Voice of Hope

Share about your mission and how your organization is making a difference in Dallas.

Voice of Hope Ministries offers after-school and summer camp educational programs, early childhood care, and family and community services to West Dallas, DeSoto, and Grand Prairie. Our mission is to extend the love of Jesus Christ by nurturing and training children through Biblical teaching, Christian character models, life skills coaching, and educational support.

Voice of Hope currently serves over 300 youth, and we have fine-tuned our after-school and summer camp programs to best serve the community. In president Ed Franklin’s words, “When the school bell rings, we have an opportunity to come alongside the school, the parent, and the community to reinforce what happens in the school day and prevent summer learning loss.” Within the public school space, Voice of Hope seeks to walk alongside the school as an extended learning partner. We also laud parents for their irreplaceable role in a child’s academic and spiritual development and are continually finding ways to support the family unit.

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How is your cause celebrating North Texas Giving Day?

Ed Franklin, Voice of Hope’s president and known community leader, is celebrating 15 years at our organization this month. To celebrate North Texas Giving Day and launch the next 15 years (and 30, and 45, and beyond!) at Voice of Hope, we’re sharing a brief history of Ed’s journey to West Dallas and how supporters can galvanize the future of educational care in West Dallas and greater Dallas.

$15 a day will provide the monthly ASPIRE curriculum materials needed for 300 after-school students.

$150 a week provides food for the children in our Early Childhood Education and Care program.

$1,500 a month provides a 77-passenger bus to transport 150 students from school to Voice of Hope daily.

$15,000 a year provides competitive compensation for one part-time Program Associate for an academic year (10 months).



Have you participated in North Texas Giving Day in past years? What was your experience?

Voice of Hope has participated in North Texas Giving Day since its inception 10 years ago. We have watched this annual giving day transform from a small, local event to the largest giving day event in the nation. We are honored to be part of such a generous Dallas community!



Other than a donation, how can individuals and groups support your cause?

We welcome people to:
- Volunteer as a Literacy Leader by reading to a child! This practice increases a child’s reading comprehension and vocabulary skills so that they are better prepared to excel on the STAAR test.
- Learn more about out-of-school time and advocate on behalf of children in underserved communities to have more access to quality, faith-based, out-of-school time ]programming.
- Pray that God continues to use Voice of Hope Ministries in the lives of the 300 children we serve at our West Dallas, DeSoto, and Grand Prairie campuses.

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What are some of your other favorite causes in North Texas?

Mentoring - Mercy Street, Forerunner Mentoring
Urban Education - St. Philip’s School and Community Center, West Dallas Community School
Physical Fitness - 7 Day Fitness
Neighborhood Health - Brother Bill’s Helping Hand

Mary Martin