"It all begins here," says Pam Schaefer, the founder and executive director of Trinity Works, a nonprofit agency also known as Trinity Ministry to the Poor. "Here" is the lobby of Trinity's year-old, custom-built headquarters, located on Bryan Street in Old East Dallas. The headquarters are a spotless testament to Schaefer's success in turning what began in 1988 as a feeding program for the homeless into a $1.5 million agency unique in Dallas for its "holistic" approach to battling poverty. The best evidence of that is a sign above the front desk. It says, "Triage." Schaefer chose the word because Trinity's clients, many of whom suffer from severe physical and mental disabilities, can... More >>>
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Carole Stead entered Trinity Works in 1998 with the hopes of finding a job that would lead to independence. Instead, she found herself trapped in a Trinity job she didn't get paid for. "I thought I was depressed because of my medicine. I was depressed because I couldn't get out of there."