4
| News |

A Feel-Good Follow to a Feel-Good Story

Nine-year-old Kashia has been part of the Central Dallas Ministries' after-school program for four years. And she loves it.
^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

A few weeks ago, we ran a story about the great work Central Dallas Ministries is doing among the poor in parts of West and South Dallas. The story focused on an after-school program the nonprofit runs at Turner Courts, which is known as one of the worst housing projects in the city.

The after-school program is partly supervised by two women who live at Turner Courts, and this is part of the philosophy that guides CDM: Where possible, the non-profit seeks to have people from the neighborhoods they're serving (a term CDM chief Larry James avoids) run their programs. When someone goes in to the CDM food pantry on Haskell, for example, they are asked not only what they need, but also when they could come and work in the pantry.

Spend some time at the food pantry or the after-school academy at Turner Courts, and you will be inspired by people working hard to make their communities better. Or check out this video CDM recently posted on its Web site, which tells the story of Kashia, one of the girls who attends the Turner Courts after-school program. --Jesse Hyde

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.