Owenwood Farm and Neighbor Space

A nonprofit organization

$26,167 raised by 41 donors

100% complete

$25,000 Goal


Founded in 2018, Owenwood Farm and Neighborhood Space is a shared space where we work alongside our neighbors to meet the diverse needs of residents living in Far East Dallas (75228). We serve children, families, and seniors living in multi-generational poverty, people of color, transgender individuals, English Language Learners, and the unemployed and underemployed, among others.


       Our dual-generation services include:

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Project Transformation North Texas

In partnership for the 2nd year, Project Transformation will provide 30 local elementary school children with after-school STEM learning, homework assistance, literacy support, nutrition education, and peer support enrichment at no cost to families. 

Diaper, Etc.

Every last Saturday of the month, we help meet the basic needs of 200+ families with small children by distributing diapers in collaboration with Hope Supply Co. and community volunteers. Families can also receive baby wipes, pull-ups for older children, adult diapers, and feminine hygiene products

         

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Senior Yoga

Owenwood hosts a weekly “chair yoga” class to help 35+ seniors maintain and improve their mobility and flexibility while providing a social outlet and opportunity for connection. 

Transgender Empowerment Coalition

Owenwood provides a safe space for transgender and gender-expansive individuals to connect, access resources, and receive support and advocacy. We offer one-on-one sessions with a trans social worker, resource navigation, and workshops to grow this often vulnerable population’s resilience.


Food Distribution 

Every last Saturday of the month, Owenwood distributes an average of 19,000 pounds of food to 200+ families in collaboration with North Texas Food Bank as one of their official sites. 

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

In partnership for the 2nd year, Dallas Symphony Orchestra will provide 30 local elementary school children with the opportunity to learn and fall in love with music and instruments through peer support enrichment free of cost to the families.

           

                   

Nonprofit Collaboration Hub

Owenwood houses onsite partners-in-residence to help meet broader community needs and avoid duplicating existing services. 

Our current partners include Aspire, Grow North Texas, Metrocare Services, White Rock Community Church, and with more partners to come.

Community Events 

Owenwood leads two annual community events to meet the basic local needs of our community. 

Our annual back-to-school bash provides 300+ backpacks with school supplies, community resources, and fun activities to those in attendance.

Our annual holiday bash provides 400+ toys and books along with fun activities to the families in our community.


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Mission

Our mission is to create equitable opportunities for our neighbors to be known, empowered, and inspired.

Our purpose is to be a catalyst for positive community transformation by promoting equality and economic opportunity for all within zip code 75228 in East Dallas.

Needs

Youth Programming: To further our capacity and leverage local educational expertise, community assistance is needed in providing funding for current and future after-school programming. Needs for programming, supplies, equipment, and snacks are high need.

Adult Programming: Owenwood provides a variety of adult programming needs and, is needing the help of the community in funding for a very anticipated and requested computer lab which will give adults access to basic computer skills, job application assistance, resume building, and a variety of other needs.

Diaper Distribution: Every month, we help meet the basic needs of families with small children by distributing diapers in collaboration with Hope Supply Co. However, the need of the community is higher than the generous amount of donations we are receiving and funding is needed to purchase more monthly and sustain and continue the great work we are doing.

Senior Adults: Owenwood hosts a weekly no-cost “chair yoga” class for seniors and funding for our amazing and professional yoga instructor is appreciated in order to continue.

Transgender Empowerment Coalition: Owenwood provides a safe space for transgender and gender-expansive individuals to connect, therefore needing community support and allies in continuing with the coalition financially for the upcoming 2024 year.

Food Distribution: Our community is located in a “food desert” where residents have limited access to affordable and nutritious food. During bad weather days, we are forced to close and provide this service due to lack of weather coverage (such as a tent) and the deterioration of our parking lot which is in high need of a make-over.

Nonprofit Collaboration Hub: Owenwood houses onsite partners-in-residence to help meet broader community needs and avoid duplicating existing services. For example, Aspire provides early childhood education, ESL and GED classes, and workforce development, while Metrocare Services provides services for adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD). GROW North Texas, Owenwood Farm produces organically-grown fruits and vegetables on half of an onsite acre to supplement our local food distribution for local families. The Community Garden includes beds for neighbors to plant, grow, and harvest their own food. In addition, we are developing a community-driven gathering and education space as part of the Garden. Community support in monetary donation or donation of supplies to help sustain these services are appreciated.

Community Events: Owenwood leads two annual community events amongst smaller families events. Our back-to-school bash provides school supplies and backpacks, the holiday bash provides toys and books, and our family fun nights provide a variety of different activities. Community support in monetary donation or donation of supplies to help sustain these services are appreciated.

Equity Statement

Owenwood Farm and Neighbor Space is committed to racial justice and equity through partnerships, programs, and people that reflect our collective work. Owenwood has prioritized empowering diversity of voice and experiences; while also working to dismantle domineering social power dynamics.

We are mindful of our community needs and hope to improve, innovate, and inspire work happening in Far East Dallas. We recognize this work is not done simply by addressing immediate needs in the community but also by practicing curiosity as we develop new opportunities reflective of the assets already present in the community.

To ensure our work is reflective of the needs and aspirations of the community, we focus our time on connecting with key stakeholders and organizational leaders in our communities. We welcome new ideas, thought partners, or innovators as we work to create a more equitable community for all that call Far East Dallas home.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Owenwood Farm and Neighbor Space

Causes

Social Services, Youth & Children, Racial Equity

Operating Budget

$250,000 - $499,999

Counties Served

Dallas

BIPOC Serving

Black or African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latinx

BIPOC Leadership

Executive Director/CEO

Equity Statement

Equity Statement

Address

1451 John West Road
Dallas, TX 75228

Phone

254-548-5445

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