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Background and History

The ZWHJCOC was incorporated as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization in April 2003 as an extension of the outreach programs of St. Luke "Community" United Methodist Church, under the direction of Dr. Zan W. Holmes, Jr., who served as senior pastor for 29 years. St. Luke is an effective leader in Dallas, particularly in the South Dallas/Fair Park communities, and a contributor to outreach ministries that encourage economic and community development. The ZWHJCOC has intentionally developed programs that build on Dr. Holmes’ legacy, to further St. Luke's work and embody the highest ideals of Christian service.

 

Vision

Engaging Dallas families living in poverty with the opportunity to become middle-class citizens.

 

Who we serve 

ZWHJCOC services young people and their families living in poverty, with an emphasis on South Dallas and the Southeastern sector of Dallas.
 

Programs and Services

Frazier House: The Dallas Independent School District's Julia C. Frazier Elementary School campus in South Dallas is currently undergoing renovation and redesign to become Frazier House. On schedule to open in 2018, Frazier House is a shared space that offers adult education programs, skills training, job placement, and coordinated social services. This type of facility is a first-of-its-kind in North Texas.

Dream Academy: The Dr. Allen R. Sullivan Dream Academy positions adults for a successful transition into the workforce and enhances parental engagement through ESL classes, computer skills training, high school equivalency testing, and class participation.

 

Goals and Objectives

  • Increasing literacy rates among adults in South Dallas targeted zip codes by 25% 
  • Providing job skills to target audiences
  • Connecting target audiences with strategic partners for higher education and social service needs
  • Providing students with experience and well-paying jobs for a sustainable livelihood
  • Participating in rebuilding and expanding African-American professional businesses in South Dallas
  • Increasing the number of District 9 students in Dallas ISD’s dual credit program by 35%

As people of faith, we should always continue to work to lift those who find themselves in difficult situations.
— Dr. Zan W. Holmes, Jr.