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About ELPS Foundation


It takes a village to raise a child is an African proverb that means that an entire community of people must interact with children for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment. Elnora Lynn Perry Shands (ELPS) spent her entire 30+ years as a public school teacher assisting underprivileged families with free tutoring resources in various subjects for their children, teenagers, and young adults. She understood that education is a very important factor for children.  She passed away on May 29, 2019; but her legacy will live on for many more years through this foundation/nonprofit and committed volunteers. We are also proud to continue the Annual Free BackPack with school supplies Program for children of needy families at the beginning of each school year too.

Mission & Vision


Pass it Forward - Help assist those underprivileged families with children, teenagers, and/or young adults in our local community - DFW Texas Metro Area.  Children are our future.


Who We Are


We work with diverse groups of children of all ages, groups, races, genders, orientations, and religions to make sure they feel included.


We think in a way that coincides with thinking outside of the box to provide resources to the communities that need them the most.


We have kindness for children and our programs target extending

that kindness and support to every child's life


We focus on the trajectory of a child's life and how our organization can grow with them over time.

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