New Refugee Ministry Partner

    06.04.18 | News

     Last Fall, PHPC launched a new refugee and immigrant ministry team to support families as they navigate life and settle into their new homes here in Dallas. One of the goals of this team was to help families take steps towards financial independence. Out of these passionate conversations, came a Spirit-filled connection with PHPC’s own Paula Minnis, whose own experience walking alongside a refugee woman sparked an idea to start a company to employ and empower women with incredible gifts and talents.

     GAIA (, meaning “Goddess of the Earth,” was a name chosen to honor the women who beautifully craft a variety of handmade products that may be purchased online or through their new storefront on 2417 Mahon Street.

    Now, PHPC is proud to partner with GAIA and the many refugee mothers and daughters of the Vickery Meadow community in developing a new line of products launching this summer!

    This new partnership seeks to fill a need for youth and adult employment opportunities available to refugees in Dallas, Texas. GAIA’s business model has always been designed to encourage life skills and inspire entrepreneurship in women full of talent and potential. GAIA for GIRLS is rooted in the truth that empowered girls become empowered women.

    Mentorship has been provided by our tireless advocates, Dalene Buhl and Gail Stoke. Thank you for your imagination, and thanks to our friends at Tasby Middle School, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, and the Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation, and of course, GAIA for turning dreams into reality.