When Dana was very young, a family member abused her.

The Dallas Morning News Charities-DanaAlthough she found a new home with her grandmother, Dana was never able to fully heal from her past. Her grades slipped and she ran away from home. Finding food has been even tougher.

Poverty robs people of dignity, hope and the power to determine their own future, but together we can make a difference. The Dallas Morning News Charities funds 25 local organizations that help those who are homeless, hungry and able to rehabilitate.

If you have it in your heart to help a someone like Dana get the help she needs, click here.

*The photo and name have been changed to protect the North Texan’s identity.