to reach hundreds of families at our health fairs every month at no cost to them.

$100 = 1 Psychological assessment

$50 = 1 Set of psychotherapy tools

$20 = 1 Play therapy toy

Equity Statement

Southeast Dallas community members have truly been the driving force behind this initiative. They have given input on everything from the services offered, the design and name of the clinic, workshop topics, and opening hours, to what their families need from mental health professionals. They have worked to fundraise, volunteered for health fairs, co-led workshops, and even taken part in new-hire interviews. Community members have been hired for key positions in the organization, are part of the board of directors, and will continue to be integral to all future programs. Therefore, everything we do reflects both the values and demographics of this amazing community that we have partnered with.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Community Does It

Tax id (EIN)

86-3670401

Guidestar

Causes

Community Improvement, Mental and Behavioral Health, Social Services

Operating Budget

$500,000 - $999,999

Counties Served

Dallas

BIPOC Serving

Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx

BIPOC Leadership

Board Chair

Equity Statement

Equity Statement

Address

1639 S Buckner Blvd
Dallas, TX 75217

Phone

972-630-0101

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