Clients

We help a variety of children and young adults from North Texas and the surrounding areas. Below is a breakdown of who we serve at City House.

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Gender

Male: 54%
Female: 46%

Gender

Male: 54%
Female: 46%

Gender

Male: 54%
Female: 46%

Race

African American: 7%
Hispanic: 40%
Caucasian: 50%
Asian: 3%

Race

African American: 34%
Hispanic: 22%
Caucasian: 40%
Asian: 4%

Race

African American: 17%
Hispanic: 31%
Caucasian: 45%
Asian: 7%

Age

0 to 4: 35%
8 to 12: 38%
13 to 17: 27%

Age

16 to 21: 100%

Age

0 to 4: 18%
8 to 12: 19%
13 to 17: 13%
18 to 23: 50%

Residency

Collin Co.: 35%
Dallas Co.: 28%
Denton Co.: 9%
Fort Worth: 15%
Other: 13%

Residency

Collin Co.: 64%
Dallas Co.: 20%
Other: 11%

Residency

Collin Co.: 51%
Dallas Co.: 24%
Denton Co.: 5%
Fort Worth: 8%
Other: 12%

Success Stories

Here are happy tales of three of the young people that City House has helped.

A Story of Courage and Hope

When you first meet Julie, she looks just like any other bright, optimistic 21 year old. Spend some time with her and you’ll discover that she’s so much more. Julie is a survivor. She has worked twice as hard as most adults for everything she has. Ask her to describe herself and she’ll tell you, “My name is Julie, and I am a fighter. I’ve fought for everything I have and I’ll fight to keep everything I’ve worked so hard to get.”

Julie grew up in a very difficult home. When it got to be too much, Julie followed the advice of her two sisters and went to City House. She was 14 when she moved into the Teen Shelter and began her path to healing.

It wasn’t an easy path, but with the help she got at City House, she began to trust a few special mentors and she was able to break the cycle. “City House became my family. At City House, I learned to be a kid. I got the help I needed, with homework, with tutors, with counselors. I learned to accomplish small successes…clean my room, contribute to the house, have fun, and just be a kid.”

Now Julie is taking college classes, with ambitions of becoming an architect and has her own car, her own apartment, a permanent part-time job, and her biggest source of inspiration, her nine-month-old son, Colby. “Every time I look at him, I want so much for him. I want to be the mother he deserves, to help him be the man God would want him to be.”

Julie never hesitates to open up about her life, especially to help other teens going through a similar situation. She wants to mentor them and help them realize their potential, too. “It’s not just me. It’s not just luck. Everyone can ask for help. If you live in fear and don’t try, you will never do anything. Things I wish my parents had done for me; these things were just at my fingertips.”

A Story of Rebuilding

At the age of 14, Rebecca started hanging out with the wrong crowd and getting into trouble at school. Her mom was worried, and when Rebecca’s behavior became even more disruptive and they were unable to resolve conflicts within the family, her mom turned to City House for help.

All of Rebecca’s family members, including her stepfather, started counseling and Rebecca went to stay at the City House Teen Shelter to keep the crisis from escalating. While at the shelter, she continued the counseling sessions with her family and started participating in group counseling with her peers.

After 22 days at City House, Rebecca was able to reunite with her family. Through continued counseling on communication skills and anger management, they are getting along much better. With the help of City House, they will continue towards becoming a healthy family.

A Story of Healing

Joe is a part of a sibling group who came to stay with us as a result of a drug raid at the meth house that was their home. Joe was less than two years old and never cried, laughed or showed any emotion at all. He learned that crying was useless because no one ever answered his cries, and because of this severe neglect, he was devoid of emotion.

The physical effects of his neglect were equally disturbing. Joe grew up with limited exposure to sunlight and as a result was severely cross-eyed and unable to correctly focus. He could not walk, stand or even crawl. He had never learned these basic skills because he had never left his crib.

After being with us for three months, Joe’s eyes began to correct themselves with the help of an ophthalmologist at Children’s Medical Center and basic outside playtime. He cried, laughed and flirted with everyone by mimicking the gestures of our staff. He began to crawl and stand on his own, earning a few happy bumps and bruises along the way just like any other child.

Joe came to us as a blank, emotionless child and left us a bubbly, precocious little boy with a smile that lit up the room and laughter that filled our hearts. His miraculous change was all due to the love and attention he received from our staff.