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THE SWISS AVENUE
WOMEN'S GUILD









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One of the primary objectives of the Swiss Avenue Women’s Guild is to serve the surrounding community through charitable giving of time, money, and resources. The Guild is proud to provide generous support to the following charitable organizations in our area:

Disciples of Trinity (DOT)
Disciples of Trinity, commonly referred to as “DOT,” aids and assists terminally ill
individuals and their families by providing everything from basic necessities to last
wishes and burial arrangements. DOT’s mission is to make life more comfortable
for the terminally ill and allow them to live the remainder of their lives with dignity.

DOT began its mission by providing patient transportation for the Parkland
Hospital Geriatric Department. Since that time, DOT has greatly expanded to
offer its clients a food pantry, clothing bank, diaper and dairy program, medical
equipment, utility assistance, plus much more. In 2001, Jim Davis, DOT’s
Executive Director, helped over 900 registered clients that included terminally ill
children, women and men suffering from cancer, leukemia, heart and transplant
complications, AIDS, and many other catastrophic illnesses. DOT also operates
DOT’s Closet, a resale/consignment store located at the corner of Live Oak and
Skillman that raises funds for and distributes food, clothing and necessities to its
clients.

DOT does not receive federal, state or local funding and depends heavily on the
generosity of organizations such as ours. Over the years, the Guild has assisted
DOT through our annual Thanksgiving food drive and Easter basket drive as
well as through Christmas Angel Tree parties and monetary contributions.

Wilkinson Center
When Reverend Clayton Lewis saw children eating out of a dumpster, he vowed
that East Dallas youth would never again go to bed hungry. From that vision in
1976 sprang a small food pantry in the basement of the Munger Place United
Methodist Church. Today that pantry is a thriving network of employment assistance,
emergency care, and community activity known as The Wilkinson Center.

The Wilkinson Center is a joint ministry of Munger Place United Methodist
Church and the East Dallas Cooperative Parish. Located at 5200 Bryan Street,
the Center serves more than 18,000 people each year with food, clothing, employment,
after-school programs and other emergency services. The Wilkinson Center
operates such programs as the Food Pantry, Clothing Closet, Employment
Assistance Program, Emergency Assistance Program, and children’s Safe Haven
and Art Programs.

Through these programs and services, The Wilkinson Center ministers to a wide
variety of people of differing ethnic groups and family composition, offering a
helping hand to those who have the desire to break out of the cycle of poverty
and take control of their lives. Ultimately, it is their long term goal to empower
individuals to take an active role in improving the quality of their own lives.

The Guild has made donations to The Wilkinson Center through school supply
and food drives. In 1997, the Guild conducted a successful holiday home tour, with
proceeds from the tour and gift shop benefiting the Center.

Interfaith Housing Coalition
Interfaith Housing Coalition is a unique ministry that utilizes a holistic approach to
attack the root causes of homelessness. Though there are several emergency
shelters in Dallas County that provide beds and meals, Interfaith aims for a more
lasting solution, with three-month transitional housing, job placement, and
counseling. Support, accountability, and faith guide each family member back to
a functional and productive lifestyle. The ministry empowers the homeless to
obtain employment and rebuild their lives and families. It is an approach that
works: two out of three families that complete Interfaith’s program are able to
sustain self-sufficiency.

Interfaith Housing Coalition was established in 1985 by two local churches in a
12-unit apartment building. Today, Interfaith provides housing, counseling, and
educational programs to 100 homeless families each year. Most of these are the
“hidden homeless” – families without a fixed residence who move from relative to
relative, friend to friend. Local agencies and shelters help identify families in need.

Financial support for Interfaith is obtained from individuals, private foundations,
churches, and corporations. No government or United Way funds are utilized.
The Guild began assisting Interfaith in 2001 through our annual Angel Tree
Party, during which our members generously provided Christmas gifts of toys
and clothing for several Interfaith families.