The Dollhouse Foundation, Inc. was formed in an effort to feed, strengthen, and revive our community. Our founder, after working in community based agencies in her community, recognized the need for support for underserved and underrepresented populations. There is a disproportionate number of families, women, youth, and homeless who are struggling to have their basic needs met. 1 out of 6 people go without food on a daily basis, on a given night 564,708 people are experiencing homelessness, and 40 percent of the homeless population is made up of African-Americans. In addition to these struggles, our founder noticed the lack of support for African-Americans struggling with mental health issues, noticing that the stigma surrounding mental health in the Black community, along with limited access to mental health services (54.3 percent of Black Americans receive help for depression compared to 73.1 percent of white Americans), has resulted in this demographic not always receiving the necessary help to face various mental health challenges. In her community work, our founder also noticed an alarming number of domestic violence survivors with little to no supportive resources after successful removal from the violent situation. As 76 percent of domestic violence survivors are women, our founder recognized a need for greater support in this community as well.
However, recognizing the need is not enough. Our founder realized that she had to do something about these alarming numbers and use her resources to pool together a community of people who are willing to help make a difference. Hence, she began The Dollhouse Foundation, Inc., in an effort to make a difference, one life at a time.