Dallas is a hotbed of conservative activity. The Bush Dynasty claims to originate here (not true), people like nothing better than gas guzzling vehicles, fundamental churches proliferate and the city government refuses to finance any decent sort of public transportation. In other words, if you are liberal or anti-government, your best decision is not to move to Dallas in the first place. If however, you do end up in the city an idea of the general layout is good to know. Dallas proper (the city itself, not the suburbs that make up the metroplex) is divided into a few major segments. Oak Cliff, the lowest income, most violent and predominantly non-white section is the farthest south, making it the bottom of the city. Please note that this is also where the cheapest food and housing can be found if one is not afraid to defend themselves. Slightly north across the 'Trinity River Floodplain' is Downtown. This area is a relatively small cluster of large buildings giving way to a rather abandoned and wrecked sprawl. As one moves north through the downtown area the properties change from municipal buildings and drone corporation offices to a more expensive and upscale district housing the high class arts spaces, architects, lawyers and hotels. Still moving north the traveler will move out of downtown and enter the high class neighborhood and its surroundings. The areas known as 'Uptown', 'Oaklawn' and 'Greenville Avenue' are all relatively liberal but still quite expensive and patrolled by a fair number of oinkers. Not a bad place to chill and screw with people but not a good place for procuring things. Still on the route north a person will come upon a small city within a city, Highland Park. Highland Park is a place to be avoided. It has the honor of being the most affluent part of the city but also having a pig force disproportionately well equipped to deal with crimes that never happen and to top it off the pigs here are also know to be racial profilers. Stay away from here. If you are forced to come through cause as much trouble as possible and then get the hell out. North of Highland Park is an area called North Dallas. This is mostly a series of apartment blocks and middle class neighborhoods. There are some high class area interspersed but since it is a safe area and under the jurisdiction of the normal Dallas Pig Force it is lightly patrolled. In Dallas, the best haunts for any bum or revolutionary are anywhere near Greenville Avenue on the east side of the city or in the industrial areas in the northeast.
- 1 Housing
- 2 Food
- 3 Medical Care
- 4 Legal Aid
- 5 Armed Forces/Deployment Avoidance Counseling
- 6 Play
- 7 Information
- 8 Underground Papers
- 9 Miscellaneous
- 10 Public Transit
- 11 Free Clothing and Furniture
- 12 Assorted Freebies
- 13 Survive
Dallas Metrocare Services tel. 214.743.1200 1380 Riverbend Dr., Dallas, TX 75247 fax 214.630.3642 Family Gateway tel. 214.741.6515 711 S. St. Paul St., Dallas, TX 75201 fax 214.761.5658 Genesis Women's Shelter tel. 214.942.2998 PO Drawer G, Dallas, TX 75208 fax 214.943.9269 Housing Crisis Center tel. 214.828.4244 3108 Live Oak, Dallas, TX 75204 fax 214.828.9623 Interfaith Housing Coalition tel. 214.827.8950 4627 Munger Ave., Dallas, TX 75204 214.827.7220 PO Box 720206, Dallas TX 75372-0206 fax 214.827.9310 Promise House tel. 214.941.8578 224 W. Page, Dallas, TX 75208 fax 214.941.8670 Shared Housing Center tel. 214.821.8510 402 N. Good Latimer, Dallas, TX 75204 fax 214.828.1499 Union Gospel Mission tel. 214.637.6117 3211 Irving Blvd., Dallas, TX 75247
Austin Street Centre tel. 214.428.4242 2929 Hickory St., Dallas, TX 75226 fax 214.428.8158 Brighter Tomorrows tel. 972.263.0506 PO Box 532151, Grand Prairie, TX 75053 24 hr Hotline: 972.262.8383 fax 972.237.2565 Dallas Life Foundation tel. 214.421.1380 1100 Cadiz St., Dallas, TX 75215 fax 214.426.5114 The Family Place tel. 214.559.2170 PO Box 7999, Dallas, TX 75209 fax 214.443.7797 Friends of the Family tel. 972.219.2829 PO Box 640, Denton, TX 76202 fax 940.383.1816 Genesis Women's Shelter tel. 214.942.2998 PO Drawer G, Dallas, TX 75208 fax 214.943.9269 Hope's Door tel. 972.442.2911 2701 W. 15th St., #212, Plano, TX 75075 fax 972.423.4154 New Beginning Center tel. 972.276.0057 218 N. 10th St., Garland, TX 75040 fax 972.276.1344 Promise House tel. 214.941.8578 224 W. Page, Dallas, TX 75208 fax 214.941.8670 Reconciliation Outreach tel. 214.821.9192 4311 Bryan St., Dallas, TX 75204 fax 214.824.3961 Salvation Army & Carr P. Collins Social Service Center tel. 214.424.7000 5302 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75235 fax 214.688.5234 PO Box 35928, Dallas, TX, 75235-0928 Samaritan Inn tel. 972.542.5302 1710 N. McDonald St., McKinney, TX 75069 fax 972.569.9988 Union Gospel Mission tel. 214.637-6117 3211 Irving Blvd., Dallas, TX 75247 fax 214.637.6117 Union Gospel Mission Center of Hope tel. 214.638.2988 4815 Cass St., Dallas, TX 75235 fax 214.637.2790
Dallas Life Foundation tel. 214.421.4600 1100 Cadiz St., Dallas, TX 75215 fax 214.426.5144
The Magdalen House tel. 214.324.9261 1302 Redwood Circle, Dallas, TX 75218 fax 214.324.5299
Nexus Recovery Center tel. 214.321.0156 8733 La Prada Dr., Dallas, TX 75228 fax 214.321.3096
Reconciliation Outreach tel. 214.821.9192 4311 Bryan St., Dallas, TX 75204 fax 214.824.3961
Meals on Wheels
Home-delivered meals for elderly or disabled. Individual must be home bound with no caretaker and no meals from any other source. Illness or old age must prevent normal activity in order for client to receive meals.
Dallas County: 1440 West Mockingbird Ln. #500, Dallas, TX 75247 tel. 214.689.0000 Collin County: 2414 W. University Drive, Suite 200, McKinney, TX 75071 tel. 972.562.0140 Denton Country: 216 W. Mulberry St., Denton, TX 76201 tel. 972.434.2931
Agape Clinic at Grace United Methodist Church 4105 Junius St., Dallas, TX 75246 tel. 214.824.2533 hours: Thurs: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm; Fri: 7:30 am-11:30 am; Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 pm; vaccinations Fri 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and Sat 8:30 am service area: 75246, 75225, 75206, 75214, 75223 Collin County Adult Clinic 2520 Ave. K (Park and Ave) Suite 100, Plano, TX 75074 tel. 972.679.0035 Thurs nights (sign-up sheet on door on Thursday at 7:00 am; new patients return at 4:00 pm and returning patients at 5:30 pm) service area: all zip codes in Collin County Central Dallas Ministries Community Health Services 801 N. Peak St., Dallas, TX 75246 tel. 214.821.8644 hours: Mon & Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Tues & Thurs 9:00 am - 9:00 pm (by appointment only) Service Area: 75204, 75246, 75226, 75223, 75210, 75215 Christ's Family Clinic (in the Preston Road Church of Christ) 6409 Preston Rd., University Park, TX 75205 tel. 214.261.9500 hours: Wed 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm service area: anyone working in Park Cities area Christian Community Action Adult Health Center 200 S. Mill St., Lewisville, TX 75057 tel. 972.219.4325 hours: Tues 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm; Wed 11:00 am -12:00 pm; Thurs 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm; 2nd Thurs 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm; 2nd Sat 8:00 am-12:00 pm service area: call for service area Cornerstone Ministries Life Medical Clinic 2711 Ervay, Suite. 104, Dallas, TX 75215 tel. 214.426.5468 hours: Tues 10:00 am - 2:00 pm service area: call for service area Dallas Life Foundation 1100 Cadiz St., Dallas, TX 75221 tel. 214.421.1380 hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm service area: no set requirements
Friendship House Health Ministries 451 W. Ave. B, Garland, TX 75040 tel. 972.485.9292 hours: Thurs 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (walk-in); Women's clinic 8:30 am-10:30 am (by appointment only) service area: 75040, 75041, 75042, 75043, 75044
Grace Community Clinic 1002 Park Blvd, Grapevine, TX 76051 tel. 817.488.7009 hours: Tues 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm service area: 76051, 76092, 76034 Grand Prairie Wellness Center 1710 Small St., Grand Prairie, TX 75050 tel. 972.266.9123 hours: Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (application required; call for further details) service area: Grand Prairie residents Islamic Association of North Texas Clinic 8420 Abrams Rd., Richardson, TX 75081 tel. 972.231.6751 hours: Tues and Wed 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm; Sun 10:00 am-2:00 pm (by appointment only) service area: no set requirements Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic, Inc. 809 Singleton Blvd., Dallas TX 75212 tel. 214.571.6132 hours: Mon-Thurs 7:00 am - 5:00 pm; Fri 7:00 am - 4:00 pm service area: call for service area Martin Luther King Jr. Family Clinic, Inc. 2922 B Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas, TX 75215 tel. 214.426.2686 hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 8:00 am- 5:00 pm; Wed 11:00 am - 8:00 pm service area: 75201, 75202, 75204, 75206, 75210, 75214, 75215, 75216, 75217, 75218, 75219, 75223, 75234, 75236, 75237, 75244, 75247, 75248, 75249, 75252, 75287 Metrocrest Family Medical Clinic One Medical Parkway, Suite. 140, Dallas, TX 75234 tel. 972.484.8444 hours: Tues, Thurs 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm; immunizations on 3rd Wed service area: call for service area (referral needed)
Mission East Dallas 2914 Oates Dr., Dallas, TX 75228 tel. 972.682.8917 hours: Tues 4:30 pm service area: 75041, 75042, 75043, 75149, 75150, 75159, 75180, 75181, 75185, 75217, 75218, 75227, 75228, 75238, 75253 Network of Community Ministries, Inc (for children and adolescents) 741 S. Sherman St., Richardson, TX 75081 tel. 972.234.8880 hours: Mon & Wed 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm service area: child must live in Richardson Independent School District North Dallas Shared Ministries 2875 Merrell Rd., Dallas, TX 75229 tel. 972.620.8696 ext 226 hours: Adults and Children's Clinic: Tues and Thurs 5:00 pm; Women's Clinic: 1st and 3rd Wed 5:00 pm; Children's Immunization Clinic: Tues 10:30 am -1:30 pm service area: 75001, 75204, 75205, 75219, 75220, 75225, 75229, 75230, 75231, 75234, 75235, 75240, 75244, 75247, 75248, 75251, 75252, 75254, 75287 North Texas Indian Physicians Charitable Clinic 1706 Britain, Irving, TX tel. 972.870.9500 hours: 1st and 3rd Sun 10:00 am - 11:30 pm service area: call for service area Plano Children's Medical Clinic 1407 14th St., Plano, TX 75074 tel. 972.801.9689 hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; Volunteer Clinic Wed-Thurs 6:00pm on walk-in basis service area: call for service area Plano Day Labor Center 805 Ozark Dr., Plano, TX 75074 tel. 972.422.6384 hours: Wed 7:00 am - 11:00 am; adult clinic: Thursday 6:30 pm service area: All zip codes in Collin County Presbyterian Community Medical Center 900 East Park, Suite. 100, Plano, TX 75074 tel. 972.509.4554 hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (closed 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm) service area: call for service area The Stewpot Clinic 408 Park Ave., Dallas, TX 75201 tel. 214.746.2785 hours: Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm service area: no set requirements Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas 209 Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, TX 75203 tel. 214.941.1050 hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; Tues 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm service area: call for eligibility requirements Parkland Community Oriented Primary Care (PCOPC) administration telephone: 214.590.0100; call Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm with questions. Parkland Memorial Hospital 5201 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75235 tel. 214.590.8000
NOTE: all of the health centers listed below require appointments.
Bluitt-Flowers Health Center tel. 214.266.4200 303 East Overton Rd., Dallas, TX 75216 fax 214.266.4218 hours: Mon-Thurs 7:30 am - 6:00 pm; Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm DeHaro-Saldivar Health Center tel. 214.266.0500 1400 North Westmoreland, Dallas, TX 75211 fax 214.266.0554 hours: Mon-Thurs 7:30 am - 6:00 pm; Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm (urgent care) East Dallas Health Center tel. 214.266.1000 3320 Live Oak, Dallas, TX 75204 fax 214.266.1128 hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Garland Health Center tel. 214.266.0700 802 Hopkins, Garland, TX 75040 fax 214.266.0656 hours: Mon-Thurs 7:00 am - 6:00 pm; Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Oak West Health Center tel. 214.330.1066 4444 S. Hampton Rd., Dallas, TX 75232 fax 214.266.1455 hours: Mon-Wed 7:30 am - 6:00 pm; Thurs-Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; 2nd Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Pediatric Primary Care Center tel. 214.266.0100 6303 Harry Hines Blvd., Suite 101, Dallas, TX 75235 fax 214.266.0113 hours: Mon-Thurs 7:30 am - 6:00 pm; Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Southeast Dallas Health Center tel. 214.266.1600 9202 Elam Rd., Dallas, TX 75217 fax 214.266.1790 hours: Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 6:00 pm; 2nd and 4th Friday 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm Vickery Family Health Center tel. 214.266.0350 8224 Park Ln., Suite. 130, Dallas, TX 75231 fax 214.696.3776 hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm (urgent care) Parkland's Women's Health Center Locations customer hotline: 214.590.4900 deHaro-Saldivar Health Center tel. 214.266.0598 1400 North Westmoreland, Dallas, TX 75211 hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
East Dallas Health Center tel. 214.266.1195 3320 Live Oak, Dallas, TX 75204 hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Garland Health Center tel. 214.266.0782 802 Hopkins, Garland, TX 75040 hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Lake June Health Center tel. 214.266.1504 6925 Lake June Rd., Dallas, TX 75217 hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Lake West Health Center tel. 214.266.0906 3737 Goldman St., Dallas, TX 75217 hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Oak West Health Center tel. 214.266.1412 4444 S. Hampton Rd., Dallas, TX 75232 hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Pediatric Primary Care Center tel. 214.266.0419 6303 Harry Hines Blvd., Suite 101, Dallas, TX 75235 hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Vickery Family Health Center tel. 214.266.0267 8224 Park Ln., Suite 130, Dallas, TX 75231 hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Baylor College of Dentistry tel. 214.828.8441 3301 Gaston, Dallas, TX 75246 hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm service area: call for service area Bluitt-Flowers COPC Dental Clinic tel. 214.266.4280 303 North Overton Rd., Dallas, TX 75216 fax 214.266.4373 hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (closed 12:00-12:30 pm) Central Dallas Ministries Community Health Services tel. 214.821.8644 801 N. Peak St., Dallas, TX 75246 hours: Mon - Tues 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (by appointment only) service area: 75204, 75246, 75226, 75223, 75210, 75215 deHaro-Saldivar COPC Dental Clinic tel. 214.266.0630 1400 North Westmoreland, Dallas, TX 75211 fax 214.266.0633 hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (lunch 12:00-12:30 pm) service area: City of Dallas; City of Irving East Dallas COPC Dental Clinic tel. 214.266.1170 3320 Live Oak, Dallas, TX 75204 fax 214.266.1178 hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (lunch 12:00-12:30 pm) service area: City of Dallas Garland COPC Dental Clinic tel. 214.266.0760 802 Hopkins St., Dallas, TX 75040 fax 214.266.0766 hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (lunch 12:00-12:30 pm) service area: City of Garland Golden Acres Dental Clinic tel. 214.327.2622 2525 Centerville Rd., Dallas, TX 75228 hours: Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm service area: call for service area Kiwanis Dental Clinic tel. 214.827.1724 5216 Monarch St., Dallas, TX 75206 hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm service area: call for service area Los Barrios Unidos Community Dental Clinic, Inc. tel. 214.571.6130 809 Singleton Blvd., Dallas TX 75212 hours: Mon - Thurs 7:00 am - 5:00 pm; Fri 7:00 am - 4:00 pm service area: call for service area Mission East Dallas tel. 972.682.8917 2914 Oates Dr., Dallas, TX 75228 hours: 3 Fridays of month 8:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1 Friday of month 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm (by appt. only) service area: 75041, 75042, 75043, 75149, 75150, 75159, 75180, 75181, 75185, 75217, 75218, 75227, 75228, 75238, 75253 North Dallas Shared Ministries tel. 972.620.8696 ext 226 2875 Merrell Rd., Dallas, TX 75229 hours: 1st and 3rd Wed 8:00 am service area: 75001, 75204, 75205, 75219, 75220, 75225, 75229, 75230, 75231, 75234, 75235, 75240, 75244, 75247, 75248, 75251, 75252, 75254, 75287
The Stewpot Dental Clinic tel. 214.746.2785 1823 Young St., Dallas, TX 75201 hours: Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (closed 12:30 - 1:00 pm) service area: no set requirements Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas tel. 214.941.1050 209 Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, TX 75203 hours: Wed & Thurs 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; Fri 8:00 am - 3:00 pm; 3rd Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm service area: call for service area
ACLU, free legal aid/counseling, pro bono attorneys, etc.
Armed Forces/Deployment Avoidance Counseling
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Beaches, Swimming Pools, Parks, Sports, Museums, Music, Theatre, TV shows, Movies, etc.
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TEXAS WORK FORCE COMMISSION
The state government agency that oversees and provides workforce development services to employers and job seekers in Texas.
General Office hours: Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Dallas Area Management Office tel. 214.290.1031 fax 214.290.1001 1201 Main St. Suite 2700, Dallas, TX 75202
Teleserve number for Texas Work Force Commission): 214.688.7088
Work Force Center Locations
2922 MLK Dr. tel. 214.421.2460 fax 214.426.2924 Dallas, TX 75215 2020 N. Masters tel. 972.288.2703 fax 972.288.4332 Suite. 102, Dallas, TX 75217 2707 Stemmons Frwy., tel. 214.920.3663 fax 214.920.3617 Suite. 150, Dallas, TX 75207 2925 N. Skyway Cir. tel. 972.258.0114 fax 972.570.1485 Irving, TX 75038 4243 S. Polk tel. 214.372.1471 fax 214.372.4756 Dallas, TX 75224 217 N. 10th tel. 972.276.8361 fax 972.272.6469 Garland, TX 75040 1222 E. Arapaho tel. 972.234.5391 fax 972.480.9259 Richardson, TX 75081 202 W. Pioneer Pkwy. tel. 972. 264.5881 fax 972.264.1765 Grand Prairie, TX 75051 2110 N. Galloway tel. 972.329.1948 fax 972.329.2144 Suite. 116 Mesquite, TX 75150 7222 S. Westmoreland, tel. 972.709.5377 fax 972.780.8696 Suite. 110, Dallas, TX 75237
Day Labor Center Locations
Garland Day Labor Center tel. 972.864.1739 2007 Saturn Rd, Garland, TX 75041 fax 972.864.1739 Lone Star Park Hiring Off tel. 972.264.5881 1000 Lone Star Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75050 fax 972.264.1756
The Dallas public transportation system is called the DART, for Dallas Area Rapid Transit. The system is quite pitiful. The bus component is slow, the transfer situation is bad and the route choice is poor. Also be prepared that there is no accommodation for bikes on the bus system. You normally cannot ride a bus with a bike. As for the train system, it is even worse. The light rail follows the easternmost highway putting it over 5 miles from the main section of the city in North Dallas. In most cases it is more practical to simply walk or bike to your destination then attempting to get to a rail station and waiting for a train. One note for anyone who plans to walk or bike places. Dallas drivers are assholes to anyone but especially any liberal looking individual. Be prepared to get yelled at, honked at, cut off and generally disrespected to the point of bodily injury. Dallas is Not a pedestrian/biker friendly city. Now that it has been stated that biking in Dallas isn't great, it is also good to mention that it is probably the most practical method of movement. A bike needs no gas, and there are no license plates to identify a bike. Other advantages include being able to hold speed while traversing terrain impassible to pig cars and allowing the rider to move faster than a running officer.
Free Clothing and Furniture
This is the one redeeming aspect of Dallas. As mentioned in the general overview the high class neighborhoods are located in Highland Park and its immediate vicinity. Due to the intense fashion driven wastefulness it is possible to comb the front garbage piles of the larger houses for perfectly good armchairs, couches, tables and electronic devices. As for clothes, the Goodwill or St.Vincent de Paul center are always good bets. Many baptist churches, as revolting as they may be, run garage sale shops. Surprisingly many interesting pieces of clothing can be found there for extremely cheap prices. It is assumed that the clothes have been taken from the children of the baptist parents in an effort to 'straighten them out'. Another method of getting clothing items for free are charity drop boxes. These boxes can be found in the parking lots of chain stores such as Home Depot and Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse. A bum equipped with some fishing hooks and string can easily pull various items out of the 'tamper proof' chutes. Just be ready to run when you see the fat rent-a-pig in his golf cart coming across the parking lot. The last thing to remember is that various Goodwills and charity closets in the area will exchange items. If you find some frilly pink jacket it can be taken to a charity closet and exchanged for something more fitting to your own taste.
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