South Dallas Non-Profit Directory
Below is a curated list of impactful ministries serving the South Dallas area. For each non-profit entity, we’ve compiled contact information and brief descriptions of the ministries and their areas of focus.
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Abide Women’s Health Services exists to improve birth outcomes in under resourced communities of southern Dallas where low quality of care exists. Their goals are to see babies delivered at term, thriving in their first year, and to see the mothers they serve to live to see their babies to grow and thrive. Abide hopes to achieve this goal by:
- Reducing infant and maternal mortality
- Reducing pre-term birth rates
- Increasing breastfeeding rates
- Increasing the number of midwives and birth workers of color
Health services for women
Education (Health and infant care)
Adult Rehabilitation Center
A.R.M. provides services to transform chemically dependent individuals through loving, accountable
relationships and a Christ-Centered twelve step process in a residential treatment program.
The Adult Rehabilitation Ministry (A.R.M.) began in 1989 as part of the Outreach Ministry of the Golden
Gate Missionary Baptist. The late Pastor Emeritus C.B.T. Smith envisioned a ministry that would faithfully
rebuild the lives of chemically addicted men and women through equipping them with strong Christian
principles and concepts so that they can return home as better husbands, wives, parents, siblings, sons,
Peer recovery coaching/mentoring, education services (parenting, life skills, anger, drug education, anti-theft, battering intervention.
Recovery support services, aftercare, relapse intervention
Adult Restoration Ministries
Adult Restoration Ministries is a dual emphasis program: mentoring inmates prior to their release from prison, counseling them, working to help them make connections with churches and other ministries on the outside. ARM also ministers to the inmate’s children and families.
Re-entry assistance/restoration, resource referrals, temporary housing
Advocates for Community Transformation (ACT)
Many families are living with a huge injustice. Neighborhoods in under-resourced areas of the city harbor drug houses, prostitution and other crime, forcing law-abiding men and women to feel like prisoners in their own homes. Using the justice system ACT helps to empower inner-city residents to fight crime on their street, while sharing with them the hope of the Gospel.
ACT is considered within many segments of our city, from local government, to the Dallas Police Department, to the philanthropic community as one of the more effective nonprofits at:
- Equipping neighborhood advocates to take back their communities
- Working with and modeling for community advocates on how to eliminate drug, prostitution and firearm sales houses
- Securing volunteer lawyers to fight neighborhood injustices
- Helping residents to understand the role of policing in their community
- Dealing with past community inequities, historical injustices and policies
- Dealing with lack of city infrastructure
- Start neighborhood resident home Bible studies, serving to strengthen hope
Education, law, public policy, community development
Scripture (Bible study)
Baylor Scott & White Health & Wellness Center
The Baylor Scott and White Health and Wellness Center at Junita Craft Recreation Center offers comprehensive health and wellness services with an emphasis on access to care, health education, nutrition, physical activity and research as a Christian ministry of healing. The Center is a model for population health, community collaboration and innovation all aimed at meeting the healthcare needs of neighbors. A physician and nurse practitioner work hand in hand with nutritionists, health educators, social workers and other health professionals to provide quality care at low or no cost to their neighbors of South Dallas.
Medical/population health, health and wellness services
Education (nutrition, health education, physical exercise)
Behind Every Door
Because community centers exist within the communities they serve, they provide a chance to effect change IN the community. A community-center allows Behind Every Door to be a present resource for the long-haul. Within these centers, staff, volunteers and community leaders seek to create home-like environments that promote safety, stability, and relationship within a place to:
- Express community needs
- Participate in programming for all ages: children, youth and seniors
- Gain access to needed resources
- Experience encounters with a loving and caring God
Community Development – Changing the way people see and feel poverty.
Education, youth, youth programs
Community-building efforts through community gardens and market to help residents prosper in every aspect of their lives. Find out how we’re working to be a source of hope an nourishment to this former food desert by:
- Producing fresh produce, eggs, milk and honey
- Nutritional counseling
- Cooking classes
- General health and wellness counseling
Food and education
Agriculture, jobs and workforce
BridgeBuilders restores relationships under the banner of Christ by engaging equipping, and empowering individuals, families, in the Bonton community of South Dallas through these services:
- Crossover Ben & Youth (athletic programs)
- Community Employment Services
- Job Training
- Financial Coaching
- Life Skills Training
- After-School Program
- Community Bible Study
- Ally Program (Career mentoring)
- Youth Mentoring Program
Community development, food
Education (Elementary school), jobs and workforce, youth
Scripture (Bible study), discipleship, mentoring
Catholic Charities Dallas - Marillac
Catholic Charities Dallas is a faith-based social service agency focused on improving the quality of life for people in Dallas. The organization acts as a first responder to our community’s most vulnerable, helping those in crisis move toward a better life. Catholic Charities Dallas is faith-based social service agency focused on improving the quality of life for people in need. They are first responders to a community’s most vulnerable, helping those in crisis move toward a better life.
Catholic Charities addresses the root causes of poverty, homelessness, and hunger by serving, empowering and educating all those in need. Specifically, they offer the following services:
- Children’s services
- Disaster preparedness and relief services
- Educational services
- Financial stability & career services
- Hunger services
- Homelessness and Housing
- Immigration legal services
- Pregnancy, parenting and adoption services
- Resettlement services
- Senior services
Hunger & homelessness services
Champions of Hope
Champions of Hope is a ministry seeking the transformation of individuals and a community through the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Gospel-driven relationships. Champions of Hope’s goal is to provide every fourth grader in two South Dallas elementary schools a mentor to build a relationship and mentor them through middle and high school.
Scripture (Bible study), discipleship
City Square has grown into a broad nonprofit organization offering a comprehensive array of social services that address five key areas related to the persistence of poverty:
- Workforce development
- Lack of hope
Food, homelessness, shelter
Jobs and workplace
Cornerstone Baptist Church and Community Development Corporation
One of Dallas’ active examples of integrated spiritual and community transformation/revitalization led by an inner-city church. By integrated, over the last thirty-five years the church has organized all their outreach efforts and 501c(3) entities under the church – – a biblical model of Shalom; a state of completeness, fullness, or type of wholeness spiritually that encourages church members and residents to give back – – generously re-paying something in some way through:
- Community Revitalization
- Building Affordable Housing
- Economic Development
- Homeless Services
- Ex-Offender Restoration
- Primary School Classical Education
- Healthcare Services
- Life Essentials
- Community Kitchen
- Small Business and Entrepreneurial Mentoring
- Poverty Alleviation
Community development, food, homelessness, education, individual restoration
Scripture, discipleship & mentoring
Medical, transportation (bikes), clothing
Dallas Leadership Foundation (DLF)
Dallas Leadership Foundation recognizes that the fire power behind community transformation lies within the aspirations and convictions of its own community leaders.
Dallas Leadership Foundation for decades has worked to fuel, ignite, and spread by identifying, cultivating and supporting resident leaders in three areas of ministry:
- Public schools
DLF serves these three venues by:
- Identifying leaders (current and future)
- Affirming the giftedness of leaders
- Developing and training community leaders
- Transforming individuals through mentoring (Life skills and spiritual discipleship)
Community Development (through leadership development)
Education, youth, prisoners, ex-offenders
Education Opens Doors
Two out of three jobs require a post-secondary degree, meaning further education after high school. Yet, today’s students from low-income communities, communities of color and future first-generation college students receive less than and hour of college and career guidance. These same students, as early as middle school, are being asked to make important decisions that impact their high school, college and career decisions – high school choice, the value of GPA, options for financial aid, how to build a resume – often without the knowledge or dedicated time to make them.
Education Opens Doors helps students to ensure they evaluate their post-secondary and career options in order to select and begin to successfully pursue the best option for them.
Education, middle and high school
Name: Rodney Singleton, MA, MDiv
Title: Chaplain, FCH Coordinator
Phone: (214) 865-3093
Faith Community Health (South Dallas)
Faith Community Health was founded as a community health collaborative formed by Baylor Scott & White, Methodist and Parkland healthcare systems to reduce visits to their emergency rooms by under-resourced populations. Utilizing faith community volunteers, the hospitals train faith communities to foster health and wellness in their communities by preparing volunteers as caregivers to their neighbors. Volunteers are trained to maintain patient health and wellness plans, medication schedules, and provide transportation to doctor visits. The program is committed to serving people of all faiths and those with none.
The goal of the program is to help people reach optimal health by integrating faith communities with healthcare. In order to provide more effective patient navigation, education, and support in hopes of creating healthier communities.
(The TurnAround Agenda)
Whether your basic need of food, shelter or clothing has been affected by certain events or you are finding it difficult to navigate an unplanned pregnancy, TTA Family Services is committed to providing services to help families function to their fullest. Family Services holistic approach and services are geared toward improving the overall quality of life for their clients. With a goal to educate, elevate and equip individuals and families, Family Services offers services in the following areas:
- Housing Education and Repair
- Food Pantry
- Rent & Utility Assistance
- Clothing Assistance
- Crisis Counseling
- Information & Referral
- Client Assistance
- Pregnancy Testing
- STD Testing
- Screening Examinations
- Pregnancy Counseling
FREE PARENTING CLASSES
- 24/7 Dad
- Dr. Dad
- Parenting 1
- Parenting 2
Food, shelter, clothing, referral services
First Step Community Empowerment
First Step Community Empowerment is a 501c(3) faith-based organization that addresses societal ills in South Dallas low-income under-resourced communities and beyond through social and economic development. Their mission is to address societal ills and social equity with viable resources on a case-by-case basis.
Community Development (build affordable housing), food and hot meals, referral services, health/wellness development, housing resources
Workforce Development, social development, job placement assistance
Kingdom Collegiate Academies
(An affiliate of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, DBA)
Believing every individual has a unique calling, Kingdom Collegiate Academies provides exceptional academic experiences, technologically advanced environments, along with a Christian worldview of the academic disciplines with application to life experiences. Every instructor is responsible to know their students and to observe them for those unique teachable “moments”. KCA’s stated mission is to provide students a superior collegiate education in a nurturing Christian environment that equips them with real world training while being encouraged to reach their highest potential in life, and to apply a biblical worldview that empowers them to impact the culture. KCA’s graduate Wall of Fame of inspires current students to believe that they too can be doctors, teachers, nurses, lawyers, musicians and whatever they want to be doing God’s Kingdom work.
CURRIICULUM HIGHLIGHTS (sampling):
- Parent Partnership (18 months – 4 years)
- Weekly Chapel (all grades)
- S.T.E.M. (Discovery, Labs)
- Fine Arts & Music
- History and Literacy Nights
- Timeline Projects
- 1 to 1 Technology
- Biblical Worldview Courses
- International Studies
- Advanced Placement Courses
- Adult Life Skills
- Languages II, III, IV
- Competitive Athletics
- Marketplace Theology Studies
- Music Composition
Education (Early childhood, preschool, elementary, middle and high schools)
Men of Nehemiah
A discipleship Program provides homeless and formerly incarcerated men with:
- Residential accommodations
- Individual discipleship training
- Addiction treatment including individual, group and family clinical counseling
- Job readiness training
- Case management
- Computer literacy training
- Other recovery support services
Homelessness, food, shelter & restoration (formerly incarcerated and homeless)
Bible study, discipleship
Miles of Freedom
Miles of Freedom Mission is to equip, empower and employee individuals returning from prison and provide support and assistance for families and communities impact by incarceration. Three distinct programs are offered by Miles of Freedom to achieve the above mission:
- Case Management Services
- Job readiness Workshop
- Transition to Employment Training
Operation Relief Center
ORC evolved from the social outreach programs of the Urban Evangelical Mission (UEM) founded by Dr. and Mrs. Ruben Conner in 1987. Dr. and Mrs. Conner are the same individuals that were instrumental in commissioning two Young African American couples Tony and Lois Evans (Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship) and Arrvel and Eletha Wilson (West Dallas Community Church and West Dallas CDC) to transform communities located in southern and west Dallas.
ORC provides quality, affordable housing and social services to the homeless, low-income individuals and families in a manner that encourages personal growth, self-sufficiency, self-respect, stability and ultimately the economic growth and stabilization of the community.
Housing, family stability, senior resources
Affordable housing, homelessness, food, emergency rental/utility assistance
Job referrals, social and employment readiness, educational programs
Community development, safety
More than a shower, food and a bed OurCalling provides a continuity of care and relationship through the use of accountability with their homeless clients. At the center of this relationship is Jesus Christ, who provides new-found hope and purpose in life. Services provided by OurCalling includes:
- Seek out the homeless around Dallas collect data and pinpoint them on a map
- Help the homeless identify the reasons for their condition
- Provide the homeless with food, clothes and connections to essential social services
- Help them find the emotional and material resources to live beyond their challenges
- Help the homeless develop, heal and strengthen the relationships that lead to healthy and sustainable lifestyle
- Provide Bible study and discipleship
Homelessness, shelter, food
Scripture (Bible study), evangelism
(The TurnAround Agenda)
The purpose of our pregnancy services is to protect life in and out of the womb by preparing girls, women, boys, and men to value life, both physical and eternal, and to make healthy decisions that produce positive outcomes for their wellbeing.
Families are given tools that will enable them to navigate through life successfully. Our programs touch the whole person, providing mothers with the necessary hope, direction and spiritual support so that they are better able to move on to richer and more fulfilling lives.
Pregnancy Services provides the following:
- Pregnancy counseling services
- Limited Medical Services
- Pregnancy & Parenting Education
- Spiritual Growth Classes
- Information & Referrals for Women, their partners & families
Education (pregnancy, baby care, parental care, health care, spiritual)
Medical, counseling, prayer
Referral services, clothing, baby supplies
The Promise House operates as an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Promise House moves youth in crisis toward safety and success. The Promise House accomplishes this through:
- Crisis Intervention
- Emergency Shelter
- Case Management and Counseling Services
- Education Services
Crisis intervention, outreach to neglected, abused and at-risk youth, trauma informed care
Youth homelessness, transitional housing
Public School Outreach
(TurnAround Agenda/ISD Partnerships)
Public schools serve as the primary vehicle for the delivery of social services, addressing the needs of youth and families in the urban communities. Working through five high school feeder systems, PSO maintains 61 public school partnerships. The church and public-school partnerships are used to promote positive social change in the community. PSO maintains partnerships with high schools, middle schools and elementary schools through their five (Carter, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Kimball and Lancaster) high school feeder systems – elementary, middle school and high school.
PSO through the church offers an army of volunteers serving as mentors working with students public school partnerships. As mentors get to know their kid’s families the needs of the families surface and become known. This is where the network of TAA services becomes a convenient network of services for students and their families to be referred to for assistance, whether it be food, clothing, literacy, a GED course, crisis counseling, and a host of other services.
As kids and their families learn to think differently and hope for a better future, they rise above their negative circumstances and act on opportunities that will improve their futures. Communities thrive when people possess and apply a healthy value and belief system to their everyday lives.
School-based mentoring, life skills education, youth camps and programs
Adopt-a-school (61 public schools, a focus on prevention)
Human needs assistance, referral services
Literacy is the foundation for learning across subjects. Without strong literacy skills, students will not have equitable access to higher education institutions to further their education and career options will be limited.
Partnering with under-resourced schools in Dallas, Reading Partners engages volunteer reading partners to work one-on-one with students who struggle with reading. Their volunteers provide hour-long tutoring sessions to students – following a structured, evidence-based curriculum developed with an expert team of curriculum advisors.
Name: David Timothy
Title: Executive Director
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Soup Mobile, Inc.
The Soup Mobile is a faith-based 501c(3) nonprofit with a mission to “Feed my sheep” by:
- Providing meals for the homeless
- Feeding needy children in South Dallas
- Providing Christmas for the homeless
- Providing Christ for the homeless
Food for homeless and children in need
For the homeless, evangelism
St. Philip’s Church and Community Center
The mission of St. Philip’s School and Community Center is to enhance the lives of children and families regardless of economic background but with particular emphasis on low and moderate income families, through educational excellence, Christian principles, and compatible community services. The philosophy of St. Philip’s School is to accept students from a range of abilities and backgrounds, recognizing each child as a unique creation entitled to love, respect, and opportunities for safe and challenging passage through the early years. The school’s small class sizes and varied educational techniques enhance and develop the unique learning style of each child and aims to install and strengthen qualities that promote a secure and responsible adult life. The philosophical grounding of the community center programing is with an aim to prepare vs. repair. There is an intentional attempt to avoid programing that is corrective in nature. The community center takes on an approach of collaboration with likeminded entities to attract services that meet the needs of area residents.
Scripture (teaching and Bible study), discipleship
Education (early childhood development, pre-school, elementary, middle and high schools), youth, youth camps, jobs and workforce
Sports and recreation
Community Development, affordable housing, economic development, food
Technology, Education & Careers
(The TurnAround Agenda)
The TECS program gives individuals access to technology in education, computer training and certification. The purpose of TECS is to equip a person with the essentials of computer literacy and basic education skills required in a competitive marketplace.
- Adult literacy
- GED preparation and testing
- Computer Training, testing and certification
Adult Education, Career Development, Jobs and Workplace
Referral services, Clothing
The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center
The Bridge’s purpose is to provide every homeless man and woman with the tools necessary to recover and
Located in the Farmers Market District of downtown Dallas and open 24 hours daily, the multi-service campus
offers basic needs services, along with access to healthcare, income alternatives, and long-term housing. This
“one-stop” concept lessens the need for transportation and alleviates frustration experienced by homeless
individuals when accessing services. Their highly trained staff coordinates all on-site services and advocates for
those experiencing homelessness from the point of entry until they are placed in housing.
The Food Pantry
(The TurnAround Agenda)
In partnership with the North Texas Food Bank, and donations from church members and the community. The Food Pantry meets the nutritional needs of individuals and families who are unable to provide adequate food for their households – The pantry is open to the general public. The Food Pantry values the dignity of their clients and want to provide a positive shopping experience, so the Pantry uses the “Client Choice Model” where shoppers select the food of their choice.
The King’s Academy
The King’s Academy partners with families provide children an exemplary Kingdom education by investing in the whole child: spiritually, academically and emotionally. King’s Academy believes in transformation. Transforming the lives of children by transforming the traditional approach to education. The King’s Academy distinctives:
- Biblically integrated curriculum
- Engaging instructional program
- Critical reading, writing, thinking and problem-solving skills developed
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focus
- Positive emotional development
- Individualized attention/small classes
- Intentional character development
- Extended instructional day
- Income-based tuition
Education, Pre-K – 2nd
The TurnAround Agenda
(An affiliate of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, DBA)
The Turn•Around Agenda (TTA) is a social outreach of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship (OCBF) with a mission to rebuild communities from the inside out with comprehensive, faith-based programs and community partnerships designed to transform the lives of urban youth and families. As a cluster of social enterprise services and partnerships The Turn•Around addresses the needs of under-resourced Oak Cliff residents and throughout Dallas County. The Turn•Around Agenda believes the church, not the government, is the best social service delivery system since it is closer to the needs of people, offers a large volunteer force, and existing facilities for impact programs. OCBF established The Turn•Around Agenda to address the complex social needs of the community, integrating biblical principles with social interventions to bring about holistic solutions.
Food, Family Services
Mentoring, After school
Pregnancy Services, Adopt-a-school
The TurnAround Resale Store
(The TurnAround Agenda)
By donating new and/or gently-used merchandise to the resale store. By shopping at the resale store, individuals are helping to support the ministry of The Turn•Around Agenda, including: Public Schools Outreach, Turn•Around Agenda Family Services. These programs offer services to families experiencing a crisis beyond their ability to manage.
Funds from the retail sale of gently-used or new items go to support individuals or families in need
United To Learn
United to learn is dedicated to addressing opportunity gaps with research-driven, district-aligned programming across 47 Dallas ISD elementary schools, including schools in South Dallas. Initiatives fall into four categories: strengthening social and emotional health; creating aspirational learning environments; accelerating student achievement in literacy; and activating an informed community. United to Learn connects schools and communities to the resources they need through listening, understanding, and working together with school staff, community members, and volunteers to provide solutions to the gaps identified at each school.
Generosity (voluteers and resources)
Viola’s House Inc.
Viola’s House exists to provide maternity housing and support services to teen mothers who are faced with an unplanned pregnancy, who are at-risk for homelessness, and who chose life for their unborn child.
Formed in 2008 as a “Maternity House,” to provide temporary housing and support services to expectant teenage mothers aged 12-21 in the Dallas area. Viola’s House utilizes a holistic approach to help expectant teen mothers make enduring, positive changes in their lives. The Program provides:
- Basic life necessities of housing
- Food and clothing
- Life skills
- Education and training in financial literacy
- Parenting and counseling
Homelessness, shelter and mentoring
ProLife choice for expectant teens
World Impact Dallas
World Impact is a Christian missions organization committed to facilitating church-planting movements by evangelizing, equipping, and empowering the unchurched urban poor.
Students are theologically and practically prepared to minister among the urban poor. For most urban ministers attending college or seminary are virtually impossible: Too expensive, high academic requirements, venue and content unrelated to urban life and ministry. World Impact offers seminary-level instruction through 16 courses in:
- Biblical studies
- Theology and Ethics
- Christian ministry
- Urban missions
Education (urban theological education)
Urban church planting, missions