CitySquare Paris: Fighting the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy, and friendship.

What does it mean to be a neighbor? It’s not just having someone living in close proximity to you, separated by a fence and an outside wall, to Ted Henderson with CitySquare Paris being a neighbor is so much more.

“City Square is a non-profit community betterment organization, celebrating their 30th year anniversary,” said Henderson.

CitySquare stems from the Dallas area as they strive to improve their community and help those in poverty and the less fortunate.

Starting back in 1988 through the work of businessman Jim Sowell and his efforts of launching the Central Dallas Food Pantry.

Current CEO Larry James said, “Since our humble beginnings in 1988 to present day, CitySquare has grown into a broad community development organization offering a comprehensive array of social services that address four key areas related to the persistence of poverty: hunger, health, housing, and hope. Together, our 17 social service programs provide more than 50,000 human touches in Dallas, Waco, and Denver, Colorado.”

For our beautiful city of Paris, Texas, Henderson has started a local chapter, located at 2015 Bonham Street.

Since Henderson has come to our community with the aspirations of lending a helping hand, he has been connecting with local organizations and public service facilities in order to, as Mr. Henderson says, “have a better understand of where it is, we can help the community.”

Upon the finding of a facility for CitySquare Paris, the organization has been housing community activities for other non-profit organizations.

“We’ve also begun a bike give-away thanks to the donation of bikes from a bike rental company in Dallas that has left the market,” said Henderson. “This allows CitySquare Paris to connect with those in need of transportation and provides them with a bike as a means to commute.”

City Square Paris is also assisting in the Paris & Lamar County 2019 Point in Time Count, which is a local effort to count those who have been unable to acquire and maintain regular, safe, secure, and adequate housing.

By identifying these individuals, the community provides statistics to determine funding for current and future programs on affordable housing.

These actions and movements of community betterment, are how Henderson and his team with CitySquare Paris strive to “Be A Neighbor.”


Locals interested in volunteering with CitySquare Paris can attend the upcoming 2019 PIT Count Volunteer Training Seminar being held Monday, January 7th, at the United Way of Lamar County building (located at 2340 Lamar Avenue). The training will run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Training is for the upcoming 2019 Point in Time Count taking place on January 24, 2019.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Ted Henderson at 903-227-4412