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Deborah Cornelius moved to Dallas, Texas from Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1996 and worked for several major companies from Texas Instruments, Presbyterian Hospital, and Charlton Methodist Hospital, before realizing that her calling was to serve children and adults.  Safe Hands was founded in 2001; realizing a greater need after operating a in home day care for three years, Deborah began implementing children and adult programs in undeserved communities understanding parents’ inability to afford costly childcare expenses.  Safe Hands was formed with this need in mind.  Not only providing the need to keep children safe and supervised during out of school time but to be able to provide such care to the parents – particularly single mothers who were unable to afford this cost.

“I feel good when I can help those in need it gives me a sense of peace and contentment knowing that I did my part and somehow made a difference; a difference that can assist others to improve their own life.”

Womens History Month

Deborah Cornelius was recognized and awarded one of Oak Cliff’s 15th Observance of National Woman’s History Month Celebration Awards for the diligent work done in the community serving women, children and families.

“This was such an honor; to be recognized for your commitment for better the lives of others and being among some strong, powerful women was an honor in itself”



Deborah Cornelius
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