Every Child Deserves a Future


Around the corner from million-dollar residences and upscale shopping and dining sits North Dallas High School, where one out of eight students is without a home. Not surprising when you consider that Dallas County has the highest rate of children living in poverty in the state. But if you’re like most residents you’re shocked by these statistics and question how you couldn’t have known before now. The answer is simple: It’s a hidden problem.

For most, homelessness evokes images of adults begging on street corners. So it’s no surprise that teens without a consistent home don’t identify as such, but rather describe their situation as something closer to bouncing around hotels with friends. They work hard at blending in and disappearing into the communities they inhabit. Incarnation House does more than serve as the eyes of this community. It serves as its heart.

It was inconceivable that a fifteen-year-old girl could be homeless and alone on the streets of Dallas. But that was the startling realization made by one of the parish members of Church of the Incarnation when she was paired with the child through an outreach program. Was this an isolated event? As members of the church investigated, a shocking fact was revealed. There are more than 3,000 homeless students in DISD, nearly 200 of which attend North Dallas High School, which is directly across the street from the church.

In 2012, Church of the Incarnation helped to create and operate a drop-in program at North Dallas High School for students who had no place to call home or were at risk of becoming homeless. The program was designed to provide immediate needs such as food, school supplies, uniforms, and toiletries. On average, the drop-in program, which is still in operation today, supports 50 kids. It was in the weekly interactions between the volunteers and kids that a greater need was identified, and subsequently, a great opportunity for the community.

It was common to see students that visited the drop-in program wearing the same dirty uniform day after day. They would ask for an extra helping at breakfast to eat for dinner or to give to a sibling. But they needed more than just material things, they needed access to a network of community leaders – those willing to provide the resources and time to help these kids discover their full potential and develop the essential life skills needed to break free from the cycle of abuse and poverty. Thus, Incarnation House was born as its own 501©3 organization – ready to provide a consistent and stable environment for these kids.

They come from backgrounds of poverty, neglect, and abuse. Although their nights are filled with anxiety and uncertainty over where they will sleep or where they will get their next meal, every morning they rise with the goal to get to school – to get an education, yes, but also to get to a safe place if for even 7 hours. Incarnation House works to extend the walls of that safe place with after-school programming designed to provide physical, educational, and emotional support. Because these kids deserve what every child deserves – a future.

Incarnation House is located at the north end of the church campus on Elizabeth Street in a building anonymously donated by a parish family. That gift will also serve as the Outreach Center that houses the church’s Mission & Outreach team, providing much needed office, storage, and work space as they continue to identify needs in our surrounding community and beyond.

To find out more or how to get involved visit: incarnationhouse.org or contact Laura at






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Plaid Door Ministry

Looking for a place to make a meaningful donation of gently worn clothing or household goods? Take them to the Plaid Door at St. Luke’s in Dallas where items are sold and the money goes to church ministry and local charities.

The store, which opened in1953 and is operated by volunteers, does not actually have a plaid door. And sometimes people come in to shop and others to pray.

“We have some regulars who come by with a prayer request,” Deacon Rosemary Trei said. “They come in to connect and get support.”

The shop takes donations Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and take consignments from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday and Saturday of the month, and also the last Saturday of the month. The items are on consignment for 60 days. After that, the items not sold may be picked up, otherwise they become store property and are marked down. All clothing must be clean, pressed, in season and in style.

In December, the stop hosted refugee women from Gateway of Grace ministry offering them an entire outfit free of cost. “Most of the women were from the Middle East and it was amazing,” Trei said. “There were smiles everywhere. They were so excited to show each other what they got.”

A portion of the profits from the shop are distributed to St. Luke’s and “support us in beautiful ways, such as outreach, evangelism and music ministries,” Trei said. Money from the store also goes to North Dallas Shared Ministries, Brighter Tomorrows, Hope Cottage, Homeless Veterans Ministries, Friend of the Military and needy families. Clothing that does not get sold goes to Gladewater Baptist Church and the Homeless Veteran’s Ministry. For more information call 214-368-2016.


This blog aims to highlight mission and outreach in EDOD parishes