Family fun for displaced families
The Office of Homeless Solutions and the UniverSoul Circus have come together to give displaced children and their families a spectacular night of fun at the circus.
Over 250 people, including 190 children, are registered to experience UniverSoul Circus’ electrifying entertainment including acrobats, clowns, and acts from around the World on July 4. Included in the circus event will be a free meal for families and souvenirs for children. Free transportation is being provided by Downtown Dallas, Inc. and Union Gospel Mission.
Children experiencing homelessness have been shown to have higher levels of emotional and behavioral problems, experience more school mobility and separation from their family. One night of carefree enjoyment can go a long way to providing a sense of normalcy and balance.
“The holidays can be particularly difficult for homeless families who do not have the resources needed to celebrate as they did prior to experiencing homelessness,” said Gloria Sandoval of the Office of Homeless Solutions. “Spending the day at the circus is the ultimate family adventure regardless of your living situation.”
District 8 Councilman Tennell Atkins spearheaded this initiative and was supported by Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway and Councilman Casey Thomas.