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The Clothing Boutique provides a low-cost shopping experience for families in the North Texas metroplex. We provide our services to families who are homeless or hard-working in low-income situations regardless of the zip code or region in the metropolis. Carter’s House Clothing Boutique aims to give confidence to families in choosing clothing for their everyday interactions. Our approach prepares them for job hunting, college interviews, graduation, employment, and school uniforms. 

  • Walk-ins are not accepted anymore. You MUST have an appointment to shop with us, except in the case of an extreme emergency. 

  • Monetary donations are accepted but not required. 

  • Please get in touch with the office if you have any questions or concerns about the administrative fee.

The Boutique is inside the Martin Luther King, Jr Community Center in South Dallas and is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. Our address is 2922 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd Dallas, TX 75215 Suite 116. 


The Parent Plug was created to empower parents and caregivers. We gather bi-weekly to discuss parenting issues, concerns, and situations confidentially. Our discussions are consistently rooted in creating more balanced, harmonious lives for families in hard-working, low-income communities. Participants can join the conversation in in-person meetings, which require advance registration to access articles and topics, held in a roundtable environment every other Thursday at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Stay tuned for more information on our next session!

Our conversations are lead by facilitators, Shawana Carter, founder and Chief Hope Dealer of Carter’s House, and Tamique Akins, a school counselor in the Irving Independent School District.

Topics range from

  • Health and wellness

  • Family to self-care and taking care of the home,

  • Authentic engagement in a child’s education,

  • Relationships with educators and administrators within the educational environment,


“Our collaborative conversations encourage an open exchange of ideas and experiences in a safe environment,”-S. Carter. 

The Parent Plug is growing every week as we welcome new participants in our discussions about navigating life, services available to parents and caregivers, and opportunities for empowerment.” 


Because The Parent Plug encourages expressive discussions that are often sensitive and private, participation in the group requires mutual trust, healthy debates, respectful treatment of others, and avoiding any form of degrading comments about lifestyle, race, religion, politics, or culture. 


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