Office of Community Care

Programs and Services

​On-Site Agencies

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center is home to a variety of organizations and agencies dedicated to providing comprehensive services to City of Dallas residents.

Carter’s House

Carter’s House aims to reduce financial hardships by providing quality clothing to children in low-income families. Located in Building A, Suite #115.

Contact: Lena Duri (469) 616-0224.

Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce

The Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce serves as an advocate for the creation, growth, and general welfare of African American businesses in the Dallas community.  Located in Building A, Suite #104.

Contact: Harrison Blair (214) 421-5200.

Dallas Civil Rights Museum

The Dallas Civil Rights Museum at the MLK Center houses a collection of speeches, books, spoken word, art, and artifacts relevant to the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is an effort to inspire people to discover and reconnect with the power of the Civil Rights Movement in America. Group tours are available. Located in Building A, Suite #118.

Contact: Emma Rodgers (214) 670-8418.

Family Care Connection

Family Care Connection (FCC) is a community- based organization providing case management, domestic violence prevention/intervention education and support, parent education, life skills and resource and support services to families in Dallas County and surrounding areas. Located in Building A, Suite #146. 

Contact: Freya Morani (972) 298-3366.

Foremost Family Health Center

The Foremost Family Health Center provides medical and dental services for patients of all ages.

Contact: Joyce Tapley (214) 426-3645.

Fresh Start Housing Assistance

The City of Dallas Fresh Start program provides rental assistance and support to homeless and their families, including ex-offenders. Located in Building A, Suite #124.

Contact: Duane Broadnax (214) 670-7323.

Hatch and Associates

Hatch & Associates, Inc. is a professional business consulting firm providing bookkeeping, income tax, payroll, and consulting services. Located in Building B.

Contact: Verenia Hatch (469) 718-9452.

Miles of Freedom

The mission of the Miles of Freedom program is to equip, empower, and employ individuals returning home from prison and provide support and assistance for families and communities impacted by Incarceration. Located in Building A, Suite #118.

Contact: Richard Miles (214) 290-2337.

MLK Branch Library

This branch of the Dallas Public Library is a resource to the community by providing access to public computers, homework help for students, and an outstanding African-American History collection. Located in Building C.

Contact: (214) 670-0344.

MLK Childcare Group

ChildCareGroup child development center provides high-quality early care and education services for children. Located in Building D.

Contact: (214) 670-8365

South Dallas Community Court

The City of Dallas’s first community court, the South Dallas Community Court, is located at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center in South Dallas. The South Dallas Community Court serves as a National Mentor Court for community courts across the world. Located in Building A, Suite #141.

Contact: Dianne Gibson (214) 670-7129.

MLK Recreation Center

The Recreation Center houses a complete fitness center, gymnasium, kitchen, and meeting space for the public. It is also home to the Senior’s center.

Contact: Mavis Lloyd (214) 670-8363.

Senior Year Productions

SYP’s mission is to equip, educate, and support students (ages 16 to 24) as they pursue higher education. SYP provides educational, career, and other supportive services. Located in Building A, Suite #116A.

Contact: Cheryl Hamilton (972) 283-6799.

Social Services

The City of Dallas Social Services Program assists clients by providing utility assistance for electricity, water, and rent, depending on availability of funds. HOPWA funds are available. Clients must make an appointment to be seen. Located in Building A, Suite #135.

Contact: Alesha Whibbey (214) 670-8442.

Tapestry Ministries (YES Program)

The YES program (Youth Expecting Success) provides academic preparation for SAT testing, reading, and math improvement, and life skills classes. Located in Building A, Suites #116B and #116C.

Contact: JR Newton (214) 476-7410.

WIC Program (Women, Infants, and Children)

WIC’s mission is to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care. Located in Building B.

Contact: (214) 670-7200.

Special Programs:

MLK Fresh Produce Distribution Center- Temporarily Relocated (Download Flyer)

The MLK Fresh Produce Distribution Center aims to increase access to fresh food in South Dallas and surrounding communities by providing fresh fruits, vegetables, and dry goods to citizens at no cost twice per week. There are no zip code requirements or income restrictions to receive goods.

Hours of Operation:

Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. at the Park South YMCA (2500 Romine Avenue, Dallas, TX 75215)

Free Legal Aid Services

The Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program (DVAP) provides free legal aid services to the community. For information, please contact 214-748-1234, ext. 2200.

Interested in renting space at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center? Contact us at 214-670-8418 for rates.