North Dallas Shared Ministries grew out of a need – and a vision.
The need was to help the less fortunate – the vision was to tackle the problem through a multi-faith pooling of resources.
North Dallas Shared Ministries grew out of the frustration of five clergy with the inefficient and ineffective ways they were attempting to assist the needy who came to their churches for aid. These five visionaries knew that their individual charitable efforts weren’t sufficient and hoped that a cooperative approach would yield better results. So, in 1983, they formed an independent non-profit agency that would handle this fundamental aspect of their ministry.
NDSM began small. We opened our doors on October 17, 1983 housed in one room set aside for us at Park Forest Baptist Church and began to offer assistance to those who came to us. We grew in several ways and for several reasons. First, once word got out among the less fortunate in our community, we discovered the needs were even greater than anticipated, so we added programs and services. Second, other congregations became part of NDSM and increased our ability to provide aid.
There have been many significant contributors to our success and many milestones in our growth. Space does not permit us to adequately thank all those who have helped us grow or to note every significant development, but here are a few highlights:
By 1986, 33 congregations had become part of NDSM and we were able to assist over 3,500 families with food and financial aid. The Farmers Branch Rotary Club held the first of its ongoing annual golf tournaments to benefit Metrocrest Social Service Agency and NDSM.
In 1988 we moved to our own building, 3,600 square feet at 2526 Manana and we dispensed over $450,000 in direct food and financial assistance. Our application forms were available in English and Spanish and we were offering job counseling.
In 1993 we moved again, more than doubling our space to accommodate the nearly 300 volunteers who helped us to aid over 15,000 individuals.
By 2000 we were renting an additional 5,200 square feet at Manana. In April we opened our first Free Medical Clinic for the uninsured and also launched our Clothes Closet and Thrift Store. Total assistance was approaching two million dollars annually.
On May 31, 2005, we moved into our present 20,322 square foot building at 2875 Merrell Road – debt free. In this facility we were able to add additional services. Our corps of volunteers had grown to over 400, and we were serving 33,151 people.
Today we are continuing to grow, as the need for our services has not diminished. We continue to seek new ways to better the lives of those we serve and to allocate our limited resources as efficiently as possible.