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Mission: Trinity River Mission (TRM) provides educational and social opportunities that inspire K-12 students and their families to dream, believe, and achieve.


Trinity River Mission (hereafter “TRM”) is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-based community learning center serving the intergenerational education needs of children, youth, and families in West Dallas. TRM began in the early 1960s by a devoted group of volunteers, led by Donna Graham, to help in the relocation of Native Americans from Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Various church and civic groups later joined in to provide spiritual ministry, food, clothing, transportation, and educational assistance, with Dr. Don and Mrs. Rose Marie Benton of Lovers Lane United Methodist Church eventually taking over the reins. In 1988, TRM became an independent 501(c)(3) organization.

Primary Focus

Since 1988, TRM’s focus has been to promote literacy, augment academic skills, and develop educational success among children, youth, and families, with the understanding that language proficiency and educational achievement opens doors to satisfying jobs and productive futures. TRM services the needs of all children without regard to race or ethnicity. At present, however, TRM’s program participants are overwhelmingly Hispanic because of the agency’s location in West Dallas.


To read TRM’s latest audit information, click here: 2015-2016 TRM Audit Final

2014-2015 TRM Audit-FINAL

2013-2014 TRM FS Audit-FINAL

To read TRM’s latest Form 990, click here: FY 15-16 TRM 990-FINAL

FY 14-15 TRM 990

FY 13-14 TRM 990




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