Every day, children in the Dallas area are abused and neglected by parents and close family. For Harmony, her mother’s significant other was a source of abuse. When it all became too much for Harmony’s mother, she dropped off Harmony at Child Protective Services.
There, a caseworker welcomed Harmony to the Rainbow Room, just one of the many resources provided to caseworkers by Community Partners of Dallas. Harmony received clean clothes, pajamas, shoes, and a baby doll. Today Harmony lives with her aunt and two cousins in San Angelo and is a thriving student at her school.
Community Partners of Dallas is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 that provides resources and support to Dallas’ CPS caseworkers. Rainbow Rooms, like the one Harmony visited, now exist in more than 155 Texas cities.
Other programs include Kids in Crisis, providing funds for children's clothing, transportation, therapy, activities, housing, and medical expenses; the Heart Program, an internationally recognized program providing therapeutic group treatment to victims of sexual abuse; Caseworker Appreciation, a variety of events held to show appreciation and gratitude to caseworkers; and StoryLine, a phone line children can call 24 hours a day to hear a story.
Community Partners of Dallas served more than 20,000 children in 2015. Vote now for CPD — or any of the other worthy local nonprofits — in the CultureMap Charity Challenge.