About Skillful Living Center
“Restoring the FAMILY to its designed position of POWER & AUTHORITY in the community”
In 1997, Helen Wilborn Shelly, and a group of mental health professionals organized Skillful Living Center, Inc. with the goal of designing early prevention programs that would strengthen family stability. When the family provides the nurturing, love, and leadership needed for its children, the burden is lessoned on external sources to play this role. Skillful Living is a 501(c)3 charitable, Christian based organization that transforms the lives of over 1500 youth and adults each year through direct services in Dallas and Ellis Counties, Texas. It is governed by a five member Board of Directors, and operates on local, state, and federal grants, and private donations. The Board and staff have established relationships with numerous school districts, churches, and other community based organizations that facilitate the implementation of its unique prevention programs. The organization is powered by a solid infrastructure likened to a track relay team supported by several legs of traction from Governance, Fiscal, Program, Community, and Agency Identity Legs. An effective Quality Evaluation Management Plan is in place that ensures a successful project evaluation with desired outcomes.
“We envision young adults capable of disrupting unhealthy relationship cycles.”
The ultimate vision of Skillful Living Center is to develop stronger families with fewer family disruptions which lead to numerous social ills within our communities. In order to attain this Vision, we begin by educating youth how to have healthy relationships so they can mature into adults capable of sustaining healthy families. Adults are trained to disrupt unhealthy relationship cycles that have already developed and create healthier ones for themselves and their children.
“Equipping and Empowering adolescents to make healthy choices.”
Children having children before they are emotionally, financially, and socially prepared leads to unhealthy relationship cycles; therefore, we must prevent teen pregnancies. When we prevent teen pregnancies, we also reduce the rate of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, high rates of poverty, school drop-out, substance abuse, emotional distress, cervical cancer, and alleviate $Billions of dollars taxpayers spend each year on medical costs, high infant mortality, child welfare costs and many other consequences of adolescent sexual activity.