On Tuesday afternoon, Dallas nonprofit Community Does It officially opened its doors at a new mental health facility in the heart of Pleasant Grove.
The space, El Buckner Bazaar, which was once a hall, has been designed and decorated to transform into a chic yet warm environment, not only visually appealing, but also meant to serve a greater good.
“We wanted to make sure it really reflected the people who work and live here and who will be using this space,” said Ashley Sharp, executive director of Dwell with Dignity.
Amazon donated $50,000 to Dwell with Dignity, a Dallas nonprofit dedicated to beautifying spaces through design for families in need.
The new Pleasant Grove facility is where the majority of the population is Latino, a detail Sharp and his team kept in mind when decorating.
“Our amazing designer was able to browse and find art that really spoke to the population we serve, so there’s a lot of beautiful Hispanic art that comes deep into their culture and heritage,” said Sharp.
At the unveiling of the new space, it was hard to find a dry eye as community members, volunteers and Community Does It leaders marveled at the final product.
“I have to cry because I’m so excited for the community,” said Community Does It co-founder and volunteer Monica Ruiz.
When it comes to mental health services in predominantly Hispanic communities, resources are limited, but Ruiz said she’s excited because the new facility will help close that gap.
“There’s a lot of depression, and we need help, everyone needs help. I come to some classes that they do for the community, and they help a lot,” Ruiz said.
They offer advice, education and support to young people and families in need of mental health care.
“When you look at some of the statistics about the lack of access to affordable mental health care, especially in the Hispanic community, there’s some stark data there, and when you talk to origins like Community Does It, who are really pushing the boundaries with innovation and creating new ways to reach their community, it’s kind of a no-brainer to say, “Look, this is such a great cause it’s going to have such a positive impact on the local community and no one else is really doing it right now,’ so how can we make a real difference?” said Daniel Martin, spokesperson for Amazon.
He said the donation was a way to give back to the local community to celebrate Amazon’s annual Prime Day, which kicked off Tuesday, July 12.