Both Sherrell and Mr. Holmes have had a desire to provide care and support for youth and young adults in foster care for several years. MR. was surrounded by family members who were licensed foster parents, having fostered over 20 children within a span of over 25 years. Mr. Holmes had a vision for greater impact, with ideas to open group homes to provide care for children in foster care. He also was the brainchild behind several giving programs, with a focus on giving back to the community.
While working with children in foster care as a supervisor for the local CPS agency in Ohio, Sherrell saw a need to provide care and support for young adults who were aging out of the foster care system. She had a vision for a greater impact, with ideas to create a program for young adults who were aging out of the foster care system. After working for CPS agencies in three different states, she saw the need to combine some of the practices used to provide support to families within the community. These ideas festered for several years, until Sherrell and Mr. Holmes were united as a couple in Texas. At that time, with a firm belief that people should be able to find resources within their community, they put their ideas together in order to give birth to Community Villages DFW.
While Community Villages DFW has just launched, we are planning programs to support communities in fighting homelessness, providing financial education and support, and supporting veterans, seniors, and young adults who have aged out of foster care on their path to independence.
It takes a community to build a village.
Nobody understands communities and their unique cultures better than the people who live in those communities themselves.We strive to assist the community to proactively provide the support and opportunities needed in order for children and families to thrive.
Everything we do is deeply rooted in the following values:
- The Golden Rule—We respect all people, value their differences, and treat them the way they want to be treated
- Integrity—We adhere to high ethical standards and provide services in an honest, fair, and responsible way.
- Excellence—We strive to improve on an ongoing basis in order to meet the needs of our community
- Family- We believe that family, however it is defined, is of fundamental importance. We believe that strong communities are an extension of our families.
- Positivity- We believe that everyone has the potential to make positive changes in their lives. We strive to focus on the positive and give people the opportunity to flourish.
Meet Our Founders
Sherrell has been working in the social service industry since the beginning of her working career, including 15 years in public child welfare and 8 years residential treatment for youth.
She has always had a passion for helping people, starting at a young age when she "rescued" stray animals. After working in the child welfare system for the state of Texas, she quickly recognized the need to develop a more community based approach to solving social problems.
Having started her child welfare career in Cleveland, Ohio, where the Family to Family initiative was employed as a model to engage families and the community in the care of protection of children, this became the foundation of Sherrell's views about child welfare. She strongly believes that it takes a community to build a village of healthy, happy, thriving families and safer children". This is the foundation that Community Villages DFW was built upon.
D K Holmes has been an entrepreneur with a heart to serve since the early age of twelve years old, when he created opportunities to serve the community, including pumping gas, running errands, and doing yard work for seniors in his community.
He is now the CEO and Founder of at least two other businesses that date back to 1992. At the same time, while he was managing for profit businesses, he also managed to create several programs to give back to the community, including a mentoring program for youth involved in the court system in Gary, Indiana, a project to provide “blessing bags” to the homeless population in Gary, Indiana, and informally mentoring youth all across the city in Gary, Indiana.
He continues to look for opportunities to help those in need as he solicits support from friends, family members, and other members of the community. DK Holmes strongly believes that it takes a village to build a community.