Dallas Life


Dallas Life is the largest homeless shelter in North Texas, housing up to 500 people per night.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Dallas Life
PO Box 130116
Dallas, TX 75313

Website: dallaslife.org

Phone: 214-421-1380

Email: info@dallaslife.org

Organization details

EIN: 752336522

CEO/President: Robert Sweeney

Chairman: M.L. Nelson

Board size: 12

Founder: Robert J. Key

Year founded: 1995

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2000


Dallas LIFE welcomes the needy. Whether it is a homeless man, a single mother with children, or an entire family, Dallas LIFE is a safe place to recover from the trauma of homelessness. Some come beaten and bruised; others addicted and confused. All need a fresh start and a loving hand-up. At Dallas LIFE we meet these needs every day!

Mission statement

Dallas Life reaches out to homeless men, women and children with food, clothing, shelter, education and long-term rehabilitation programs founded on spiritual principals and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Statement of faith

From daily chapel services to Sunday worship to prayer meetings and Bible study, Dallas LIFE touches each resident with the truths that: - God knows and loves each one of us personally. - Each one of us falls short of God's standard because of our sin. - God sent Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for our falling short. - We can be restored to God and have eternal life in heaven by accepting what Jesus gave for us. We believe so strongly that healing spiritually is the basis for whole-person recovery, we have a full-time chaplain on our staff who interacts with each resident and directs our spiritual program.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating251 of 5354 of 27
Fund acquisition rating211 of 5353 of 27
Resource allocation rating250 of 5359 of 27
Asset utilization rating334 of 5354 of 27

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,081,478$141,867$306,293$100,882$67,654
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,944,343$764,488$1,078,589$1,075,901$1,227,106
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,306,341$1,458,815$1,626,804$1,783,493$2,026,553
Other long-term assets$100,000$100,000$50,000$50,000$50,000
Total long-term assets$1,406,341$1,558,815$1,676,804$1,833,493$2,076,553
Total assets$5,350,684$2,323,303$2,755,393$2,909,394$3,303,659
Payables and accrued expenses$52,242$102,374$74,133$103,039$37,842
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$52,242$102,374$74,133$103,039$37,842
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$52,242$102,374$74,133$103,039$37,842
Net assets20172016201520142013
Temporarily restricted$3,386,469$50,422$75,000$0$0
Permanently restricted$100,000$100,000$50,000$50,000$50,000
Net assets$5,298,442$2,220,929$2,681,260$2,806,355$3,265,817
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$6,114,944$3,157,593$3,138,409$2,961,346$3,630,397
Program service revenue$744,152$425,497$307,028$260,551$205,238
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,096$1,646$3,367$1,169$1,160
Other revenue$270,887$127,296$127,424($11,297)$133,626
Total other revenue$1,017,135$554,439$437,819$250,423$340,024
Total revenue$7,132,079$3,712,032$3,576,228$3,211,769$3,970,421
Program services$3,388,806$3,469,514$3,100,893$3,084,456$2,666,270
Management and general$296,398$379,803$390,396$251,916$205,555
Total expenses$4,054,566$4,172,407$3,701,279$3,671,231$3,167,460
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$3,077,513($460,375)($125,051)($459,462)$802,961
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$3,077,513($460,375)($125,051)($459,462)$802,961

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The story of Dallas LIFE starts with a man named Reverend Robert J. Key, one of the founders of the Union Gospel Mission in 1949. With Dallas' homeless population growing in the post war years, Reverend Key left UGM to begin establishing the Dallas Rescue Mission. It was this endeavor that would become Dallas LIFE, now the largest homeless shelter in North Texas.

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