Dallas Bethlehem Center, Inc.

A nonprofit organization

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Founded in 1948, Dallas Bethlehem Center is a community center that supports families living in our South Dallas/Fair Park neighborhood.  Our three pillars of service are Education, Health & Wellness, and Technology.  From food distribution through the Bethlehem Market to Early Childhood Programming, DBC is focused on helping our community thrive.  

We are located in South Dallas near Fair Park in the Queen City Heights Historic District.  Our facility is in the middle of a residential neighborhood near the symbolic intersection of Malcom X Blvd. and Martin Luther King Hwy.   Each year, we serve over 13,000 local community members.  Our priority neighborhoods are the 75215 and 75210 zip codes, however we will not turn anyone away if they have a need for services. 

Please click on the Programs tab above to see more details and pictures of our programming.  Thank you!

Dallas Bethlehem Center is grateful for our anonymous donor who has issued a $15,000 match for any funds raised during our North Texas Giving Day campaign!  Your donation is doubled up to $15,000!  Please donate today!

Our Programs

Education – 

Early Childhood Education – Offered in partnership with ChildCareGroup, DBC has up to 56 children between the ages of 6 weeks to 3 years onsite from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm five days a week.  Almost half our facility space is dedicated to helping these young minds grow and prepare for kindergarten. 

Adult Education – DBC offers adult education opportunities throughout the year.  These sessions are often hosted by partner agencies and include topics of interest to our neighbors. For example, an upcoming session will be focused on providing resources to grandparents who are raising their grandkids.  Other topics have included: financial literacy, Banking 101, domestic violence, effective parenting, healthy food preparation and more.

Youth – DBC provides two hot meals a week for hungry children in our neighborhood. We also utilize volunteers to provide homework assistance to students during our Family Dinner evenings (Tuesday and Wednesday).


Health and Wellness - 

Food Pantry – DBC provides supplemental meal support through our food pantry distribution.  Last year we served over 13,000 people through our pantry services. We are a CDP (Community Distribution Partner) with Crossroads (a hub of the North Texas Food Bank). With a focus on distributing healthy food items, DBC often supplements what we receive from Crossroads with healthy protein sources. We also work in partnership with Lovers’ Lane United Methodist Church to distribute almost 100,000 pounds of fresh produce each year.  In August 2023, DBC moved to a client choice based food pantry.   The Bethlehem Market allows clients to shop for what they need/want and leave what they don't for other families.  The Market is open both weekday and evening hours.  





Community Garden  - Restarted this year after being dormant for 4 years, our community garden offers a place for residents and volunteers to join together in planting, harvesting and tending vegetables, flowers and fruits.  Produce grown in the garden is used in our on-site cooking classes and is also distributed to our neighbors. 




Community Events – It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a community to support each member!  DBC is, at its heart, a community center focused on helping our community thrive.  We hold numerous community events throughout the year that are focused on both providing much-needed services, but also on providing a place to gather and belong. In the spring we host “Eggstravaganza,” in the summer we have a Back to School Fair, in the fall we provide a Community Fair with free mammograms, a children's area, and other services, and in the winter we host an Angel Tree event for all of the children in our neighborhood.


Technology – 

DBC offers a small computer lab to provide internet access for our community.

Giving Activity


Dallas Bethlehem Center supports families living in our South Dallas/Fair Park neighborhood through education, health & wellness programs and technology supports.


VOLUNTEERS - DBC needs volunteers to assist with our NEW Choice-Based Food Pantry. Volunteers are needed to re-stock shelves on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 4 pm. Volunteers between 12-17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult volunteer. Volunteers are also needed to check clients in/out and support our seniors and differently-abled clients as they shop. Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4pm to 7pm and Thursdays from 9am to 4pm. Volunteers between 12-17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult volunteer.

VOLUNTEERS - Volunteers are needed to help us prepare and serve FAMILY DINNERS each week. Family Dinners are FREE meals for low-income families in our neighborhood. In addition to a hot meal, we also provide homework support for elementary students in our neighborhood. Volunteers are needed Tuesday and Wednesdays from 4pm to 7pm. Volunteers between 12-17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult volunteer.

VOLUNTEERS - Volunteers are needed to help in our Community Garden. Weekend hours available. Volunteers between 12-17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult volunteer.

FOOD - Last year we served over 13,000 people through our food distribution program. We need food supplies, especially protein items (peanut butter, tuna, canned chicken etc.), easy to-go items for our homeless population, and small snack items for children.

SHELVING - The Bethlehem Market, a client choice based food pantry, needs sturdy, heavy duty metal shelving. Donations of gently used metal shelving or new metal shelving will help us continue to expand the Market.

Example: https://www.uline.com/BL_368/Stainless-Steel-Wire-Shelving?keywords=shelf

FREEZER - DBC lost a storage freezer due to age last month. We are in need of a commercial freezer to store food products that are distributed to our neighbors. Bonus Points if the freezer has glass doors for easier client viewing of our products. This extra freezer space allows us to be a Retail Partner with NTFB and receive frozen meats and other items for our neighbors.

Example: https://www.webstaurantstore.com/beverage-air-fb72hc-5g-75-vista-series-three-section-glass-door-reach-in-freezer-69-cu-ft/185FB72HC5G.html

REFRIGERATOR - DBC needs commercial refrigerated storage for distribution of products received from local grocery stores, including dairy and fresh fruits. Bonus Points if the refrigerator has glass doors for easier client viewing of our products.

Example: https://www.webstaurantstore.com/avantco-gdc-40-hc-48-black-swing-glass-door-merchandiser-refrigerator-with-led-lighting/178GDC40HCB.html

FAMILY AND CHILD-BASED ACTIVITIES - During our FAMILY DINNERS on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, we want to provide a Kid's Korner and a Teen Area in our gymnasium. We need: a gently used foldable ping pong table; a gently used or new foos-ball table; teen games, several new or very gently used PlayScool play houses and/or other toddler age play structures.

Example: https://www.amazon.com/Little-Tikes-Cape-Cottage-Blue/dp/B084L27VKP/ref=sr_1_6?crid=3Z0PD5HUFGEI&keywords=playskool+house&qid=1692214013&sprefix=playskool+house%2Caps%2C143&sr=8-6&ufe=app_do%3Aamzn1.fos.18ed3cb5-28d5-4975-8bc7-93deae8f9840

Please email Annette at admin@dallasbethlehemcenter.org to schedule individual or group volunteer opportunities.

Please email Jami.Russell@dallasbethlehemcenter.org to donate any of the items listed.

Equity Statement

Dallas Bethlehem Center Equity Statement

At the Dallas Bethlehem Center, we are committed to creating an environment that values diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunities within our organization, as well as within our partnering organizations and the communities we serve. As a community impact organization, we serve all families in the Fair Park and South Dallas area, regardless of race, ethnicity, or creed, because we belive in welcoming to our center anyone who reaches out to us for assistance.

Organization Data


Organization name

Dallas Bethlehem Center, Inc.

Tax id (EIN)




Hunger, Food Access & Nutrition, Community Improvement, Education - Early Childhood

Operating Budget

$250,000 - $499,999

Counties Served


BIPOC Serving

Black or African American

Equity Statement

Equity Statement


4410 Leland Ave.
Dallas, TX 75215