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Culture of Giving Profile #12: The Wilkinson Center for Families {Vote Now!}

December 20th, 2013 | by The Update
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After seeing a child dig in a dumpster for food, the Rev. Clayton Lewis (then pastor of Munger Place United Methodist Church) resolved that should never happen in Dallas.  In 1982, he began programs to assist families with food and clothing.  The East Dallas Cooperative Parish was formed to provide the churches with resources to become outposts of service for their neighborhoods in need.

From those humble beginnings, Wilkinson Center (then the Munger Place Emergency Services Center) was formed.  In 1985, when volunteer Ruby Wilkinson passed away and her family gave the Center a generous gift, the name was changed to Wilkinson Center.

Today, Wilkinson Center is a dynamic service provider for families struggling to escape poverty, providing services throughout nine ZIP codes in east and southeast Dallas including Pleasant Grove.

Through partnerships on a local, state, and national level, Wilkinson Center provides multigenerational educational programs for adults and children in combination with personal case management and a safety net of food and emergency support services. Families remain stabilized while they learn new skills and set goals to become self-sufficient.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty supports the Wilkinson Center’s efforts to help families rise out of poverty.

Join Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty and CultureMap as they shine the light on 12 deserving nonprofits and raise money for them. Go to CultureMap.com to vote for the charity of your choice. The winner, announced in January, will receive a special promotional package. Also visit livetogivethisholiday.com to donate to one, or more, of these outstanding charities.

Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty is Dallas’ luxury real estate leader, with more than 200 agents in five offices located throughout Dallas-Fort Worth and access to the global Sotheby’s network, including more than 11,000 agents in 600 offices worldwide. CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. For more information on escapes and second homesranch and land, and luxury homes in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and beyond, go to briggsfreeman.com.

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