Dallas Bethlehem Center Empowers and Resources
Our Community to Improve Lives through
Education and Connected Solutions
DBC Hosts Events and Programs
that Bring the Community Together

Dallas Bethlehem Center Provides
Cradle to Career Education

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What is the Dallas Bethlehem Center?


The Dallas Bethlehem Center is a community impact organization that has a history and commitment of serving Dallas since 1946.

DBC hosts community wide events throughout the year while partnering with program providers to deliver high-impact offerings in key areas including cradle to career education and community connection. It is very choiceful about the programming it brings to the community and is focused on being a multi-faceted education pipeline as a means to help address generational poverty in South Dallas/Fair Park.

Its current location is near the symbolic intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcom X streets. It is a space where all generations within the community can spend time, connect amongst themselves, and learn about resources.

Older generations have many meaningful memories of DBC and now enjoy seeing their children volunteer, engage, and continue their philanthropy with the organization.

Dallas Bethlehem’s Center’s Purpose


Thriving Community

Strong Families

Better Lives

Dallas Bethlehem Center’s Mission


Empower & Resource our Community to Improve Lives through Education & Connected Solutions

Early Childhood Programming

  • Early childhood 0-3 years
  • Elementary/Middle School – Focus on after-school & summer programming to get students to the 3rd grade reading level
  • High School – Focus on life skills via academic enrichment and athletic evening programs
  • Parenting & adult education

Community Connection

  • Weekly food distribution
  • Annual signature events – e.g. Easter, Summer Camp, Thanksgiving, Christmas

History of the Dallas Bethlehem Center & Where It’s Going


  1. Founded as a faith-based mission of the United Methodist Church North Texas Conference
  2. African American flight to South Dallas Sale of Thomas Avenue building & purchase of land on Leland
  3. Incorporated as a non-profit
  4. Kindergarten license granted
  5. Playground dedicated
  6. Suspended operations to regroup on strategic planning and fundraising opportunities
  7. Restructured to a Partnership Model
  8. Established educational partnership with Child Care Group
  9. A strategic plan is set in motion for focus on Cradle to Career Education and Community Connection

Current South Dallas Neighborhood Demographics


58%

51 – 57% of homes are rented 

22%

20 – 22% are vacant

Registered sex offenders are 90% greater than the national average

Highest crime rate in Dallas

Vehicle access is extremely low

98%

of  neighbors are economically disadvantaged 

51%

are unemployed

The 2 zip codes are in a food desert

1 out of 9 teens

Teenage pregnancy rate is the highest in Dallas

Strategic Partners


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