In the North Texas area, too many children lack proper beds for sleeping. Some are lucky enough to sleep on the family couch; others must sleep on the floor. To alleviate this problem, the S.M. Wright Foundation established the Beds for Kids Center in early 2010, and it is now a nonprofit bed distributor in North Texas. The center’s objective is to give disadvantaged children the opportunity to get a good night’s sleep by providing them with new twin or full bed sets.
The South Dallas Community Food Center provides nutritional food on a weekly basis by distributing groceries, hot meals, bus passes, and gas cards to low-income families. Families must meet the current federal poverty guidelines to participate.
The South Dallas Clothing and Resource Center opened in 2005 to meet the growing demand from local low-income families for clothing, hygiene products, household items, appliances and furniture.
Many students in the South Dallas community lack good study skills, access to computers, and appropriate help with their homework and test-taking skills. The South Dallas Education Center opened in 2005 and provides free, one-on-one tutoring to students in grades 2 through 12 in math, language arts, reading, writing, science and social studies.
The North Texas Furniture Bank was created in 2009 as a natural outgrowth of the South Dallas Resource Center. The program aims to help families create a comfortable living environment by providing them with furniture and other household items. The foundation hopes that the ability to make their homes more appealing will encourage families to stay together and work to achieve a stable future.
The Foundation Business and Investment Club provides guidance and instruction on a wide range of practical financial topics, such as balancing a check book, starting a family savings plan, and understanding interest rates and inflation. Participants can also learn about the stock market and entrepreneurship.