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About White Rock Center of Hope



was founded in 1988 by the late Donagene Christian, a member of Central Lutheran Church in East Dallas. Mrs. Christian, inspired by a Bible verse (John 21:17) in which Jesus orders Peter to "Feed my sheep", established the Center with the help of her pastor and 13 area churches in the basement of the Colonial Presbyterian Church on Garland Road.

The White Rock Center of HopeSince most churches constantly received requests for aid, yet did not always have facilities to give as they would have liked, it made good sense to chip in and support a central agency where the needy could go for emergency help.

Donagene Christian became the Center's first Executive Director, a post she filled voluntarily until 1991. The Center was entirely staffed by volunteers from the member churches.

Starting as a food pantry, services have expanded to include clothing, toys, school supplies, rent and utility assistance. By 1999, the Center was feeding over 12,000 needy neighbors a year — 8000 of whom are children — with the support of over fifty churches and several civic organizations. As of December of 2010, over 300,000 people in over 100,000 families have received help and hope from the .

A volunteer Board of Directors elected by representatives of member organizations has continued to control operation.

By 1998 it became apparent that the Center had outgrown its basement quarters and a formal campaign for funds with which to purchase a permanent home began. Sale of the 16,000 square foot property at 10021A Garland Road to the Center was concluded in late 1999 with the aid of many generous gifts both great and small.

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White Rock Center of Hope
10021A Garland Rd.
Dallas, TX  75218

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Latest News
Feeding a Good Cause
Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake collected more than 300 pounds of food and $150 in monetary donations.
EDN Helps the Community
East Dallas Networking Group donated $500 from their funds to White Rock Center of Hope.
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