LF Services for Adults focuses on…
giving the attention, care, and resources needed to improve the lives of adults living in distressed conditions due to a variety of socio-economic obstacles and systemic challenges.
These programs focus on investing in the lives of vulnerable adults to help support their desire to become whole, healthy, vibrant members of our communities.
Services for Adults include:
- College Support
- Homebuyer Readiness
- Job Training and Empowerment
- Life Skills
- Refugee Empowerment
- Urban Leadership Training
Dallas Leadership Foundation’s Neighborhood Association Collaborative, Dallas, Texas
According to the Dallas Morning News article from July 13, 2013; “A new study by the University of North Texas shows more than half of the 350 Census tracts in Dallas are moderate or high-blight areas. Those are neighborhoods with neglected, rundown or abandoned buildings. Sixteen percent of the city of Dallas is in the high-blight category, according to the study commissioned by Habitat for Humanity.” Urban blight is the process whereby a previously functioning city, or part of a city, falls into disrepair and decrepitude. Dallas’s disrepair and decrepitude are characterized by deindustrialization, changing minority populations, economic restructuring, abandoned buildings, high local unemployment, fragmented families, political disenfranchisement, crime, and a desolate, inhospitable community landscape. This further includes the visual, psychological, and physical effects of living among empty lots, buildings and condemned houses. Such desolate properties are socially dangerous to the community because they attract criminals and street gangs, contributing to the volume of crime.
However what is even more tragic than the physical space falling into disrepair and decrepitude is what happens to the people. Many of the residents in these underserved neighborhoods feel helpless and have fallen into the pit of despair because they have neither the resources nor the human wherewithal to do anything to improve the conditions in their community.
This is the place where Dallas Leadership Foundation (DLF) intervened and continues to do so. In 2006 DLF brought the leaders of six neighborhoods that were under the stress described above and began to try to imagine what a better future might look like together. This resulted in the creation of the Neighborhood Association Collaborative (NAC). Initially NAC was created to help build community support to generate a city-wide impact. They did this by meeting monthly at DLF to share best practices, offer encouragement, and exchange resources.
Today DLF through its NAC initiative serves as the bridge that currently connects eight DLF communities with resources that come from individuals, churches, businesses and other grassroots organizations all over Dallas that help stabilize families and individuals and move them towards self-sufficiency.
Leadership Foundations sees providing service for adults who are often overlooked—those women and men who’s shoulders so many communities and cities stand on—as an indispensable strategy to the social and spiritual renewal of cities.