We are a group of Christians that desire to see God glorified and the neighborhood of West Dallas transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Mercy Street works in historically under-resourced communities where residents face specific obstacles and challenges through no fault of their own. We believe all people experience poverty, whether economic or spiritual. If “poverty is the absence of Shalom in all its meanings,” (Meyers), then we believe poverty in this sense of the word has manifested in Dallas and led to brokenness of relationships and an absence of peace.
We disciple through one-on-one mentoring, sports leagues, and the Leadership Institute. Through these avenues, students are equipped with opportunities to be future leaders in their community. Likewise, friends of Mercy Street will experience mutual transformation as we love our neighbors: wanting the same for them as we want for ourselves. We envision transformed, peaceful communities and the elimination of spiritual poverty.
Why West Dallas?
34% of the population is living below the poverty line.
9.6% of the population is unemployed, almost double the state’s unemployment rate.
51.6% of the population has a high school diploma, compared to 81.6% of the state’s population.
25.2% of 18-24 year olds are enrolled in college or graduate school.
951 violent and non-violent crimes occurred in 2014.
Data from the SMU Core & Budd Center’s 2016 Community Indicators Report.
What We've Achieved
From 2003 - 2019, over 1,100 mentee/mentor matches
12,000 collective mentoring hours served each year
7 local schools currently in partnership
Over 600 players and 90 coaches participating in baseball, softball, soccer, and football
Over 35 high school students in discipleship groups
Generous funding from The Crystal Charity Ball to enable South Dallas expansion
Launched Mercy Street mobile app