Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church believes God invites us to be an embodiment of our faith, which calls us to live as Jesus lived – in solidarity with those who live on the margins of society, enacting mercy, working for justice, caring for Creation, and showing compassion.
As we strive to not only alleviate but also eliminate poverty in Dallas and beyond, we recognize how poverty is complex and multi-dimensional. Each of our mission teams, outreach partners, and mission initiatives allows PHPC to love our neighbors by ensuring that individual basic needs are met, children are nurtured, families are supported, and whole communities are strengthened.
PHPC’s Mission & Outreach ministry involves 5 impact areas:
Each Impact Area is comprised of external outreach partners and projects developed within the PHPC community.
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Advocates for Community Transformation (Act)
Act is a new model of ministry that uses the justice system to empower Dallas residents to reduce crime in their neighborhoods, while sharing with them the hope of the gospel. Since Act was founded, over 100 crime-ridden properties in five target neighborhoods across Dallas have been closed. Volunteer lawyers are needed to represent concerned residents.
Austin Street Center
For over 30 years, Austin Street Center has specialized in caring for the most vulnerable homeless men and women in Dallas. Beyond meeting basic needs, Austin Street is committed to individualized care for each person who comes to us for help.
As the largest, low barrier, single location homeless shelter in Dallas, Austin Street Center serves about 400 of the most vulnerable homeless population nightly: women, ages 18 and older, and men, ages 45 and older.
Forest Forward is a grassroots nonprofit with a mission to work with the community to drive neighborhood revitalization that accelerates the advancement of Black and marginalized people. Incubated at CitySquare, Forest Forward envisions a future in which South Dallas is a just, healthy and thriving community that builds opportunity, exemplifies equity, and prioritizes creativity among its residents.
Interfaith Family Services
Interfaith Family Services’ mission is to empower families in crisis to break the cycle of poverty. In addition to offering transitional housing, IFS empowers families through education focused on financial literacy, career development training, and free on-site childcare. Over 90% of graduates move onto permanent housing, have increased their savings, and remained employed.
Joy Empowerment Center of Abundant Life AME Church
Joy Empowerment Center’s mission is to engage in social dialogue and reformative community action, to actively seek partnerships that aid in urban recovery, and to serve as an omnibus organization mapping out the needs of a changing urban landscape and developing specific policies and programs to meet those needs in a holistic way.
Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services has been helping families in need since 1903. They offer a continuum of care and programs aimed at fostering healthy relationships and brighter futures for at-risk families, children in foster care, adoptive families, and children aging out of care and more. PCHAS welcomes anyone considering fostering or adoption, as well as volunteers to support the children and families entrusted into their care.
Literacy Achieves equips non-English speaking adults and their young children with English literacy and life skills to promote self-sufficiency and overall well-being. All classes are volunteer taught, with classes offered morning, afternoon, and evenings in the fall, spring and/or summer sessions. Literacy Achieves offers three locations across Dallas: East Dallas, Vickery Meadow, and West Dallas.
Malawi Mission Team
Over the past two decades, PHPC has nurtured a relationship with outreach partners in Malawi who serve the region's most impoverished, rural populations. Through PHPC mission trips and exchanges, we have earned a reputation for being a reliable, responsive and engaged congregation willing to support Malawian not-for profit organizations and institutions who are bringing health care, food security, education (pre-k through university) orphan care, fresh water and sanitation to Malawi's most vulnerable citizens of all ages.
McShan Elementary School - Reading Homeroom & Summer Reading Academy
This Dallas ISD school serves a student population where 80% of students are English language learners and 33 languages are spoken. Volunteers serve as tutors, chaperones for field trips, and provide enrichment and creative opportunities. During the Summer, a district-wide three-week program is offered to help decrease the “Summer slide” and help students maintain their academic progress.
For more than 41 years, Mi Escuelita has provided an exceptional preschool education experience to thousands of low income families and children in the Dallas community. Now with 11 sites, Mi Escuelita combines quality early childhood education with parental training and involvement, resulting in kindergarten ready kindergarten students with strong language skills and vocabulary.
Martin Luther King Jr. Arts Academy
Located in Sunny South Dallas, MKL Arts Academy is a Pre K – 6th grade, grade level added each year through 8th is a Dallas ISD Transformation school where students are able to be a part of a nationally recognized fine arts program consisting of dance, art, photography, theater and music. Volunteers can adopt a classroom, serve as a STEAM program leader, or provide teacher and parent support.
Preston Hollow Presbyterian School
For over half a century, Preston Hollow Presbyterian School has been dedicated to educating children of average to superior intelligence with mild to moderate learning differences. The types of learning differences served by our school include reading disorder (dyslexia), auditory processing disorder, oral language disorder, written language disorder, and mathematical disability.
What started out as a garden in a small lot has grown into two fully functioning farms and the Bonton Market. Bonton Farms grow organic food and hope for a better tomorrow, right in the Bonton community and on a separate 40-acre farm south of Dallas. Determined to grow the best-tasting, healthiest produce in the city while inspiring hope in everyone around, Bonton’s mission is to restore lives, create jobs and ignite hope in a once forgotten and neglected neighborhood with some of the most marginalized people.
Cornerstone Baptist Church
The Cornerstone Community Development, Inc. exists to serve the South Dallas and Fair Park community by addressing social needs with the goal of helping individuals break out of the cycle of poverty and become contributing members of the community. Over their 75 year history Cornerstone Baptist Church has launched more than14 ministries including Cornerstone Community Kitchen, Clothing Closet and Shower Facility, Southpoint Community Market, transitional housing, a Christian School, Entrepreneur Training Programs, and a community laundromat.
Feed My Starving Children
Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Volunteers hand-pack the meals. Meals are donated to FMSC food partners around the world, where kids are fed and lives are saved!
Healing Hands Ministries
Believing all patients are God’s children, Healing Hands Ministries strives to provide compassionate, accessible, quality care to all of its neighbors. HHM is a full-service medical, dental, and behavioral clinic that offers hope for the spirit and health for the body. Accessible healthcare for the uninsured, underinsured, and privately insured are possible through their comprehensive family practice, OB/GYN, pediatric services, and community resources.
Hunger Busters provide meals daily to Dallas ISD students through their signature "Feed the Need" after school program. Annually, Hunger Busters provides over 350,000 meals to 11 schools and 6 after school programs. With the help of committed volunteers, caring partners and donors, Hunger Busters is taking a big bite out of Dallas’ childhood hunger epidemic.
Nicaragua Mission Team
In 2007, PHPC initiated a relationship with CEPAD (Nicaragua’s Council of Protestant Churches) to expand PHPC’s options for engagement in international mission in a location closer to Dallas. Through CEPAD, PHPC supports programs benefitting rural Nicaraguans with training, resources and leadership programs that empower local leadership councils to identify community needs, develop solutions, and advocate on behalf of their communities. Trainings include improved agricultural techniques and business / job skills, as well as youth programs and women’s empowerment. CEPAD works with 40-50 communities in a region over a 5-year period, then moves on, leaving behind increased food security and health, greater economic stability, stronger families and sustainable, locally-led programs to continue community progress.
The Stewpot of First Presbyterian Church, Dallas
The Stewpot offers individuals experiencing homeless and at-risk of homelessness a safe haven, resources for basic needs, and opportunities to start a new life. In addition to casework assistance and enrichment programs to those who are experiencing homelessness, the Stewpot’s Children & Youth and Family Stabilization programs are aimed at-risk children and their families. Volunteers provide administrative support, serve meals at the Second Chance Café of the Bridge, assist with the clothing closet, and offer mentoring and tutoring. Contact:
VNA Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels provides hot, nutritious, freshly prepared meals five days a week to Dallas County residents whose illness, advanced age or disability serve as a challenge to preparing quality meals. Volunteers provide meal transportation and delivery, and serve as the eyes and ears for VNA in assuring the wellbeing of clients. Contact:
WE Over Farm at Paul Quinn College
The former football field turned urban, organic farm seeks to transform the health and well-being of under-resourced communities in southern Dallas by providing fresh, healthy, affordable food options and by educating and empowering future generations to take better care of themselves, their environments, and their communities. Located in a federally-recognized food desert, the Farm has produced and provided more than 30,000 pounds of organic produce since its inception in March 2010.
Started in 2010, PHPC’s Epiphany Ministry provides enrichment-based respite care programs for adults living with special needs that incorporate their unique gifts and talents in worship, life skills, art, and community service.
Refugee & Immigrant Ministry Team
The PHPC Refugee & Immigrant Ministry Team welcomes and supports refugee and immigrant families through offering material goods, transportation, and assistance in navigating systems and services (school, doctors, employment, etc.) and cultures and customs. This team seeks to build upon PHPC’s long history of welcoming and supporting refugees and immigrants and to explore how God continues to call us to love and serve our neighbors.
Hope Supply Co.
Hope Supply Co. seeks to meet the critical needs of homeless and at-risk children across North Texas by providing necessities including diapers, clothing, school supplies, toys and programs to enhance their lives. In partnership with 70+ agencies, these essentials are given directly to families and children who need them the most. Donations and volunteers are always welcomed.
Network of Community Ministries
A community-based organization, Network’s mission is to care, coach, and empower neighbors in need as they seek an improved quality of life. Network has expanded its services and financial assistance to anyone impacted by the 2019 Tornadoes, regardless of zip code or income level. Donated household items are accepted donations for those rebuilding and restoring their lives after the storm.
North Dallas Shared Ministries
NDSM is a cooperative effort of 52 congregations whose combined resources offers assistance to individuals and families through emergency assistance (food pantry, financial aid, clothing), no-cost medical and dental clinics, and financial independence programs. Almost entirely volunteer-run, NDSM relies on committed volunteers to deliver services to over 60,000 individuals each year.