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Homeless Children Getting A New Home

Vogel Alcove, a longtime champion of homeless children, has found larger digs. The Dallas Independent School District, which has a partnership with the nearly 25-year organization, said today that the group would be moving into the district’sformer City Park Elementary School building south of downtown.

The new home will be four times larger than Vogel’s current location and will allow the organization to offer more services. The group serves children 6 weeks to 5 years old and provides free childcare and case management for families in local emergency and domestic violence shelters as well as housing programs.

According to the group, family homlessness has risen 36 percent during the past couple of years. On Thursday, some of the kids Vogel has helped will kick off the move and renovation of the new building by knocking down a faux wall.

Stella M. Chávez is KERA’s immigration/demographics reporter/blogger. Her journalism roots run deep: She spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education and won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35.