How You Can Help

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Make a Donation

Generous contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations make it possible for CHAI to provide the ongoing exceptional programs and services that touch the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities, and their families, each and every day.

Contributions also allow us to meet pressing needs that may exceed our operating budget and respond to issues and opportunities that will enhance the lives of our clients as they strive to reach their full potential.

Ways to Give

These funds provide support services for clients that live in the community, residential options in small group homes in a Jewish home-like environment, and long-term support and supervision. We work hard every day to see a smile, watch a client go to work, celebrate a success, cook a meal, prepare for Shabbat, or learn to play an instrument.

We need your support to make all these achievements become a reality.

Donate to Annual Campaign

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Make a contribution in honor or memory of someone special, and CHAI will send an acknowledgment card on your behalf.

Make a Tribute Donation Buy Tribute Cards

Make sure you are on our mailing list to participate in our special fundraising events by contacting Patsy Goodman, Director of Development, at or call 214-888-4909.

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If your employer matches charitable contributions, please remember to submit your matching gift application to benefit CHAI.

At CHAI we take care of our clients for all of their adult life, as long as our services meet their needs. Building our Community Homes for Adults Endowment Foundation (CHAEF), and securing planned gifts to provide long-term funding, will allow us to ease the emotional and financial pressure for families who need our help to care for their loved one with disabilities. Some of our clients have no remaining family members and have no other funds available to pay the cost of their care, so the financial responsibility is covered completely by CHAI.

CHAI is proud to be a partner agency of The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation’s Create a Jewish Legacy program. Please consider including CHAEF in your estate planning. For more information about planned giving, please contact your financial advisor or contact Patsy Goodman, Director of Development, at or call 214-888-4909 to begin a conversation.

Donations of goods and services are greatly appreciated and help us reduce expenses or provide extra programs and services not included in our budget. We maintain a “Wish List” of desired items, so please contact Patsy Goodman, Director of Development, at or call 214-888-4909 to discuss items or services that you wish to donate.

Volunteer at CHAI

We welcome volunteers who are passionate about the services we provide and the people who benefit from them. The most treasured contribution that a volunteer can provide is one-on-one personal time with residents and clients. That means crafts, conversation, and learning about what makes each person unique. They also appreciate evenings out!

Consider giving your time to our other initiatives as well, such as fundraising, helping maintain the CHAI homes, and securing job opportunities for CHAI residents and clients. Volunteering at CHAI is not a one-way relationship. Not only are the residents’ and clients’ lives being enriched by your friendship, we are confident that their friendship will enrich your life in the process.

For more information about CHAI’s volunteer program, send us an email!

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Sometimes the magic of volunteering is gratifyingly evident as exemplified in the relationship between Daniel and Ilaya.

Daniel and Ilaya met at Congregation Shearith Israel during a holiday program for the religious school.  Shearith hosted CHAI for a Sunday morning of crafts, games and joy.  Ilaya was lucky enough to be paired up with Daniel and the two of them hit it off as they exchanged stories and just seemed to feed off each other’s energy.   Both of these folks left that event with a good, warm memory.

When the time came for Daniel’s bar mitzvah, he was tasked with finding a meaningful mitzvah project.  Daniel and his mom, Krista, met with Kathy Schneider, CHAI’s Community Relations Manager and talked about things Daniel liked to do, with the goal of including CHAI while fulfilling the mitzvah.  Daniel’s love of cooking came up in the discussion and it was an easy decision for Daniel’s family to host a Shabbat dinner at Ilaya’s home.  Quickly, Krista and Daniel began brainstorming a menu, a theme and the dinner event fell into place as something that would not only provide joy for Ilaya but for her seven other housemates, as well.

Dinner was prepared, served and conversation flowed as friendships were formed.  What a wonderful event this was and one dinner was just not enough.  The Levy house ladies were invited to Daniel’s bar mitzvah and celebrated with the family.  It was quite an honor for them to be invited!  Daniel and Krista have made many more visits to Levy house, celebrating birthdays (Daniel and Ilaya’s birthdays fall in the same week) and their mutual love for scary movies and desserts.  Daniel brought ingredients to Levy for strawberry shortcake and all the ladies participating in cutting up and smashing strawberries while delighting in the creation of a yummy dessert after movies.  Not everyone in the house loves scary movies but everyone loves a sweet treat.

Thank you to the Weinstein family for fostering this relationship.  That is our goal for CHAI volunteers.  We hope to find that common ground behind a heart connection, just like Daniel’s and Ilaya’s.  Sadly, Ilaya passed away in November, 2019.  Her last few months were full of joy, thank you to the people who loved her – Daniel included.

If you would like to talk about volunteering, please write Kathy Schneider at

CHAI’s Wish List


Your generosity allows CHAI to purchase much needed items to enhance the quality of life in our group homes and is very much appreciated by all the CHAI clients, residents and staff.

CHAI's Wish List

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