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H3 programmingChildren in the high-density, low-income Vickery Meadow neighborhood of Northeast Dallas, Texas face a bleak future. They are at extremely high risk due to gangs, crime, violence, teen pregnancy, predators, drug trafficking, and other dangers that threaten to destroy their lives. Heart House Dallas was founded in 2000 as a 501(c)(3), to give these children a chance to thrive, through afterschool programs located within their community.

The idea for Heart House was conceived by founders Suzanne Kiefer and Anna Land, while volunteering in the Vickery Meadow community in the late 1990’s. They recognized a significant need for a program to help the children, living in this difficult neighborhood, who often did not have a parent at home after school, or a safe place to study and continue learning. They created Heart House to fill this void by providing a safe haven and academic programs where children would be encouraged to grow, to meet their potential and fulfill their dreams.

Heart House is blessed with a skilled and dedicated staff, a talented and determined board, and caring and committed volunteers. They serve because they see the potential in the students and understand the importance of creating a safe environment, educational enrichment, and opportunity for children to explore the world. They do it as if the children of Heart House are their own.

Chief Executive Officer

What do you do for a child who has to learn a new language, a new culture, and a new way of life? I face this challenge every day as the executive director of this organization, and believe me: there are no easy answers. Each child comes to us with a unique level of knowledge, from a unique part of the world, with a unique set of gifts. In response, we treat them just as they are: unique, gifted, and precious. Although our program takes lots of individualized effort, time, and resources, we know that the energy we pour into these children will bear good fruit in the years to come. They will go on to become model American citizens, or will return to their home countries with fond memories of life in the United States. Regardless of the outcome, we know it’s worth it.

We’re a local nonprofit with a global reach. Won’t you join us?


Lenita Dunlap, MPA, MA

Board of Directors

Lisa Armstrong 

Scott Balch
Texas Bomanite

Jessica Bass Bolander

Barry Boland
Triumph Capital

Ashley Davis, CPA, CFF

Chris Davis
Sloan Wealth Management

Lydia Epps

Evan Frye

Kristian W. Gluck
Norton Rose & Fulbright

Jeff Hamilton
Jackson Walker

Adrian Killebrew

Amy Levenson-Krumholz
Style by Amy

Hollis Langdoc
Civic Volunteer

S. Todd Leveridge
Lockton Dunning Benefit Company

Richard Mills 
President Elect
Austin Bridge & Road

Lydia Wright
Civic Volunteer

Meet The Team:

Admin Staff Wildflower K-2nd Park Lane 3rd-5th Stratford Hill K-5th Pineland 6th-8th
Erika Johnson, Program Manager Looking for Instructors Alissa Windle, Instructor Zolia Gonzalez, Instructor Michael Alexander, Instructor
Melissa Ortiz, Office Manager

Our Partners

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