Mission Partners

Learn more about our local, national and international mission partners and our annual mission trips for families, youth and adults, and how you can get involved:

LOCAL

NATIONAL

INTERNATIONAL

ANNUAL MISSION TRIPS

FF = Family-friendly. Most activities are suitable for all ages.
G = Group activity. Participate with other church members and friends.

LOCAL MISSION PARTNERS


The Arc of Texas

The Arc

Physical / Special Needs

Founded in 1950 by a group of parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc has been instrumental in the creation of virtually every program, service, right and benefit that is now available to more than half a million Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information, visit thearcoftexas.org.

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Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Education

    • Colhoun Book Award Fund
      This annual scholarship award was established in 1960 in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adams Colhoun, longtime dedicated Northridge members who gave their time and talent through teaching, singing in the choir and church school.
    • Strasburger Scholarship Fund
      This fund provides a scholarship based on need for tuition to the seminary. It was established in 1958 after Henry W. Strasburger represented Northridge members pro bono in litigation after a split in the church. It is named in honor of Henry’s son, Allan Strasburger, who was killed in World War II.
    • Roger T. Quillin Scholarship Fund
      An endowed scholarship, in honor of our former pastor’s 30 years of service, that makes an award each year to a student studying to become a minister. The scholarship is funded through Two Pencils.

For more information, visit austinseminary.edu.

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East Dallas Cluster of Presbyterian Churches

Religious / Spiritual / Psychological

Nine Presbyterian churches in East Dallas, including Northridge, that have joined together sponsor educational programs and to partner with the del Norte Presbytery in Guatemala to assist with education and salaries for pastors and staff and to provide assistance for Guatemalan outreach programs.

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Faith & Grief Ministries

Religious / Spiritual / Psychological

Faith & Grief Ministries provides support gatherings, retreats and workshops for those who have lost a loved one where they can share their stories with others on a similar journey. During the holiday season, their Memorial Arch initiative located in Klyde Warren Park provides a place to remember loved ones by writing their names on ribbons and tying them to the arch with the names of others who we remember. For more information, visit faithandgrief.org.

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Healing Hands Ministries

Health / Wellness

Since its opening in 2006, this ministry has provided basic medical and dental services to people in Lake Highlands who live at the poverty level and are uninsured or underinsured. The clinics are staffed by volunteers including doctors, dentists, nurses, dietitians and counselors. Patients make a $10 donation for an office visit. This service helps reduce non-emergency visits to local emergency rooms. For more information, visit healinghandsdallas.org.

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Literacy Achieves (formerly VMLC and ELM)

Education

Northridge was a leader in establishing ELM, the English Language Ministry in 1994 as part of the East Dallas Cooperative Parish. In 2014, ELM merged with a sister organization, Vickery Meadow Learning Center, as a means of expanding the program and impact in the community. ELM provides quality instruction in English as a second language primarily to women and mothers. Classes are held at East Dallas Christian Church. By assisting these women to become self-sufficient, our hope is to give their children the advantage of an English-speaking mother who can help them through school. In addition to our financial assistance, many Northridge members are volunteer tutors at ELM and provide board leadership for VMLC.  For more information, visit literacyachieves.org.

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Northridge Without Borders

Hands On

In 2012, Northridge began a refugee ministry, named “Northridge Without Borders,” in partnership with the Dallas office of the International Rescue Committee. We provide three programs a year for refugees who are relocated to Dallas from various parts of the globe. A new group of refugees rotates through our program each year. In 2014, we began a community garden at McShan Elementary School, and started tutoring families in ESL and providing homework help on Sunday mornings. This ministry of welcoming our newly arrived neighbors is designed to be family-friendly, and folks of any age and stage can volunteer.

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Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services

Hunger / Social Services / Shelter

Located in Itasca and Waxahachie, Texas, this agency was begun in 1903 as an orphanage. Today it offers adoption services and serves 130 children in 18 group homes, 70 children in 35 foster homes and 20 independent families with up to 50 children with child and family programs. These children come from situations that threaten family stability such as neglect, domestic violence, substance abuse, abandonment, death, divorce and homelessness. Northridge adults and youth periodically schedule work and fellowship visits to PCHAS facilities. For more information, visit pchas.org

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Presbyterian Communities & Services

Eldercare

  • Grace Presbyterian Village Caring Fund
    Located in south Dallas, this organization offers a full range of retirement living for seniors with diverse and changing needs. Their Caring Fund helps provide supplemental financial support for residents whose resources no longer cover the cost of care. The goal is to insure that no resident is ever turned out due to a lack of personal funds. Approximately 1 of every 5 residents receives assistance through this fund.

For more information, visit prescs.org.

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The Stewpot

Hunger / Social Services / Shelter

The Stewpot opened in 1975 in the basement of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. Since then, it has served more than 2.5 million meals to the homeless and at-risk in our community. Meals are now served at The Bridge, a downtown homeless assistance center. In addition to meals, The Stewpot offers basic survival resources, including dental and medical clinics, drug and alcohol counseling and treatment, caseworker assistance, and educational and recreational programs for inner-city children. For more information, visit thestewpot.org.

Hands-On Opportunity: On the third Friday of every month, a group of Northridge members serves dinner at The Bridge from 5:30pm-7:00pm.

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Veterans' Day Project

Veterans’ Day Gift Bag Project

Hunger / Social Services / Shelter

For several years, Northridge has been participating in a Thanksgiving project for veterans at the Dallas Veterans’ Hospital located in South Dallas. Members participate by filling individual gift bags with personal care items for both men and women. When the collection of bags is completed, a group of Northridge members delivers the bags to the patients at the VA Hospital.

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White Rock Center of Hope

Hunger / Social Services / Shelter

The White Rock Center of Hope is a community coalition of individuals, civic and social organizations where more than 50 Member Churches unite to provide emergency aid and steps toward self-sufficiency to their neighbors. Services include a food pantry, a clothing closet, financial assistance, transportation assistance, Christmas toys and school supplies. For more information, visit whiterockcenterofhope.org.

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Wilkinson Center

Hunger / Social Services / Shelter

Started at Munger Place United Methodist Church and now at a new facility in far East Dallas, this center serves more than 34,000 people per year from low-income, crime-ridden neighborhoods. Begun in 1982, the program now offers a comprehensive poverty prevention program, including a food pantry, clothing room, emergency services, social services, adult education programs, and a free after-school and summer program for children. For more information, visit mywilkinsoncenter.org.

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NATIONAL MISSION PARTNERS


Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries

Hunger / Social Services / Shelter / Physical / Special Needs

This ministry assists physically challenged people ages 5 to 85 to build better lives in their homes and communities. Evergreen Ministries encourages quality of life, advocates for civil and human rights, and provides spiritual growth and nurture for those with disabilities. For more information, visit evergreenls.org.

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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Religious / Spiritual / Psychological

Northridge supports the basic mission of the greater church by providing money for pooling with the entire denomination for local, regional, national and international mission programs. These include evangelism; church development and redevelopment; women’s, youth and racial ethnic ministries; social concerns; theological education and leadership training. A portion is given to Grace Presbytery, the Synod of the Sun and the General Assembly. For more information, visit pcusa.org

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VNA Meals on Wheels

Hunger / Social Services / Shelter

This agency provides meals for homebound clients unable to manage their own nutritional requirements due to illness, incapacity or disability. Most are 70+ who live in isolated situations with no nearby family or church to minister to them. In 2009, we began an inter-generational, one-day event to deliver meals. For more information, visit vnatexas.org/i-need-help/meals-on-wheels.

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INTERNATIONAL MISSION PARTNERS


Arrow Outreach

Development / Disaster Recovery

We were one of many North Texas churches to join with this ministry to help build schools, clinics and community centers in impoverished colonias near Juarez, Mexico. Although we can no longer travel to Juarez, we continue to support these struggling communities throughout the year in a variety of ways, including through clothing drives, financial assistance and marketing products made by the women of the Juarez Sewing Project. For more information, visit arrowoutreach.org.

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The Coffee Trust

The Coffee Trust

Development / Disaster Recovery

A global ministry that works with coffee producers and their families in the Ixil region of Guatemala to empower families to achieve financial and educational independence. For more information, visit thecoffeetrust.org.

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Haiti Education Foundation (Father Albert’s Schools)

International Development

In 1981, Frances Landers overheard Father Jean Wilfrid Albert, a Haitian chaplain, reluctantly tell a heartbroken child that there was no room for her in the mission school. This inspired Mrs. Landers to do something to insure that children have a chance to learn. The Haiti Education Foundation now supports 47 schools and is educating more than 12,000 children throughout the mountains of southern Haiti. For more information, visit haitifoundation.org.

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Medical Benevolence Foundation

International Development

For more than 40 years, this foundation has provided hope and healing to those most in need through support of more than 100 hospitals and clinics throughout the world, including support of St. Croix Hospital in Haiti. Medical Benevolence is funded through Two Pencils. For more information, visit mbfoundation.org.

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PCUSA World Mission

PCUSA World Mission

International Development

In more than 50 countries around the world, PCUSA World Mission partners with local churches and faith communities bound by our fundamental unity in our Lord Jesus, bringing together U.S. congregations and mid-councils with our brother and sisters in Christ around the world.

PCUSA World Mission believes that true mission partnership does not focus on giving and getting, but on building relationships, learning from one another and walking together in faith and friendship.

For more information, visit presbyterianmission.org/ministries/world-mission.

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St. Croix Hospital-Haiti

International Development

Northridge has supported this hospital since our Adult Mission Trip to Haiti in 1984. Located in Leogane, Haiti, this small aid station has grown into a 120-bed hospital with a 24-hour emergency room, 2 delivery rooms and 4 operating rooms. The hospital, which was started by an Episcopal priest, provides healthcare to the people of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. They offer a program for severely malnourished children, organize mobile clinics, educate residents in disease prevention, train healthcare workers and provide funds to help families with the greatest need build homes. The hospital is currently developing a safe water initiative, and is managed by the Medical Benevolence Foundation. For more information, visit emmf.com/hscroix.htm.

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ANNUAL MISSION TRIPS

Adult Mission Trip

Northridge Adult Mission Trip

Hands On

Our adult mission trips began with a trip to Haiti in 1984. Since then, we have traveled to Juarez, Mexico a few times to build homes, schools and clinics as well as to weather-ravaged areas in Joplin, Missouri, Moore, Oklahoma and most recently to the Gulf Coast to repair homes damaged by storms.

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Family Mission Trip

Northridge Family Mission Trip

Hands On

Since 2011, Northridge has organized a special annual mission trip for those with young families. The trip is held in early June over a long weekend (Friday through Sunday) at Ferncliff Presbyterian Camp near Little Rock, Arkansas. The mission trip includes either a visit to Heifer International Headquarters in Little Rock or a visit to the Heifer Ranch. At Ferncliff, we work in the garden, feed the animals and prepare food kits, disaster kits and school supplies, which are shipped all over the world. There is also plenty of time for devotions, catching fireflies and swimming.

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Youth Mission Trip

Northridge Youth Mission Trip

Hands On

Each summer, the Northridge youth demonstrate their construction skills, share their love and grow in Christ as they serve communities in need during this week-long mission trip. A different project is selected each year. Past mission trips have included state, national and international projects in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Mississippi Delta, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Costa Rica.

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