I have this thing in the alley behind my house. It's big-- almost four feet tall & nearly three feet wide. It's gray and plastic and has a lid. Oh and it's on wheels! You guessed it. It's a trash can! You have one as well, yes? Once a week this magical thing happens where a large truck shows up, a few nice gentlemen empty my trash can and recycling bin, & we all go on with our lives.Read More
What's that? You're confused? You thought "Ralph Lauren" and "homeless" were mutually exclusive? Well, think again. And I'm not just referring to Bobby's Polo Sport jacket.Read More
A few weeks ago, we held our fourth Street-Side Salon. It was my favorite to date. Not because it went smoothly-- it didn't (I wouldn't call searching for an outdoor electrical outlet behind a dumpster for an hour "smooth"). But because out of all the community events, it felt the least like an actual event.Read More
Written by Elissa Romines
What do pottery, a haircut, and a pack of Black & Milds all have in common?
You can find them all in South Dallas this week! The first two are courtesy of The Human Impact; the last is just more of a mainstay in the neighborhood.Read More
I met "Charles" under the bridge about a month ago. We were in Tent City with the goal of recruiting someone with construction experience to help us build a bench for the neighborhood. Elisabeth began speaking to someone about the bench project, and all of the sudden I found myself having a conversation with Charles, completely off course from my original intent.Read More
One time in South Dallas a bird pooped on my head.
I thought it was a raindrop, which looking back seems odd considering every pigeon in the metroplex was hovering over me. Sweet hindsight. Always 20/20.
As I talked with a woman on the sidewalk, I casually swept over the raindrop with my hand.
By swept I mean smeared. And by raindrop I mean bird poop.
One day over Christmas break my Bible study leader Gillian texted in our group text asking if anyone wanted to hang out with the homeless the next day. I agreed partly because I had no plans and partly because I was intrigued by the idea just "hanging out" with homeless people. In the past, I've done things like making care packages or grocery shopping for those in need but I had never had a direct, personal interaction witRead More
Our first Community Day was held on a beautiful December Saturday, as only Dallas could offer. New friendships were formed; a birthday was celebrated; prayers were prayed; hearts were warmed; bodies clothed; coffee drunk; cake eaten.Read More