Community pride part of free camp’s agenda

Photo courtesy of Interfaith Family Services

With school officially out and summer camps across the Metroplex in full swing, a special east Dallas organization is providing the summer camp experience for children who are vulnerable and/or homelessness. Interfaith Family Services’ (IFS) summer school program is a vital piece of its curriculum for children, as leaders focus on mitigating any chance of a summer slump in learning, focusing on educational opportunities, as well as socialization and instilling a sense of volunteerism and pride for one’s community. The camps run all summer through August and is offered for free to children in the program. IFS empowers families in crisis to break the cycle of poverty. The nonprofit provides housing for families (most are single mothers) who are homeless and rent assistance to help others remain in their homes. Beyond that, the nonprofit operates on a holistic approach that includes a campus full of wrap-around services. From childcare, career coaching, counseling services and cooking classes, Interfaith meets the needs of both mom and child. Visit for more information. — Kimber Westphall