The FRI Community Connection was launched in November 2011. With more than 200 FRI “friends” in attendance, we officially became a membership based, self-sustaining agency
Many dignitaries including Mayor Mike Rawlings, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Dallas Police Chief David Brown and U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana, who presented FRI with a Department of Justice Proclamation for FRI’s Weed and Seed Programs, as a national model of community building success, attended the inaugural event.
The FRI Community Connection is a strategic initiative to raise funds and to expand corporate and community support and leverage local resources to continue serving the priority needs of our community to:
Prevent crime and increase safety using a multi-disciplinary partnership
Strengthen families, facilitating access to quality social and financial services
Empower the community through advocacy for city bond dollars and private investment
supporting neighborhood amenities and economic development
FRI holds bi-annual townhall meetings to report on our progress, promote our area businesses, and to gather community input. We provide opportunities to celebrate neighborhood successes as well as a forum to voice community concerns. In addition to townhall meetings, we offer opportunities and services that promote and strengthen the community, like our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Financial Education Network programs.