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Wilkinson Center 2021-2022 Impact Report

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Dear Friends, It is with great pride and appreciaon that I share this year’s Impact Report with you. With your support, our dedicated Wilkinson Center team posively aected nearly 10,000 lives in Fiscal Year 2021-2022. Together, we strengthened access to educaon, employment, workforce training, nancial literacy, and food security by connuing to break down barriers and provide Pathways to Success for the families we serve each day. As I reect on our 40th Anniversary, I want to honor our humble beginnings and the milestones we have achieved together over the years. Wilkinson Center’s founding began when an East Dallas pastor looked up from his church oce and saw hungry children digging in a dumpster for food. That pioneering pastor, Rev. Clayton Lewis, rallied his congregaon and answered his call to serve, feeding those hungry children and their families. From that act of leadership, a ripple eect occurred, leading to the creaon of Wilkinson Center, which connues to posively impact local families today. We must never forget to look up and see our neighbors in need; to act and to serve. This has remained at our core since 1982.We are reminded every day that we cannot forget to recognize steadfast supporters who help us carry forward our work and mission. Thank you for your nancial gis, your volunteering spirit, your prayers, and the me you took to share Wilkinson Center’s mission with others. You are a vital piece of our legacy. Gratefully, Anne Reeder Corley Execuve Director Leer from the Execuve Director1A leer fromTHE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Impact2 9,739 INDIVIDUALS SERVED1,590509Pantry2Gototal Pantry2Go clients servedhouseholds served8,7153,0912,748926831,621748,45827,686Food Pantrytotal Food Pantry clients servedhouseholds servedchildren servedseniors served total pounds of food distributedtotal pounds of healthy food distributed (dened by North Texas Food Bank guidelines)total pounds of food distributed to seniors through the People and Nutrion program480110$1549Financial Servicesindividuals parcipated in a nancial educaon courseindividuals parcipated in one-on-one nancial coaching servicesaverage increase in savings for clients in nancial coachingthanks to you,FEED • EDUCATE • EMPOWER • EMPLOY • STABILIZE1024578733776912245Workforce DevelopmentAdult Educaontotal students parcipang in Adult Educaonstudents enrolled in Adult Basic Educaon and GED coursesstudents aained their GED cercaonstudents enrolled in ESL coursesstudents enrolled in job training coursesIndividuals parcipated in career readiness/job searchindividuals in employment services and secured employment

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Our History3Founded by Rev. Clayton Lewis as Munger Place Emergency Services Center. Serves 67 families in the rst month.First Back-To-School Shoe Drive, organized by volunteer Carlin Morris, provides 550 pairs of shoes and socks for East Dallas children.Wilkinson Center Auxiliary (renamed Friends of Wilkinson Center) established.With a generous legacy gift from the Wilkinson family, the organization’s name changes to Wilkinson Center, in honor of dedicated volunteer Ruby Wilkinson.Food pantry becomes a client choice model.Wilkinson Center becomes an independent nonprot. 1982 1985 1986 1996/97 2003A LEGACY OF Helping OthersEven as we celebrate our rich history and past, our focus is on the future. To reach clients in new ways and connue to bring support directly to the neighborhoods that need it most.

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Pantry2Go mobile food truck launches, reaching new clients living in food deserts. 4Buckner Food Pantry location opens under the name Pleasant Grove Food Pantry and Poverty Prevention Center.Easteld College Pleasant Grove campus opens with Wilkinson Center programs offered on-site.Family Education Center (now Employment and Education Center) opens across the parking lot from the Food Pantry.Began offering virtual classes in Adult Education program.20082009 2013 2020 2021Our HistoryOUR MISSION CONTINUES!

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Joyce and Jane: A Legacy of Friendship & ServiceJoyce Shoop and Jane Porter rst met and became friends in their 8th/9th grade Sunday School class in Lile Rock, Arkansas. Over the decades, the two women stayed in touch during various moves, including Jane and husband Todd’s move to Houston and Joyce’s many moves with Air Force husband Neil. By the mid-1980’s, Joyce and Jane had both seled in the Dallas area. Joyce rst heard about Wilkinson Center in 1987 through her church. She quickly became a lead volunteer in the workforce development program, which led to Joyce joining Wilkinson Center’s Board of Directors. Joyce was eager to share her passion for Wilkinson Center with others and rounely invited Jane and Todd to the Center’s fundraising events. Todd, who passed away in 2012, could never resist a Silent Aucon and through these events, Jane learned more about Wilkinson Center’s programs. In 2006, the Chi Omega Alumni Associaon, of which Jane is an acve member, selected Wilkinson Cen-ter as a grant beneciary. Jane asked to be the beneciary liaison to Wilkinson, a role that led Jane to join Wilkinson Center’s Board the next year, which eventually led to Jane becoming the president of the Board of Directors. Once Joyce and Jane rered from their careers, they turned their aenon to the Food Pantry, volunteering together every Wednesday. Both coming from backgrounds of parents who volunteered, the women en-joyed connecng with clients each week. Their years at the Food Pantry deepened their strong friendship, as Wednesday morning volunteer shis oen turned into long lunches or shopping trips.Joyce and Jane both agree that their friendship has been an incredible blessing. A serendipitous meeng as girls has led to a lifelong bond that enriches all those around them, including Wilkinson Center. What a beauful legacy of friendship and service!Volunteering and FriendshipVolunteering & Friendship5Volunteering is leng people know that someone believes in them and thinks they can do it and that we are here to help them.– Joyce ShoopA LEGACY OF

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6Client Story: Sandra Liliana BayonaSandra enrolled in Wilkinson Center’s English as a Second Language class with limited English speaking skills, but with a Master’s Degree in Educaon from Mexico. Her goal was to learn English and nd employment as a teacher near her children’s school in Garland. She was determined to succeed, and shortly aer she joined the class, Sandra became the most dedicated student. Her teacher noted that Sandra always interjected quesons during the lessons because she wanted to be certain that she was on the right track. At the beginning of almost every class, she brought up a sentence and asked, “is that the right way to say this?” Other students looked up to her! Because of her constant “hands-on” atude in the class, she quickly progressed in her learning, and her ability to communicate improved.Through the Working Families Success program, Sandra received intense employment services, and she started applying for Teaching Assistant posions. Sandra sll did not feel comfortable in job interviews due to her language barrier, but that did not stop her. Sandra aended mulple Working Families Success program’s employment workshops, including both virtual and in-person mock interviews, and received encouragement to get back into the educaon eld that she loved. In just a few months, Sandra found employment at Garland ISD as a Pre-K Teacher Assistant. She is connuing to improve her English skills and is studying for the State tests to gain her Teaching Degree. We have no doubt that Sandra will excel in any endeavor she sets her sights on!Client Story: Maria Jose MarrufoMaria Jose Marrufo is currently a Spanish high school equivalency teacher with Wilkinson Center. Maria started with Wilkinson Center as an English as a Second Language student. While in class, the Family Educaon Manager noced Maria had a teaching degree from her nave country of Mexico. Aer several meengs with the Family Educaon Center Manager, she was encouraged to apply for the Spanish high school equivalency teacher posion. She was inially hesitant, only wanng to focus on improving her English, but her husband encouraged her to get out of her comfort zone and apply for the posion. Maria was hired in 2014. In the eight years, she has worked as a teacher, over 300 students have received their GED. Maria states that she loves her job because she gets to help adults to achieve their goals.A LEGACY OF Client StoriesSuccess

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Stock Up for SummerSummer is the most challenging season for childhood hunger. With schools closed during the summer months, thousands of children miss out on school-provided meals. Families turn to Wilkinson Center; and our Stock Up for Summer campaign aims to ll this gap. During our 40-year history, we have always been on the front lines of serving our community’s most food insecure populaons. For Wilkinson Center, just one hungry child is too many. Children currently comprise 32% of those Wilkinson Center feeds through our Food Pantry. Our annual Stock Up for Summer campaign ensures 2,000+ children have access to nutrious meals during the summer. This kids-centric program consists of food drives and distribuons, nancial support, and increased volunteerism to keep our Food Pantry shelves stocked to meet the increased summer demand. We want every kid to have the best summer ever, and we are grateful for all of our Stock Up for Summer supporters and volunteers. A special thanks to this year’s sponsors: Kroger, Atmos Energy, and Amazon + SNAP. Feeding kidsA LEGACY OF Stock Up for Summer7Success

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Working Families Success ProgramWorking Families Success ProgramBreaking down barriers on the path to economic mobility and racial equity.Since 2017, Wilkinson Center has oered Working Families Success as a naonal, evidence-based approach to alleviate poverty by focusing on mulple services. It consists of three main components and when bundled, these services have proven highly eecve in moving clients from dependency to self-suciency. This increases the likelihood that clients will not only cycle out of poverty, but also sustain a new standard of living. The three components are: • Income Support: stabilizes households by providing food, rent, ulity, and transportaon assistance so clients can ease the stress of making ends meet and focus on long-range soluons that lead to a beer life. • Employment Services: provides employment services, Career Navigaon, Adult Basic Educaon, High School Equivalency, English as a Second Language, and Integrated Educaon & Training. • Financial Empowerment: provides classes or one-on-one coaching that deepens knowledge of budgeng, banking, and credit.A LEGACY OF 8• We believe in the value and worth of all people, and we are commied to our mission of serving every client with dignity and respect.• We connually seek to mirror the diversity of our sta, volunteers, and Board of Directors with that of the populaons we serve, with the goal of fostering a workforce that advocates for racial equity across all departments.• We work to idenfy and address inequies within our policies and programs.• We value varied backgrounds and perspecves and are commied to championing diversity in the greater community.At Wilkinson Center, diversity, inclusion, and racial sensivity are built into our culture and programs, allowing us to serve the broader community with a beer understanding of unique challenges and systemic barriers.Equity

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FinancialsFinancials9ACTUAL REVENUE:$3,442,782ACTUAL EXPENSES:$3,241,679GOVERNMENT$1,259,155.9836.57%FOUNDATIONS721,353.0020.95%CORPORATIONS236,223.396.86%CHURCHES66,039.251.92%INDIVIDUALS506,031.3114.70%ORGANIZATIONS190,891.625.54%DALLAS COLLEGE80,000.002.32%FRIENDS, YOUNG FRIENDS & EVENTS282,557.678.21%OTHER (EARNED INCOME, INTEREST, ETC.)9,784.250.28%IN-KIND REVENUE90,745.992.64%

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Board & LeadershipBoard & Leadership10Friends of Wilkinson CenterCurrent Leadership CouncilEllen EsteePresident Karrie Cato1st Vice PresidentDevelopment Shannon HanberryAshley WhiteSpirit of Taos Chairs Adrea Headrick2nd Vice PresidentService Lauren Miller3rd Vice PresidentMembership Katy LopezSecretaryKae Peck Treasurer Laura WilenskyHospitality Caitlin Morris HyaParliamentarianCurrent Board of DirectorsPresidentElizabeth L. WillisPricewaterhouseCoopersVice PresidentOJ DeSouzaSignature Baking CompanySecretaryKae SkipworthCommunity VolunteerTreasurerCheryl EskridgeK-Star Asset Management LLC Isela Aguilar Comerica Bank Jeanne Athos-AdlerBlue Skies Strategy Coaching Shane Campbell **Bank of America Dawn CorderoAT&T Ellen Estee*President, Friends of Wilkinson Center Chris GilkerIntegrity Funding / Revere Capital Lynn Romejko Jacobs, Ph.D.Southern Methodist University Claire Janssen*SMU FellowLola LoProfessional Consultant Nahemia LusanLusan Legacy Consultants Celene Marnez Horacio MorosCanyon Operang, LLC Maria PadillaBank of America Nelda Cain Pickens*David Grin Realtors Anne Reeder *Execuve Director Atul SethiEstrada Hinojosa & Co. Claudia E. VasquezMKV Real Estate, LLC Shania Wilhite * Ex ocio member ** Proxy: Maria Padilla

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