Chairman of the Board
We are proud of the progress that The Community Outreach Connection, Inc. (COC) has made since it was established in 2005. Although we began the organization with an ambitious and aggressive platform hosting 9 service programs, we have since determined our efforts would better serve our clients using a more streamlined and intentional focus. We listened to the community, through conversation, observation and statistical research, to assess which programs are of greater need and would be most impactful. Our research revealed approximately 54% of the community we serveis comprised of families with incomes below the National Poverty Level. This not only indicates a high potential of food insecurities, but it speaks to the inadequate access to quality education and academic resources. These two deficiencies are high contributors to the potential rise in crime and drug abuse.
As we move forward to address the needs of the community, we hold fast to our Mission: “To provide essential life skills necessary for individuals to become self-sufficient, productive and socially acceptable citizens.” The organization is now restructured under 2 Divisions: Health and Human Services; and Education. Under the Health and Human Services Division,we have the Our Daily Bread Food Pantry & Clothes Closet andFamily Restoration and Recovery Services. We successfully provide food to over 6,000 families annually, this does not begin to bridge the gap of the total population in need of this service. We still seek the support of community businesses, charitable foundations and corporations to help us in this fight against domestic hunger. Serving as an agency of the North Texas Food Bank has broadened our reach in the community of the underserved and disenfranchised families.Our Family Restoration and Recovery Services continues to offer access to confidential counseling and referral resources.
Under our Education Division, our services have transitioned from after school tutoring of students in grades 3 – 5 formerly operated as Brighter STAARS, to our current weekend enrichment workshops in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) for students in grades 6 – 8 now operating as Minds That Matter. The STEM workshops offer expanded learning and networking opportunities to youth who reside or attend school in below poverty income level communities. Students get to interact with college students and business professionals who have chosen and are successfully employed in STEM related studies and professions. Our annual PEACE Scholarship Awards assists graduating high school seniors with some of the growing costs as they aspire to further their education.
We invite you to join us in securing a productive and equally promising future for all.