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Join The Friends of OHS!

Launched in the Spring of 2023, the Office of Homeless Solutions has created a volunteer corps aka The Friends of OHS, made up of individuals interested in supporting OHS initiatives and serving Dallas’ unsheltered residents. Friends Group members must be 18 years of age. Exceptions may be made for younger volunteers accompanied by a parent or guardian. As a member of the Friends Group, you may be called upon during the year when the need for volunteer assistance is identified.

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Temporary Inclement Weather (TIWS)

Assistance is needed when the city activates temporary inclement weather sheltering at City of Dallas facilities. The duration of the shelter opening is dependent on weather conditions. The following opportunities are available during TIWS:

  • Shelter set up and take down (must be 18 years of age)
  • Provide meals for shelter guests (no age requirement)
  • Provide snacks for shelter guests (no age requirement)
  • Pick-up/delivery of supplies for shelter
  • Volunteer at partnering IWS sites

Be A Champion

We understand that not everyone has time or money to give so we have identified other ways for individuals to support unsheltered neighbors. You can advocate for the many initiatives to address homelessness by attending community meetings and contacting elected officials.

Important Dates to Remember

November

All Saint’s Service of Remembrance
Interfaith service for those individuals who passed away while experiencing homelessness
First Presbyterian Church of Dallas sanctuary
November 1, 2023, 11 am to noon

The Bridge Good Neighbor Agreement 
A community meeting to explore The Bridge Good Neighbor Agreement. The Bridge is a low-barrier emergency shelter located at 1818 Corsicana St. Business owners and residents of the surrounding area are encouraged to attend. Please see presentation linked here.
Old City Park
November 7, 2023, 6 pm to 7:30 pm

National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week 
Proclamation– Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins will present the Proclamation for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week at the opening reception for the art exhibition featuring artists from The Stewpot’s Art Program.
November 8, 2023, 8:30 am to 9:30 am

Art Exhibition – Please join us in the lobby of Dallas City Hall during the week of November 11 through 18, for an Art Exhibition featuring artist participating in the Stewpot’s Art Program.
English Version Flyer. Spanish Version Flyer. 
November 11 through 18, 2023, daily 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Monthly C.ON.N.E.C.T-ION
Please join us virtually for our monthly C.ON.N.E.C.T-ION, held via WebEx. 
Topic: Temporary Inclement Weather Sheltering (TIWS) and Acts of Service
Please note these C.ON.N.E.C.T-ION’s are targeted towards leadership who wish to learn more about volunteering their facilities to be TIWS and to learn more on our Give Responsibly Campaign
TBD

December

January

Dallas and Collin County Homeless Point-In-Time (PIT) Count
January 25, 2023

March

City of Dallas Budget Listening Sessions
Date pending for 2024 dates

April

National Volunteer Month

Further dates pending for 2024

Advocacy

Contact the Mayor and City Council
You can e-mail your council member here.

Not sure which City Council District you live in? You can check here.

Have questions about volunteering? Contact us via OHSVolunteer@dallas.org or fill out the form below.


Thank You

The Office of Homeless Solutions would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their contributions to the success of the department’s programs.

Anonymous Friends Group
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Bishop Lynch High School Men’s Basketball Team

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Various Dallas City Council Members

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