Celebrating 40 Years
2022 marks the 40th anniversary of Wilkinson Center’s founding. We invite you to learn about our history, share your personal stories, and help us continue our mission of creating pathways to self-sufficiency.
After seeing a child dig in a dumpster for food, Reverend Clayton Lewis, then pastor of Munger Place United Methodist Church, resolved to do what he could to relieve this situation in East Dallas. In September 1982, Rev. Lewis provided 67 families with food and clothing, and thus the seed of Wilkinson Center was planted. Please enjoy this timeline of Wilkinson Center’s history and growth throughout the decades.
Then & Now
A lot has changed in the last 40 years, but Wilkinson Center’s goal of ending generational poverty has not. With the tremendous increase in the cost of living over the decades, our services are needed more than ever.
|A gallon of milk||$2.24||$3.48|
|1 pound of bacon||$1.79||$7.21|
|1 dozen eggs||$.79||$2.00|
|Loaf of white bread||$.69||$1.47|
|Peanut butter (28 oz)||$1.48||$3.99|
|A gallon of gas||$1.30||$4.02|
|Median rent (Texas)||$246/month||$1,091/month|
|A new car||$9,370||$47,077|
|Median home price (national)||$69,300||$352,906|
|Minimum wage (federal)||$3.35||$7.25|
Stories from Our Clients, Volunteers, and Staff
2022 Kids Can, Too! Award Winners – The Guthrie Kids
Client Success: 2022 Can Do! Award
Client Success: 2019 Can Do! Award
Client Success: 2018 Can Do! Award
Client Success: 2017 Can Do! Award
Wilkinson Center’s impact is only possible with the support of dedicated volunteers, donors, and staff, and through the hard work of our clients. Please share your own Wilkinson Center story using the link below. These stories and photos may be shared on our social media channels, at events, and on our website.
Our Mission Continues
For 40 years, Wilkinson Center has been changing lives in Dallas County. Your gift will create a lasting impact as we continue to serve our neighbors for the next 40 years.