Founded in 2003, Mercy Street grew out of the desire to see a small pocket of poverty in Dallas transformed by the gospel.
When Mercy Street began, the community’s high school dropout rate was alarming. Of the 394 students who entered Pinkston High School in the fall of 1999, only 85 had been promoted to seniors in the fall of 2003. Of those seniors, only 20% passed the TAKS test - now required for graduation - and the average SAT score was 758.
Believing transformation best occurs in the context of relationships, we began Mercy Street with a mentoring program. Following the pattern Christ established by dwelling among those he ministered to, Mercy Street seeks to be “incarnational” in our ministry efforts.
Mercy Street placed its first Mentor Coordinator at George Washington Carver Elementary School. Mentors were recruited from churches around the city to shepherd every child in the 4th and 5th grade of that school. the end of that first year, 85% of the students in the 4th and 5th grade had enrolled in the program.
As we partner with individual schools, our commitment is to take on every incoming 4th grade class. To do that, Mercy Street partners with area churches who provide our mentors. We have also developed a Sports program and Leadership Institute program to further engage with the children and young adults of West Dallas.