Center For Homeless Teens Opens In Dallas

After Hour Facility opens its doors for disadvantaged teenagers.

By Mark Schnyder
|  Saturday, Jan 12, 2013  |  Updated 10:51 PM CDT
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Dorothy Moore Youth Center In East Dallas opens to help youth.

Kevin Cokely & Amanda Guerra, NBC 5 News

Dorothy Moore Youth Center In East Dallas opens to help youth.

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Perhaps a new advantage for some disadvantaged Dallas area students.

An After School, After Hours Center for Homeless Teens opened on Saturday.

The Dorothy Moore Youth Center at 1411 N. Peak Street in East Dallas was a decades long dream for Dorothy Moore, who founded reconciliation outreach, a program helping families in the inner city.

There are dozens of homeless students in the area. This center is expected to help keep them out of trouble and put them on the right path with recreation rooms full of activities and counselors.

"When I first heard the term 'hood', I thought why have we separated the neighbor from the hood?" said namesake Dorothy Moore. "And now I see if you put that back in, where people are together and it's not racial, ethnic or anything else... it's a neighborhood with a lot of very different people working together to make something happy and healthy."

The Dorothy Moore Youth Center is said to be the direct result of generous donations from Crystal Charities, which has been helping children's charities in Dallas County for 60 years.

Click on this sentence to learn more about Reconciliation Outreach, started by Dorothy Moore.

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