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About Us

First Step Community Empowerment (FSCE) is a Faith-based 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization that address societal ills in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metropolitan low-income communities through social and economic development.  The staff and volunteers have over 50 years of combined social and economic development experience.  

FSCE's mission is to address societal ills and social equity with viable resources on a case-by-case basis. FSCE strives to exceed all expectations by providing quality workforce development services for unemployed/underemployed individuals, dislocated workers, and justice-involved persons with comprehensive job placement assistance, social/economic development, capacity building, and resource referrals. 



Services Include: 

  • Workforce development services, job placement assistance for criminal justice involved individuals and others
  • Provide enrichment activities/nutritional meals for low income school-aged children and hot meals for homeless families/children
  • Housing referrals (case-by-case basis)

  • Assist in the development and building of attainable homes, multi-family and mixed use
  • Social services, i.e. food, clothing, financial literacy for disadvantaged  families, credit restoration, car ownership program, van pool services, first time home buyer referrals, spiritual guidance, coalition building, utility/rental assistance (availability of funds/case-by-case basis) and bus passes/gas cards (availability of funds/case-by-case basis)
  • Resource referrals for minority populations  to be tested for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD's and TB
  • Resource referrals to minority populations living with HIV/AIDS for essential comprehensive care     

Community Partners


  • Abounding Prosperity
  • American G.I. Forum, Dallas, TX
  • Association of People Affected by Addiction (APPA), Dallas, TX
  • Brighter Outlook, Inc, Ft. Worth, TX

  • City of Dallas Community Courts, Dallas, TX
  • Citywide Community Development Corporation, Dallas, TX
  • City Square, Dallas, TX

  • Cornerstone Baptist Church, Dallas, TX​
  • Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, Dallas, TX
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Dallas, TX

  • Ebenezar Baptist Church, Ft. Worth, TX
  • Enterprise Car Rental/Ride Share Program, Dallas, TX

  • ​First Step International Church, Dallas, TX
  • Goodwill Industries, Dallas, TX
  • Portfolio Resident Services, Dallas, Ft. Worth, TX (metropolitan)
  • Potter's House Texas Offender Reentry Initiative (TORI), Dallas/Ft. Worth TX 
  • Ralph & Mary Adams Ministries

  • Ready to Work, Dallas, TX
  • Regional Black Contractors Association, Dallas & Ft. Worth, TX
  • ROD Ministries, Dallas, TX
  • RR Connection Consulting Group, Duncanville, TX
  • ​Safe Haven Housing

  • Second Chance Foundation, Dallas, TX
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice Parole Division, Dallas, TX
  • The Card Board Project, Dallas, TX
  • TP Solutions, Ft. Worth, TX
  • ​Transformance, Dallas, TX

  • Unlocking Doors, Dallas, TX
  • And many employer​s