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  • What is the history of CYFS?
    Mrs. Gay Baker's story is one of compassion and determination. She is the founder and Executive Director of CYFS. Despite starting her career in corporate America, she faced a difficult decision when offered a layoff package. At that time, her young daughter needed a suitable daycare center, but her visits to several centers left her frustrated due to their substandard conditions. This made her realize that other parents in the community were also struggling to find quality childcare. With that, her idea of the first of two centers, Where Kidz Connect Academy, was born. With her layoff package money, Gay decided to take a leap of faith and start her own daycare center with a mission to offer exceptional care for kids, create one-on-one connections with parents and staff, and provide reasonable prices. She saw her organization as an extension of her clients' families and wanted parents to be happy and not feel inconvenienced. Her first center quickly grew to serve 90 kids! As her daycare center flourished, Mrs. Gay noticed another pressing need in the community - access to food. Being a selfless person, she envisioned creating a one-stop-shop resource to serve both clients and staff in need. She asked herself, "How can I help people get what they need with what I have?" Mrs. Gay's inspiring story reminds us of the power of empathy and how one person's compassion can make a meaningful impact in the lives of others. Now, Mrs. Gay works alongside employees, 10 volunteers, 6 board members, and countless partners to better serve the Dallas County communities through CYFS.
  • Who is CYFS, Inc?
    Community Youth Family Services, Inc. (CYFS, Inc.) is an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in communities through individual and family service, community programs, and partnership with other organizations. Our organization is a comprehensive resource to those in Dallas County and we aim to nourish both the body and mind, while also uplifting the spirit.
  • What is our vision?
    Our goal is to provide a warm, friendly, professional environment for all clients. Utilizing more than five years of combined experience, we plan to ensure the highest quality of all-inclusive services for adults, seniors, veterans, and children.
  • How long have you been in operation and where are you located?
    Our non-profit organization was founded in 2018 and has since been committed to serving the community. We currently operate our main facility located at 723 South Cockrell Hill Rd in Duncanville, TX.
  • What programs and services do you offer?
    At our non-profit organization, we are proud to offer a wide range of programs and services designed to serve and support our community. One of our flagship programs is our free meal program, which provides nutritious meals to anyone in need every day from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. This program helps to ensure that everyone in our community has access to healthy, satisfying meals, regardless of their financial circumstances. In addition to our free meal program, we also offer an after-school feeding program for children and teenagers between the ages of 3 and 18. This program provides healthy snacks and meals to students who may not have access to nutritious food at home, helping to ensure that they can focus on their studies and reach their full potential. Another key program at our organization is our teenage mentorship program for boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 18. This program pairs young people with adult mentors who provide guidance, support, and positive role modeling, helping them to develop important life skills and build self-confidence. We also offer a range of monthly activities and events for veterans and seniors in our community, helping them to stay connected, engaged, and supported. And of course, we celebrate important holidays and occasions throughout the year, including Mother's Day, Father's Day, and our annual Back to School Drive and Giveaway.
  • What are the outcomes of your programs and services?
    Our pantry service is an essential program for our organization, as we know that many families struggle with food insecurity and hunger. We have worked hard to establish partnerships with local grocery stores, food banks, and community members to ensure that we can provide a wide variety of nutritious and healthy food to those in need. In February 2023, we were thrilled to serve 566 households through our pantry service. This amounted to a total of 8,200 lbs of food, which we were able to distribute to those who needed it the most. We take pride in the fact that we are able to offer a lifeline to those who may be struggling to put food on the table. But what was even more heartening was that we were able to welcome 46 new households to our family in February. These are people who may have never accessed our services before, and we were able to show them that there is a community that cares and is willing to support them. This growth is a testament to the impact that our pantry service is making in the community, and we are committed to continuing to expand our services to meet the needs of those who need them the most.
  • Do you partner with other organizations?
    Yes, we do partner with other organizations in the community to better serve those in need. For example, we have recently expanded our pantry program by partnering with Crossroads and the North Texas Food Bank to receive healthy USDA-approved food. We believe that working together with other organizations helps us to have a greater impact in the community and provide more comprehensive services to those we serve.
  • Who is eligible to receive your services?
    Some of our programs and services are designed with specific demographics in mind to cater to their unique needs. However, our services are available to all members of the community in need, regardless of age, race, gender, or religion.
  • Do you accept in-kind donations?
    Yes, we gladly accept in-kind donations. Your donation can make a significant difference in the lives of those we serve. Please contact us to discuss your potential in-kind donation and how it can support our programs and services.
  • How can I make a donation?
    Non-profits like ours rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses like you to continue serving the community. To make a donation, you can visit our website at www.CYFServices.net or contact us at our office phone 469-454-6539, our cell phone at 817-470-3655 or 817-470-0912, or send an email to info@cyfservices.net. You can also stop by our Duncanville location at 723 South Cockrell Hill Rd, Duncanville, TX 75137. Your support will directly contribute to our programs and services that help those in need.
  • Are donations tax-deductible?
    We are a registered non-profit organization, which means that all donations made to us are tax-deductible. If you prefer to contribute via check, please make it payable to CYFS, Inc.
  • What are the requirements to become a volunteer?
    To become a volunteer with CYFS, you must be at least 16 years old and pass a background check. Additionally, you will be required to attend a brief orientation and training session before beginning your volunteer work. We also encourage our volunteers to have a passion for serving the community and a willingness to work collaboratively with our team to support our programs and services.
  • What volunteer opportunities are available?
    We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available for individuals and groups, including assisting with our pantry service, helping with our after-school feeding program, mentoring youth, providing administrative support, and helping with our events and activities. We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds and appreciate any time and effort that can be dedicated to supporting our programs and services. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact us at Office: 469-454-6539, Cell: 817-470-3655, info@cyfservices.net.
  • What are the benefits of volunteering with CYFS?
    Volunteering with our organization offers numerous benefits, including the opportunity to make a positive impact in the community, gain valuable experience and skills, meet new people and make meaningful connections, and contribute to a noble cause. Additionally, volunteers can receive training and support, as well as recognition for their hard work and dedication.
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