Women and children kicked to the curb

Last week school started back up here in Dallas. Four women with children resided at “The Keep” at that time. On Monday morning the director of client services came in around 9 am and found out that these women didn’t have their children ready when the school bus came to pick them up. Needless to say, the children did not attend school that day.

The director of client services then had these four women, their children and their belongings loaded into the shelter van, a van that had been donated to the shelter to transport clients to and from work, doctors appointment and other constructive activities, and had them dumped in front of another shelter, thrown out on the street despite one of the desk supervisors at “The Keep” confirming via a phone call that the other shelter had no room for four women and their children. The driver was instructed by the director of client services “just leave them there and come back”.

Now here is where I am confused. If I were the director of client services and I made it my business to make sure the children get to school, would I not inform the mothers of when the children needed to be ready for the bus? Would I not be at the shelter at 7 am on the first day of school to make sure the moms had all the support they needed? And would I not call CPS if I thought the moms were neglecting their duty?

How were the children being helped, did the action of the director of services make a difference? They still did not get to school that day and not knowing where the children ended up, maybe back with their abusive father, I can’t say if they made it to school at all yet.

No one can convince me that four women conspired not to have their children ready that day! Somehow, and since I know the director of client services, I know someone didn’t do their job.

How can one provide services to the homeless when the shelter discharges people at 6 am in the morning until 1:30 pm, and the director of client services works from 9 am until 4 or 5 pm with an hour lunch in between?


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  1. #1 by shermangerherd on September 6, 2012 - 10:42 am

    How does this person remain as ‘director’? Maybe someone should be called about that?

    • #2 by hardplaces on September 6, 2012 - 10:53 am

      Who to contact? It is a private shelter and shelters are not regulated at all, they can do what they want as long as they abide by building and health codes. Besides, this shelter is high profile, some of the more powerful people here in Dallas are on the board of trustees so it is a sensitive matter trying to bring attention to the reality many homeless people have to face, I don’t want these trustees ganging up against me.

      • #3 by shermangerherd on September 6, 2012 - 11:00 am

        HA! Call O’bama. How dare they have something private and not gov’t?
        His union thugs will set things straight.
        P.S. Don’t do it.

      • #4 by hardplaces on September 6, 2012 - 11:08 am

        Oh, I have no issues with things being held and operated privately as long as there isn’t a different set of obligations and rights. You got Obama’s number by any chance?

      • #5 by shermangerherd on September 6, 2012 - 12:02 pm

        dial 0 (zero)

      • #6 by hardplaces on September 6, 2012 - 12:05 pm

        Oh I got that one, was more thinking of a direct number lol.

  2. #7 by Syd on September 15, 2012 - 11:45 pm

    Oddly enough, I think the fact some local high-fliers sit on the board is EXACTLY why actions like this should be made public. Unless the problem is that the mothers are, in fact, neglecting their children — in which case, call CPS by all means! — a zero-tolerance policy is going to hurt more people than it helps.

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