Dallas Bethlehem Center Article: A Rise Partnership
December 4, 2017
By Fran Lobpries, Donor Relations Dallas Bethlehem Center
Early education has been at the heart of Dallas Bethlehem Center (DBC) from the beginning. Today, DBC supports programming for 56 children, ranging from six-week old babies to three-year old of toddlers. DBC’s out of school, summer camp, and computer lab classes reach students of all ages with educational support, and we combat food insecurity among children and seniors in the community.
Pre-school aged children who live in South Dallas/Fair Park typically have less than half the vocabulary than their affluent middle-income counterparts. Without significant intervention like FirstChurch’s tutoring at JJ Rhodes, this deficit continues to spiral out of control by fourth grade. With the help of early education, these students test above the national average for middle-income children and are primed for reading readiness!
Community empowerment is the cornerstone of DBC’s work. In 2017, the Rise Fund provided support for the after-school and summer camp programs. Over 100 children were served hot meals, participated in educational programs, experienced a safe environment and the kind of mentorship that leads children to visualize possibilities for themselves. Though these resources are commonplace in many of our own communities, they are scarcity in South Dallas/Fair Park, and we are grateful for FirstChurch’s partnership to help bring equity to education.
On behalf of the Rise Fund Committee, thank you for all who have contributed!
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