We’re giving information for the holidays
Wright Connatser Law is sharing information this holiday season about the important missions of several of our social enterprise clients. This is part 2 of the series and features three organizations that reach from down the street to around the globe.
Harmony Community Development Corp.
The mission of Harmony Community Development Corp. is to transform communities to become whole and empowered. Harmony focuses on needs in South Dallas and was created by Concord Church under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. E.K. Bailey.
It employs a four-pronged approach to accomplish its goals:
- Basic needs: Food pantry, legal services, and service referrals
- Health: Counseling, wellness program, support groups, foster and adoption services, and a healthy families program
- Hope: Educational and economic mobility support; career, financial, and criminal justice system assistance
- Housing: Rent, mortgage, and utility assistance; housing stability program and home ownership education
By becoming a Friend of Harmony, you can help feed a family or support a neighborhood.
Ubuntu, which translates to “I am, because we are,” is an online marketplace selling made-in-Kenya gifts, jewelry, bags, and shoes. By doing so, it provides work for about 80 Maasai women, most of whom are mothers of children with special needs, and funds healthcare and education programs for children in the African country.
The organization started in 2011 as an affiliation between a pastor in Texas and another in Kenya; its U.S. headquarters is in Austin. The Ubuntu Tribe is its community of supporters who donate to its foundation, supporting its programs and Kenya campus.
In addition to finding beautiful beaded holiday gifts through Ubuntu, you can learn more and donate here.
Dallas has made great strides becoming a literary city thanks to Deep Vellum, a nonprofit literary arts center and publisher, and its founder, Will Evans. Launched in 2011 to engage the world in conversation through the written word, Deep Vellum fosters inclusion by publishing and translating works from around the world, as well as that of local writers.
Deep Vellum is a nonprofit organization so it can select material based on its artistic and social value, not on its potential for commercial success.
The organization has a sister bookstore in the historic Deep Ellum area of Dallas (thus the play on words that created the nonprofit’s name), where you can find the multiple titles and types of books Deep Vellum has published: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and the translated work. In October, Wright Connatser gave copies of the new edition of “The Accommodation,” published by Deep Vellum, to attendees of the social impact summit bigBANG! 2021. Jim Schutze’s book is a searing account of race and racism in Dallas from the time of slavery through the Civil Rights movement and the city’s desegregation efforts in the 1950s and ‘60s.
You can support Deep Vellum by buying books as holiday gifts or donating here.