|Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nationâs largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring organization, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (âLittlesâ) with screened volunteer mentors (âBigsâ) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The first-ever Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012, substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.|
|Brighter Tomorrows provides continuous coverage in a 24 hour emergency shelter for women and their children who are fleeing abusive environments.
The agency provides case management services, safety plans, and information and referrals that will present them with new options for living a life free of abuse. Life skills, budgeting, and job search strategies are taught so clients can acquire the skills needed to become self-sufficient and independent of their abuser. Also offered are referrals for food stamps, medical and dental care, and employment.
The Women's Outreach Center offers counseling services to families, women, and children for agency clients and non-residents alike since the effects of abuse can linger long after they have left our shelters. Crisis intervention and counseling help the client move beyond abuse. In the two-year transitional housing program, clients are given the opportunity to establish financial independence.
|Thank you for helping Children First continue to place children and families affected by abuse or family violence on the Pathway of Hope, as we have done since 1977. Please follow the donation link. You will be directed to a PayPal donation form. Please note that you do not have to have a PayPal account in order to make your donation via credit card. Simply click on the word "continue" just above the credit card icons located in the lower left hand side of the PayPal form.|
|The Grand Prairie Arts Council (GPAC) was incorporated in 1979, as an independent 501(C)3 cultural arts organization, to produce and promote visual and performing arts in Grand Prairie, Texas. GPAC continues to be the only cultural arts organization operating year-round in the city of Grand Prairie with a paid Executive Director, and volunteer Board of Directors. Each year GPAC produces five theatre productions, four weeks of Childrenâs Arts Programming, a month-long Outdoor Concert Series, Adult Juried Art Show and various Student Juried Art Shows. GPAC also provides funding to local arts organizations, and educational scholarships. GPAC operated successfully for 29 years in various venues borrowed and rented throughout the city. In 2005, the city of Grand Prairie purchased the Main Street Uptown Movie House and reconstructed the facility into a live performance theater space. The Uptown features a 400-seat theater with professional backstage facilities, Orchestra Pit, Lobby Art Gallery, and Studio Theater. The Uptown is a city-owned and operated facility providing GPAC with a performance venue. The Arts Council operates from rental space at 116 East Main Street, next door to the Uptown; the Studio is GPACâs home base with workshop and storage space. In 2012, GPAC secured additional space at the city's Veteran's Park Center. This facility has allowed GPAC to mimic the stage at the Uptown Theater and rehearse productions uninterrupted for entire rehearsal periods of 6-8 weeks. It also provides classroom space for GPAC's Summer in the Arts Children's Program. The theatre branch of the organization provides revenues needed to fund additional free and low-cost programs and events throughout the year. GPAC obtains additional funding support for productions, events and exhibits through grants, private and public foundations, and individual donations.|
|Grand Prairie United Charities (GPUC) is dedicated to providing immediate emergency assistance and referrals to the residents of Grand Prairie. Our services include, but are not limited to: On Site Food Pantry, Rent/ Mortgage/Shelter Assitance, Utility Assistance (electric, gas, water), Prescription/Medication Assistance and Information/Referral. Every Wednesday between the hours of 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, the North Texas Food Bank Education & Outreach Coordinator will be at GPUC to provide application assistance for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - formerly known as Food Stamps), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Childrenâs Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid and Womenâs Health and Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB). The first Thursday of every month, People and Nutrition (PAN), a commodity supplemental program, provides nutritious food at not cost to qualified participants (Pregnant Women, Breast Feeding/Post Partum Women, Infants (0-1 years old) Children (1-5 years old), and Senior Citizens age 60 and older.|
|Santa Cop is a Non-Profit Charitable Organization of the Grand Prairie Police Dept. We provide toys, books, and personal care items to the less fortunate children and families of Grand Prairie, primarily at Christmas, but also during times of natural disasters, fire, and family violence situations. We work directly with Santa Spot organization, Grand Prairie Fire Dept., which provides non-perishable food items to these families also. Santa Spot works under Santa Cop's 501-3(c) Non-Profit status.|