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Nonprofit Spotlight: CitySquare

Nonprofit Spotlight
December 1, 2021

Founded in 1988, CitySquare’s mission is to fight the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship, and what began as a small neighborhood food pantry has grown into the most comprehensive and effective poverty-fighting organization in Dallas. 

CitySquare is focused on changing lives, restoring relationships, helping neighbors, and reclaiming a future filled with hopeand it has developed extensive services to combat the persistence of poverty 

  • CitySquare’s Food Pantry operates on a first-come, first-served basis with no pre-registration required and is open to all ZIP codes. Neighbors can pick up groceries at the food pantry every two weeks and receive fresh fruits and vegetables, canned goods, frozen meat, dairy, and bakery items.  

  • CitySquare’s Community Clinic serves adults and children by providing a permanent medical home for the uninsured.  Vulnerable neighbors receive access to a primary care doctor, preventative screenings and immunizations, behavioral health counselingchronic disease treatment, medication management support, and resources for specialty services through partnerships with Baylor Scott & White Health and Parkland Hospital. 

  • CitySquare Opportunity Center, located at 1610 S. Malcolm X Blvd., is a 53,000 square-foot complex that offers neighbors a variety of social and financial services under one roof.  

  • The Cottages at Hickory Crossing are tiny homes that provide shelter to homeless neighbors. Walk-In Case Management programs complement these efforts, helping individuals and families obtain shelter and housing, financial assistance, hygiene products, and clothing as well as manage crisis, gain access to identification papers, and more. 

  • CitySquare Housing Programs provide more than 600 units of housing to help prevent and end homelessness in Dallas County. 

  • Legal Action Works provides legal services for low-income families needing to manage family crisis and evictions.   

  • Women's Workforce Readiness Initiative provides 550 Dallas-area women with the necessary socialtechnical, and soft-skills training to secure employment in high-growth industries such as advanced manufacturing and logistics, sales and marketing, food, and hospitality management. 

  • Transition Resource Action Center connects teenagers and young adults aged 14 to 24 who are homeless or transitioning from foster care toward self-sufficiency, including individualized support, planning, and access to community services. 

CitySquare also delivers meals through their Mobile Food Pantry to ensure that children have access to food outside of school, reaching kids in families that face transportation, economic, and other barriers. In addition, through CitySquare’s Food Recovery programfood that would otherwise go to waste is safely transformed into healthy meals. Based on the availability of fresh produce and food products in the CitySquare Food Pantry, offerings may include ready-to-cook meals like vegetarian chili and shepherd's pie.  

“In 2020, CitySquare distributed more than $4.5 million in healthy groceries to individuals across 79 Texas counties; housed 946 individuals; served 854 homeless neighbors; and provided medical services to 1,245 patients,” said Jonathan Fredi, Atmos Energy manager of public affairs. “Adding to their impact, 29,000 pounds of recovered food was transformed into 22,000 healthy Food Recovery meals, and 503,000 meals were delivered directly to students in after-school and summer food programs.” 

Atmos Energy has contributed more than $508,000 to fight poverty alongside CitySquare since 2016, impacting thousands of Dallas-area families facing hunger, homelessness, health issues, and financial strainCommitted to Fueling Safe and Thriving Communities Atmos Energy team members organized clothing and household donations and rolled up their sleeves to prepare and distribute food through CitySquare’s Mobile Food Pantry.  For families in the Dallas area, CitySquare delivers free, nutritious food straight to the doorstep of its most vulnerable families twice a month. 

“The past two years have produced unprecedented hardship on those who experience poverty,” said John Siburt, CitySquare President & CEO. “Early on, we decided that no matter what devastation and disruption the pandemic caused, we were not going to let it stop our efforts and take away the friendship and community we share with our neighbors. It has never stopped us thanks to the faithful support and generosity of individuals and corporations like Atmos Energy. Because of you, we look to a brighter future knowing that, as a community, we will rise to even greater heights.” 

Please visit citysquare.org to join the fight against poverty.