NDSM was established in 1983 to provide short-term, tangible emergency assistance for food, rent and utilities. Over time, assistance was enhanced with a menu of additional services including job counseling, English-as-a-second-language day and evening classes, school supplies, vision screening and eye glasses. The medical clinic opened in 2000.
Initially treating adults and children for acute minor illnesses, the medical clinic rapidly expanded to include women’s health, hypertension, diabetes, dermatology and podiatry. In 2003, the medical clinic added emergency dental care for adults and in 2006 added an evening clinic managed by UT Southwestern medical students.
When school uniforms became a DISD requirement in 2007, NDSM enhanced its school supply distribution program by also providing two school uniforms to each child.
In keeping with our practice of meeting newly identified needs, we also initiated a free income tax assistance program in 2009. Since then, we have partnered with Foundation Communities to provide this service for low and moderate income individuals in the Dallas area.
In 2013, collaborations with UT Southwestern and Texas A&M College of Dentistry provided additional staff and enabled us to expand services and increase the number of patients served.
NDSM formalized its behavioral health efforts in 2016 by forging a relationship with the Center for Integrative Counseling and Psychology to provide full time mental health counseling to clients.
Given the expansion of our programs over time, NDSM now provides a full array of services to our clients allowing for a holistic approach to their care. Reflective of this approach, in 2019, our medical clinic began serving clients 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. every weekday.