Three organizations making life better in the Dallas area

This holiday season, we’re giving information about worthy causes

Wright Connatser is sharing information this holiday season about the important missions of several of its social enterprise clients. In this edition, we feature three with diverse and laudable purposes.

Forest Forward

Forest Forward is a nonprofit organization that was incubated at CitySquare to pursue its mission of combating the causes and effects of systemic racism in South Dallas. Its strategy to do so is through neighborhood revitalization with a focus on the historic Forest Theater.

The plan is to transform the landmark entertainment venue into a multi-purpose performance and community space that will again be an anchor for the neighborhood. Complementing that will be a quality arts-focused cradle-to-college education program and the development of hundreds of units of mixed-income housing to bring safety, security, and a sense of belonging to its residents.

You can read more about Forest Forward from its CEO and President Elizabeth Wattley in this post on the Wright Connatser blog.

Forest Forward is still raising money in order to accomplish its vision of a revitalized neighborhood and empowered residents. You can donate here.

29 Acres

Children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are eligible for support services while they attend elementary and secondary schools. But what services do they get when they become young adults and have graduated from school? That’s when 29 Acres steps in.  “At Home on the Spectrum” is the catch phrase for this nonprofit operating a community for autistic adults in Crossroads, a town about 30 minutes north of Dallas.

The skills and behaviors those with ASD learn while in school can be lost without continued support. At 29 Acres, they create a neuro-diverse community with housing, job support, healthy eating, social settings, and a sense of belonging. The namesake acreage is filled with woods, meadows, and hills, creating a beautiful, natural setting for the community.

You can help 29 Acres continue its mission by buying a brick to support its building and programming. Bricks come in three sizes and start at a $200 donation. They are a thoughtful way to honor someone in a special way.

My Possibilities

My Possibilities serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This Collin County-based nonprofit operates two tracks – continuing education and permanent housing — to help the HIPsters (Hugely Important People) it supports lead happy, productive lives.

Its Campus for Higher Learning in Plano offers a rich curriculum of continuing education opportunities, such as life skills, creative expression, and job training. Support is also available for those with speech and language disorders, hearing loss, and deafness.

My Possibilities is also developing a 300-home neighborhood in Garland called Mission Hills. The plan is for 100 of the homes to be for people with IDD and their families. The remaining 200 homes will be sold to the public.

This year, the organization set a goal to raise $150,000 for its operations. It is short of that goal and hopes to close the gap before year-end.