Celebrating Our Second Century of Community Outreach

The Dallas Woman’s Forum is made up of women of all ages, races and religions who share a common goal: to work together to improve our local community:  socially, physically, culturally and educationally.

Over 100 years after the founding of the Dallas Woman’s Forum, the same commitment inspires today’s members. Our current initiatives reflect the dedication to these founding principles –  work with the Birdie Alexander Elementary School, support of the Landauer ChildCareGroup,  assistance with Alley’s House, and Community Connect Series.

Birdie Alexander Elementary School

Since 1930, the Dallas Woman’s Forum has been housed in the C.H. Alexander Mansion on Ross Avenue. Birdie Alexander, who lived there with her brother and his family, was the first Director of Music Education for Dallas Public Schools.

Building on that heritage, the Forum contacted the principal of Birdie Alexander Elementary School in Oak Cliff to see if enhancement could be provided for their music program. When it was learned that they had NO instruments and that their talented children practiced the xylophone on cardboard templates, they got to work!

Through the enthusiastic support of its members. the Forum has provided violins, violas and cellos for the orchestra program and a superb array of rhythm instruments for their primary children. The Forum also underwrote their first ever musical program, “Ease on Down,” and adaptation of “The Wiz.”

The Forum’s Music Department is committed to a long-term relationship with music education at Birdie Alexander Elementary School.

The Landauer ChildCareGroup Center

The Landauer ChildCareGroup Center, located, literally, at the back door of the Dallas Woman’s Forum, serves 90 three-to-five-year-olds from nearby families of limited income.

The Forum has partnered with them to enrich their curricula by funding an annual Field Trip for the children and their parents to the Dallas World Aquarium. In addition, expanded play opportunities are provided through a Holiday Party and a Springtime Egg Hunt. During the Forum’s Holiday Home Tour, two giant trees are decorated for children. Among the toys on the tree are specific opportunities to bring joy to the children. The Dallas Woman’s Forum supports through off-campus experience, school supplies and books. From toys, clothes and books to new pajamas, the Forum continues to respond to specific requests from the Landauer ChildCareGroup Center.

alleyshouseAlley’s House

Located in East Dallas, just a few miles from the Alexander Mansion, Alley’s House offers a nonresidential mentoring program for teen mothers ages 13-21.

Alley’s House empowers teen mothers to achieve independence.  It exists to break the cycle of poverty associated with teen pregnancy.  Helping teen mothers obtain their GEDs, receive job training and career preparation, participate in life skills and parenting workshops, and receive one-on-one counseling and mentoring through comprehensive case management.

Forum members will be involved in the Alley House Incentive Program. The teen moms can earn needed items for their children and themselves. After each goal or success they earn “Alley’s House Dollars” that can be used to purchase items from the boutique.  Forum members will donate items for the boutique and help maintain the boutique, as well.  We will also collect Christmas gifts for the teen mothers and their children.

Community Connect Series

True to it’s name, the Dallas Woman’s Forum will provide local area “persons of wisdom” with a forum to share their information with the community.  Presentations will be free to the public.  See the Events calendar for upcoming presentations.

Contact Janis Jelnick, Community Outreach for more information or to suggest future topics and speakers.  jjelnick@hotmail.com or 214-207-7822