Our Community to Improve Lives through
Education and Connected Solutions
that Bring the Community Together
Dallas Bethlehem Center Provides
Cradle to Career Education
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
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
- Weekly food distribution
- Annual signature events – e.g. Easter, Summer Camp, Thanksgiving, Christmas
History of the Dallas Bethlehem Center & Where It’s Going
Founded as a faith-based mission of the United Methodist Church North Texas Conference
African American flight to South Dallas Sale of Thomas Avenue building & purchase of land on Leland
Incorporated as a non-profit
Kindergarten license granted
Suspended operations to regroup on strategic planning and fundraising opportunities
Restructured to a Partnership Model
Established educational partnership with Child Care Group
Chelsea White becomes the new Executive director
A strategic plan is set in motion for focus on Cradle to Career Education and Community Connection
Current South Dallas Neighborhood Demographics
51 – 57% of homes are rented
20 – 22% are vacant
Registered sex offenders are 90% greater than the national average
Highest crime rate in Dallas
Vehicle access is extremely low
of neighbors are economically disadvantaged
The 2 zip codes are in a food desert
1 out of 9 teens
Teenage pregnancy rate is the highest in Dallas