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Communities In Schools Dallas Region Announces Half Million Dollar Grant

W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas to support mental health services in schools

(Dallas, TX) December 23, 2020 – Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region (CISDR) announced today that they are the recipients of a grant in the amount of $500,000 from W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas.

In support of CISDR’s Safer Students, Stronger Schools (4S) campaign, the purpose of this grant is to fund CISDR’s program services for the next two school years, ensuring that mental health services are available and accessible for at‐risk students across Dallas County.

“Our team has worked tirelessly the past nine months to ensure that our students receive the support they need, despite obstacles of virtual instruction and additional stressors brought on by the pandemic,” says Adam Powell, President and CEO at CISDR. “Receiving this grant as the year comes to a close is truly the recognition our site coordinators deserve as they go into the holiday break. We’re honored and deeply grateful to the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas for their belief and commitment to our work supporting students.”

Mental health has been a growing problem amongst youth, but the need has been heightened and drastically grown amidst the pandemic that turned students’ world upside down nine months ago. The effects of the pandemic are not just now but will be a growing concern for years to come.

“Communities Foundation of Texas is thrilled to invest in the work of Communities In Schools of the Dallas Region through our W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund in support of their program services during the next two school years, ensuring mental health clinical services are available and accessible for at-risk students across Dallas County,” says Sarah Cotton Nelson, Chief Philanthropy Officer at Communities Foundation of Texas. “As we work to build a thriving community for all, addressing the effects of the pandemic and increased mental health issues and how they disproportionately affect low-income students and students of color is imperative.”

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