Incarnation House was founded in 2012 when the Church of the Incarnation, in conjunction with Dallas Independent School District, created a Friday drop-in program at North Dallas High School for homeless and housing insecure students. It quickly became clear that a more robust program was needed to connect these students with the resources they needed to help break the cycle of poverty. Incarnation House became it's own 501(c)3 and opened its newly renovated center on January 6, 2016.
Dallas County has the highest rates of poverty in the state with 29% of its youth living below the poverty line. Living situations for these families range from motels, shelters — sometimes doubling and tripling up — to Section 8 and HUD housing. For all of these families, housing insecurity is a cause for much stress and concern. Many of these families are one paycheck, one sickness, or one accident away from being on the street and often times fall through the cracks due to a lack of being identified. According to Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, homeless families are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population comprising nearly 40% of the total homeless.
Incarnation House offers a safe place for these teenagers to come after school, build relationships with caring adults and peers, and have access to services they otherwise would not. With a team-driven approach, staff, volunteers, and over 20 nonprofit community partners collaborate to deliver the following services: case management, counseling, medical, dental, life skills, educational and vocational support, as well as enrichment activities.