To view volunteer opportunities and sign up to serve, please visit the OurCalling Thankgiving page.
This Thanksgiving, DTS is once again opening its facilities to host the annual meal for homeless men and women in the Dallas area put on by OurCalling.
OurCalling was founded in 2001 by DTS grad and adjunct professor Wayne Walker (MA/CM, 2007) to address the spiritual needs of the homeless which often get overshadowed by the obvious physical and mental needs. OurCalling focuses on evangelism and discipleship through meals, Bible studies, life skills classes and one-on-one mentoring.
This year’s Thanksgiving dinner is expected to draw more than 800 men, women, and children without homes from around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The guests will be seated with host families in order to share a meal together. OurCalling will be distributing coats and blankets for the winter, serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal, hosting a time of worship and enjoying the televised football games throughout the afternoon on Thursday, November 28, 2013.
Reflecting on the 2012 event, Walker commented that the meal “not only provided a great opportunity for outreach, it also let the guests feel like a part of a family again.” He added, “Many have not had a ‘family meal’ in years and it was an emotional day for everyone involved.”
If you are interested in helping OurCalling with this event, donations of blankets, coats, and financial support are welcome, but more importantly, volunteers are needed to set up, serve, distribute resources, pray with and share the love of Christ with our homeless friends.