CARE serves as a confidential resource and ally to families, offering tools to educate and empower substance abusers and their loved ones. Collaborating with schools, civic, educational, government, business and private groups, CARE continues to extend its message of hope and recovery throughout the greater Dallas area, employing comprehensive courses and community outreach programs such as New Directions, Red Ribbon Week, CARE Scholarships, Community Luncheons, and the CARE Art Contest. These initiatives combined with a compassionate staff and respected clinical referral network has enabled CARE to help thousands of individuals and families. If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol or drug use, please look to CARE for help. We’re more than a confidential resource, we’re caring members of your community.

“CARE is an excellent resource in our community for individuals and families who face the possibilities of drug and alcohol disease in their lives.”

— Lee Ann White, Community Volunteer


Our History & Mission

The CARE program was first established in 1984 as a response to the increasing problems caused by the abuse of alcohol and drugs. In 1995, CARE became part of the Park Cities YMCA, who saw the opportunity to expand its reach into the community and provide education, support and referrals for those suffering from alcohol and substance abuse. This exceptional partnership provided CARE the means to continue its mission of delivering critical chemical awareness education and meaningful assistance to individuals and their families who struggle with the challenging repercussions of substance abuse.

In 2012, after many successful years of delivering educational and recovery services as a program of the Park Cities YMCA, CARE moved to office space in the Biggers Building of Highland Park United Methodist Church and is now located in Preston Center thanks to our partnership with Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church. As its own non-profit, CARE receives no government funds, but is supported solely through the contributions of individuals, small businesses and proceeds of modest fundraising events.