Featured Partner: Dallas Street Choir

“Homeless.  Not Voiceless” is the motto of the Dallas Street Choir, a musical outlet for those experiencing homelessness.  Jonathan Palant, Director of the Dallas Street Choir, established a choir that meets weekly at The Stewpot because participating in a consistent, structured, safe and creatively engaging environment better equips individuals experiencing homelessness to find a job, housing, and improve their overall lifestyle.  In June 2017, the Dallas Street Choir was the first-ever homeless choir to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City and The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The Foundation provided the funding to cover the rental cost of Carnegie Hall.  As word spread about the performance, famous opera star Frederica Van Stade and renowned musical composer Stephen Schwartz partnered with the Dallas Street Choir to create an unforgettable performance and a life-changing experience for more than 20 homeless individuals.  See reports from both local and national news outlets by clicking on the news icon below. 

Knowing the faces of those we serve and learning from their stories has been the most impactful part of the Foundation to me personally. Removing barriers becomes not only about improving access to services, but also about developing a greater understanding of what it is like to walk in their shoes.
— Michael Terry, Board Member