North Dallas Shared Ministries
Established in 1983 by five North Dallas congregations, including Northaven UMC, NDSM now numbers over 45 Covenant Congregations. By combining resources (food, financial, and volunteers) the basic needs of low-income persons, primarily the working poor living in North Dallas, an area lacking in services for the indigent, could be addressed. Thirty-four years later NDSM continues as an evolving agency. NDSM’s objectives are to address immediate needs appropriately, efficiently, and effectively, that recipients use the offered tools and opportunities, that they follow through in accessing services to which they are entitled, that they assume responsibility for their lives to the degree that they are able, and that their quality of life becomes more stable. The free programs and services NDSM provides include: Food assistance to prevent hunger. Rent and utility assistance to prevent homelessness and disconnection of utilities. Preventive, primary and ongoing medical care for adults and children. Dental care for adults and children. Mental health counseling. Laboratory tests and medications. Job counseling. Day and evening adult ESL classes. School supplies and uniforms. Tax preparation assistance. Eye exams and glasses. And clothing, new and used.