The NDECPTA connects local families through learning and play to
foster growth at home and in our community.
Each year the NDECPTA supports several local community organizations through fundraising and service activities.
Our current community recipients are:
Community Partners of Dallas - www.cpdtx.org
Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring safety and restoring hope and dignity to abused and neglected children by providing resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services.
Pajama Program - www.pajamaprogram.org
Pajama Program is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and storybooks. Snuggling up in cozy, new pajamas with their very own new book, these children are given a secure and nurturing “good night” at bedtime.
Austin Street Shelter - www.austinstreet.org
Austin Street Center is one of the largest low barrier shelters in Dallas that has served men, ages 45 and older, and women, ages 18 and older since 1983.
Beyond meeting basic needs, Austin Street is committed to helping our clients regain their independence and find a permanent place to call home. No matter how they got here, we focus on a caring, customized, collaborative approach that involves a variety of services and special programs to remove barriers to permanent housing.
Vogel Alcove - www.vogelalcove.org
Children experiencing homelessness are four times more likely than their peers to show delayed development, and one in six homeless children has emotional disturbances. 25% of homeless preschool children have mental health problems that require clinical evaluation, and by age 8, one in three homeless children will have a mental disorder.
Vogel Alcove intervenes with children at this critical time in brain development, providing trauma-informed care that helps to counteract the effects of homelessness and put them on a path to success in school.
YoungLives - www.younglives.org
More than 25 years ago, Young Life answered God’s call to run headfirst into the chaos of teenage motherhood with the hope of Jesus... and YoungLives was born.
YoungLives has never wavered from the original vision to reach teen moms by entering their world, modeling the unconditional love of Christ, and encouraging them to become the women and mothers God created them to be. Through Young Life’s time-tested methods and life-on-life mentoring, teen moms are empowered to make positive choices, set and achieve goals, and live a future rooted in Christ.
In North Dallas we are currently serving the teen moms at Thomas Jefferson High School and WT White High School.
Lake Highlands Area Moms Against Racism - www.lhamar.org
LHAMAR is committed to changing hearts, minds, circles, and systems to end racism and save lives. They Educate, Embolden, Empathize, Empower, Enfranchise, and Engage our communities.
Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support - www.genesisshelter.org
Genesis Women’s Shelter seeks to end the epidemic of domestic violence against women and children by stopping individual victimization and reducing the devastating impact of family violence through safety, shelter and expert services to battered women and their children.
The NDECPTA supports Genesis Women’s Shelter by serving a Saturday morning breakfast and holding donation drives at selected general meetings.
International Rescue Committee - www.rescue.org/us-program/us-dallas-tx
The IRC provides opportunities for refugees to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of refugees are invited by the U.S. government to seek safety and freedom here. Forced to flee conflict or persecution, many have survived for years against incredible odds. They step off the plane with next to nothing but their dignity, hope and determination. In Dallas and many other regional offices across the country, the IRC helps them rebuild their lives.
This year, the NDECPTA will support the work of the IRC via donation drives at selected general meetings and the opportunity to furnish and decorate an apartment for a refugee family.
Hope Supply Co. - http://hopesupplyco.org/
The mission of Hope Supply Co. is to meet the critical needs of homeless children across North Texas by providing necessities such as clothing, school supplies, toys and programs to enhance their lives.
This year, the NDECPTA will support Hope Supply Co. via a diaper donation drive in September.
Anticipated Upcoming Community Events in 2021-2022:
Baby Supply Bags Drive and Event: We collected baby basics for Community Partners of Dallas and got together for a playdate to stuff the bags with our children.
School Supply Drive for DISD – We collected school supplies to benefit elementary schools in Vickery Meadow. The items we collected will be distributed to teachers’ classrooms and shared with families where they see fit.
Pencil Bundling Playdate - Our toddlers are helpers too! Toddlers practice counting so we evenly distribute pencils to classrooms.
Blanket Drive - Austin Street Shelter serves men and women experiencing homelessness. They have requested that we hold a blanket drive for them as it is a high need of theirs.
Gardening Event - We will be getting our hands dirty to help with a community garden.
Fall Coat and Clothing Drive - We will collect fall clothing and coats for Vogel Alcove, an organization that helps children and families who are experiencing homelessness.
Halloween Parade - COVID permitting, we will have a Halloween parade at a local senior living community.
Toy Drive - We will participate in The Community Partners of Dallas Holiday Toy Drive to provide toys to children of all ages living in foster care. There will be a sign-up for wish cards in November, with the gifts delivered to CPD in December.
Pinot, and Pajamas, and PBJ! (Parents only) - A very popular annual event!
We will gather at a members’ home in our PJ’s, and make snack bags for the children and case workers for the Night Response shift at Community Partners of Dallas. The CPS After Hours Response Unit allows CPS to welcome children at all hours of the night and holidays who otherwise do not have an immediate placement to go to after being removed from homes.
Coat and PJ Drive - We will be gathering Coats and PJs for the Teen Moms in the Young Lives program.
Christmas Caroling - COVID permitting, we will go Christmas Caroling with the littles at a local senior living community.
Diversity Basket Drive - We will collect books and supplies such as skin tone crayons, paper and multi-cultural dolls for Lake Highlands Area Moms Against Racism to distribute to local pre-k and elementary school classrooms. This initiative gives children “mirrors and windows” by providing multi-cultural materials for classrooms.
Llama Llama PJ Party - We will host a playdate where everyone (Kids and Kids at Heart) can come in their PJ’s and bring a pair of PJs or a Book to donate to the Pajama Program organization.
Supply Drive for Genesis Women’s Shelter - Details TBD
Valentines Craft Playdate: We will make Valentines Cards and Valentines Kit’s for Genesis Women’s Shelter and Vogel Alcove. Kit’s will be put together for children and parents at Genesis and Vogel Alcove to complete on their own.
Supply Drive for Local Animal Shelter - Details TBD
And They Call it Puppy Love - We will make bandanas and color adoption posters for a local animal shelter. We also hope to schedule a tour of an animal shelter where the kids can see the animals.
Apartment Furnishings Drive and Apartment Makeover Weekend - The NDECPTA will support the work of the International Rescue Committee via donation drives at selected general meetings and the opportunity to furnish and decorate an apartment for a refugee family.
Diaper Drive - We will support Hope Supply Co. via a diaper donation drive.