Supporting three children on a restaurant server’s income was not easy. But with Tawana’s great work ethic, she was making ends meet. When her son died tragically and unexpectedly, she fell into a pit of despair. Working fewer hours, her situation became desperate. Tawana found Wilkinson Center online and sought help with her rent. She not only received rent and utility assistance to avoid eviction, but also food for her family. And Tawana also found a compassionate and caring counselor.
Patsy Driggers, Assistant Case Manager, helped Tawana find the will and purpose to go on. She encouraged Tawana to get her GED so she could take advantage of new career opportunities. While working at a restaurant, Tawana utilized Wilkinson Center’s GED prep courses. Tawana received her GED this past Summer! Equipped with the proper tools, she has been faithfully building a new life for her family. Tawana now has her dream job, working in a medical office. This allows her to be home with her children evenings and weekends.
Tawana is so very appreciative of the help and support she received from Wilkinson Center. And we are incredibly proud of her!
For over 36 years, Wilkinson Center has provided support to thousands of families like Tawana’s who have critical needs. Every day we fight poverty and hunger more because we believe – no, we know – it is the fulfillment of basic human needs that impacts not one but multiple generations of families. We know that our work not only improves lives, but also instills hope, dignity and respect.
We are proud of the work we are doing and thank you for partnering with us. Because of your support, we are able to operate our Food Pantry that serves over 2,800 households; provides thousands of dollars of emergency funding; and hosts drives for back to school backpacks and shoes, Thanksgiving turkey baskets, and holiday toys.
At our nine Adult Education locations, we provide GED preparation classes, English as a Second Language, career readiness skills and job training for 1,400 adult learners. In the past year, nearly 200 students have received their GED and over 30% of our GED graduates have enrolled in post-secondary education. 100% of our clients have increased their financial acumen, and 65% who utilized our job readiness services obtained employment.
It’s been an amazing year thanks to your support, but there is so much more to do and much need. As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, we ask for your continued investment in the lives of Dallas families by making a donation today. With your financial gift, we can provide a pathway to self-sufficiency and transform lives. Please give. You may do so by clicking the donate button, by calling 972-284-0302, or by mailing a check to Wilkinson Center, PO Box 720248, Dallas, Texas 75372.
Wilkinson Center also accepts donations of stocks. Please dial 972-284-0304 to obtain more information.
Thank you for playing such a key role in the lives of Dallas families. We are excited about the future and all that we can accomplish together.