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Local Missions

Below is a list of organizations with which PHPC is affiliated and where many of our members volunteer.

For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact Rev. Elizabeth McLean

For a list of places in the church where you can volunteer, please visit our Service Opportunities page.


VMLC is PHPC's flagship mission. It was founded in 1997 by the members of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church to address the critical need for English literacy classes for non-English-speaking adults in the Vickery Meadow area of Dallas. VMLC is dedicated to improving English literacy levels among non-English speaking adults and children by providing programs in communication and life skills. Tutors are needed for the adult and early childhood education programs. Find out more about VMLC by visiting or view this video. 

Vickery Meadow Summer Reading Academy
Vickery Meadow Summer Reading Academy is PHPC’s in-town mission for adult and youth volunteers who work together to develop basic English phonics, reading and writing skills for the immigrant children of Vickery Meadow.  Our own little United Nations, the 2015 VMSRA student nationalities will include American, Mexican, Sudanese, Thai, Kenyan, Eritrean, Somalian, Nepalese, Burmese, Congolese, Ugandan, Rwandan, Malaysian, Iraqi, Egyptian, Iranian and Bhutanese, with several different dialects each.  No matter the home language, only English is spoken during VMSRA.  How do students learn, you ask? By carefully listening, watching, and mimicking those who speak and write.  

Why a Summer Academy?

  • Many students would not read/write or hear/speak English all summer
  • Many would not eat well, or even leave the apartment because parents work and are afraid to let them play
  • Students are better prepared and inspired to enter school in the Fall after 4 weeks of the Academy


McShan Elementary

McShan Elementary is a DISD school located within five miles of PHPC in the Vickery Meadow neighborhood. Many of the students are refugees and almost all of them have limited financial means. In fact, 98% of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and 74% of them have limited English skills. PHPC helps McShan in a variety of ways, but mostly by providing volunteer tutors. 

EQUIP and Interfaith Housing Coalition
This program strives to be the hands of Christ to homeless families by providing traditional rather than barracks-style housing, training, and support services to both parents and children. Through 6-12 month programs, families get to live in an apartment, learn how to budget, establish a savings account, and working on finding, getting, and keeping a job. As one of the founding congregations, PHPC provides volunteers to help mentor residents on budget and employment and to provide tutoring and lessons to children.

Good Shepherd Community Center
The Good Shepherd Community Center is an outreach ministry of Grace Presbytery. It provides affordable and nurturing childcare at a reduced rate. Tuition at Good Shepherd is approximately one-half of the average rate of for-profit daycare centers. When PHPC learned that the preschool teachers at Good Shepherd Community Center never had a break during the day, we began a program to help them. You can volunteer either in the classroom or in their office. 

North Dallas Shared Ministries
NDSM provides emergency food, a free medical clinic two evenings a week, a clothes closet with free or inexpensive clothing, and ESL classes to disenfranchised people in our area. Their needs range from teacher, food pantry or clothes-closet worker, medical clinic assistant, to interviewer or computer and files specialist. PHPC collects food the first Sunday of every month for NDSM’s emergency food supply.

Grace Presbyterian Village
Grace Presbyterian Village provides a high-quality environment for retirees. Volunteers are needed to assist with retirees' gardens, to provide hospitality, to create and host special events, to provide transportation, and to help maintain the beauty of the campus.

Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels delivers more than 3,000 meals daily, Monday through Friday, every week of the year. PHPC currently sponsors six routes. Each route needs a team of about 10 volunteer drivers, who deliver in pairs, and four substitute drivers. You know how wonderful a good hot meal is, and how much better it is when it comes with a friendly smile.

Mi Escuelita
Mi Escuelita offers a language-based early childhood program to serve low-income, at-risk children. They also prepare parents for their children’s mainstream schooling. English and early learning skills are developed to pave the way for a successful school experience.

Presbyterian Children's Homes & Services
Since its beginnings in Dallas in 1903, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services has worked to provide Christ-centered services to children and families in need. Today, there are 18 group homes in five Texas locations serving up to 130 children at any given time.

The Stewpot / The Bridge
Homelessness continues to grow in Dallas. In May 2008, The Stewpot became the partner agency for meal services at The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center, just three blocks south of The Stewpot. Volunteers dish up a delicious nutritious meal prepared by The Second Chance Café kitchen staff and pour beverages for guests once they are seated. PHPC serves lunch on a regular basis.

To see a list of volunteer oportunities within the church, please visit our Service Opportunities page.