UPUMC Core Missions
A core mission of UPUMC is a mission that UPUMC staff and congregation are directly involved in using our resources, time, prayers, and gifts. All core missions require a mission liaison. Currently, UPUMC has 12 core missions. Each of these missions are focused on for one month and receive MAD Money during this month. UPUMC supports other missions through lay leadership that are considered specialty missions.
'For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.' Matthew 25:35-36
Not Home Alone (NHA) is an educational enrichment program for latchkey children attending James B. Bonham Elementary and John K. Kennedy schools in East Dallas. The program serves up to 30 children from grades K-6, ages 5 through 12. Most of the participants are Hispanic. A large majority of the families in the area are economically disadvantaged, with the parents employed in low income jobs. The focus of the program is to target the children who would otherwise be home alone, unsupervised and at-risk.
Amigos Days is a hands-on ministry of the United Methodist Church andPeople Helping People (a City of Dallas Housing Revitalization Program). We partner with inner-city Methodist Host Churches to repair and restore homes to make a positive difference in their neighborhoods. Amigos Days is a clear example of "Rethinking Church."
Austin Street Center (ASC) provides safe shelter and meets the basic needs of the most vulnerable homeless. It has become nationally recognized for its unique therapeutic program for the homeless. Not only does the Center offer safe, clean shelter and an evening meal for over 300 men and women each night, but it provides substance abuse treatment, medical and psychiatric care, adult rehabilitation, a transitional living facility for clients who qualify, and a beautiful interdenominational Chapel.
Christ's Foundry, formerly known as the Bachman Foundry, is a mission United Methodist Church. In 2001 the North Texas Conference decided to plant a new church in a Hispanic neighborhood in Dallas, Texas. Christ's Foundry continues to grow and in 2007 began a capital campaign with the goal to build a new building to house Christ's Foundry. The future site of Christ's Foundry is located at the intersection of Webb Chapel Road and Park Lane.
Dallas Bethlehem Center is dedicated to being the success readiness center for school and life in its South Dallas service area through faith-based programs built on parent and community partnerships. As a faith-based mission of the United Methodist Church North Texas Conference, Dallas Bethlehem Center believes Acts 1:4-8 to be a just image and model for how God seeks to empower people to be their own source for solutions. True acts of transformation and change are enacted when all people within a community are seeking to be a spiritually transforming act of renewal for themselves and the neighborhood around them. Living out the scriptures today, DBC seeks to be a conduit for community solution minded people to connect, support, encourage and follow potential leaders living in DBC’s service area to be the transformational act of renewal we need.
Lydia Patterson Institute (LPI) is committed to providing an environment in which Christian faith, values and knowledge converge to give students a cross-cultural, academic and state-of-the-art education, by creating opportunities to develop skills to succeed and transform a changing world. Over 400 young men and women that attend LPI, a majority of whom are from Ciudad Juarez, continue to be educated in a challenging academic environment while being nurtured in Christian values. LPI was one of the first schools in the US to emphasize the teaching of English as a Second Language in 1921 and to then merge students into the appropriate grade level to put them on the path toward graduation from high school.
North Dallas Shared Ministries (NDSM) is a cooperative effort of 52 congregations that combine resources to efficiently deliver effective and appropriate assistance to Dallas’ poorest individuals and families. Since their founding, they have overwhelmingly relied on volunteers – over 500 at present – to fulfill their mission. These charitable efforts are supported by four main services to help low-income people assume as much responsibility for their lives as they are able: to provide appropriate emergency assistance, to help them access entitlement, to help them achieve long-term stability, promote their wellness and financial independence through community programs, and develop resource materials that can lead them to additional services and support.
ODIM (Organization for the Development of the Indigenous Maya) Guatemala operates two medical clinics, a dental clinic, programs to fight infant malnutrition and diabetes, health education seminars, as well as student scholarship and learning reinforcement programs in the communities of San Pablo and San Juan on Lake Atitlan. ODIM (“O-deem” in Spanish) welcomes medical, dental and construction teams from other countries and invests in the lives of 44 local staff who make a difference in the community year-round.
The mission of Project Transformation (PT) is to engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, to support underserved children and families, and to connect churches to communities in need. Project Transformation provides two primary services: (1) Socially conscious leadership training and ministry exploration for college-aged interns; and (2) Academic, health, spiritual, and recreational programming for children and youth in the North Texas area.
Proyecto Abrigo was founded in 1996 by Rev. Jose Luis Portillo in Tierra Nueva, Mexico. Since then, over 7,000 homes, two churches, a medical clinic, and a vocational school have been built to serve the poorer communities outside of Juarez, Mexico. The houses, built of cinderblock, measure 12′ by 24′ and have a cement floor. Each team is aided by maestros, who show the team how to mix the mortar and cement and lay the blocks. The family, when able, often helps the team with the building of their new home. At the end of the week, the team and family participate in a house dedication.
Union is changing the typical coffee shop model into a hub of generosity in the city of Dallas. Over time, they have attracted a large customer base of people who want to do good things in Dallas. Union experiments with three key things: generationally-specific ministry, alternative means of sustainability, and innovative forms of community engagement. On all fronts, Union is quickly becoming a leader in the United Methodist Church and beyond. General Agencies, church planters and candidates for ministry frequently seek the results of Union’s work for the good of the church.
Wesley-Rankin Community Center (WR) is a United Methodist mission serving Dallas for more than 112years; specifically in West Dallas for 78 of those years. First as a settlement house in downtown, then joiningforces with Hattie Rankin to bring a mission of hope and compassion through education, Wesley-Rankin hasa long history of transformation through education and caring relationships. Today, dedicated staff andvolunteers continue this legacy. WRCC operates seven core programs to address multigenerational needs andprovide a “whole-family” approach to community restoration and transformation.