Beneficiaries: Children & Families

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2017 Beneficiaries of Elizabeth Toon Charities



Advocates for Community Transformation is a new model of ministry that uses the justice system to empower inner-city Dallas families to fight crime on their street, while sharing with them the hope of the gospel.  Their vision is to see safe neighborhoods, where crime is no longer tolerated and dignity and hope are restored.  Systemic transformation of a neighborhood takes time and an incredible amount of trust and courage on the part of the clients.  Elizabeth Toon Charities will be funding ACT’s Family Bible Study, which is the most effective avenue for developing and maintaining relationships with neighborhood families.  Without these relationships, ACT’s legal advocacy mission is a non-starter.

Behind Every Door Ministries

Behind Every Door Ministries was founded in 2009 with a vision to serve and encourage the underserved in low-income apartment communities. Through a unique funding model, Behind Every Door Ministries renovates and restores the apartment buildings to provide safety and security and supply basic needs. Through on-site staff and volunteers at Village Oaks Apartments in South Oak Cliff and Willow Pond in Abrams-Royal area, there is a daily vital presence in the complexes who get to know residents, identifying needs of families, and implementing programs to meet those needs.  The funds provided by Elizabeth Toon Charities will go towards the expansion of the children’s programming which is a collaborative, culturally relevant, and discipleship oriented after school program for kids living in underserved communities.  The children’s programming includes bible studies, character building programs, daily after-school tutoring and mentoring, summer camps, summer lunch programs, and many recreational activities such as sports, cooking, drama, music and computer activities.

C5 Youth Foundation of Texas

C5 Youth Foundation of Texas was founded in 2008 with a mission to inspire high potential youth from risk-filled environments to pursue personal success, prepare them for leadership roles in college, work and community, and motivate them to become role models for others.  Funds from Elizabeth Toon Charities will supplement C5’s five-year core leadership program, which changes the odds for at-risk youth, empowering them to graduate high school and attend college.  A hundred percent of C5 students graduate high school, are accepted to college, and receive financial aid scholarships to attend college.

Catch Up & Read

The mission of Catch Up & Read is to catch elementary students up to grade level reading before they reach middle school.  Catch Up & Read takes a wraparound approach to equip and enable at-risk students to reach grade level reading by providing reading intervention services to low performing Dallas ISD elementary students K-4th grade. This includes after-school tutoring, teacher training, and parent/family engagement. Elizabeth Toon Charities will enable Catch Up & Read to continue in the three schools the program is currently in, as well as to help expand reading intervention services to additional elementary schools in need.

Champions of Hope

Champions of Hope seeks the transformation of individuals and a community through the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Gospel-driven relationships.  Through mentoring and discipleship, Champions of Hope works to fill children in South Dallas with hope and healing and strives to produce leaders of Godly character.  Champions of Hope is currently serving two elementary schools in South Dallas, J.J. Rhoads and Charles Rice, and with the help of Elizabeth Toon Charities they will expand to their third school, Dunbar Elementary.  Like all of the children served by Champions of Hope, Dunbar students are considered at-risk.  Four out of five children in South Dallas are born into single female headed households and one of five are born to a teenage mother.  Mentoring relationships bring multifaceted benefits to these children; and as they deepen, Christian discipleship occurs resulting in an understanding of their Creator, their purpose, and possibly a different way of life.

Chase’s Place

Chase’s Place is a private day school serving children and adults with developmental disabilities, including mental retardation, pervasive developmental disorder/autism, traumatic brain injuries, and neurological disorders. The mission of Chase’s Place is to support students in discovering abilities so they might develop independence to their maximum potential, allowing them to live life to the fullest.  Elizabeth Toon Charities will be funding scholarships for at-risk children and youth with severe developmental disabilities.  With small class sizes and a 1:2 teacher-student ratio, the cost of education per child is extremely high making these scholarships an integral part in a family’s journey to find the best place for their child.

Children’s Medical Center Foundation

The mission of Children’s Health is to make life better for children.  Children’s Health is one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country and the fifth largest healthcare provider in the nation.  At Children’s Medical Center, the At- Risk Children’s Center is dedicated to serving children in need, and their families, exclusively in the area of abuse and neglect.  Specifically, Elizabeth Toon Charities’ funding will support the training of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners who will provide sensitive health care to the child victim.  An experienced SANE practitioner can help to preserve the victim’s dignity, enhance medical evidence collection for better prosecution, and help them and their families take steps towards healing.

Cornerstone Crossroads Academy

Cornerstone Crossroads Academy is an accredited, faith-based, private high school located in South Dallas whose mission is to develop urban youth through transformative education, equipping future leaders to impact their communities for Christ.  CCA actively pursues students that other schools reject. These students have been unsuccessful in large public schools, experienced difficulty in learning, engaging with teachers, and have demonstrated problematic behaviors.  Funding from Elizabeth Toon Charities will help provide at-risk, South Dallas students with the education, mentoring and social services that they need to graduate from high school.  Over 70% of graduates from CCA are currently attending college, working full-time jobs or serving in the military.

Educational First Steps

The mission of Educational First Steps is to increase the quality and availability of early childhood education for economically disadvantaged children through their four step approach that includes professional development, program quality, program sustainability, and involving families.  Elizabeth Toon Charities funding will support the Four Steps 2.0 program that takes a day care center to nationally accredited quality in about three years and then assists them indefinitely to sustain the quality they have achieved.

Family Compass

The mission of Family Compass it to build healthy families and a strong North Texas community by preventing child abuse and neglect.  Elizabeth Toon Charities will fund the Growing As Parents Program in Dallas county, which serves parenting teens to prevent child abuse and improve family outcomes.  The Growing As Parents home mentoring program addresses the significant need for parenting education and mentoring services for teen mothers by targeting the teen population, where staff work with teen parents for up to five years to promote positive parenting, improve child health and development, and decrease the risk factors for child abuse and neglect.

The Family Place

The Family Place empowers victims of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling and life skills that create independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence.  Elizabeth Toon Charities will fund the Child Development Center of The Family Place for children six weeks to five years old providing them with the age appropriate developmental and motor skills to succeed in primary education and life.  Children from violent homes may be developmentally delayed, are more likely to be ill or under-immunized, may have lower self-esteem, find it difficult to interact appropriately with others, have poor problem-solving skills, difficulty managing anger and often have trouble trusting adults.  After 4 weeks in the Child Development Center, 80% of children show a 25% or greater improvement in their age-appropriate developmental skills and 45% of children exhibiting behaviors associated with fearfulness no longer exhibit those behaviors.

Focus on Teens

The mission of Focus on Teens is to serve homeless or marginalized teens through a prevention model that focuses on reaching the teen and identifying potential issues as close to the outset as possible in order to mitigate long term problems and behaviors.  Funds from Elizabeth Toon Charities will provide case management and meet the basic essential needs of homeless teens including food, clothing, sleeping bags, etc.  By helping these teens at the initial phase of homelessness and by providing them with the support and education necessary to prevent future homelessness, Focus on Teens could potentially break the cycle of chronic homelessness before it begins in a new generation.

Limbs for Life

Limbs for Life is a global non-profit dedicated to providing fully-functional prosthetic care for individuals who cannot otherwise afford it and raising awareness of the challenges facing amputees.  Elizabeth Toon Charities will be funding prosthetics for DFW area adults with children.  Amputees are faced with staggering emotional and financial lifestyle changes, but quality prosthetics restores mobility and independence.  With help from Elizabeth Toon Charities, these amputees return to work or school and resume activities with their families, making the family whole again.

ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship 

ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship is a non-profit organization in Collin County that offers therapeutic riding lessons to children and adults with physical, cognitive, sensory, and learning disabilities.  It is a unique, thriving, life-changing organization that is providing effective therapeutic services for people with special needs.  For the riders, ManeGait has become a place of hope, healing, and accomplishments.  Elizabeth Toon Charities will fund the “Provide the Ride” program which provides therapeutic riding lessons to 125 children with disabilities in 2017.  Riding a horse provides many physical, mental and emotional benefits for people with disabilities.  The multi-dimensional movement pattern they experience is similar to the human gait and influences the rider’s body leading to increased flexibility, core strength, motor skills, and intellectual functioning.

North Texas Capernaum Young Life

Young Life Capernaum is a Christ-centered outreach ministry that gives young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the chance to experience fun and adventure, develop fulfilling friendships, and challenge their limits while building self-esteem through club, camp and other exciting activities. With the funding from Elizabeth Toon Charities, Young Life Capernaum will be able to send more kids to Capernaum Camp and will be able to develop new Capernaum Ministries at inner city high schools in the DFW area.  Last year YL Capernaum sent 154 people to a Capernaum camping experience and this year they hope to send 175.


Elizabeth Toon Partner Charities – Charities that have been selected for annual support

Camp John Marc 

Camp John Marc is a unique camp facility in Bosque County, Texas that serves children with chronic illnesses and major physical disabilities by making possible high-quality, year-round camping experiences.  These experiences are motivated by the belief that every camper has the right to discovery and adventure in nature’s world, and deserves a chance to see, touch, play, and feel better. At Camp John Marc, Special Camps for Special Kids provides cooperative programming with the health organizations, community volunteers, and pediatric hospitals also dedicated to serving these children. Camp John Marc serves children and families, primarily from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, with a variety of special medical needs or major physical disabilities. Each session at camp is dedicated to a particular diagnosis and campers are chosen through partnering groups and organizations. Camp John Marc primarily partners with groups affiliated with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital of Dallas and Cook Children’s Medical Center of Fort Worth. Camp John Marc utilizes community and medical volunteers to provide program support and quality medical care and treatment in the camp setting.

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center 

The mission of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center is to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County and provide national leadership on child abuse issues.  DCAC’s clients are children who have been sexually abused, severely physically abused, experienced extreme neglect, or have witnessed a violent crime.  They are referred by law enforcement or Child Protective Services, come from all residential zip codes of Dallas County, and closely mirror the ethnic make-up of our community.  Statistically, the average client is a 9-10 year-old girl, who has been sexually abused by someone she knows and trusts. Last year, DCAC served more than 2,400 children (and their nonoffending family members).

DCAC houses the Child Abuse Unit of the Dallas Police Department, five units of Child Protective Services, and an Assistant District Attorney. Having all of these professionals under one roof drives collaboration and communication in the very sensitive cases that DCAC coordinates. DCAC also works with, among others, more than 25 other police agencies in Dallas County and Children’s Medical Center. Children who are victimized need help to process what they have experienced in order to heal. DCAC has expert child therapists who provide art therapy, play therapy, animal assisted therapy and music therapy. Services are free of charge.

Rise School of Dallas 

The purpose of the Rise School of Dallas is to provide the highest quality of early childhood education services to children with Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities and to children without disabilities by: providing exemplary services based on recommended practices to young children with diverse abilities and their families; offering instructional opportunities through collaboration with various academic programs at local colleges and universities; engaging in research that positively influences practice in the field of early childhood education at the local, state and national levels; interfacing with the community through outreach and public awareness activities; disseminating information and providing technical assistance to other community based agencies and affecting policy and systems change at the local, state and national levels. Since 1998, the Rise School of Dallas has continuously touched the lives of children who otherwise might not have received this type of specialized education.

Scottish Rite Hospital 

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is a world leader in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions. They strive to improve the care of children worldwide through innovative research and teaching programs, training physicians from around the world. Scottish Rite treats Texas children with orthopedic conditions, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders and limb length differences, as well as certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia.

As a leading pediatric orthopedic center, the hospital has treated more than 210,000 children since its inception, with more than 40,000 clinic visits each year. The hospital takes a multidisciplinary approach to care, tailoring treatment to the individual needs of each child and family. All services are provided without charge to patient families.

Grant applications for 2018 will be accepted May 1 – August 1 of 2017.

Beneficiaries of Elizabeth Toon Charities over the years

Any Baby Can
Austin Sunshine Camp
Behind Every Door Ministries
Bryan’s House
Buckner Children and Family Services
Camp Fire USA First Texas Council
Camp John Marc
Camp Summit
Catch Up & Read
Chase’s Place
Children’s Craniofacial Association
Children’s Medical Center – Foster Care Center
Children’s Medical Center – Palliative Care Program
Child Study Center
Christian Works for Children
Clayton Dabney for Kids with Cancer
Communities In School Dallas Region
Community Partners of Dallas
Cornerstone Crossroads Academy
Dallas CASA
Dallas Furniture Bank
Down Syndrome Guild
Educational First Steps
Foundation for the Education of Young Women
Friends of Wednesday’s Child
Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support
Grief and Loss Center of North Texas
Heroes for Children
Hope’s Door
Interfaith Housing Coalition Children’s Program
Mary Saner Child Development Center
Make-A-Wish Foundation
ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship
Mental Health America of Greater Dallas
Mercy Street
New Friends New Life
Oak Hill Academy
Peaceable Kingdom – Out on a Limb Camp
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services
Promise House
Rainbow Days
REAL School Gardens
Rise School of Dallas
Ronald McDonald House of Dallas
Scottish Rite Hospital
Snowball Express
St. Simon’s After-School
Suicide & Crisis Center
Trinity River Mission
Vogel Alcove
Wesley-Rankin Community Center
West Dallas Community Schools
Wisdom’s Hope
Wonders & Worries