The mission of Wilkinson Center is to transform the lives of Dallas families by creating pathways to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect.
Wilkinson Center began in 1982 as a little food pantry in Munger Place Church. For thirty-five years, it has been our job to feed our neighbors. Today our neighborhood is our nine-zip code North Texas Food Pantry Service Area. Last year we provided over 600,000 pounds of food to 11,000 people. The need is still great – 1 in 5 people live in poverty and 1 in 4 children go hungry. Parents forego eating to feed their children and/or pay for housing, utilities, or transportation. Wilkinson Center provides emergency funding for families facing financial crisis.
For many adults, lack of education makes self-sufficiency out of reach. Nearly 500,000 adults living in the Greater Dallas area do not have basic literacy skills. 1 in 4 adults in Dallas County do not have a high school diploma or equivalent. According to the Texas Workforce Investment Council, 3.8 million people in Texas need the services of an Adult Education Program, but only 100,000 are being served
That’s why Wilkinson Center provides Adult Education programming taught by certified, professional instructors.. We currently serve 1,100 individual at eight locations across Dallas. We offer classes that give our clients the opportunity to obtain a job or advance in their careers through Adult Basic Education (pre-GED), High School Equivalency / GED Preparation, English as a Second Language, computer courses, career-readiness courses, financial education courses, and other supportive services for job readiness and financial management including one-on-one coaching.
What has become crystal clear is that many of our Adult Education clients needed food assistance and other emergency services. They are the working poor who face multiple barriers to their goals of an education and a better paying job. As a result, we are now taking referrals from our instructors and Case Managers for needy Adult Education students who live outside of our Food Pantry Service Area. Your support would enable us to extend and expand food and emergency funds to adult students who are sacrificing and struggling to provide a better life for their families.
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“Providing pathways out of poverty “