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Dallas Hidden History Tour

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Thirty or so early morning travelers, some tailgating their breakfast, others standing in small groups with hushed voices. We met our guide, Don and his wife, Jocelyn, just prior to boarding what would be our comfy, rolling transport into our shared past. “Don, would we be able to bring aboard a walker?“, for the short jaunts to get a closer look at two of our stops. “Well, we’ve an almost full bus this trip, but we’ll find the space. Come aboard!”

Thus began our participation in the Hidden History Tour, a three hour excursion into the past of the City of Dallas and the people who make up part of her history. These people are the oft overlooked. The neighborhoods most of us had never traveled to, and had never heard their stories. There were stories of joy, community and faith. Stories of triumph and tragedy, perseverance in the face of great odds.

When asked of our group how many of us were native Dallasites, I was astounded to see more than half our hands raised. We were mostly PHPC folks but I had not thought this outing would have attracted such. But of course, those whose roots are deeply intertwined with this city would have an interest in knowing what they yet did not know. We learned of stories of neighbors, much like ourselves, who love this city and want the best for everyone in it, who find our common experience linked by some unknown love. We found connections to people we worship alongside and to other Presbyterians. We found connections with prominent families whose names were known to everyone and to names whom no one previously knew but were the object of quick Google searches seeking more information.

In the end, those of us who had the time, broke bread together (actually, BBQ and what our hosts called soul food, but wasn’t any more mysterious than entrees such as meatloaf and collard greens) at a locally owned restaurant. We laughed and learned more from each other and then headed for home or other destinations, a bit more invested in the health of our city and each other, the importance of our common human destiny recognized more fully.

Epiphany Ministry

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Quincy Parsons
Interview with her mother, Tate Parsons

Epiphany offers Quincy a much-needed community of friends, something that was essential when she aged out of another program in her early teens. She needs routine, structure and consistency, and she looks forward to going to Epiphany on Sunday mornings, a good place to hang out with friends and to be assured that she is loved by God and others, something that is seldom available to special-needs young adults. 

Some adults with special needs are uncomfortable in settings with a number of people, but not Quincy. She thrives on and is rejuvenated by being with her friends and making the social connections she craves.

Quincy loves being with the volunteers who help with Epiphany Ministry and the ministers and staff of PHPC. She has many friends that she knows and sees at church, and that is another benefit of being in Epiphany. 

As she has gotten older, Quincy has been less interested in being read to and “reading” on her own. Since receiving her Bible from the church in March, she spends time each evening reading her Bible. It has reintroduced her to the world of books, and for that we are thankful. 

Epiphany offers a much-needed respite to families like ours. Caring for a special needs child or adult is a 24/7 responsibility and takes great energy. Knowing that she can go to Epiphany on Sunday mornings allows us to spend time with our other children and doing things that we might not otherwise be able to do, including going to church. This is essential for families like ours.

We look forward to Epiphany continuing to expand its offerings for integrating Quincy and her friends into the life of the church. Thank you!

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