John S. Dunn Outreach Center
Located in the east block of the Cathedral at 1212 Prairie Street, the Dunn Center houses the Cathedral Health & Outreach Ministries (CHOM) as well as COMPASS and the offices of New Hope Housing. Each of these nonprofit organizations has a distinct mission and its own staff, budget and board of directors. All were founded at the Cathedral to reach out to the less fortunate in our community.
CHOM’s programs include The Beacon, a day center providing essential services and case management; Brigid’s Hope, a transitional residence serving homeless women who have left the Texas prison and jail system; the Beacon Law, a legal aid program providing pro-bono legal services to the poor and homeless; and Cathedral Clinic, a health clinic providing medical and mental health services to homeless men, women, and children.
COMPASS gives homeless and unemployed clients compassionate direction and critical support toward employment and independence, through case management, access to county health care, and the JobPoints Project.
The core purpose of New Hope Housing is to provide life-stabilizing, affordable, permanent housing with support services for people who live on limited incomes.
Map of the East Block (PDF)