Highland Park

City Engagement

Our Partnerships

We work towards the transformation of our city by partnering with local outreach organizations that focus on acts of mercy and justice, feeding the hungry, welcoming the stranger, and supporting and mentoring the marginalized.

Local partners address needs in South Dallas, provide resources for people facing homelessness and food insecurity, and help to reach refugees in our community.

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South Dallas

Committed to long-term transformation of South Dallas

In 2017, HP Pres made a ten-year commitment to come alongside ministry partners working in South Dallas with the goal of creating long-term transformation in low-income and marginalized neighborhoods. Strategies include reducing crime, increasing educational opportunities, mentoring students, beautifying neighborhoods, and developing leadership and job training opportunities.

We do this through strategic partnerships with organizations in South Dallas.

Our South Dallas Partners

ACT exists to make neighborhood safety a normal reality for everyone. To do this, they equip brave residents to fight crime on their streets using the civil justice system. ACT is looking for volunteer attorneys and prayer partners.

Dallas Leadership Foundation was founded in 1995 to glorify Christ by addressing the root issue facing challenged communities—the lack of leadership.

By focusing on systematic leadership development built on a foundation of genuine love and respect for people, our deepening relationships within Dallas’ neighborhoods turned our hope for sustainable change from a mere dream into a reality. Today we serve as a bedrock for collaborative community transformation.

DLF’s mission is accomplished by staff with over 20 years of experience serving people in need. The team works out of three main departments: DLF Neighborhoods, DLF Reentry, and DLF Youth.

Mercy Street exists to cultivate mutually transforming relationships with inner-city youth through Christian mentorship. They are a multicultural, multiethnic, multigenerational movement of God’s people working together for His glory and the good of our city and beyond.

While serving as an urban missionary in 2017, Aelicia “Chocolate” Watson witnessed the challenges and unaddressed needs facing women within South Dallas’ Bonton community due to generational poverty. God called her to serve the women women in crisis by ministering to them in envision a better future and being an ambassador for Christ in the neighborhood.

Homelessness & Food Insecurity

We partner with Austin Street Center, OurCalling, and Body & Soul to provide relief to the homeless population in Dallas.

Austin Street Center offers emergency shelter and related services to the homeless of Dallas in a compassionate, Christian environment. Highland Park Pres provides the food and volunteers to serve 250 men and women dinner on the second Wednesday of every month.

OurCalling finds friends under bridges, in shelters, and on the street They come alongside them to help them find more than the basics they need to get by for another day or another week. They find the friendship, encouragement, and motivation to take their first steps toward a new, more sustainable way of living—one guided by the light of Christ.

Body & Soul is a partnership of local churches that have been instrumental in providing physical and spiritual nourishment to homeless and at-risk populations for over 20 years. Every third Saturday morning, HP Pres provides a home-cooked and substantial breakfast alongside worship music and bible teaching.


HP Pres partners with For the Nations: Refugee Outreach in reaching the refugees in our cities. Our volunteers serve by welcoming refugee families into their new communities, teaching adult English, and acting as a classroom aide.


For any additional questions about our City Partnerships, please contact our Outreach ministry.