We are excited to announce that Serve Denton was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from Moody Foundation towards our Capital Campaign. The grant will allow for the continued construction of brand new facilities for Health Services of North Texas, Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County, and Denton Community Food Center at the Serve Denton Center. Thanks to Moody Foundation, there is only $1.8 million left to raise for our $10.1 million Capital Campaign.
The Serve Denton Center
The heart behind the Serve Denton Center is to create a central place where an individual or family looking for help can receive all of the services they need in one location. We currently partner with 18 nonprofits, and our goal is to help them grow in capacity to maximize their impact so they can help those in need find help more efficiently.
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) identified nineteen areas of need people in poverty typically experience. These needs range from basics like food, clothing, and housing to education, employment, and emotional support.
We have organized these nineteen areas of need into a Ladder of Self-Sufficiency to help people understand how Serve Denton works. This guiding principle helps determine what service gaps exist at the Serve Denton Center and what “rungs” remain to be filled with agencies that provide those services.
Denton is Growing
The United States Census Bureau reported that—from April 2010 to July 2018—Denton County’s population has increased from 662,614 to 859,064 or by 29.7%. The City of Denton also reported that 21.3% of the county presently lives in poverty. This vulnerable population continues to grow at a rapid pace in our county, and nonprofits are feeling the burden to grow in order to meet this demand.
However, with the cost of rent continuing to rise, the demand for services is outpacing the ability to grow. Our mission is to remediate this dire situation.
Since opening in April of 2018, our nonprofit partners have reported experiencing up to 60% savings on overhead and 20% staff increases by officing at the Serve Denton Center. One agency said they are fully staffed for the first time due to savings and increased space to operate.
The heart behind the Serve Denton Center is to create a central place where an individual or family looking for help can receive all of the services they need in one location.
In January 2019, we began renovations on the expansion of the Serve Denton Center for our three major partner agencies. Health Services of North Texas (HSNT), Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County (CACDC) and Denton Community Food Center (DCFC) committed to relocating to the Serve Denton campus to occupy a total of 31,800 sq/ft of newly renovated space.
Health Services of North Texas (HSNT)
HSNT opened its new location in July 2019 at the Serve Denton Center. They provide primary medical care and pharmaceutical services through nine exam rooms, a pharmacy, lab, and a procedure room. HSNT has a 33-year history of providing quality primary care and currently offers prescription assistance as a support service to qualifying patients.
Denton County was home to 79,978 medically uninsured people in 2016. Services at HSNT will be provided through a comprehensive care management model at a reduced-rate, sliding-scale fee, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. The Serve Denton Center will also provide HSNT with the opportunity to have its first on-site pharmacy.
Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County (CACDC)
CACDC is a nonprofit organization that conducts investigations of child abuse in a collaborative, child-friendly environment. CACDC’s clinical team assists victims and their families with extensive therapy services to heal the wounds of trauma. CACDC also provides child abuse prevention education throughout the community to teach adults who work with children how to recognize and report child abuse.
The increase in space at Serve Denton will allow their organization to colocate with law enforcement from the Denton Police Department and the Denton County Sheriff’s Office. A CPS unit that will serve north Denton communities will also be added. CACDC anticipates being able to add 18 new positions to provide services to the Denton community. This growth would not be possible without this partnership.
Denton Community Food Center (DCFC)
DCFC, an entirely volunteer-run organization, currently operates in a 3,300 sq/ft space.
They are also in great need to expand, as their current facility limits their efficiency, lacks proper storage space, and can only hold about one week's worth of food. Their new 10,500 sq/ft free-standing building will provide over three times more space.
The new building will include a “clean room” for repacking bulk foods, a walk-in freezer and refrigerator, bay doors, and a loading dock, which will increase food storage from 986 sq/ft to 8,500 sq/ft. It will also provide space for refrigerated cases and display counters for a “client choice” shopping area.
How You Can Help
We are so excited for these three incredible organization to join the Serve Denton Center and offer their services in one accessible location.
In our first year of being fully operational, we project that over 16,000 people will be served at the Serve Denton Center and our nonprofit partners will collectively save over $450,000 annually—money that will go back into their mission of helping our neighbors get back on their feet.
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Moody Foundation is one of the largest foundations in Texas and is also in the top 100 largest charitable foundations in America. Founded in Galveston, TX in 1942 by W.L. Moody, Jr. and Libbie Shearn Moody, Moody Foundation has awarded $1.6 billion through over 4,000 grants to nonprofits in Texas.
They have had a role in building numerous universities, hospitals, museums, and libraries. Their generosity has been a benefit to both present and future Texans, and that will continue to be the case at the Serve Denton Center.
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