Promise House is honored to have been selected as a 2019 beneficiary of The Crystal Charity Ball. The women of The Crystal Charity Ball have a long history of supporting children in the Dallas community, and Promise House is excited to partner with them to support homeless youth.

The Crystal Charity Ball will provide $756,072 over three years to support expansion of Promise House Emergency Youth Shelter services to the new Fannie C. Harris Youth Center. As part of the After8toEducate (After8) collaborative, Promise House is creating an additional shelter in a second location by transforming the Fannie C. Harris Elementary School building into the new Fannie C. Harris Youth Center to combat youth homelessness amongst students within Dallas ISD (DISD) high schools. This will increase our emergency shelter services by 26 beds, almost doubling our capacity to serve this population.

The After8 initiative includes Promise House, DISD, Social Venture Partners Dallas and City Square. It is a collective impact project that brings together a cross-sector group of public-private partners towards the same goal of promoting self-sufficiency and stable housing among unsheltered high school youth and other homeless youth ages 14-21. After8 is the city’s first collective approach to provide a single solution for homeless youth and could be a possible model approach to be replicated in other jurisdictions.

Women from The Crystal Charity Ball visited Fannie C. Harris Youth Center on Thursday, February 21, 2019 to see the progress of renovation and learn more about the project. Check out some photos below.