Give & Go: South Dallas

Nestled in a nook just below Downtown Dallas sits Cornerstone Heights. You immediately recognize that this is South Dallas, with streets that seem strangely barren as you pass wide vacant lots, questionable establishments, and boarded up stores that signify a largely forgotten place.

But looks can be deceiving. At the head of that same neighborhood sits Cornerstone Baptist Church – and with it, an untold story of how God is using an inner-city church to lead others – including Watermark – in serving their neighborhood’s men and women, boys and girls. While we outsiders so easily focus on the need (and the need is great), these South Dallas leaders see potential, promise, and beauty in the amazing people and these very streets. When we enter the story, we can see the beauty too.

See the Stories

South Dallas Team

...These are everyday stories of many of our South Dallas friends. The community we connect with, Cornerstone Heights, is only a few miles from the Watermark Dallas campus – but it can seem a world apart.

Cornerstone Crossroads Academy

Does it ever "make sense" to gather as many dropped-out, burnt-out, or at-risk inner-city high schoolers under the same roof? It does if they can be a family - and if there's the chance to step together beyond their pasts. ...

"I have seen humanity broken down"

I’d been in a busy season as a parent, but our children were getting older, and I wanted to do something outside of myself. ... I wanted to love people like Jesus did. My husband and I started looking for a place to serve...

The Setting of the Story

Interstate 45 out of Downtown quickly reaches Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard - and the world of South Dallas. Take a right, and you're in Cornerstone Heights. How far outside of your neighborhood... and outside of your comfort zone?

Serve This Season

CCA Adopt-a-Student: through Sunday, December 13

Serve with your community group, friends or colleagues by supporting at-risk students at Cornerstone Crossroads Academy. Provide some basics (socks, toiletries, etc) along with one item from a student “wish list” for each student. Click here for info and signup. (G)

Lunch for South Dallas Residents: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Work alongside Cornerstone Baptist Church members to serve lunch to their neighbors on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Volunteers are needed at 9:30am so please reach out to Rachel at for information and next steps.

Bring Lunch to CCA Students: Weekdays until semester ends

Invest in students and serve the staff of Cornerstone Crossroads Academy by serving with your community group, friends or colleagues to bring the students and staff a school day lunch. Opportunities available M-F at 11:45AM. Email Brandie Burkhalter at or call 214-426-3282 for details and questions. (G)

After-school Program with South Dallas Kids: Weekday afternoons

If you have a heart to serve kids, Cornerstone Afterschool Program assists children (K-6th) with homework, projects, and mentoring. Opportunities are available Monday – Thursday 3:00pm-6:00pm. Email Andra Johnson at for more information and next steps.

Bible Club with South Dallas Kids: Saturday mornings

Serve with C-Kids on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm and provide a caring environment where kids can learn Christian principles using a Bible Club format. You can teach Bible lessons, serve lunch, or participate in recreation activities by contacting Karen Hawkins at (G) (F)

Meals for South Dallas Residents: 2nd Saturday of each month

Serve with Cornerstone Kitchen to prepare and serve meals for the homeless while also building relationships with individuals. Opportunities are available on the 2nd Saturday each month at 11:00am and 4:00pm and you can sign up by contacting Rachel at (G)

Help the Homeless Get Clothes & Showers: 3rd Saturday of each month

Cornerstone Clothing Closet and Showers offer an opportunity for those in need to choose clean clothing every 30 days and take a shower when the facility is open. Serve by assisting the homeless in distributing clothing and toiletries the 3rd Saturday of each month from 2:00pm-4:00pm. Contact Jerri at for more information. (G)

Help Train Residents of South Dallas: Various

Cornerstone Baptist Church offers job training programs, computer classes and resume preparation. You can support individuals by teaching computer classes or assisting with resume preparations. Email Jeffrey at for class availability and additional information.

Minor Home Repairs for South Dallas Residents: Flexible

Cornerstone Baptist Church assists its church members in renovating properties that were once dilapidated. You can serve by performing minor home repairs. Contact Richard at for opportunities to serve.

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