Building on our ongoing partnerships in South Dallas, the Foundation for Community Empowerment serves as a catalyst to mobilize people, data, ideas and resources that help distressed neighborhoods become vibrant, thriving places, making Dallas a whole city.

Wholeness means that there is an interrelatedness of purpose and concern about the wellbeing of citizens, an awareness of the impact of policies across neighborhoods, and a willingness to act on behalf of all communities within the city. Wholeness means there is a relative lack of disparities across the various sectors of Dallas regarding education, crime and safety, health, housing, civic engagement, and income. A city lacks wholeness when the disparities are large and chronic.

Over time, these disparities result in:

  • Increasing numbers of persons lacking the education and skills to succeed
  • Declining supply of skilled workers to meet local workforce demands
  • Increased public burden to meet the housing, healthcare and social service needs of those who lack equal opportunity to be self-sufficient
  • More and more citizens each year who fall short of their potential

FCE was established on the belief that in whole cities, people have equal economic opportunities, are equally self-sufficient, and participate equally in political and civic life regardless of their socio-economic status.