In 2015, Curtis L. Corbin was inspired to launch Southern Dallas Link after a conversation with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. The mayor expressed concerns about correlated needs between employers and job seekers, explaining that while there were warehouses and employers in need of a consistent workforce, their locations were outside of public transportation systems.
This presented a barrier to those needing to attain and retain jobs that paid a living wage. The results were high turnover rates and a 6.2-percent unemployment rate in southern Dallas that surpassed the 4.6-percent unemployment rate for all of Dallas County. Seeing this as an opportunity to change the quality of life for those in southern Dallas, Curtis assembled a team of individuals and organizations to create direct links to employment opportunities, so residents from Dallas’ most impoverished communities could earn at least $15.00 per hour. Since its inception, SDL has served over 27,500 clients.
Living by the motto “A WILL to WORK created WHEELS to WORK,” Curtis has been a community advocate and servant leader for over 30 years. Since 1985, Curtis has been deeply involved in community work in Dallas, working specifically with the disadvantaged and those whom society has given up on.
He is a visionary with a desire to provide opportunity and access to those who have a will to work and want to better their circumstances. His ability to connect with community organizations and serve as a voice for those who cannot advocate for themselves has proven to be effective when collaborating with businesses, community partners and city departments.