Who We Are
Our mission is to create and oversee strategic initiatives that address gaps in services to help meet the needs of our West Dallas neighbors and show the love of Christ. We do this by:
- Encouraging collaboration among our Ministry and Strategic Partners
- Providing networking and raising awareness of West Dallas
- Attracting human and in-kind resources for the benefit of the Community
Our primary goal is to glorify God in everything we do, working towards and praying for every resident to come to know the hope, grace, and redemption found through the sacrifice and love of Jesus Christ.
What is Serve West Dallas?
Serve West Dallas (SWD) is a 501(c)3 gospel-centered nonprofit organization. Our leadership is comprised of 15 West Dallas Ministry Partners, liaisons with local urban and Dallas suburban churches, and several Dallas businessmen. The collective vision is to see a spiritual, economic, social, and physical transformation of West Dallas neighborhoods in zip code 75212, believing that large-scale transformation can only be achieved when people start working together.
Helping nonprofits, churches, businesses and individuals move away from the “silo” and isolated mentality, Serve West Dallas creates, builds, and facilitates collaborative initiatives that maximize and leverage the capacity of community partners in areas such as education, employment, and church mobilization. In addition, SWD strives to strengthen our Ministry Partners by promoting their service opportunities, recruiting volunteers, making connections, identifying in-kind resources, and helping share their stories.
Serve West Dallas as an organization stands on the shoulders of a 30+ year ministry of Pastor Arrvel Wilson and the work of West Dallas Community initiatives, and several faith-based organizations. In 2007, a few West Dallas ministries approached Pastor Wilson, Senior Pastor of West Dallas Community Church, saying it would be hugely beneficial if the faith community could work closer together in West Dallas. From then on, discussions began among West Dallas nonprofits, Christian organizations, community pastors, several Dallas businessmen, and a number of large suburban churches about forming a faith-based collaborative. This new partnership would function under the mantra that “the whole is stronger than the individual parts,” believing that West Dallas could only be transformed if people started working together.
The group believed that the collaborative needed to be strategic, and that all five points below were necessary to be successful:
1) A shared vision for change, along with a joint approach
to solving community problems through agreed upon actions.
2) Initiatives must be measured
3) All participants would not need to do the same thing, but each
participant should undertake the specific set of activities at which it excels,
and then coordinate their actions with the actions of others.
4) Building trust among participating organizations would be essential, a challenge, and would take time.
5) Creating and managing collaboration would require a separate
organization and staff with specific set of skills to serve as the “backbone”
for the collaboration.
In 2009, the collaborative partnership formalized into “Serve West Dallas,” a new 501(c)3 organization.
THE WHOLE IS STRONGER THAN THE INDIVIDUAL PARTS
“God has put the body together … so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”