discipleship ministry for the homeless OurCalling is a discipleship ministry for the homeless. We are a 501c3 non profit that serves the unsheltered homeless community throughout Dallas County.
We filled almost 5,000 volunteer positions in 2014 and serve 365 days each year.
Our primary focus is evangelism and discipleship among the poorest people in Dallas county. We don't bus people to church, we bring the church to them. We serve in over 100 locations including over 90 homeless camps, shelters, coffee shops and apartment complexes.
Mission: Our calling is to glorify God by leading homeless people to Christ and by making disciples on the streets.
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We are seeing first hand how this pandemic is impacting the community, perhaps the most difficult ones to see are the women and children. To meet the growing need we are opening our brand new women’s center, to proved a place of safety, ministry and to help them navigate off of the street.
We got to meet the kids of @saumc_preteen on a zoom call to talk about how they can make a difference in the lives of our homeless neighbors through the Gospel... See if you can spot the OC team member!
Shelters are completely full. And Pastor Wayne Walker from OurCalling says this population is being ignored, as other city needs to take priority.
This week Pastor Walker distributed the following letter to Mayor Eric Johnson, Dallas City Council members, and city staff:
Needless to say, COVID-19 and our crushing economy have created a perfect storm for a tidal wave of poverty. Here’s a quick overview along with a long-term plan OurCalling has devised to begin addressing the issue:
HOMELESSNESS IS RAMPING UP. Approximately 10,000 men and women are homeless, another 300,000 people in Dallas/Fort Worth live below the poverty level, and thousands of newly unemployed face uncertainty about housing as bills pile up. Further, the number of homeless encampments are increasing in every Council district.
Unfortunately, the city is not equipped to accommodate the surge of residents – not only adults but also children – who will soon lack a roof over their heads.
FAMILIES IN SEARCH OF FOOD. OurCalling is providing services to a growing number of families who aren’t homeless yet – but have no money for food.
NO ROOM AT SHELTERS. Dallas homeless shelters are beyond capacity, full to the brim, turning people away each night. Social-distancing requirements have significantly reduced space, and none of the shelters are accepting single adults without a quarantine period.
WHERE TO QUARANTINE? Until recently, homeless men and women quarantined at the Dallas Convention Center, but it closed August 15. Even if it had remained open, the Convention Center wouldn't be sufficient for the approaching deluge.
NO CITY SERVICES FOR THE UNSHELTERED. As temperatures climb to dangerous levels, our city offers no available public bathrooms, no dignified options for basic human needs, no room in shelters, and no affordable housing.
LESS SHELTER BEDS THAN 10 YEARS AGO. Compounding the problem is that there were fewer available shelter beds in January of this year than 10 years ago!
A HOMELESS PROBLEM YEARS IN THE MAKING. For decades, our city has ignored the infrastructure needs to meet the escalating demands resulting from a booming population and disheartening poverty rate.
At the brink of the pandemic, OurCalling sprung into action, teaming up with 80 partners who work with the homeless community throughout D/FW. Together, they’ve tackled everything from treatment of substance abuse to medical and mental health, to PPE protection, hand washing and sanitation stations, and meals to go. With a lack of available local resources for those experiencing homelessness OurCalling is pivoting, creating a first-of-its-kind program placement process for those suffering from substance abuse complete with wraparound services, including job training.
OurCalling also continues to empower homeless men and women by expanding the capabilities of its high-tech app, therein eliminating the digital divide and providing otherwise inaccessible data to those who need it most.
But there’s only so much OurCalling can do with their limited resources. That’s why they’ve developed a proactive, long-term approach to not only reduce the number of people on the streets but change their lives in meaningful and sustainable ways:
Hire and deploy 10 additional Search & Rescue teams to respond to the 650-plus homeless encampments reported each month throughout Dallas
Begin placing individuals into long-term programs not only in Dallas but across the country
Purchase a hotel and transform it into permanent supportive housing with full wrap-around services
Opening OurCalling’s new Women’s Center for those who have often dealt with sexual and physical abuse (Open early September)
Many people see homeless men and women and want to help in some way. Public support will advance this issue and boost the private funding needed to implement the plan.
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Come hang out with the OC team and our friends @icrdiscovery at their museum anniversary event. All proceeds from planetarium ticket sales will go towards our mission.
Luke 10:2 “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few”
Volunteer with us by going to serve.ourcalling.org
@watermarkhealth has been faithfully partnering with us through this pandemic, by providing medical care for our homeless guest.
We love them, but more importantly, our homeless friends love them! Thank you @watermarkchurch you’re amazing!
We had someone reach out who wanted to do something for the homeless with his grandchildren. They decided to put together some food bags for our Search & Rescue teams, and delivered them today.
We are always encouraged when families come together to help our homeless friends.
#oc_covid #realitycheckdfw @ OurCalling
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. - Matthew 5:6
Volunteer with confidence and compassion - https://mailchi.mp/ourcalling/volunteer-with-confidence-and-compassion
Hope around the corner - https://mailchi.mp/ourcalling/hope-around-the-corner-3165606
Transformative relationships with unsheltered and transitional homeless.
Wayne Walker and Bill Hendricks discuss homeless ministry, focusing on how to help in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
01:56 - How COVID-19 has affected homeless ministry
07:04 - Issues in food shortage
09:24 - How individuals can help during this time
17:26 - How to use gifting to help those in need
23:52 - How to help people whose basic needs are unmet
31:25 - Meeting specific needs for homeless people
36:06 - Serving in unprecedented times
41:10 - How disasters disproportionally affect the homeless
voice.dts.edu In this episode, Bill Hendricks and Wayne Walker discuss homeless ministry, focusing on how to help in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
James was the victim of a broken home and quickly found himself drinking to escape his reality. He soon began traveling from state to state with the fair, working the games. His fast-paced lifestyle ended when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, leaving him with no job and only a few bucks in his pocket. He had found made his way to Texas to find somewhere to stay. Along the way, he was robbed of all of his belongings and found himself sleeping outside of a Walmart. Lying there drunk, he began to feel sick and cried out loud, “I need to stop drinking!” He managed to get up and walk to the hospital by himself.
James was released from the hospital five days later and was sent to the only accessible shelter in Dallas, the convention center. On April 27th, frustrated, hopeless, and angry, James followed a new friend to OurCalling to receive some resources for the first time. Once arriving, he met Bobby, an OurCalling care minister who invited him to keep coming.
He continued to come to OurCalling and began listening to sermons. He experienced the continued love shown by staff, welcoming him with open arms, and after a few days, Nick, another care minister, gave a powerful sermon that graced James and drew him in to receive prayer. After their prayer and meeting, Nick welcomed James in a way that impacted him like never before: he greeted him by his name. James immediately felt his spirit of loneliness and isolation shatter; he felt loved.
Upon the continual grace of God being shown through Nick and other care ministers to James, he decided to give his life to the Lord. A few days later, James was surrounded by the OurCalling staff and was baptized. He continues to walk with Christ as he now serves at OurCalling, ministering to those who come to us just like he did.
“People don’t realize what a treasure this is, this church. It isn’t about the food or the showers, every day staff come out here and fight for people’s souls with love.” - James-
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If you download the OurCalling App you can help our Search & Rescue teams identify and reach those experiencing homelessness. Just search the word “homeless” in the App Store. @ Dallas, Texas
One of our Search and Rescue teams will visit more than a thousand locations each year. Brining the hope of Jesus along with tangible recourse to help them transition off the streets.
This year we hope to add more search and rescue teams to help meet the needs of the growing homeless population.
OurCalling is to glorify God by leading homeless people to Christ and by making disciples on the street.
Today we will love our neighbor, we will create new relationships, we will care for those who have no home, today we will make Jesus known.
Donate at OurCalling.org/donate and go to OurCalling.org/volunteer to get involved.
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Transformative Relationships with Homeless People
voice.dts.edu In this episode, Bill Hendricks and Wayne Walker discuss how to minister to the unsheltered, focusing on the importance of evangelizing and discipling homeless people. Note: This interview was recorded before March 2020.
Pastor Wayne Walker interviewed Pastor Rodney Lara in a candid and honest discussion about race and what we can learn from each other.
Pastor Wayne Walker interviewed Pastor Rodney Lara in a candid and honest discussion about race and what we can learn from each other. In the video we refere...
Big Al's Smokehouse Barbecue
Today, we made a special delivery of 500 lbs of Q, all for OurCalling. They do awesome work offering support and resources to Dallas homeless. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful resource in our community.
Our new friend Chef @peja011 owner of @mothaibadallas donated lunch today for our homeless neighbors.
Thank you @capitalone for sponsoring the meals, thank you to the kitchen staff at Mot Hai Ba, and a very special thank you to Chef Peja Krstic.
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Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance
This morning, we are participating in the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center’s training on serving underserved populations. David Gruber, our Development and Communications Director, presented on Ending Homeless Together. Martha Thrash, of our wonderful CoC member organization, OurCalling, is now presenting the “boots on the ground” perspective.
With hearts full of gratitude and eyes full of tears, we are excited to announce that we have already met our goal!!!! On behalf of our homeless community, thank you. It is your generosity that has allowed us to stay on the front lines with effective ministry during this time.
If you didn’t get a chance to give yet, you can still give to this campaign until the end of the day.
Visit www.ourcalling.org/covid to help. #oc_covid #realitycheckitdfw #realitycheckit #ntxgivingtuesdaynow
@watermarkhealth joins us today to offer medical services during COVID-19. We are so thankful for our partnership with @watermarkchurch
Visit www.ourcalling.org/covid to help. #oc_covid #realitycheckitdfw #realitycheckit #ntxgivingtuesdaynow
Would you consider joining OurCalling on this amazing 1:1 giving opportunity? North Texas Giving Day is hosting a special giving event and we have a match opportunty available now. #GivingTuesdayNow https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/ourcalling
We are able to send our Search & Rescue teams out to work with our most isolated homeless community because of your support! Today you can go to ourcalling.org/covid to help. #oc_covid #realitycheckitdfw #realitycheckit #ntxgivingtuesdaynow
You can give today to help us reach our $100,000 matching gift! North Texas Giving Day is doing a special COVID-19 Response to help us raise funds to make it through this difficult time. If you visit www.northtexasgivingday.org/ourcalling (link in bio) you can give today to help meet a very important need. @ OurCalling
Thanks to your generosity, we brought more new socks and underwear to OurCalling today!
Serving during COVID-19 hasn’t been easy, it hasn’t been fun, but it has been our honor to love, protect, and support our most vulnerable neighbors. Although food donations have significantly decreased, and volunteer numbers have been limited, we have been able to serve even more people. By the grace of God, the ministry continues as we walk arm in arm with our homeless neighbors through this difficult season.
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Shaddock Caldwell Builders & Developers
During these uncertain times, we are so proud of our team to come together to give to our community. Shaddock Caldwell and individual team members made a donation to OurCalling and North Texas Food Bank.
McGill Ricks Charitable
What a joy it is to be a part of the solution
There are thousands of individuals experiencing homelessness in Dallas. Most aren't in shelters, are over 40 years old, and suffer trauma and abuse beyond your worst nightmares. They need more than food, clothes, shelter, housing and a job. They need love, acceptance, and a healthy community to embrace them. They need to be listened to, learned from, and engaged. They need a place to escape the weather, a friend to laugh with, and a family to accept them.
OurCalling is a grass roots movement in Dallas. We are called to lead people to Christ and make disciples on the streets. We value dignity, innovation, wholeness, collaboration, and above all - the Gospel. We help people survive and recovery from the a life on the streets. We also partner with lots of different agencies that work together to break the cycle of homelessness.
As a Christian organization, we don't bus people to church. We bring the church to them. All of our faith based programs are voluntary, and we show the love of Christ to everyone we meet. We visit over 1,000 locations throughout Dallas, and operate an outreach center in Downtown Dallas. We are joined by corporations, businesses, churches and utilize thousands of volunteers each year.
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