Meds for Africa
Church members Dr. David and Mrs. Cherry Haymes have been instrumental in leading medical mission trips to Africa and in founding MEDS for Africa.
Funds from the NorthPark Capital Campaign were allocated to the Tumutumu Hospital in Kenya for the setup of the Eye Clinic in 2012. The clinic was completed that summer.
Blindness and poor vision have significant economic impacts on those afflicted and on the social fabric of communities. Besides limiting a person’s ability to work, children and other relatives of those afflicted are consigned to be caretakers – limiting their access to employment and education. There is also a well established link between poor eye health and mental health.
MEDS for Africa designates: MEDICINE, EDUCATION and DENTAL assistance for our brothers and sisters in an impoverished area in Kenya. To learn more visit the MEDS for Africa website.
Paper For Water
Paper For Water was started by Katherine and Isabelle Adams, who at the time were 5 and 8. Their goal was to raise $500 to partially fund a well in Ethiopia by giving hand crafted origami Christmas ornaments at Starbucks in exchange for donations.
They took their first donation on November 3, 2011 and the first night they sold out. By December 31, 2011 they had raised over $10,000 to more than fund a whole well in Ethiopia. As of March 1, 2016 the girls, who are now 10 and 12, with the help of hundreds of volunteers have raised almost $800,000 to fund over 100 wells in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, India, Mexico, Uganda, Peru, and Zimbabwe.
Visit the Paper for Water website for more information.
Vickery Meadow Learning Center
The Vickery Meadow Learning Center is focused on the literacy levels of the residents in the Vickery Meadow area Dallas, just across the South Central Expressway from NorthPark Presbyterian Church.
Vickery Meadow is densely populated, and a large percentage of the residents are functionally illiterate or cannot speak English. The Center provides classes in English as a Second Language, work place literacy, and citizenship, and also partners with NorthPark Presbyterian to provide GED classes.
The Vickery Meadow Learning Center was founded on the principal that literacy and education improve lives, and as a reflection of the success the center has brought to its community, VMLC has been honored for several years by the Dallas Morning News and Dallas Reads for its accomplishments in the field.
Visit the Vickery Meadow website for more information about community programs.
Vickery Meadow Food Pantry
The Vickery Meadow Food Pantry is sponsored by Catholic Charities, Jewish Family Services, Ladies of Charity, National Council of Jewish Women, St. Vincent’s de Paul, Temple Emanu-El, NorthPark Presbyterian and the Vickery Meadow Improvement District.
Located at 8448 Walnut Hill Lane, the pantry serves the Vickery Meadow area of Dallas. NorthPark provides regular donations via the Reverse Food Truck, as well as special canned food drives throughout the year to address specific shortages and meet increased need.
NorthPark's Reverse Food Truck, supported by various community and business partnerships, makes weekly deliveries to the food pantry, contributing over 20,000 pounds of donated food to date.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels, a program run by the Visiting Nurses Association of Texas, has been supported by NorthPark Presbyterian members for over 40 years. Our volunteer week is the second week of each month and church volunteers deliver daily, in shifts, Monday through Friday.
New volunteers are always welcome. For more information about becoming a Meals on Wheels volunteer, please contact NorthPark member Jean Wood.
The Stewpot & The Bridge
The Stewpot is a haven for homeless and at-risk men, women, and children in Dallas providing meals, a food pantry, dental clinic, inner city youth programs, drug and alcohol counseling, I.D. documentation, limited employment assistance, and mail service.
Members of NorthPark Presbyterian help feed the homeless at The Bridge by serving lunch on the fourth Thursday of each month. To participate, meet at the church by 11:30 a.m. to carpool downtown.
For more information about volunteering, please contact NorthPark member Harry Wood at 972.783.9559.
Heart House Dallas
Heart House is a nonprofit that provides safety, education, and opportunity to refugee and underprivileged children who currently live in the Vickery Meadow community of Dallas.
The agency operates Monday-Friday during after-school hours. Directly after school, students arrive at their Heart House site, where they receive a nutritious meal, homework assistance, structured curriculum, supervised outdoor playtime, and computer literacy activities.
Heart House utilizes a holistic approach when delivering services to its participants by addressing health and safety, social and emotional development, character development, cultural awareness, and academic support.
To learn more about Heart House, please visit their website.
Children's Home and Services
Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services (PCHAS) has provided Christ-centered services to children and families in crisis for over a century. On any given day, PCHAS serves 130 children in the 19 Group Homes located in Itasca, Waxahachie, San Antonio, Duncanville and Austin. An additional 70 children are served in the 35 Fosters Homes located in north central Texas. Another 300 children and their families are served each month by the Child and Family Programs located in Houston, Corsicana, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Austin, Kilgore, and Dallas (with Shreveport opening in 2004.) The Advanced Education Program has 34 young adults enrolled in college, universities, and technical schools.
Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services demonstrates to children that God’s love can be trusted, that it is unconditional and everlasting. Volunteer opportunities exist at the Child and Family Programs in Dallas and Fort Worth and on the Itasca Campus.
Visit the PCHAS website to learn more.
Grace Presbyterian Village
Grace Presbyterian Village provides older adult housing, long-term care, related services, community outreach and newly formed faith based hospice care. Motivated by a spirit of Christian love and concern for quality living, Grace Presbyterian Village seeks to be holistic in its program through contributing to the emotional, mental, physical, social and spiritual well-being of its residents.
Grace Presbyterian Village is a non-profit, continuing care retirement community that has 38 years experience, and a reputation for quality, reliability and innovation. The Village rates in a special BEST ranking by the Insider Guide to America's Nursing Homes. Affordable care is offered to older adults for independent and assisted living. A high staff ratio allows personalized care. Two special care wings offer Alzheimer's and dementia residents a secure, home-like setting with gardens. A trained staff assists in maintaining an active independent lifestyle, as well as, providing support and education to families.
Visit the Grace Presbyterian Village website for more information.
Interfaith Family Services
Interfaith was founded by a coalition of Christian churches, including NorthPark Presbyterian, in 1985. The name “Interfaith” reflects the fact that various denominations of Christian churches come together to support the agency. Faith in Christ is the foundation of the work, as Interfaith works to stabilize families and equip them with the tools needed to have a high quality of life.
The first step is stabilizing homeless families in one of the 49 fully-furnished apartments that Interfaith owns debt-free. Next, Interfaith helps parents identify a purpose that will help them to go from “working to live” to “loving their work.”
Finally, Interfaith provides families with new skills via counseling, training, and job search support to help them land a career with a livable wage while also providing the financial coaching needed to make the most of their new income.
Visit the Interfaith Family Services website for more information.
Healing Hands Ministries
Healing Hands Ministries has created a legacy of hope. It’s a place where dignity is restored and each patient is treated with respect and genuine quality care.
Healing Hands Ministries builds trust with families by providing reliable, effective, efficient health care services to manage both acute and chronic diseases. Families are empowered. Parents don’t have to choose between rent or medicine, or which child will receive treatment. Mothers and fathers can be treated, too, and receive the care they need without compromise.
Visit the Healing Hands website for more information.
North Dallas Shared Ministries
North Dallas Shared Ministries provides charitable assistance for persons in need; promotes a sense of self-respect and responsibility; and works with other organizations to respond to conditions of human need. North Dallas Shared Ministries is a cooperative effort of 52 North Dallas congregations that combine resources to provide appropriate emergency help for people residing primarily in 20 zip codes in North Dallas.
NDSM provides food, rent/utility assistance, medical assistance, transportation and identification needs assistance. NDSM provides multiple programs to meet the client’s immediate needs. NDSM also provides services such as employment assistance, literacy and ESL classes, life skill and job training to promote permanent self-reliance.
Volunteer opportunities: Interviewers, panty workers, job counselors, literacy instructors, computer workers, child care workers, ESL instructors, receptionist, drivers, general office workers, government and history teachers, clothes closet, and medical clinic volunteers are needed.
Visit the NDSM website for more information.