Annual Report 2011

Incredible Results for Justice Revival in 2011

Who would have expected that this year we would have surpassed the major accomplishments in 2010?

In 2011, the Greater Dallas Justice Revival accomplished three major objectives and fourteen projects. We also launched our movement into two major initiatives for the future: FEED 3 and Homes for Our Neighbors.

Who would have expected that this year we would have surpassed the major accomplishments in 2010?

In 2011, the Greater Dallas Justice Revival accomplished three major objectives and fourteen projects. We also launched our movement into two major initiatives for the future: FEED 3 and Homes for Our Neighbors.

Major Objective # 1: Played a major role in public policy and faith working with our non-profit partners and city officials to place 2000 chronic homeless into housing by the end of this year (Our goal set in 2009 was 700 chronic homeless!) Our Homes for Our Neighbors partnership with Dallas Housing Authority and Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance continues to grow stronger.

Major Objective #2: We are a major voice and force in educating the public about the hunger and poverty landscape in our region. Over one million people having viewed our ads campaign on hunger, we launched the FEED 3 campaign as a major pro-business approach to the hunger landscape, and are co-hosted a major Hunger Summit on November 9 with the Texas No Kid Hungry Campaign, USDA, and Texas Hunger Initiative.

Major Objective # 3: We are a movement. We provide our city officials, churches, colleges, and seminaries, and thousands of individual Christians, with resources and strategies to help them address the critical issues of homelessness, poverty, challenges in our educational system. We are also a voice on biblical justice in dealing with racism and diversity, urban ministry, youth violence, community transformation, and much more.

Please join our movement to change our city today by volunteering or contributing. Thank you for being a part of a biblical justice movement to change our city. DONATE NOW

Randy H. Skinner
Director of Greater Dallas Justice Revival

Local Schools Provided with Hundreds of Coats – Jan -Feb

josh heupelNearly 400 students received brand new coats from donations received at Greater Dallas Justice Revival (GDJR). Local DISD schools receiving coats were Charles Rice Learning Center, Urban Park Elementary, and Pinkston High School. Additional coats were distributed to local non profits working with troubled teens. Other accessories were provided as well such hundreds of hats and gloves for the winter season.  The children received coats during the 2010 and 2011 winter season and attend schools where 93% of the families live in poverty

Super Bowl Outreach and Sexual Trafficking Report - Feb

traffick The Greater Dallas Justice Revival joined other organizations in the metroplex to bring awareness to sex trafficking that touches over 3,000 girls annually in the DFW area. While the weather affected a planned outreach rally at Morningside Chapel near Sundance Square, local youth and adults did share informational tracts with visitors. Law enforcement credited the aggressive outreach by local non profits, churches and weather as the reason sex trafficking had a historic drop during the Super Bowl week.

South Dallas “Poverty Tour” and DMN story on Children - Mar

traffick A three hour tour hosted by the GDJR brought awareness to spiritual leaders, and to the general public after the JR worked with the Dallas Morning News writer Kim Horner about the blight of South Dallas and the more than 1,000 children who sleep on floors, many without electricity and with little food. The DMN story helped bring in more than $22,000 to the SM Wright foundation for mattresses.


“Faith and Public Policy” Forum for Mayoral Candidates – Apr

traffick The Dallas Mayoral candidates appeared at the first “Faith and Public” Policy forum, on April 25, 2011, sponsored by the Greater Dallas Justice Revival. The event was filmed by award winning YouPlusMedia and hosted by nationally recognized talk show host Mark Davis of WBAP.  Davis, who won awards from the Texas Associated Press and Dallas Press Club, helped make a lively discussion assisted by a panel of experts that questioned the candidates about faith, hunger, poverty, homelessness and schools.

Hundreds of Youth Tackle Inner City Poverty – July-Aug

traffickHundreds of inner city youth from Iowa, Georgia, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Texas tackled impoverished areas of West Dallas, Oak Cliff, and Fair Park in a three week blitz. The campaign was in partnership with Greater Dallas Justice Revival and Passport Youth Ministries of Atlanta, Georgia. The projects include painting and repairing four damaged churches that have historic significance in low income communities. Other projects include repairing senior citizens homes out of code compliance, building a new deck at the Jacob House men's home, and landscaping for elderly and first time homeowners.

The three week events during the summer months of July and early August were applauded by numerous local pastors and non-profits.

Inner City Camp w/NFL Coaches- Jubilee Community - Aug

traffickThe 2nd Annual "Day of Champions" football camp touched over 150 inner city students this summer. The camp was run by Josh Heupel's 14 Foundation. Coach Heupel was the quarterback when the University of Oklahoma won the National Championship and is now the quarterback coach for the University of Oklahoma.

The three day camp focused on strength training with 10 training stations dealing with improved skills, quickness, and body positioning. Players will work with some of the top coaches on their skills and positions they play. In addition to the physical training, they were educated on proper nutrition, diabetes, and health issues. Attendees heard lectures on academic skills, character and ethics.

Heat Wave Impacts Poor Families &
FEED 3 Hunger Sites

traffickThe summer heat wave took its greatest toll on senior citizens and young children especially in poor communities. The triple-digit heat claimed over sixteen lives in the area, and threatened many more in poor families living without air conditioning.  The GDJR conducted a education campaign for poor families and provided relief for families without air conditioning as funds allowed.

Non-profits were hit with excessive electrical bills, and the costs impacted the two hunger sites started by the FEED 3 outreach programs that touch nearly 1,000 families each month with supplemental groceries.  The Greater Dallas Justice Revival continued to work with two sites in West Dallas and began working on an additional site in Fair Park.  Additional families received turkeys and groceries during Thanksgiving and Christmas.


DHA & MDHA Partners-Good Neighbors Project at Cliff Manor

Randy SkinnerWhen the City of Dallas planned to place 50 chronic homeless who had been through a year program of recovery into housing at the Dallas Housing Authority property of Cliff Manor, it received major opposition from the local community.

Local Dallas Housing Authority (DHA), MDHA (Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance) officials and Mayor Tom Leppert asked for Greater Dallas Justice Revival Director Randy Skinner to help build community support. Working with the West Dallas/Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce Vice President Randall White, Dallas Baptist Association, and local churches in Oak Cliff, a luncheon was held in 2010 at Cliff Temple Baptist Church. The Homes for Our Neighbors campaign was officially launched by GDJR to bring partner churches along side of the new move-ins to help them succeed.

A new task force was also formed with DHA and MDHA to help with the new PSH residents at Cliff Manor and the local community. Led by the Chamber of Commerce Randall White, this group was incorporated into a new 501c3 to develop a coffee shop and bookstore at the DHA property of Cliff Manor in Oak Cliff. GDJR Exec. Dir. Randy Skinner serves as a founding board member. This was a major victory in winning over the local community that was originally opposed to PSH.

Cliff Temple Baptist Church continued to work with the residents and developed a community garden on site, conducted outreach site visits and bible studies. The Episcopal Diocese partnered with GDJR in its outreach in East Dallas with PSH residents in Lake Highlands working with Councilman Jerry Allen.

Photo or Randy Skinner with local Cliff Manor residents in article by Dallas Observer

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Youth Summit – Aug

traffick Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson  annual youth summit at SMU  was held  with guest speakers Dallas Mayor  Mike Rawlings, CNN Hero Shamsah Dhala, Randy Skinner of Greater Dallas Justice Revival, and Holly Hirshberg of The Dinner Garden movement.  The focus of this year’s youth summit was on hunger.

The annual summit brings together youth leaders from across the Dallas-Ft. Worth region who excel in leadership, school and community engagement and social service.

Three workshops were held in the daylong event which included teaching students about the current hunger crisis in South Dallas, growing food in their own backyard, and how to create social change in impoverished communities. Three weeks later the students were involved in a service project located at an Oak Cliff community garden.

Newly elected Mike Rawlings challenged the students to use their influence to change the culture around them,  CNN Hero Shamash Dhala shared how students could help change the poverty landscape in other nations, while Greater Dallas Justice Revival (GDJR) Director Randy Skinner shared how as servant leaders, the students  could change the hunger landscape of Dallas.

GDJR and Cliff Temple Baptist Church of Oak Cliff hosted the students for a work day project which included working in a local community garden and learning from Master Gardener and Ecological Anthropologist Dr. Don Lambert. PhD.

Hunger Media Campaign

feed3In a partnership with Reynolds Outdoor Media, forty kiosks as available throughout downtown Dallas educated viewers in 2010 and 2011 with a poster depicting a child with a message on hunger and homelessness. An additional three electronic billboards have focused on hunger reaching over one million viewers. The campaign will continue for FEED 3 and Homes for Our Neighbors into 2012. The GDJR is also working with other media PR firms to expand the important message of child hunger.



Urgent Report: Fire Sweeps Apartments Displacing 100 residents - Sept-Oct

traffickOver one hundred residents at Northwest Crossing Apartments, mostly children and teenagers were left homeless after a four-alarm fire destroyed 28 apartment complexes. The residents were woken during the early morning hours after a small child told his mother about smoke coming from the adjoining apartment units.

The fire spread rapidly, leaving the apartment units completely destroyed, with residents losing all their possessions. DISD officials learned of the apartment fire from students attending school without their school uniforms, books, and other clothing. School officials informed the Greater Dallas Justice Revival  (GDJR) of the crisis, after the Red Cross was unable to respond and assist.

The GDJR is currently coordinating churches to adopt the 28 families.

New Partnership with Good Night Sleep Foundation, MDHA, and Homes for Our Neighbors provides beds for families

foodA Good Night Sleep (AGNS), a nonprofit organization based in California, will be providing beds for 50 families at one of our project-based Permanent Supportive Housing SH sites (Bay at Mandalay Apartments).  AGNS’s generous donation is a collaborative effort working with Greater Dallas Justice Revival (Homes for Our Neighbors),  Sleep Experts (local retailer providing 20 twin bed mattresses), Family Gateway (the service provider), and Ladies of Charity (provider of household items).  Volunteers from SMU, Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance, Dallas Housing foodAuthority, and other service organizations will work to unload and place the beds and household items in the apartments on November 3. A Good Night Sleep foundation executive director Josh Helland is a SMU graduate and former Dallas resident.

Hunger Summit Held November 9 at Farmers Market

traffickA major summit on the “hunger landscape” of North Texas was held by major players on the hunger front November 9. Participants included USDA, Texas Dept. of Agriculture, Texas Food Bank Network, Texas Baptists, FEED 3, CitySquare, and the USDA Office of Faith Based Initiatives. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson helped coordinate the event and shared throughout the summit.

The event was the result of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson viewing a video by FEED 3 about the vast hunger challenges and food deserts in the Greater Dallas area. More than 200 leaders gathered for the event which will included local business leaders to help solve the challenges facing impoverished communities.

A “Food Planning Association” will be one of the results of the event, which will include representatives from non profits, government, and local business to help end hunger by 2015. The event is also a new partnership with the Texas No Kid Hungry Campaign launched this year. More than 280,000 children in the Greater Dallas area suffer from hunger. The program included Mayor Mike Rawlings as speaker and was held from 9am to 12 noon at the Farmers Market event center. County Judge Clay Jenkins also shared at the event.

Christmas Outreach in Fair Park Distributed over $50,000 Worth of Toys


More than 10 pallets of toys valued at over $50,000 were distributed December 17 throughout Fair Park area to hundreds of families during the Christmas season. True Lee Missionary Baptist Church served as center stage for area churches located in South Dallas participating during their annual Christmas toy give-away. The toys were a gift to FEED 3/Greater Dallas Justice Revival by an anonymous donor. Volunteer efforts were led by Breakdown Ministries, a partnership based mission group of young adults, who played games with children, handed out gifts, and distributed toys. The annual church service was led by Pastor Don Parrish with special guest speaker
Ron Woodcock.

Please consider giving to our organization to further impact and bring transformation to our region. We need your help to continue bringing critical food and emergency supplies to suffering areas of our city. We have been guaranteed over one million pounds of food product each month if we can guarantee our ability to store, transport, and sustain the quality of the food product (refrigeration). Your donation can help us accomplish more in 2012 through the FEED 3 and Homes for Our Neighbors campaign.

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You can send your contribution by mail to: Greater Dallas Justice Revival/ c/o Strategic Justice Initiatives P.O. Box 222026, Dallas, Texas 75222. Your gift is tax-deductible.

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