DWI Taskforce






Administrative Office

411 Elm Street, 2nd Floor

Dallas, Texas 75202

(214) 653-6670 Office

(214) 653-7994 Fax


District Office

4403 W. Illinois Ave

Dallas, Texas 75211

(214) 339-8381 Office

(214) 337-9558 Fax



Update - Road and Bridge 4


Below is latest status update on the work currently being performed by the Dallas County R&B4 crew in the City of Irving.

Northgate Drive from MacArthur Blvd. to Beltline

Scope of Work: (1) Street Milling; (2) Asphalt “level-up”; and (3) Asphalt Overlay
· Street milling and Asphalt “level-up” started in July and    completed on September 5th
· Asphalt overlay started on September 6th and will be completed on 1st week of October

Valley View Lane from SH 183 to Rock Island Rd. (in 2 sections due to traffic)
Scope of Work: Asphalt Overlay ( in two sections due to traffic)
· Asphalt overlay will start on 1st week of October
· Asphalt overlay will be completed on last week of October

City of Irving will stripe each street soon after asphalt overlay is completed by R&B4 crews.


(Pictures below are from work being performed on Northgate Dr.)


R&B 4






District 4 Newsletter

Summer 2018


In This Issue:

Dallas County Records Building

MacArthur Blvd. Ribbon Cutting
Road & Bridge 4 Update
Northaven Trail
Cockrell Hill Rd.
& More

Click Link for Newsletter








DCHHS announces special Saturday clinic for back-to-school immunizations

DALLAS (Aug. 8, 2018) – As the clock ticks down towards the start of classes, DCHHS expects parents will soon be rushing to get their children the immunizations they need. To help parents prepare for the upcoming school year, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is holding a special back-to-school immunization clinic Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The free clinic will be held on the first floor of the main DCHHS building located at 2377 N Stemmons Freeway in Dallas.

Appointments are not required for this event; however, parents and guardians should prepare to bring immunization records for walk-in immunizations.

“Vaccine-preventable diseases still exist in our communities, therefore, it is our goal to support a healthy environment for children in the classroom,” said Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, DCHHS interim director. “Immunizations are routinely offered; however, this special Saturday clinic allows parents yet another opportunity to get their children the immunizations they need.”

Dallas County residents from birth to age 18 in the following categories are eligible to receive free immunizations Aug. 11 under the Texas Vaccines for Children Program (TVFC):



Medicaid eligible

Uninsured: a child who has no health insurance coverage

American Indian or Alaskan Native

Enrolled in CHIP

Underinsured (as defined by the Texas Department of State Health Services)


Parents and guardians should review immunization records and consult with a primary care provider or a public health professional to determine needed vaccinations. Texas minimum state vaccine requirements for students grades K-12 can be found at

For more information on the DCHHS immunization clinic and upcoming immunization events,  visit




For additional information, contact:

 Renae Crutchfield, Public Information Officer 

   214.819.6329 (office) 

214.394.8109 (cell)

Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, Interim Director


Dallas County Health and Human Services

Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP)

Need help paying utilities or heating and cooling your home?

Please call: (214) 819-1848

(Click the image below for more information in English and Spanish)




Volunteer Opportunities


Friends of Oak Cliff Parks


The Friends of Oak Cliff Parks is looking for volunteers for the next several weeks. Working hours will be from 7:30 am to 10:00 am. If that time is too early, you can come and volunteer at any time of the morning. Water, snak bars and bug spray will be provided.

For more inforamtion contact:

Bill McCain -



5th, Sunday - Kiest Memorial Garden

11th, Saturday - Lake Cliff Park

18th, Saturday - Kidd Springs Park

25th, Saturday - Founders Park


1st, Saturday - Kiest Conservation Area



For Immediate Release



DCHHS offers free back-to-school vaccinations at New Light Church

DALLAS (July 27, 2018) – Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is offering families a weekend opportunity to get school-aged children immunized at New Light Church’s Back-To-School Bash Saturday, July 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. The free event will be held at 9314 Elam Road in Dallas. Parents must  bring their child’s immunization records.

“Preparing to go back to school is a great time to catch up on vaccinations,” said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS medical director/health authority. “This fall, don’t let your child’s seat in class be left empty. Get your children the vaccinations they need for school now.”

During the event participating vendors will also offer free school supplies and giveaways to help parents check off their back-to-school to-do list. 

Immunizations are also given at each of the DCHHS clinic locations from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday–Friday. The immunization clinic located at 2377 N Stemmons Freeway in Dallas, is open until 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Appointments aren’t necessary. The cost is $10 for the child’s first visit and $5 for returning patients. Waivers are given to families in need.

Parents and guardians should review immunization records and consult with a primary care provider or a public health professional to determine needed vaccinations. Texas minimum state vaccine requirements for students grades K-12 can be found at /default.shtm

For more information on DCHHS immunization clinics and upcoming immunization events, visit



For additional information, contact:

 Renae Crutchfield, Public Information Officer 

   214.819.6329 (office) 

214.394.8109 (cell)

Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, Interim Director

Summer 2018 - Campion Trail Expansion Update


Irving's Campion Trail is the focus of a lot of work and planning. A connection to Coppell's trail system is just months away from opening. In the longer term, leaders are also looking at ideas to connect the north and south sections of the Campion Trail. Watch to find out about other trail projects that will give more recreational opportunities to residents.

Click the image below to watch a short video on Campion Trail expansion.




Click the picture below to read the latest Public Health Preparedness Update from Dallas County Health and Human Services.

DCHHS - Newsletter 6.2018




Free Pet Adoptions Offered to Military



The Irving Animal Care Campus, 4140 Valley View Lane, is waiving adoption fees for pets adopted by military personnel from Tuesday through Saturday to thank them for their


The offer is available to all U.S. military - active duty and veterans - with a valid military I.D.

The campus is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For details, call 972-721-2256.



To read the latest issue of The Dallas County Chronicle click the image below.

The Dallas Chronical

Informative and interesting read on the County Records Building film and the role Dallas County has taken in preserving its history. A project spearheaded by Commissioner Garcia.

Do not miss out!




After over 2 years of research, planning and preparation by PDG Wayne Meachum, the first Truancy Vision Project vision clinic was held on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at the Dallas County Truancy Court of Judge Larry Rayford on South Polk Street in Oak Cliff. The clinic was a partnership between the District 2-X1 Lions Sight and Tissue Foundation and the Low Vision Clinic with support from The Oak Cliff Lions Club and Dallas County.

Research indicates that 85% 90% of students who get involved in the truancy system have undetected and/or unaddressed vision difficulties. This clinic seems to verify those findings. Of the 14 students whose vision was screened, 13 proved to have vision problems that could be corrected with proper eyeglasses. The vision exams and the eyeglasses are provided free- of charge through the project.

Lions from the Sight and Tissue Foundation, The Oak Cliff Lions Club. Duncanville Evening Lions Club, Carrollton Evening Lions Club and the Dallas Founders Lions Club collectively provided over a hundred hours of service to the project. With a vast need for the vision services being provided through this project, additional clinics are planned with the Truancy Courts.

Volunteers from the Oak Cliff Lions Club included PDG Wayne Meachum, PP Michelle Metzger (President of the Sight and Tissue Foundation), Charlene Vezina and this writer. Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia also a member of The Oak Cliff Lions Club paid a welcome surprise visit to the clinic.



April 24, 2018


Elizabeth Valles




Parkland hosts Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 28

Event provides opportunity for proper disposal

of medications

DALLAS – Unwanted, unused and expired medications in our homes can cause poisonings, other health problems or end up in the wrong hands. In an effort to prevent accidents and improper disposal of these potentially dangerous substances, Parkland Health & Hospital System and the Dallas County Hospital District Police Department are participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Parkland’s drop-off sites will be open Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  

Medications can be dropped off at the following Parkland locations:

• Simmons Ambulatory Surgery Center , 4900 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas 75235

• Hatcher Station  Health Center, 4600 Scyene Road, Dallas 75210

• Bluitt-Flowers Health Center, 303 E. Overton Road, Dallas 75216

• Garland Health Center, 802 Hopkins St., Garland 75040

• Southeast Dallas Health Center, 9202 Elam Road, Dallas 75217

• deHaro-Saldivar Health Center, 1400 N. Westmoreland Road, Dallas 75211


“Organizations from across the country are coming together to help keep leftover prescription drugs from being misused,” said Miranda Skaaning, Parkland Sustainability Manager. “It’s important that we provide this opportunity for our community members so they can properly dispose of their unused and expired medication.” 


During the two Prescription Drug Take-Back Days hosted in 2017, 103 pounds of medications were collected at Parkland drop-off sites and 30,338 pounds of medications were collected statewide.Skaaning said there are numerous reasons to drop off medications at this event, including:

• Unwanted medications may result in unintentional poisonings to children and pets

• Unused medications can make your home a target for theft by drug abusers

• Improper use of medications, such as antibiotics, can contribute to drug-resistant bacteria

“During the event individuals can drive into the parking lot and hand the medications to a law enforcement officer, no questions asked,” Skaaning emphasized. No intravenous materials, such as solutions, tubing or syringes, will be accepted at the event.

For more information about the proper way to dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medication, contact the poison experts at the North Texas Poison Center, 1-800-222-1222 or visit

For more information about Parkland services, please visit



Click the link below to read about La Bajada neighborhood in West Dallas and how transportation has affected it. An interesting and informative read.


The Impact of Transportation
on Historic Ethnic Neighborhoods

Legacy - The Impact of Transportation on Historic Ethnic Neighborhoods


Dallas County Records Building Construction Commencement Ceremony

Please join us as we kick off the construction to the

Dallas County Records Building Renovation Project in Dallas, Texas!

Click the invitation to RSVP!

Dallas County Records Building


The Records Building Project


The Records Building Complex is under renovation and moving forward. Please watch the video by clicking the image below to learn more about the history and future of the Dallas County Records Building Complex.

Dallas County Record Building Video


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Job Opportunities


Parkland is seeking highly motivated individuals to join their family as medical interpreters. Please see below for qualifiations are more informaiton.

Medical Interpreter I (English)

  • Education: High School Diploma or GED
  • Experience: None required. Pre-employment training and contingent test offers available
  • Skills: Must successfully complete a language/medical terminology proficiency examination in English and a second language with a minimum score of 80% per section
  • Starting Salary $29,000 + including pension, health insurance, tuition reimbursement and more.

Application Process: To apply for our Medical Interpreter II position and for more information, visit -

Search for "Medical Interpreter I"

Medical Interpreter II English

  • Education: High School Diploma or GED
  • Experience: Four years in a patient care environment or equivalent education
  • Skills: Must successfully complete a language/medical terminology proficiency examination in English and a second language with a minimum score of 80% per section.

Application Process: To apply for our Medical Interpreter II position and for more information, visit -

Search for "Medical Interpreter II"

Language Services at a Glance:


  • The Language Services Department is an integral part of Parkland, supporting the system’s values and collaborating within it to achieve goals, mission and vision.
  • Acts as a communication tool between the patients, their families and the institution as a whole; and between the institution and the community it serves.

Recruiting Contact:

Afsheen Gulamali

Talent Acquisition Partner



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Oportunidad de Empleo


Parkland está buscando personas motivadas para unirse con la familia de Parkland como intérpretes médicos.


Medical Interpreter I Spanish

  • Educación: Diploma de escuela secundaria o GED.
  • Experiencia: No requerida. Entrenamiento previo al empleo y ofertas contingentes.
  • Habilidades: Debe completar con éxito un examen de conocimiento de terminología médica/del idioma en inglés y domino del segundo idioma con un puntaje mínimo de 80% por sección.
  • Salario inicial $ 29,000 + incluyendo pensión, seguro médico, reembolso estudiantil y más

Para solicitar nuestros puestos de Intérprete Médico I y para obtener más información, visite

Buscar “Medical Interpreter I”


Medical Interpreter 2 Spanish

  • Educación: Diploma de escuela secundaria o GED.
  • Experiencia: Cuatro años de servicio en un ambiente de cuidado de pacientes o educación equivalente.
  • Habilidades: Debe completar con éxito un examen de conocimiento de terminología médica/del idioma en inglés y dominio del segundo idioma con un puntaje mínimo de 80% por sección.
  • Salario inicial: $ 36,000 + incluyendo pensión, seguro médico, reembolso estudiantil y más

Para solicitar nuestros puestos de Intérprete Médico II y para obtener más información, visite

Buscar “Medical Interpreter II”


De un Vistazo a los Servicios Lingüísticos:

  • El Departamento de Servicios Lingüísticos es una parte integral de Parkland, apoyando el sistema de valores y colaborando para alcanzar objetivos, misión y visión.
  • Actúa como una herramienta de comunicación entre los pacientes, familiares y la institución en su conjunto; y entre la institución y la comunidad a la que sirve.

Para solicitudes contacte:

Afsheen Gulamali

Talent Acquisition Partner



Clean Up Day in the Park 


Kidd Springs Park

1003 Cedar Hill Ave

Dallas, TX 75208

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Clean up at the Park

Community groups, scout troops or other interested individuals, both kids and adults, are needed to help clean the park. They are also looking for some older youth and adults to assist with a storage area clean up. If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Heidi Hulin at or call her at 214-670-7535.


2018-2019 Scholarship Application
Now Available

Hispanic Dental Association

2017 Scholarship Award Winners

Deadline for completed application is July 1, 2018.

Awards Ceremony - Chicago, IL - September 8, 2018.

Questions contact: Jen Blake at

Download Application for the 2018-2019 Scholarships


Winners, family, friends, corporate and professional scholarship sponsors - 2017 Award Ceremony

Hispanic Dental Association

A National Non-Profit Focused On Oral Health Education & Service

Parkland's Diabetes Community Conference

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 8:30 A.M. - 1 P.M.

Where: Nash-Davis Recreation Center

3710 N. Hampton Road, Dallas, TX 75212

Parkland's Diabetes Community Conference


Conferencia Para La Comunidad Acerca de La Diabetes

Sabado, 14 de abril del 2018

8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Nash-Davis Recreation Center

3710 N. Hampton Road, Dallas, TX 75212

Parkland's Diabetes Community Conference


Dallas County Trails

UPDATE: Northhaven Trail Project


The dirt is flying on our Northaven Trail Project. When completed, this phase of Northaven Trail will extend 3.3 miles from Denton Drive to Cinderella Lane. Once all phases are complete, Northaven Trail will extend from I-75 to the Elm Fork Athletic Complex on the west side of I-35. This project is a partnership between Dallas County, the City of Dallas and the Texas Department of Transportation. The cost of Phases 2B/2C is $5.7 million and should be completed by Fall 2019.

Map of Trail

Dalllas County Public Works

Newhaven Trail

Newheaven Trail

Newhaven Trail


Cockrell Hill Rd Closure Notice


Detour Instructions for Residents

Detour Instructions for Local Residents


Detour Instructions for Businesses

Business Detour




MacArthur Boulevard Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Monday, March 5, 2018 at 1 pm

Thompson Pressure Pipe Training Room

1004 MacArthur Blvd

Grand Prairie, Texas 75050

MacArthur Grand Opening




March 1, 2018, 5:30 a.m.
Atmos Energy to Conduct Planned Outage

2,800 homes affected under plan to replace natural gas delivery system
DALLAS – Out of an abundance of caution, Atmos Energy will conduct a planned outage of its natural gas service starting at noon Thursday in areas of northwest Dallas.  

The outage is necessary to replace Atmos Energy’s natural gas distribution system after recent extraordinary rains and unique geological conditions in the area have caused unprecedented system performance.  Affected homes are in the areas roughly bound by Walnut Hill to the north, Webb Chapel to the west, near Northwest Highway to the south and Lakemont Drive to the east.

“The planned outage will affect about 2,800 homes.  Our plan is to have service restored in phases over the next two to three weeks,” said John Paris, president of Atmos Energy’s Mid-Tex division.  “We will be working around the clock as we replace all mains and service lines.”

Atmos Energy is deploying more than 120 crews to quickly complete this work.  They also will be on hand to assist each homeowner as service is restored.

For more information residents can call our 24/7

dedicated number: 972-964-4191.

Map of Isolation Area

1 de Marzo, 2018, 5:30 a.m.
Atmos Energy realiza una interrupción de gas planeada

2,800 hogares afectados durante el reemplazo del sistema de distribución de gas natural

DALLAS – Al mediodía el jueves, como medida de precaución, Atmos Energy llevó a cabo una interrupción de gas planeado en áreas del noroeste de Dallas.

Esta interrupción de servicio es necesaria para reemplazar el sistema de distribución de gas natural de Atmos Energy que ha quedado afectado de manera sin precedente debido a las extraordinarias lluvias recientes y las condiciones geológicas particulares del área. Las casas afectadas están en las áreas bordadas por Walnut Hill al norte, Webb Chapel al oeste, cerca de Northwest Highway al sur, y Lakemont Drive al este.

“La interrupción de servicio planeada afectará a unas 2,800 hogares. Nuestro plan es restaurar el servicio de gas natural en fases durante las próximas dos o tres semanas,” dijo John Paris, presidente de la división Mid-Tex de Atmos Energy. “Estaremos trabajando las 24 horas mientras reemplazamos las líneas principales y tuberías de servicio.”

Atmos Energy está utilizando más de 120 equipos para completar este trabajo pronto. También estarán presentes para ayudar a cada residente cuando se restaure el servicio.

Para más información los residentes pueden llamar a nuestro número de teléfono dedicado al 972-964-4191.

Área sin servicio de gas


West Dallas 2018 Property Tax Forum

February 20, 2018

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Mattie Nash Myrtle Davis Recreation Center

3710 N. Hampton Road

Dallas, TX 75212


Tax Forum




Dallas County Seal

Dallas County Fights The Flu!

Influenza (Flu) activity remains high in Dallas County. It is recommend that all person over the age of 6 months and older get a flu vaccine yearly. Please take precautionary measures for prevention.


Dallas County Health & Human Services is offering free immunization clinics at the following locations:

Cedar Hill Rec Center

310 E. Parkerville Road

Cedar Hill, TX 75104

Monday, February 19, 2018

10 a.m to 2 p.m.

Mexican Consulate

1210 Riverbend Drive

Dallas, TX 75247

Monday, February 26, 2018

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information visit:



DALLAS, TX 75217


10 A.M TO 2 P.M





Jan. 17, 2018


April Foran




Give them their space!

Parkland burn center experts urge caution when using space heaters

DALLAS – The bitter cold that has plunged much of the nation and the Metroplex into a deep freeze recently has left people turning to whatever means necessary to warm the winter’s chill. Sadly, across the country there have been numerous reports of deaths from hypothermia and fires that ignited from space heaters.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), when examining all the heating equipment-related fires that occur in winter, those started by space heaters are most likely to result in death. The bottom line, the agency notes, is space heaters need space.


“Every year during the winter months, we admit patients with burn injuries from house fires that started from portable heaters. Some of the injuries result from people trapped in a house fire that started from a space heater placed too close to flammable materials such as curtains or blankets,” said Stephanie Campbell, BSN, RN, CCRN, Burn Program Manager in Parkland Memorial Hospital’s Regional Burn Center.


Space heaters cause about one-third of all winter house fires and 80 percent of all winter heating fire deaths, the NFPA reported. Placing items that can burn too close to heating equipment or placing heating equipment too close to items that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding, was the leading factor contributing to ignition in fatal home heating fires. These accounted for more than half, or 56 percent, of home heating fire deaths, according to the NFPA. Of those, nearly half, or 49 percent, occurred in December, January and February.


“People with diabetic neuropathy are at particularly high risk since they may use a heater to warm their feet, but may not be able to feel when a burn begins to occur,” Campbell said. “Direct contact with a space heater may also result in burn injuries when the clothing ignites. We have several cases a year where people did not realize they were bumping up against a heater until their clothing was on fire.”


Campbell offers the following tips when using a space heater:


  • Keep a 3-foot zone around a portable heater that is free of anything that can burn (clothing, curtains, furniture, bedding, etc.)
  • Keep portable heaters out of reach of young children and teach older children to stay out of a 3-foot zone around the heater
  • Buy a portable heater with an anti-tip shut-off feature and place on a level surface
  • Turn off electric heaters when you leave the room
  • Do not use extension cords with electric heaters
  • Do not place in areas that can get wet
  • Do not use portable heaters while sleeping
  • Ensure there are working smoke detectors in the home or apartment
  • Smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least twice a year


Campbell noted that when people start fires in fireplaces they make sure to extinguish them before they go to sleep because they can see the flames. Because space heaters lack visible signs of flames, they may be overlooked when turning in for the night and therefore a slow burn may fill the home with smoke.


“It’s when people are asleep that they are most vulnerable,” Campbell said, adding. “You’d never consider putting clothes in a fireplace, but unfortunately leaving clothes or other flammable items on top of or near a space heater is all too common.”


For information on how to reduce your risk of winter fires and other hazards, visit the National Fire Protection Association at For information about Parkland services, please visit


SPCA of Texas Provides Disaster Relief to Pets Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Collage Dogs


Commissioner Elba Garcia visited the emergency animal shelter set up by the SPCA of Texas in Dallas to assist pets and people who have evacuated the Gulf Coast to the North Texas area. James Bias, President of SPCA of Texas, walked us through the shelter's day-to-day operations while Commissioner Garcia thanked the volunteers for the outstanding work they are doing and talked with some of the evacuees who were visiting their pets. The emergency shelter is located next to the mega shelter for evacuees at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center. The emergency animal shelter has now housed more than 200 pets. Just over 30 have been picked up by their owners and hundreds more pets may be coming.

The SPCA is providing animal transfers, food & supplies and shelter to pets. If you wish to help the SPCA provide support for animals in need, please visit this link:

Click HERE to check out photos of pets from the temporary animal shelter.

Donate HERE




I know many of you are concerned about the millions of people affected by Hurricane Harvey. Here is the latest update I have on how Dallas County organizations are helping those from the Houston area. Also, read below to see how you can help those who need so much:


Current Situation
The City of Dallas is now operating three shelters that, combined, are housing more than 500 people:

  • Walnut Hill Recreation Center | Map
  • Tommie M. Allen Recreation Center | Map
  • Samuell Grand Recreation Center | Map

Also, either late Monday evening or Tuesday morning, the City of Dallas will open a mega-shelter at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. This facility will have the capacity to shelter up to 5,000 more people. | Map


Dallas County, Red Cross, Parkland Hospital, the Salvation Army, Dallas County VOAD, Children’s Hospital and numerous volunteer agencies and organizations are assisting in these efforts.

What can I do to help?
Starting Tuesday morning, I will be volunteering at the Convention Center mega-shelter. Here are ways you, too, can help. Join me in doing what Texans always do in times of crisis – pitch in to help our neighbors in need!


1. Donate Items
From 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. daily, Trusted World is accepting items for the families being sheltered. The drop-off location is 15660 North Dallas Parkway (just north of Arapaho Road) in Dallas. | Map

Items most needed are:

  1. new underwear
  2. new socks
  3. new warmups for men, women, children and infants
  4. toiletries/hygiene products

baby formula, baby wipes, bottles, diapers and the Graco Pac n' Plays for babies to sleep in

2. Donate Money
The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army are accepting cash donations for disaster response and relief.


Go to the American Red Cross website

The American Red Cross

Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767)
Text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Go to the American Red Cross website

Go to The Salvation Army website

The Salvation Army USA

Call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)
Go to The Salvation Army website

Go to the Dallas Morning News list of other ways to donate

Other ways to donate

The Dallas Morning News has also assembled a comprehensive list of other area organizations accepting items and money for Hurricane Harvey victims.
Go to the Dallas Morning News list


3. Our Animal Companions Need Help Too!
The SPCA is expecting several hundred pets from Southeast Texas to be evacuated to North Texas. They are asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper.

Drop off pet-related donations at:

 - SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center - 2400 Lone Star Dr., Dallas

 - SPCA of Texas - 8411 Stacy Rd., McKinney

4. Volunteer
The American Red Cross and The Salvation Army are accepting cash donations for disaster response and relief.


There are numerous opportunities for you to volunteer:

The City of Dallas has also set up a website with information on how to help. It includes a link to information on how you can volunteer.

Go to the City of Dallas Help for Harvey website

Thank you for joining me as we try to make the lives of our fellow Texans as comfortable as possible in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.


Dr. Elba Garcia
Dr. Elba Garcia
Dallas County Commissioner, District 4



District 4 Newsletter

Summer 2017

Newsletter Summer 2017

In This Issue:
Wildlife Parkway Project
Dallas County Trails
Road & Bridge 4 Update
It's Going To Be OK, Inc.
Home for Hounds
& More

Click Link for Newsletter





  • 1 in 4 Dallas residents is an immigrant or refugee
  • Dallas immigrants contributed more than $1 billion in taxes in 2014
  • Immigrants make up 25.2% of the labor force in the Dallas metro area
  • 133,000 Dallas immigrants are eligible for U.S. citizenship

Our strength is our diversity. Dallas thrives when all of our residents are included and afforded the opportunity to succeed. Dallas WCIA seeks to be the bridge for immigrants and refugees to The City of Dallas.

Contact: (214) 671-5087



  • 1 en 4 residentes de Dallas es un inmigrante o refugiado
  • Los inmigrantes en Dallas contribuyeron más de $1,000 millones en impuestos en 2014
  • Los inmigrantes conforman el 25.2% de la fuerza
  • 133,000 inmigrantes en Dallas son elegibles para la ciudadanía estadounidense

Nuestra fortaleza es nuestra diversidad. Dallas prospera cuando todos nuestros residentes están incluidos y tienen la oportunidad de ser exitosos. Dallas WCIA busca ser el puente para los inmigrantes y refugiados a la ciudad de Dallas.

Para Mayor Información, llame al (214) 671-5087

My Dallas - Citizenship Campaign

Citizenship Workshop

The Office of Welcoming Communities & Immigrant Affairs,

The Dallas Public Library, and the

Community Organizations identified below

Invite you to a FREE Citizenship Application Workshop

Saturday, October 7, 2017

9:00 am

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library

1515 Young Street

Dallas, Texas

Services will include:

  • Completion of the N-400 application for citizenship
  • Review of application by immigration attorneys and BIA accredited representatives

For pre-workshop preparation information go to:


Taller de Ciudadanía

La Oficina de Bienvenida A Comunidades y Asuntos de inmigración,

La Biblioteca Pública de Dallas, y las

organizaciones comunitarias indicado a si abajo

les invita a un taller GRATIS de solicitud de ciudadanía

Sábado, 7 de octubre de 2017

9:00 am

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library

1515 Young Street

Dallas, Texas

Los servicios incluyen:

  • Finalización de la solicitud N-400 ciudadanía
  • Revisión de la solicitud por el abogado y los representantes acreditados por BIA

Para información previa a la preparación del taller vaya a:



Watch The "West Nile and Zika Viruses" PSA for Information You Need to Know for Prevention

PSA Video Image

Click Here For Additional Information on Mosquito Prevention

Vea el Comunicado de Interés Público de los Virus Nilo Occidental y Zika Para Información Necesaria Para La Prevención


Para Más Información Y Un Video Informativo Haz Clic Aquí


Read The Dallas County Chronicle's

Summer 2017 Issue!

Summer 2017

In this issue you'll find:

  • Anshe Sphard
  • Marker Funding
  • Marker Schedule
  • Irving Heritage Society
  • Medical Society
  • Juanita H. Nañez

Click HERE To Read

State Historical Marker Application Period to Begin September 1

While it always seems to be a long way off—like Christmas when you were a kid--it is suddenly almost that time once again—the start of the State’s annual historical marker application period. Beginning on September 1, it will be possible to submit applications for markers to the Dallas County Historical Commission.

Markers can be sought to commemorate events, people, cemeteries, subjects, and structures. If you are trying to determine whether a particular topic or building is historic, just remember two basic principles:
• The structure, event, subject, etc. usually must be at least fifty years old or must have occurred at least fifty years ago; and
• Just because something (or someone) is old does not mean that it is historic.

Rick Loessberg, the County’s Director of Planning & Development, and members of the County’s Historical Commission are available to help answer questions about preparing an application. Please contact Mr. Loessberg at (214) 653-7601 or at if you need any assistance.

Once an application has been completed, it must electronically be submitted to Mr. Loessberg no later than November 1 for it to be considered during this cycle.

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Dallas Morning News:

"It's A Jailbreak For First Class Of Dogs Trained By Dallas Inmates, But 3 Still Awit Adoption"


Read the Dallas Morning News article on Dallas County's Home For Hounds program.

"The Dallas County Jail recently released 10 four-legged inmates. Theyre the first group of dogs to make it through the Home for Hounds program at the jail. Approved by county commissioners last August, the program pairs Grand Prairie animal shelter dogs with inmates who train them for five weeks. Seven out of the 10 dogs have been adopted, Dallas County Sheriff LUpe Valdez announced Wednesday. Three Dogs - T-Bone, Skippy and Kia - still need a home."

If interested in adopting a dog, you can call Grand Prairie Animal Services at 972-237-8575.

Read The Full Article HERE


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Home for Hounds Showcase


On Wednesday, June 28, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department invited members of the media for a special presentation regarding our Home for Hounds program. Sheriff Valdez, Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia, and Sheriff’s Department staff presented over the progress of the program and showcased the dogs that are currently available for adoption.





The Dallas County Sheriff's Department encourages you to learn more about the Home for Hounds program and learn about the dogs currently available for adoption!

Please Visit HERE For More Info




National HIV Testing Day
June 27: We’re Doing It

Free Confidential Testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and HIV

June 27 marks National HIV Testing day and DCHHS is gearing up to raise awareness. This year, DCHHS’ Mobile Medical Clinic (MMC) is partnering with Afiya Center at its Get Tested Grab a Bite event located at 3217 W. Camp Wisdom Road Dallas, TX 75237. The event will take place across the street from the Southwest Center mall in the shopping center where Family Dollar is located between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. During this event DCHHS MMC will be at the event testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and HIV. Following this event, DCHHS is also teaming up with the AIDS Interfaith Network / Manos Unidas June 28 by participating in a testing event to be held at the Consulate General of Mexico located at 1210 River Bend Dr. Dallas, TX 75207. For more information on this event contact Manos Unidas at 214-932-0636.

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DCHHS partnered with the City of Grand Prairie's Health Department and the DCHHS Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) on a Zika canvassing drill on Saturday, June 24. The purpose of the Zika canvassing drill is to test the ability to conduct neighborhood canvassing procedures in response to a suspected locally acquired Zika virus outbreak. The Zika canvassing drill was designed to establish a learning environment for participants to exercise emergency response plans, policies and procedures as they pertain to neighborhood canvassing policies and procedures, mosquito control functions, and epidemiology and lab procedures for receiving samples from the field.

This is another example of the DCHHS partnering with Dallas County cities in Zika virus response and planning. See the attached photos from the Zika canvassing drill.


You're Invited to It's Going To Be OK's

Stop The Traffick 5k Walk/Run

Traffick Run

When: June 10, 2017

Registration: 8:00AM

Where: West Continental Bridge Gateway West Dallas

Dallas, TX 75212 (Ron Kirk Bridge)

Parking Lot in Trinity Groves at N. Beckley & Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

Purpose: To Raise Awareness and Funding to

Stop Human Trafficking

Proceeds: It's Going To Be OK, Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization

Register at

Click Here For Full Flyer


Ms. Tonya Stafford, Founder of It's Going To Be Ok was recognized by the Dallas County Commissioners Court Tuesday, June 6, 2017 for her efforts in raising awareness to stop human trafficking.




On Tuesday, June 7, 2017, the Commissioners Court recognized LGTB Pride Month and recognized the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GDHCC) and congratulated the 2017 Stars on the Rise Award recipients.



Read The Dallas County Chronicle's

Spring 2017 Issue!

Spring 2017

In this issue you'll find:

  • Hamilton Park
  • Interurban Railway
  • Pike Park
  • Patricia Hicks
  • Sachse Book

Click HERE To Read

Dallas County Home-for-Hounds Program

Press Conference-Program Kickoff


Garcia Speech

Inmates and Dogs



The shelter dogs have arrived!

Home for Hounds

Back in August 2016, the Dallas County Commissioners Court approved Home for Hounds, a dog-training program. The program consists of a five-week course, where 10 inmates will train dogs plucked from the euthanization line at the Grand Prairie shelter with the goal of boosting adoption rates all the while giving inmates the opportunity to gain a vocaitonal skill. 


Dog-training programs have sprouted up across the country, and this will be the first of its kind in a county jail within the State of Texas. Through Commissioner Garcia, the Dallas County jail has partnered with the Grand Prairie Animal Shelter

The shelher dogs have arrived! This program will be funded through the sheriff's commissary fund. Inmates with no history of violence will be eligible. Ten inmates will be chosen to train five dogs. An instructor from El Centro Community College with provide instruction to the inmates, who will receive a certificate at the completion of the course.

Click Here to Read Commissioners Court Briefing

Click Here to Read Dallas Morning News Article

Dr. Elba Garcia receives award for her work and support of the North Texas community.

Dallas, Texas. On Saturday January 28, 2017, the non-profit organization, “It’s Going To Be OK, Inc.” bestowed its inaugural award, the “Shaniya Davis Human Rights Award,” to Dr. Elba Garcia for her hard work and efforts in favor of the North Texas community.


The award was presented to Dr. Garcia at It’s Going to Be Ok, Inc.’s “Hope & Pearl Inaugural Gala,” which was held at Dallas Methodist Medical. The main objective of this event is to create awareness in educating and eradicating human trafficking.  


Bradley Lockhart, who was the gala’s guest of honor, presented the inaugural award in honor of his daughter, Shaniya Davis. Shaniya’s human trafficking story took place in 2009, when she was sold by her mother to pay off a $200 drug debt.


Founded in 2014 by CEO Tonya Stafford, “It’s Going To Be OK, Inc.” is an organization whose mission is to work towards the eradication of trafficking of persons, particularly women and children trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Tonya survived a traumatic life and childhood of sexual molestation, physical abuse, rape and was ultimately sold.

Those interested in helping or donating to the organization, “It’s Going To Be OK, Inc.” can reach out to VanDella Menifee, Director of Marketing & Communications, by email: or by phone: (678) 570-0845.

To Help End Human Trafficking, Click HERE

Se Ofrece Ayuda Gratuita Para Trámites de Ciudadanía

Proyecto Inmigrante está ofreciendo servicios gratuitos para llenar la solicitud N-400, para obtener la ciudadanía. Los residentes permanentes deben cumplir los siguientes requisitos:

  • No tener antecedentes penales
  • Tener 18 años de edad o más
  • Ser residente permanente por lo menos 5 años o 3 años si está casado(a) con un ciudadano(a).
  • No haber vivido fuera del país por más de 6 meses
  • Tener buen carácter moral
  • Hablar, leer y escribir inglés básico
  • Tener conocimiento del gobierno e historia de Estados Unidos

Las oficinas esán abiertas de martes a sábadi de 9:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m. Las personas que cumplan con los requisitos y estén interesadas en aprovechar este servicio gratuito pueden hacer una cita llamando al (1) 888-793-2128 ext. 201

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Lea el nuevo articulo sobre la Comisionada Elba Garcia escrito por la revista de Asociación de Mujeres Empresarias y Profesionales.


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In its Fall 2016 edition, the Dallas County Historical Commission, looks back and remembers the Almost Forgotten Community of Cemento Grande; a town built by the company Cemento Grande for its Hispanic workers. "El Camposanto de Cemento Grande remains as a reminder of the community that once was . . . "


Cement company employees and community residents
in 1929. Photo courtesy of Dallas Public Library.

Read More Of Their Story Here

District 4 Newsletter

Summer 2016


In This Issue:
Records Building Complex Project
"Ban the Box"
Chalk Hill Trail
MacArthur Blvd. Widening Project
DCHHS-Zika Virus
& Much More

Click Link for Newsletter


Dallas County Ribbon Cutting For The Jesse Everett Gill & Dr. Onésimo Hernández Medical Facility

Ribbon Cutting

Through Commissioner Garcia and Commissioner Price's efforts, the new $39-million medical facility is the first Dallas County government building to be named for a Latino and African-American together, not to mention it's also the first county government building to bear a Latino's name. The 139,000-square-foot medical center will include clinic space, a pharmacy and staff offices to serve patients from the county jail.

Both Jesse Everett Gill and Dr. Onésimo Hernández, were minority leaders within their own communities. Mr. Gill was the county's first African-American deputy sheriff, starting in 1954. And Dr. Hernández was the first Latino to attend Southwestern Medical School and the first Latino Doctor to work for Parkland Hospital.

Click Here to Read the Dallas Morning News Article

State of Dallas County 2016

State of the County

On Wednesday, June 1st, Commissioner Garcia had the opportunity of addressing Dallas County residents on the current state of District 4 at the 2016 State of Dallas County hosted by the Greater Irving- Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Dallas Regional Chamber.



Bryan’s House – HEROES Program Kick-Off and Open House


For the past 28 years, the mission of Bryan’s House has been to care and protect the smallest among us in their greatest time of need and to provide comfort and support to parents.

We support Bryan’s House and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office as they expand their mission to now provide childcare for parents participating in diversion court programs. Through this partnership both organizations are contributing to a better, more productive community by meeting a critical need for offenders trying to get their lives back on track

Dream Playground to Come to Life for Local Families 

Partners Joined Forces to Create a New Playground at Coffey Park

Group Pic


On Saturday, May 14, 2016, more than 250 volunteers from Foresters Financial, the City of Cockrell Hill, Cockrell Hill Beautification Association, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Cockrell Hill community joined forces to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Coffey Park. The design is based on children's drawings created at a special design event in March.

Everyone was invited to come out and participate as a community volunteer for the entire day, or to visit during any part of the day as an observer.


The new playground replaces older play structures and will eventually serve more than 1,100 kids over its 15-year life span. Many obstacles, including socio-economic barriers, prevent children in the community from getting the play they need to thrive. Being involved in the community-build process breaks down some of these barriers around isolation and creates a welcoming and safe play space for everyone. 


Mrs. Teresa Rivera Calbillo is Presented with a Certificate of Recognition and her Middle School Diploma by Commissioner Garcia


Mrs. Teresa Rivera Calbillo was recognized at the May 3rd Dallas County Commissioners Court meeting for completing her Middle School educaiton at the age of 72. Mrs. Calbillo accomplished this goal by taking classes at Debes Creer En Ti (DCET), which means "Believe in Yourself."

At DCET, Mrs. Calbillo began completing her education at the age of 69 so she could achieve her life-long goal of becoming a pastry chef, for which she knew she would need to learn how to read and write at a higher level. She completed her Elementary education within one year, and she is currently working to obtain her U.S. Citizenship.

Found by Elvia Wallace Martinez in 1995, DCET's purpsoe is to assit immigrant communities by rpovding personal and business development, focusing on literacy, mentoring and leadership. DCET offers ESL, GED, Citizenship, Computer and Spanish Literacy Classes, all of which are provided at no charge. This is done through partnerships with the City of Irving, the Dallas and Irving School Districts, corporations, mentors and volunteers, all for the purpose of providing immigrant families with solutions to their needs while adjusting to the cultural and societal values of our Country.

Congratulations Mrs. Calbillo on this great achievement and thank you DCET and partners for all of your support to the community.

For More Information on DCET visit:

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RHCA Day of the Construction Worker Awards


Congratulations to Alexis Guzman on being awarded as the 2016 Field Construction Worker of the Year and to Michael Gonzales on being awarded as the Foreman of the Year! These Awards were presented by the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association at the Day of the Construction Worker Event on April 30th.

Mr. Guzman and Mr. Gonzales are proud employees of the Dallas County Road & Bridge District 4 Team, and I want them to know that all of their hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed.

Dallas County Historical Marker Funding Program


The Dallas County Commissioners Court approved the operation of the Dallas County Historical Commission's marker funding program on a one-year pilot basis, that will help provide funding for State historical markers that seek to commemorate "under-told" aspects of the County's history. 


Dallas County was concenred that many aspects of its history had not been commemorated by State markers (of 374 State markers in Dallas Co., only 17 are subjects associated with African-American or Hispanic history), and due to applicant's responsibility to pay for markers they may be discouraged.

Under this program, markers would have to involve a topic or subject associated with the diversity of the County’s history and culture that has not been as well-represented as other aspects. The commissioner will provide 50% of the cost.

Click Here to Read Commissioners Court Briefing

Click Here to Read Dallas Morning News Article

Dallas County to Name Jail Medical Facility In Honor of Latino & African-American Civic Leaders

Facility becomes first Dallas County buidling to receive this distinction


DALLAS – Dallas County officials announced today that it will name the county jail’s medical facility after two Dallas minority leaders, both of whom made history and broke molds in their community.


The $39 million facility will now bear the names of Jesse Everett Gill and Dr. Onesimo Hernandez and be known as the Gill – Dr. Hernandez Medical Facility. This is the first time in the 170 year history of Dallas County that a county government facility will be named in honor of a Latino. It will also become the only Dallas County government facility named after both an African-American and a Latino.

The name was approved by the Dallas County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, March 1, 2015.. Members of the families were in attendance.

Click Here for Full Press Release

Click Here for Dallas Morning News Article on First Building Naming for a Latino

May 9, 2016

Dallas County Health & Human Services

Dallas County Health & Human Services

DCHHS Newsletter - May 2016




Stories in the May 2016 issue of Public Health Preparedness Update include:

  • Mosquito Season Arrives - DCHHS Calls Press Conference, Stresses Personal Protection
  • Ten Ways to Prepare for Emergencies, Disasters
  • DCHHS Hears Innovative Method for Battling Zika
  • Quarterly PHAC Meeting Offers New Information
  • HIV/AIDS Awareness Shared Through Community Efforts
  • Zika Outreach Continues Across County
  • Annual NACCHO Summit Held in Dallas


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"This newsletter is designed to inform the community about the latest news and information about public health activities in Dallas County," DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson said.

Stories in the February edition include:

  • DCHHS Reports First Three Zika Virus Cases
  • DCHHS Starts Zika Campaign, CHIKV and Dengue Included
  • Countries and Territories with Active Zika Virus Transmission
  • Help Protect Yourself and Dallas County from Mosquito Viruses from Other Areas
  • Zika Virus Information Available in 10 Languages
  • Federal Agency Publishes DCHHS Fact Sheets Zika Task
  • Force Created for Seamless Response DCHHS Lab on Target to Provide Zika Testing    


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Informational Presentation on

Chalk Hill Trail

On February 11, the City of Dallas and Dallas County hosted an informational presentation on the Chalk Hill Trail that is currenlty under study in the Oak Cliff area.

El 11 de Febrero, la Ciudad de Dallas y el Condado de Dallas presento una presentación informativa acerca del Sendero Chalk Hill, la cual se encuentra bajo estudio en el area de Oak Cliff.

Chalk Hill Trail

Collage Green

The Chalk Hill Trail will connect with City parks, Mountain View College, businesses, and the Westmoreland DART station, and it will provide enjoyable opportunities for all residents, not to mention the scenic views.


A map of this proposed trail and additional information is available in the link below.

El mapa e informacion adicional se puede encontrar en el siguiente enlace.

Click Here/Haz Clic Aquí

City of Dallas DC

Irving AMBUCS Recognizes Commissioner Elba Garcia


Irving AMBUCS honors Dr. Elba Garcia for her dedication to Dallas County and to the community. Irving AMBUCS members presented her with flowers and chocolates.

Click Here to View Blog Post

MacArthur Boulevard Widening Ground-Breaking

Ground Breaking

On Thursday, January 28, 2016, Commissioner Elba Garcia and the City of Grand Prairie broke ground for the $20 million MacArthur Boulevard Widening & Reconstruction Improvement Project, which is scheduled to be completed Jan. 2018. Commissioner Garcia prvoided $1.5 million from Dallas County & $1.5 million in TIF funds to help make this project possible. Other funds were provided by NCTCG, the City of Grand Prairie and the City of Irving.

The project will widen MacArthur from a 2-lane asphalt roadway to a 4-lane divided concrete thoroughfare from I-30 to north of the Trinity River.

To View the News Article Click Here


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Newly Renovated Frank Crowley Central Jury Room

Jury Room

The Frank Crowley Central Jury Room was recently renovated. The project was on time and under budget. The budget was $325,000 and the final cost was $290,000. The project was well worth it to provide the jurors of Dallas County a more efficient and comfortable environment while fulfilling their civic duty.

Click Gallery Below to See Pictures


Frank Crowley
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County Judge Message


Para Su Publicación Inmediata

5 de enero de 2016




DALLAS, Texas – Mientras los residentes se están recuperando de los devastadores tornados que azotaron el condado de Dallas hace más de una semana, es importante asegurarse que sepan los pasos adecuados que deben tomar durante las próximas semanas. A continuación esta una breve lista de las tareas iniciales para residentes:



For Immediate Release

January 5, 2016




DALLAS, Texas – As residents are recovering from the deadly tornadoes that hit Dallas County over a week ago, it’s important to make sure they know the proper steps to take over the next few weeks. Below is a brief list of initial tasks for residents:



Regina Montoya

The League of Women Voters of Dallas will be presenting this award at Lakewood Country Club

For Full Details Click Here


Along With Collin, Ellis and Rockwall Counties



"Eleven people have died as a result of Saturday's tornadoes in North Texas. That includes eight people killed in automobile accidents in Garland at Interstate 30 and George Bush Turnpike. Garland police say at least three people were found in vehicles. Across Garland, 15 people were reported injured and 600 homes destroyed."


Shelters Set Up

The American Red Cross has set up three shelters for North Texas residents affected by the storms.

Shelter locations:

  • Steadham Elementary School, 6200 Danridge Rd., Rowlett
  • Longbranch Elementary, 6631 FM 1387, Midlothian
  • Gale Field Recreation Center, 1701 Dairy Road, Garland

For Tornado Preparedness Tips Click Here


Hogg Elementary

Commissioner Elba Garcia donated Christmas toys to needy children within her Dallas County District 4, including Hogg Elementary School in Oak Cliff (pictured above) and through various non-profit organizations.

See Photo Gallery Below:

Stipes & Commissioner Garcia
Commissioner Garcia
Pastor Wilbert
Pastor Webb
Commissioner Garcia


Joint DWI Press Conference 2015

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Dallas County, Tarrant County

& for the first time

Denton County


On Wednesday, November 18th, Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia, Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, Tarrant County Commissioner Andy Nguyen, Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Richard Alpert, Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen, Executive Director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Jason Derscheid, and for the very first time Denton County District Attorney Paul Johnson and Denton County Sheriff Will Travis, gathered to outline efforts to increase awareness and reduce DWI during the holiday season and demonstrate the financial, legal and personal costs of DWI. Also in attendance were representatives from local law enforcement agencies and community organizations from across the DFW Metroplex. Families and others who have been victims of DWI-related incidents discussed the impact that it has had on their lives.


A wrecked vehicle involved in a DWI-related accident and a Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS) helicopter were on display, as well as DWI patrol cars and other enforcement and emergency vehicles. Attendees were able to try on "Drunk Goggles" to simulate walking inebriated.



Click Gallery Below to View Pictures


Garcia, Valdez and Travis
Guest Speaker
Commissioner Garcia
Sheriff Valdez
GP Police Chief Dye
DA Susan Hawk
Police Officers
Pic GP Helicopter Wrecked Car



For more information about the DWI Task Force and its activities please go to

Facebook page:  Dallas County DWI Taskforce

or call (214) 653-6670


Presenta Su Nueva Pagina



"The new pages are not merely a Spanish translation of existing Parkland Web pages, but are designed with custom content to best serve the needs of Spanish-speaking Parkland patients and their families, as well as all county residents." - Parkland Press Release

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A Step Towards A Healthier Community:

BAPS CHARITIES Hosted Its 14th Annual Health Fair In Dallas, TX

Health Fair

With the volunteer participation from 95 medical professionals, the Health Fair seeks to raise awareness on health issues and screened for potentially life-changing conditions and seeks to bring together the community and healthcare professionals.

To see the BAPS Charities Health Fair Post Release, click HERE

For additional information on BAPS Charities and its international and local philanthropic activities, please visit

      Triple M       Irving ISD

Become a Mentor Today!

Become a Positive Influence in a Student's Life

By One-On-One Mentoring

Through the Triple M Program Initiative

Irving Mentoring


Visit to Become a Mentor Today




"Drive For Change"

Support Texas Foster Kids

Drive 4 Change

Support Texas Foster Kids

by ordering your

"Stop Child Abuse"

Specialty License Plate

Visit & Click "Drive 4 Change"


Natural Gas Safety and You

Natural Gas Safety

Learn More About Preventing Incidents Involving Natural Gas Pipelines


Click Here For Safety Tips:



April 6, 2016

Dallas County Health & Human Services

Dallas County Health & Human Services

Programs & Services

Programs and Services

A complete list of Programs and Services offered by Dallas County Health and Human Services.

Click Here For Complete List of Programs And Services:



What is Zika

Zika Virus Update

DCHHS Zika Virus Website


1st Confirmed Human Case of West Nile Virus in Dallas County for this Season

West Nile Virus

Flu Update

DCHHS West Nile Virus Website

Parkland FY 2016 Budget Review

 Parkland Health & Hospital SYstem FY2016 Budget Review

Senior Parkland Officials visited Dallas County Commissioners Court to outline the Preliminary FY2016 Budget. *Note: 6% request for budget increase would not increase property tax rates, but would increase budget based on increase in preliminary property value estimates. Please click here for a copy of the presentation.

Dallas County Replacement Housing Program

 Accepting Applications in Cockrell Hill

DC Replacement Hoursing Program

Does your home have:

- structural damage or deterioration

- floors in poor condition                 

- continuous drainage problems      

- eletrical problems                          

If so, the Dallas County Replacement Housing Program may be able to assist you in getting a brand new home.   For an appplication or more information please call (214) 653-7627 or see flyer:  English / Español

Regional Hispanic Contractors Association

Annual Day of the Construction Worker

Left to Right: Michael Gonzalez, Travis Spurgin, Gilbert Aguilar

Travis Spurgin (Center), with Dallas County Road & Bridge District 4, won the Construction Worker of the Year award from the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association (RHCA). He was nominated for the award by Dr. Elba Garcia and R&B 4 Superintendent Gilbert Aguilar.

Click Here for RHCA Website

Cinco de Mayo 2015

Dr. Elba Garcia, Grand Marshall of the Grand Prairie Cinco De Mayo Parade

Dr. Elba Garcia celebrated Cinco De Mayo in Grand Prairie, as the Grand Marshall of the Cinco De Mayo parade, and in Irving. See the Gallery below for more pictures!


Dr. Elba Garcia
Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Dr. Elba Garcia
Dr. Elba Garcia Presents a Proclamation
Dr. Garcia Join Other Elected Officials at the Grand Prairie Cinco De Mayo Celebration
Dr. Elba Garcia
Dr. Elba Garcia

Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center

Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Dr. Garcia & Scholarship Recipients

Dr. Garcia congratulated the students who received scholarships for college at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration. The event was organized by the LULAC Youth Council.

April 13, 2015

Dallas Streetcar

Dallas Streetcar Ribbon Cutting

The new Dallas Streetcar will begin service this month between Downtown and Oak Cliff. Officials were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony. The $51 million streetcar will begin service from Union Station to the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Beckley Avenue. Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia allocated $1,580,000 from District 4 MCIP (Major Capital Improvement Projects) funds toward the project. Click Here for More News

New Parkland

Virtual Tour

New Parkland Open House - Saturday, April 11th, 9am to 12pm

Check out the Virtual Tour of the New Parkland Hospital

March 30, 2015

New Parkland Hospital Dedicated

Dallas County Commissioners Court

Dr. Elba Garcia joined other elected and hospital officials at the dedication ceremony for the new Parkland Hospital. The new $1.3 billion hospital will not open to patients until August 20th. This past Sunday, the hospital and other Dallas landmarks were illuminated with purple light in celebration of the new hospital's dedication. Sheriff Lupe Valdez highlighted Parkland's role as the indigent care hospital for the county, citing efforts to improve overall patient services. Earlier this month, Parkland was recognized by the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association for the "display of leadership, innovation and diversity in the administration and management of its construction related projects.(link)" The MWBE participation goal for the new Parkland project had been 35 percent, 38 percent was achieved. There will be an opportunity for the public to see the new hospital at an open house on Saturday, April 11th. Click here for Dallas Morning News article and WFAA (ABC, 8) coverage.

March 4, 2015


Dedication Celebration

Donors, Organizers & Dallas County Officials Set to Cut The Ribbon for the new LETOT Girls Center

Letot Girls' Center in NW Dallas Aims to Make Abused Girls "Whole Again"

Dallas County officials joined private & non-profit donors to celebrate the completion of the new Letot Girls' Residential Treatment Facility in NW Dallas. The Letot Girls' Center mission is to empower neglected & exploited girls aged 13-17 to be productive, caring & responsible citizens by providing them a safe environment for long-term residential, gender-responsive treatment involving their families & supported by community partners. The $9.4 million, 55,000 sq. ft. facility was funded through private donations, but will be transferred to & run by the Dallas County Juvenile Department. Dallas County will provide public funding for the $2.25 million annual operating budget. The Dallas Women's Foundation pledged an additional $500,000 for three years to pay for specialized programming that will provide long-term benefits to clients. Click Here For More Information about the New Facility

Click Gallery Below to See Pictures


Private & Non-Profit Donors and Dallas County Officials
Private & Non-Profit Donors and Dallas County Officials
Dr. Elba Garcia, Dallas County Commissioner for District 4
Dr. Terry Smith, Dallas County Juvenile Department Director
Caren Prothro, President Emeritus & Co-Chair of Letot Center Capital Foundation & Roslyn Dawson Thompson, President & CEO of Dallas Women's Foundation
Clay Jenkins, Dallas County Judge

February 13, 2015

I Stand For Parkland Campaign Reaches $150 Million Dollar Goal

I Stand For Parkland Campaign to Help Fund Dallas County's New Hospital Reaches $150 Million Goal

A surprise announcement marked the final milestone in the $150 million fundraising campaign led by Parkland Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Parkland Health & Hospital System. The public-private funding initiative, one of the largest of its kind for a public hospital in the U.S., engaged the entire Dallas community in contributing to the cost of building Parkland's $1.32 billion new hospital that will open its doors to patients in August.... Read More

February 11, 2015

Two Steps One Sticker - Texas Vehicle Registration & Inspection

Changes Coming to Vehicle Registration & Inspection In Texas

Beginning March 1, 2015, Texas will began the "Two Steps, One Sticker" vehicle inspection and registration program. Texas registered vehicles will no longer be issued an inspection sticker at the time of inspection. The registration sticker will serve as combined proof of inspection and registration. Texan's will still need to have their vehicles inspected.

During the first year of the "Two Step, One Sticker" program, from March 1, 2015 through February 29, 2016, a Texas registered vehicle may be renewed if the vehicle has a currently passing inspection. However, if the vehicle's inspection and registration stickers already expire in the same month, the vehicle will need to pass inspection prior to registration renewal.

Additional information regarding the "Two Step, One Sticker" program can be found at:

February 10, 2015

Measles, Influenza & Chikungunya Virus Update

February 10th Influenza Virus Update

Dallas COunty Health & Human Services

February 10, 2015

"Ebola Warriors" Recognized in Commissioners Court

as Dallas Morning News' Texans of the Year

Dallas County Commissioners Court, Ebola Warriors, & DMN Staff

Check out the article in the Dallas Morning News

January 29, 2015

 GPISD Vice President Burke Hall, Constable Roy Williams Jr., Dr. Elba Garcia, Mayor Ron Jensen

Dr. Elba Garcia spoke at the Greater Grand Prairie Hispanic Chamber of Commerce January Membership Luncheon last week at the Grand Prairie Parent Involvement Center. She gave a presentation about all of the services that Dallas County provides and other efforts that are currently underway. She was  joined at the luncheon by Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen, Dallas County Constable Roy Williams Jr. and Grand Prairie Independent School District Vice President Burke Hall.  

January 29, 2015

Tax Office Community Presentation - West Dallas

Dr. Elba Garcia Joined Tax Assessor/Collector John Ames and Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro-Tem Monica Alonzo at a community meeting in West Dallas to provide information and answer questions about property taxes. There are a number of tax-delinquent properties throughout Dallas County. These community forums provide valuable information for preventing and clearing up any delinquencies. If you would like more information about property taxes please contact Tax Assessor/Collector John Ames office at (214) 653-7811.

January 29, 2015

Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2015 Board Installation Ceremony

Dr. Elba Garcia attended the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2015 Board Installation Ceremony. Commissioner Garcia also swore in the new board members earlier this week.

New Parkland Hospital to Open August 20th

The New Parkland Opens August 20, 2015

Move of More Than 500 Patients Will Take Place Over 3 Days

The new Parkland hospital will officially open its doors to the 2.1-million-square-foot facility to patients on Thursday, Aug. 20. The state-of-the-art 862-bed, 17-story structure will replace the aging Parkland Memorial Hospital that opened in 1954. The latest healing concepts, quality and safety design features have been incorporated into the all-digital acute-care facility making it a premier health care setting for Dallas County residents.


The transition of patients to the new facility will occur over a three-day period, beginning on Thursday, Aug. 20, and concluding Saturday, Aug. 22. Current forecasting projects that more than 500 patients will be moved from the current hospital to the new Parkland.


“The decision to transition patients over the course of three days is based entirely on the safety and well-being of our patients and their families,” said Fred Cerise, MD, MPH, Parkland’s President & CEO. “Our top priority is to ensure the absolute safety of all in our care as we make the move across Harry Hines into the new Parkland hospital.”


Every patient will be tracked as he or she moves across the sky bridge into the new facility. Several safety checkpoints will be in place for providers to assess our patients’ welfare during the physical transport.


“The next seven months are going to be an incredibly exciting, fast-paced time as we ready ourselves for the next chapter of caring for our patients,” Dr. Cerise added. “We must seize every opportunity to review and improve delivery of care, access to services and service excellence. Since 1894, Parkland has served at the very heart of Dallas County’s health care community. We are building upon this great legacy for those we serve.”


For more information on the new Parkland hospital, visit

Dallas County Health & Human Services

Weatherization Assistance Program

DCHHS Weatherization Assistance Program

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides assistance to income eligible households by weatherizing their homes, conserving energy and reducing high utility costs in the process. Interested Dallas County Residents must complete an application and submit necessary documentation to determine eligibility. Applications can be picked up at the DCHHS central office or can be downloaded online at Priority is given to qualifying elderly, persons with disabilities and families with children. People who receive Social Security Income or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families are automatically eligible.

Services Offered:

 - Weather Stripping

 - Caulking

 - Insulation

 - Door & Window Repair/Replacement

 - Solar Screen Installation

 - Heating/Cooling Unit Repair/Retrofitting

 - Duct Work


October 13, 2014

North Central Texas Council of Governments

Regional Transportation Comittee Awards Two Projects in Distrcit 4

Bicycle and pedestrian projects across 25 cities and seven counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth area received a $38.2 million boost from the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) on Thursday.


The RTC allocated the funding to 33 projects as part of its Transportation Alternatives Program project selection. With local entities contributing more than $40 million toward the projects, over $78 million will be invested in active transportation enhancements as a result of the funding awards, improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Hunt, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties.


More than 46 miles of sidewalks, trails and on-street bikeways will be constructed, as well as several projects to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety near schools. The projects also include significant regional trails providing connections between cities and access to transit stations and major employment centers.


The following projects are among the improvements funded in District 4:

  • 4.7-mile extension of the Dallas Trinity Skyline Trail to connect with the Campion Trail in Irving
  • 2.25-mile trail connection along Delaware Creek in Irving


September, 23, 2014

CPS Visitation Room Project Recognized with Resolution

CPS Visitation Room Project Recognized with Dallas County Commissioners Court Resolution

On Tuesday, September 24th, the CPS Visitation Room Project was recognized in Dallas County Commissioners Court. The Texas Department of Family Protective Services (CPS) Visitation Room Project updated, painted, and decorated visitation rooms for children and families in the CPS system. The Dallas County Child Welfare Board worked with CPS staff to raise funds, gather volunteers & donors, and promote & coordinate the project. Commissioner Garcia sponsored the resolution that gathered the support of each of her colleagues. Click below for more information.

Please Click Here for Resolution

Please Click Here for  Project Presentation

Budget Update

Dallas County Parkland Health & Hospital System


FY 2015 Dallas County Budget


Parkland FY2015 Preliminary Budget

Senior Parkland Officials visited Dallas County Commissioners Court to outline a preliminary 2015 Budget. There is a 1% increase for the FY 2015 Parkland budget that was apporved by Dallas County voters in the 2008 Bond Package for the new Parkland Hospital. Click This Link To See The Parkland FY2015 Preliminary Budget Presentation.


Click Here to see the Approved FY2015 Dallas County Budget

August 14, 2014

Dr. Garcia Interview on ICTN

Irving Community Television Network

Interview - Irving Community Television Network

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August 14, 2014

Texas Rangers Recognize Dr. Garcia

Texas Rangera give Dr. Garcia Heroe En La Comunidad Award

On Wednesday Dr. Garcia was presented the Heroe En La Comunidad Award by the Texas Rangers. The Heroe En La Comunidad Award is presented to Latino Leaders who show commitment to the community. In addition to being honored before the game, the rangers will donate $500 to a community organization of her choice. Dr. Garcia chose to support DFW International Alliance.

August 12, 2014

Keep Irving Beautiful Recognizes

Dr. Garcia with Green Government Award

Keep Irving Beautiful Awards

On Monday, August 11th Commissioner Garcia was recognized by Keep Irving Beautiful. She was given the Green Government Award. The Green Government Award is designated to recognize outstanding contributions to the Irving environment by governmental entities. Commissioner Garcia has worked hard to expand the Dallas County trail system throughout the County and was recognized specifically for her work to expand the Campion Trail and Lone Star Connection linking Irving and Grand Prairie.

May 20, 2014

Elder Financial Safety Center Delegation in Court

Elder Financial Safety Center Announced

Dallas County Commissioners Court celebrated the creation of an Elder Financial Safety Center. The center was made possible by a generous $3.9 million grant from the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation at the Communities Foundation of Texas and is a collaboration between the Senior Source, Dallas County Probate Courts and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. Financial Safety for older adults affects housing, health choices, transportation, property crime, fraud and exploitation. The collaboration is aimed to secure the financial security of older adults by focusing on prevention, protection, and prosecution. Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia was pleased to sponsor the resolution. Please click here to see the Resolution. For more information about the program visit The Senior Source website.

May 2, 2014

Grand Prairie  Police Youth Boxing Program

Grand Prairie Police Dept. Youth Boxing


Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia joined Chief Dye in congratulating youth champions from the Grand Prairie Police Youth Boxing Program. This year there were 8 champions that competed in 3 tournaments. The Grand Prairie Police Youth Boxing Program was developed under the vision and leadership of Police Chief Steve Dye and the program is aimed to provide youth mentorship and activities that stimulate youth to become productive community members. For More information about the Grand Prairie Police Youth Boxing Programs please Click Here.

March 21, 2014

Jefferson Blvd. Repairs in Cockrell Hill

Dallas County Road & Bridge 4 crews have completed milling and overlay (resurfacing) work on Jefferson Boulevard in Cockrell Hill. The project is on Jefferson Blvd from the intersection at Cockrell Hill Road to the western city limits and on the east end of Jefferson Blvd. from just east of the intersection at Gilpin to the intersection at Burns.  This work, along with the new curbs and gutters near Gilpin, are a dramatic improvement to this stretch of Jefferson Blvd. in Cockrell Hill. Total project was about 2260 linear feet. Click Picture below to enlarge.

Dallas County Road & Bridge 4 Crews Resurface Jefferson Blvd. In Cockrell Hill


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