125 Years of Methodist Children's Home

 

Dallas 125th

 

Spotlight on Dallas Family Outreach

Throughout 2015, Methodist Children’s Home is commemorating its 125th anniversary. MCH has been blessed in these 125 years to extend our services beyond the beautiful Waco campus and Boys Ranch to outreach offices located in Texas and New Mexico that provide services to families and children. Throughout the year, the individual Family Outreach offices will be featured to highlight the uniqueness they bring to the communities they serve.

Dallas
The MCH Family Outreach office in Dallas was established in the 1970’s and provides a variety of services designed to strengthen individuals and families.

“There is an umbrella of services the Dallas Outreach office offers,” said Tashika Smith, outreach director. “These services include Nurturing Parenting classes, Grandparents as Parents Program (GAPP) Family Solutions, an intensive short term program that focuses on the family’s immediate needs and foster care.” We are able to work with individual families, day care centers, churches and the independent school districts in our community to help families and professionals understand how to parent a strong-willed child, a child with special needs or one who may have experienced trauma due to a loss such as death or divorce.

Smith said the Dallas Outreach office has also extended GAPP to include aunts and uncles who are caring for their young relatives.  “Currently, half of our GAPP clients are primarily Spanish speaking and we have one case manager who serves these clients,” she added.

As one of the MCH Outreach offices that offers foster care, Smith explained that “Foster care offers temporary out-of-home care. Typically parents place their children with us because they may be facing circumstances not conducive to raising a child effectively, such as homelessness, unemployment or incarceration.”

Smith said, “The biggest joy in working for MCH is being able to work for an agency with the desire and means to find creative ways to support and assist clients in ways that are the most meaningful and impactful to them. It is also wonderful to work for an agency that cares as much about the service to the community as they do their employees.”

“Being part of an agency with a 125 year history means we have staying power,” she said. “It means we are built on a solid foundation that values stewardship and quality care to the communities we serve.”

MCH Family Outreach in Dallas can be reached by calling (972) 480-8772. The office is located at 8330 LBJ Freeway Suite B-375, Dallas, Texas 75243.