that Bring the Community Together
What is the Dallas Bethlehem Center?
We host community-wide events throughout the year as well as partner with Early Head Start program provider, ChildCareGroup (CCG), to deliver early childhood education for children ages 6 weeks-3 years old and expectant mothers.
We offer a weekly food distribution program (including limited hot meal service on Friday of each week) for our neighbors with food staples supplied by Crossroads Community Services.
We are located near the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X streets in South Dallas. Older generations in the DBC community have fond memories of DBC, and the Center continues to be a space where neighbors are invited to spend time, attend events, and volunteer to strengthen their connection to the community.
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
- Birth-3 years
- Program Partner: ChildCareGroup (CCG)
- Weekly food distribution – Program Partner: Crossroads Community Services
- Annual Signature Events: Eggstravaganza (Spring), Back-to-School (August), Thanksgiving Feast (November), Christmas Program(December)
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
Partnership with ChildCareGroup - Early Head Start program (ages 0-3)
Cradle to Career Education & Community Connection strategic plan launched
Partnership with UT Southwestern/Parkland Clinics Diabetes Study
Current South Dallas Neighborhood Demographics
58% of homes are rented
22% are vacant
South Dallas has the highest crime rate in Dallas
45% of people in South Dallas zip codes 75215 and 75210 do not have cars.
Unemployment Percentages in South Dallas are above the state average.
South Dallas is designated as a food desert
South Dallas zip code 75215 is one of 12 Dallas zip codes with a high teen pregnancy rate
Median Household income below state average.
Sources: city-data.com, North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Dallas Free Press, U.S. Postal Service