DALLAS -- They're preparing more than tamales at a West Dallas after-school program. Julie Salas and other moms spend hours in this kitchen cooking up a recipe for success.
"I'm giving back to what's given to my daughter," Salas said. "I'm putting in hours that I can validate the help she's getting."
The parents of current and former students -- the "Mission Moms" -- give back in many ways at Trinity River Mission.
Every night, they prepare hot meals for more than 300 children, many of whom would otherwise not eat.
The parent-involved community center in West Dallas for at-risk families offers students a large computer lab along with one-on-one tutoring.
Parents are encouraged to volunteer their time at Trinity River Mission. Salas' husband, Juan, has put in more than 100 hours in some years, and he hopes his dedication will rub off on others.
"Oh, I think it may inspire some other dads," he said. "That's what I'm hoping."