Our Story

The Promise House mission began in 1984 after the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church conducted a community needs survey. Their research uncovered an enormous lack of community support for homeless and runaway youth. To fill this unmet need, the church purchased a large house located 15 minutes away from downtown Dallas and converted it into a 16-bed emergency shelter.

Today, Promise House operates as an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Since our founding, we have dramatically expanded our programming to include crisis intervention, transitional housing, pregnant and parenting teen services, counseling, education, and outreach to neglected, abused, and at-risk youth ages 0-24. Since 1984, Promise House has had an open door – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – to children, youth and families in crisis serving 2,050 clients last year alone. By improving each client’s chances for long-term stability, Promise House works to prevent chronic homelessness in North Texas.


The vision of Promise House is that every youth has a safe and nurturing place to call home.


Promise House moves youth in crisis toward safety and success.

We accomplish this through:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Emergency Shelter and Long-term Housing
  • Case Management and Counseling Services
  • Education Services
  • Advocacy
  • Outreach



National Network of Youth Services

Hope Supply Company


Continuum of Care – Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance

Center for Nonprofit Management

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)

Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services


Fannie C. Harris Youth Center/ After8toEducate


MDHA / Dallas Continuum of Care Leader Agency

Dallas Morning News Charities

Parkland Hospital HOMES program

Vogal Alcove

North Texas Food Bank


Department of Family and Protective Services

Parkland Health and Hospital System HOMES – Homeless Outreach Medical Services

Dallas Independent School District


The Resource Center


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