About These Programs
Catholic Charities of Dallas
SVdP is partnering with Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc. on two programs.
Money Skills for Life is a free financial educational program offered by Catholic Charities. Topics covered include building and improving credit, saving money and reducing debt and more. This program is an important part of the SVdP Mini Loan Program. MLP participants are encouraged to enroll in Money Skills for Life so that both the immediate need and the underlying cause may be addressed holistically.
SVdP is partnering with Catholic Charities to provide food to those in need in either as a supplement to current Conference pantries or in areas where there is not a current SVdP pantry.
DALLAS CRIMINAL COURT #6
Dallas Criminal Court #6, Honorable Jeannine Howard presiding, supports the Society food pantries in Dallas County through the Community Service Food Bank Program. Pantries benefitting from this program are located at Immaculate Conception in Grand Prairie, St. Mark in Plano along with Vickery Meadow Food Pantry, St. Patrick, and St. Thomas Aquinas in Dallas.
University of Texas Dallas (UTD)
The Society has partnered with UTD on two programs that focus on child development:
Juega Conmigo (Play with Me), is a program of weekly, free, drop-in, parent-child playtimes for children ages 0-3. Juega Conmigo is designed to foster strong parent-child relationships and children's growth through semi-structured play sessions. In this informal environment, bilingual developmental specialists share information and facilitate play and learning activities using toys, music and movement to promote sensitive, stimulating parent-child interactions and provide important support for school readiness.
The Infant Development Program (IDP) of the Center for Children and Families at the University of Texas at Dallas serves as a resource for the identification and prevention of developmental disorders for children ages 0-5. IDP offers comprehensive developmental screenings in both English and Spanish at various sites in greater Dallas.
Catholic Housing Initiative (CHI)
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has partnered with the CHI to provide home visits to the residents of CHI complexes providing person-to-person service and assistance.