Alley’s House

Teenage mothers who walk into Alley’s House enter a portal of hope. Formed in 1997, the organization exists to empower teen mothers and their children to achieve independence through support services, education, and mentoring. The vision of Alley’s House is to break the generational, economic, and social impact of teen pregnancy in the community.

The services, which are offered free to pregnant and parenting teens aged 13 to 21, include academic tutoring, career counseling, computer and office training, life skills development, and mentoring for support and guidance. Without help, teen mothers typically drop out of school and pass on a cycle of poverty to their children. With Alley’s House, they cross the threshold to a successful life.

To learn more, visit the Alley’s House website.

 
  Alley’s House teaches each client the necessary life skills to be self-sufficient.

Alley’s House teaches each client the necessary life skills to be self-sufficient.

Agape Clinic

The Agape Clinic, housed in the basement of Grace Church, was started in 1983 to serve the health care needs of the immigrant population surrounding the church. Bobbie Baxter, M.D., Charles Kemp, FNP, FAAN, volunteer physicians, nurse practitioners, and others serve patients four days a week. Services include immunizations for children, treatment for chronic and short-term illness, laboratory tests, and such specialty care as psychiatry, dermatology, asthma, women’s health, neurology, and pediatrics.

When the clinic opened, patients were examined in spaces partitioned with sheets in basement classrooms. In 1996, a capital campaign provided funds to renovate the basement. The renovation created a 2,500-square-foot, five-exam-room facility complete with a small pharmacy and waiting room. Today the clinic serves more than 3,500 patients yearly and maintains partnerships with area universities and other community organizations to provide Agape patients with primary care, specialty care, social services, and community health events such as mammography screenings.

The value of services provided by the clinic exceeds $3.5 million a year. Patients make donations as they are able. The remaining operating funds are provided by individual donors, foundations, and other organizations.

 
  Agape Clinic serves the health-care needs of low-income citizens.

Agape Clinic serves the health-care needs of low-income citizens.

Open Door Preschool

It’s proven that children who can read and write English by the end of the third grade are much more likely to graduate from high school. That leaves non-English speaking children with a huge disadvantage.The Open Door Preschool was created in the 1960s at Grace Church to allow immigrant children to begin school with the language skills they need to succeed.

Open Door fills two large classrooms and two offices in the church basement and enrolls up to 36 children aged three to five each school year. Although most Open Door students are Hispanic, the preschool also receives immigrant children from Refugee Services of Texas and other referral sources, resulting in a variety of native languages represented among the students, including Chinese, Korean, Kirundi, and Spanish.

The school uses a sliding scale for tuition. Grace Church covers overhead costs for rent and utilities.

To learn more, visit the Open Door Preschool website.

 
  Open-Door Preschool operates as an extended day, intensive educational facility. It is licensed by the state of Texas and serves children from different language backgrounds.

Open-Door Preschool operates as an extended day, intensive educational facility. It is licensed by the state of Texas and serves children from different language backgrounds.

Bonhoeffer House

In a small house adjacent to Grace Church, a group of seminary students practice a monastic discipline as old as Christianity and as fresh as the twenty-first century. They live and worship together while pouring themselves into serving the poor in their neighborhood.

Grounded in early Christian monastic traditions and Methodist doctrine, Bonhoeffer House fosters a contemplative lifestyle, holding members accountable for their own spiritual growth and intention to live out the gospel. The group actively interacts with their East Dallas neighbors, hosting weekly community dinners and offering their spiritual, emotional, and physical support for neighbors in need.

 
 Grace Church supports the Bonhoeffer House’s neighborhood ministry with housing, contributions, and volunteers.

Grace Church supports the Bonhoeffer House’s neighborhood ministry
with housing, contributions, and volunteers.