Saturday, October 12th’s Go & Sees offer a great opportunity to experience amazing CCD ministries all throughout the city of Dallas. Go & Sees provide conference participants an opportunity to visit the neighborhoods and communities of this year’s host city. Learn from local practitioners and engage with the unique characteristics and characters of Dallas. Some Go & Sees also include on-site workshops, offering practical tools and insights from local practitioners.
Pre-registration is required. Go & Sees have a $20 fee which covers transportation & lunch costs. All Go & Sees depart from the Hyatt Regency Dallas at 11:30 am following the Saturday plenary session.
Saturday, October 12, 11:30am-3:00pm
- Bonton Farms
- Cornerstone Baptist Church and Community Development Corporation
- The Cost of Poverty Experience
- Hope for Families – Buckner International
- Services of Hope and Mockingbird Community Collaborative
- T.R. Hoover Community Development Corporation
- West Dallas Ministries: Brother Bill’s, Mercy Street, and Voice of Hope
- World Vision StoreHouse
- Shalom March
Founded in 2015, Bonton Farms is an urban farm that grows organic produce in both the Bonton community and south of Dallas. They work to improve the health and well-being of their community by providing healthy food options and job opportunities. Come tour the Bonton Farms facility and learn about their innovative, replicable approach. Not just for urbanites: Together for Hope and rural practitioners will be available to brainstorm how to bring the Bonton Farms model to a rural community.
Cornerstone Baptist Church and Community Development Corp
Cornerstone Baptist Church has served the inner-city community of South Dallas/Fair Park for the last 30 years. This area was infamously called the “war zone” due to gang activities, drive by shootings, drugs, and prostitution. Participants in this tour will see first-hand how God has been transforming the community and instilling wholeness into individual lives. Cornerstone acquired a number of properties in South Dallas, turning community nuisances into facilities of community growth and development. Among these is the Cornerstone Kitchen, a former liquor store, the Philemon House for the formerly incarcerated, an abandoned crack house, and a rundown apartment complex that is now the Cornerstone Care Center.
The Cost Of Poverty Experience
The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) is a role-play simulation of a month in the life of a low-income community. The simulation highlights various scenarios including incarceration, racial discrimination, refugees, immigrants, single parents, veterans, homelessness, addiction, mental illness, and more. The simulation will be followed by an opportunity to verbally process the experience. Participants will discuss how COPE can be used as a tool for effective community development, particularly for mobilizing volunteers, training staff, and engaging employees and community partners.
Hope for Families – Buckner International
Join us at one of two Family Hope Centers: child-centered, family-focused places where families go to find hope, support and empowerment in their community in order to reach their fullest God-given potential. This Buckner outreach combines effective programs and passionate people to help families that are experiencing poverty, family issues and a lack of services. Their programs seek to engage the community through family assistance and events, equip families through education, financial empowerment, child and youth development, as well as spiritual development. Come explore how to empower servant leaders and break poverty cycles through education and jobs.
OurCalling works to help the homeless develop, heal, and strengthen the relationships that lead to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. OurCalling has learned that an authentic, loving relationships must be at the heart of every lasting transformation. With a mission to help homeless individuals develop a love for Christ by building long-term, heart-to-heart relationships, OurCalling is a faithful presence in the community. They have seen that one-on-one relationships provide the accountability and encouragement necessary for life change and inspire the clients to reinvest in their lives. This Go & See will provide a chance to see the practical tools OurCalling has developed to make relationships flourish across Dallas.
Services Of Hope and Mockingbird Community Collaborative
Founded in 2004, Services of Hope seeks to transform under-performing communities and under resourced families through transformational services. In one location they provide social services, financial services and workforce development aimed to eradicate poverty. Services of Hope partners with Mockingbird Community Church to provide a faith-based component. This Go & See will show the various components of the agency including intake, client support, a food pantry, financial services and the Cost of Poverty Experience (a working low income city simulation). Participants will also have the chance to meet staff from the Collaborative’s workforce program who were formerly homeless.
T.R. Hoover Community Development Corp.
More than sixteen years ago, the T. R. Hoover Community Development Corporation began as a grassroots neighborhood association comprised of low-income residents seeking to reverse the negative trends developing within their community. Through partnerships with the police department and the City of Dallas, they established a crime watch group that later became recognized as the Ideal Neighborhood Association. In 1997 T.R. Hoover Community Development Corporation began identifying and addressing the issues of economic divestment, blight, infrastructure decline, neighborhood safety and the rising levels of unemployment within the South Dallas Community. This Go & See will include a tour of the neighborhood and a stop at Hoover Center for a short history video, discussion, lunch, and a small panel discussion from locals.
West Dallas Ministries: Brother Bill’s, Mercy Street, and Voice of Hope
West Dallas is one of the poorest parts of the city of Dallas with 9.6% of the population unemployed and approximately 80% of all students economically disadvantaged. These three ministries have served the area for a combined 130 years, extending the love of Jesus Christ by nurturing, engaging, supporting, and empowering its neighbors. Running a variety of different outreach efforts including English classes, computer courses, sports leagues, a Leadership Institute, and educational support, the long-standing presence in the community makes this an ideal learning lab for CCDA practitioners. This Go & See will showcase their collective and collaborative work, displaying the connection and partnership these organizations share.
World Vision StoreHouse
World Vision is dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Founded in 1950, World Vision is known for a global commitment to community development, disaster response, and child well-being. Since 1981, World Vision has also served children and youth living in poverty in the U.S. World Vision began serving the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area in 2004, focusing on west Dallas. Their programs include Essential Supplies, Building Materials and a Teacher Resource Center (including a mobile unit). They offer training and capacity-building for organizations that tutor or otherwise serve youth. This Go & See will include a tour of the StoreHouse and information about World Vision’s work in West Dallas.
Join CCDA leaders as we end the conference with a rally calling all participants and observers to join a movement in seeking God’s Shalom for our cities. We will be making a collective, prophetic, and public statement that we as the People of God are standing against the ills of our society and community which include: Human Trafficking, Immigration, & Violence. In contrast to negative national messaging, we want the world to know that God is at work to bring about His Shalom to each of these and other evils in our society. We as God’s People are joining Him to make right the wrongs in our cities and communities. We are coming together to drive back the darkness and seek God’s Shalom to bring about His Kingdom here on Earth. We will march together from the Hyatt Hotel and end at Thanks-Giving Square (1627 Pacific Ave, Dallas).