We are thrilled to begin a new partnership with the Pastoral Counseling Center that expands our Mental Health services. Two PCC licensed clinicians are now coming to NDSM five days each week to provide behavioral health care services to Emergency Aid Center clients and Medical Clinic patients.
This exciting new collaboration builds upon our 17-year effort to address the critical need we identified for mental health counseling for our clients. Though we knew the need existed, we were only able to begin addressing it in 2014, through our relationship with UT Southwestern Medical Center. Since then, all adult clinic patients have been screened for depression.
From 2015 until now, Sister Sylvia Guerra, a Licensed Master Social Worker, has been offering onsite counseling to those that need it. In 2016, volunteer Peggy Busby, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and volunteer Gladys De la Cruz, a counselor licensed in Puerto Rico who serves as an interpreter, joined her.
Our new agreement with PCC expands and enhances our ability to deliver this important service.
In the final frenzy to get ready for school, we’re here to help. In addition to providing school supplies and uniforms, we’re offering the following services this fall:
Medical Services for Students
We’re offering school and sports physicals. Uninsured students must either live in one of the 22 zip codes we serve, or be a member of a Covenant Congregation (any zip code).
We’re offering childhood immunizations to all uninsured and Medicaid-insured children, regardless of zip code.
When: 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
What to bring: Please bring immunization records, if you have them. Bring the Head Start form for children enrolled in Head Start.
What we provide: We will provide forms for school and athletic participation.
Dental Services for Children
Children as young as six-months are treated in our dental clinic every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., either as a walk-in or by calling 214.358.8719.
We’re now taking applications for school uniforms and supplies. We provide two complete sets of uniforms and the DISD recommended school supplies to qualified applicants.
To qualify – Students must live within our service area.
Parents must provide a photo ID for themselves, proof of address and a social security card or birth certificate for each child.
We’ll take applications through Thursday, September 1, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
However, our primary days to distribute uniforms are August 15 through August 19.
We distribute school supplies on the first day of classes, Monday, August 22.
NDSM is now serving the residents of the 75243 Zip Code. The Forest-Audelia area is on the east side of our service zone and is among the poorest neighborhoods in Dallas. We are pleased to have the resources and community support necessary to extend our coverage to this part of our community.
Please note that we offer some services to residents of certain zip codes, and others to all who qualify. You can look under each specific program or service for eligibility requirements.
Because it is difficult to get the full cadre of volunteers, most of whom are employed, for Saturdays during the summer months, the Emergency Aid Center will be open only the following Saturdays until the first Saturday following the Labor Day holiday:
- June 4th
- June 18th
- July 9th
- July 23rd
- August 20th
NDSM begins accepting applications for school supplies/uniforms Tuesday, June 7th.
NDSM will be closed Friday, July 1-Monday, July 4 for the Fourth of July.
NDSM will be closed Saturday, August 6-Sunday, August 14 for Summer Break.
The Clothes Closet will be closed Monday-Friday, August 15-19 for Uniform Distribution.
NDSM will be closed Monday, August 22nd for School Supply Distribution.
Last day to apply for and/or pick up school supplies and uniforms – Thursday, September 1st.
NDSM will be closed Friday, September 2-Monday, September 5 for Labor Day.