Metrocrest Services Breaks Ground at Epicenter of Need
‘Building Our Future’ campaign to increase capacity and improve services and programs through construction of new facility
Metrocrest Services is establishing a new campus at the epicenter of need in its service area on 4.6 acres of property at the intersection of Josey Lane and Belt Line Road in Carrollton. A new, 48,000-square-foot facility will become a welcoming hub for all of the agency’s daily operations, including providing access to nutritious food, workforce development and financial literacy, rent and utility assistance, senior services and other programs for individuals, families and seniors that lead to self-sufficiency and foster independence. The campus will also include shared space for complementary service providers to support clients from one central location and a volunteer center for greater opportunities for community engagement.
A ceremonial groundbreaking took place November 16 and construction has begun!
Anticipated to open in the spring of 2023, the new campus will provide ample space to combine all Metrocrest Services locations into one hub for more efficient operations. The non-profit has added staff and expanded programs to meet today’s elevated need and plan for the future. Metrocrest Services has continued operations at a capacity described as more than full well before the pandemic, and has persevered through the events of recent months despite the additional difficulty.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, prior to the deadly winter storm and the economic hardships many have endured, the Metrocrest community has experienced a staggering need for social services. To meet this need today and plan for the future, Metrocrest Services has announced its intent to raise $15.8 million through a capital campaign, “Building Our Future.”
“We desperately need additional space to not only offer our current programs but also grow to serve the increased need,” said Tracy Eubanks, CEO of Metrocrest Services, which address gaps in finances, employment and nutrition to help holistically end poverty and decrease inequities for residents of Addison, Carrollton, Coppell, Farmers Branch and the City of Dallas in Denton County. “We are humbled by the generous support of the community, which allows us to lift lives and create opportunities.”
“Metrocrest Services has built a very strong foundation for our friends and neighbors. This new facility will demonstrate in a tangible way how we care for all of our citizens together,” said Craig Woodfield, chair of the Building Our Future capital campaign. “I invite everyone to be a part of providing this home and hub of services that make a difference in people’s lives.”
Caring community members began stepping up to help by donating funds toward the capital campaign in August 2020, when fundraising began. To date, more than $10 million has been committed from more than 200 generous individuals, foundations, corporations and organizations, including a $2 million challenge grant from The Mabee Foundation to raise $10.4 million by July 2022.
“As a valued and long-time partner agency of the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB), Metrocrest Services has shared in our dedication and passion in providing nourishment and hope for our neighbors experiencing hunger,” said Trisha Cunningham, president and CEO of NTFB. “Over the years, Metrocrest has expanded its scope and reach by providing a comprehensive approach to social services addressing gaps in finances, employment and nutrition to help end poverty and decrease inequities. Because Metrocrest Services understands that creating lasting change in the fight against hunger requires tackling the root causes of food insecurity, NTFB is proud to support their expansion campaign through a $1.5 million grant.”
Members of the community are encouraged to pledge their own support for the capital campaign and help Metrocrest Services meet the Mabee Foundation challenge grant by July 2022. Every gift makes a difference and helps to create a place that serves Metrocrest neighbors in need with dignity and respect.