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July 1, 2019 (West Dallas, TX) - Mercy Street welcomes Carlton Oby, originated from West Dallas and well-versed in mentorship, as the new Executive Director. As Mercy Street celebrates 16 years of service, Oby will cast vision for the future of Mercy Street and mobilize the staff to carry out the vision, programming, and day-to-day operations. 

“When I started Mercy Street, the dream was to have someone from West Dallas be equipped to run the ministry,” says Trey Hill, founder. “Carlton returning to Mercy Street to lead the organization is the embodiment of what we hope to see. Carlton understands the ministry from the inside out, is an experienced leader, a charismatic presence, and a great role model.”

Carlton Oby hails from The Mentoring Alliance (which serves East Texas youth and families) as Vice President of Ministries. Before The Mentoring Alliance, Oby served as High School Mentor Coordinator, Director of Leadership Institute, and the Associate Executive Director at Mercy Street from 2006 - 2014. Oby holds a BS in History from Texas College and has completed some graduate coursework at Dallas Theological Seminary. After a period of careful recruitment and selection by the Mercy Street Board, Carlton emerged as the unmistakable candidate. 

Oby shares, “My dream for the community is to create a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-generational movement of people that will work for the glory of God and the good of the city of Dallas and beyond.” Oby will officially step into the role on August 1st, 2019.

Mercy Street is a 501(c)(3) organization that exists to spark community restoration by engaging in mutually-transforming relationships with the future leaders of West Dallas and beyond. Since 2003, Mercy Street has matched more than 1,100 youth with mentors, registered over 600 young athletes in 4 sports leagues, and partnered with 7 local schools.

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With over 26,000 residents in the 75212 (West Dallas) zip code and a plethora of nonprofits, what does Mercy Street see as one of the most effective ways to reach our neighbors? Collaboration. The 2019 Glowing Easter event was a fruitful gathering of families and neighbors alike, thanks to the hard-working staff committee from Buckner Family Hope Center, Mercy Street, Brother Bill’s Helping Hand, Lakewest Family YMCA, and Nash-Davis Recreation Center.

Over 1,000 neighbors and 80 volunteers flooded the gates of the baseball fields where the event was hosted (Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex). As volunteers hustled to distribute wristbands, prepare hot dogs, and facilitate crafts and games, it became clear that the expected 700-person attendance was well on its way to being exceeded! Volunteers and community members built connections over hot dogs, face painting, string bracelets, Easter egg magnets, sack races, and of course, a glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt. The Heights Primary Step Team performed a routine to a cheering crowd, and even the Easter bunny made an appearance.

Wes Keyes, Executive Director of Brother Bill’s, shared a Gospel message with all 1,000 attendees in both English and Spanish, ensuring that no child or parent walked away without knowing the purpose of the event and the celebration of Jesus’ redemptive resurrection.

Glowing Easter, nor any of our events, is not only about the fun and games. It is our hope that every child and parent experiences love and belonging when they interact with our staff, volunteers, and other families. Our heart is for the community and the incarnational transformation in store, as well as the promise of Jesus who is “making all things new.”

 

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On Saturday, November 10th, Mercy Street welcomed 400 athletes from West Dallas and surrounding zip codes to spend a day at the new Mercy Street Sports Complex with Clayton Kershaw. The 7th annual Kershaw’s Challenge Baseball Camp was underway, and the fields were buzzing with excitement.

“We really love what Mercy Street does for the community,” explains Kershaw. “The new fields and the opportunity it gives to kids - we believe in it so much. We are happy to be a part of it.”

When Kershaw arrived at the fields, the campers were eagerly clustered around home base. Lee Jackson, Mercy Street Director of Sports, welcomed kids and parents to the Sports Complex and introduced Clayton Kershaw. After Kershaw high-fived a row of campers and greeted the crowd, the campers were divided by age and matched with players from the Dallas Baptist University baseball team.

The rest of the day was consumed with various baseball drills and activities run by the DBU players. Kershaw roamed from group to group, offering tips and encouragement to the enthused campers. Parents flocked around the Sports Complex, watching their children participate and chatting to one another.

Kershaw’s Challenge seeks to “empower people to use their spheres of influence to impact communities positively and to expand God’s Kingdom. [They] believe that God can transform at-risk children and neighborhoods through the benevolence and impact of others.”

Kershaw’s Challenge Baseball Camp is representative of what Mercy Street Sports strives to offer: a safe, healthy place for families to gather and kids to play. Mercy Street believes that sports are a place to build upon and strengthen the fabric of our community. The hundreds of West Dallas families that were gathered on Saturday are a testament to the unifying nature of the Sports Complex, where sports leagues are made accessible to all young athletes in West Dallas.

To learn more about Mercy Street Sports, please visit www.mercystreetdallas.org/sports/.

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On June 5th at the Mercy Street Sports Complex in the presence of West Dallas residents and young athletes, Mercy Street and its generous donors celebrated the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the brand new $1 million football field.

The field was supported financially by the Dallas Cowboys, Cotton Bowl Foundation, Dallas Housing Authority, and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to provide West Dallas young athletes with access to sports in a safe, competitive environment. In the words of Drew Pearson, Dallas Cowboys Legend and Ring of Honor Member, “The NFL Foundation and the Jones Family Foundation believe that an investment in West Dallas through the Mercy Street field will make football more accessible to kids who want to play the game and level the playing field for those who might face financial challenges or geographic challenges.”

Trey Hill, founder of Mercy Street, explains, “When my family and I moved to West Dallas 15 years ago, this land you and I are standing on was lying fallow, like it was waiting to give birth to something great….But that dream would have remained just a dream and the land would have remained fallow had it not been for the generosity of so many people to make the Mercy Street Sports Complex a reality.

Mercy Street alumni student Lamontry Lott addressed the crowd by revisiting his experience growing up in the Mercy Street Sports program and as a mentored student. “If I had to describe Mercy Street Sports in one word, it would be opportunity,” Lamontry shares. “Throughout my time at Mercy Street, I can honestly say I received five different aspects of opportunity through this program - service, play, work, life experiences, and career possibilities.”

Dallas Cowboys Drew Pearson, Cotton Bowl Immediate Past Chairman Jay McAuley, and LISC Program Director Beverly Smith also spoke at the ceremony.

The Dallas Cowboys hosted a football camp and cheerleading camp following the event. Over 150 West Dallas young athletes attended to either practice football drills or learn a cheerleading dance while engaging with former NFL players and coaches and the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders.

Other donors to the field include the Rowling Foundation, Rees-Jones Foundation, Sapphire Foundation, and Rawlings.

About Mercy Street

Mercy Street is a 501(c)(3) organization that exists to be used by God to spark Christ-honoring community restoration by engaging in mutually-transforming relationships with the future leaders of West Dallas and beyond. Since 2003, Mercy Street has matched more than 1,100 youth with mentors, launched several microbusinesses for high school students, operated a local bike shop, and registered over 480 young athletes in the spring of 2018 alone.

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Mercy Street Founder Trey Hill

On the morning of May 17th, West Dallas community members and partners gathered to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the new soccer field at the Mercy Street Sports Complex. Texas State Senator Royce West, Mercy Street Founder Trey Hill, Texas Capital Bank CEO Keith Cargill, FC Dallas Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, and Energy Transfer Partners Executive Vice President Chris Curia spoke vehemently about the current and future impact of the field on young athletes and the families of West Dallas.

“After watching this property sit unused for years, a dream was birthed,” says Trey Hill, Mercy Street’s founder and visionary. “I envisioned a first-class recreational sports complex built specifically for my friends in West Dallas - a place they could be proud of, a place worthy of this great community.”

The supporters of this massive project benefiting the West Dallas community include: Energy Transfer Partners, FC Dallas, Texas Capital Bank, Dallas Housing Authority, and the Rees-Jones Foundation. “We are blessed as a community to have leaders with dreams that we can all participate in, and pass along dreams to these kids,” says Keith Cargill of Texas Capital Bank. “We share a vision that breaks racial and social boundaries.”

Chris Curia of Energy Transfer Partners shares, “We believe that developing kids through sports and teaching them good values, how to win and how to lose, is really critical.” And according to Clark Hunt of Dallas, “This is as good a sports complex as there is anywhere in the city of Dallas...This complex will be an incredible asset to this community.”

In the words of Senator Royce West, a vigorous advocate for the southern sector of Dallas for the past 26 years, “This is what community is all about - bringing the best partners together.”

The Sports Complex fields will be essential in allowing Mercy Street to better serve West Dallas youth athletes by offering a space to learn the basic fundamentals of sports while promoting a fun, safe and competitive environment for kids of every level of ability. Currently, 480 West Dallas youth and 81 volunteer coaches are participating in the spring 2018 Mercy Street Sports season.

About Mercy Street

Mercy Street is a 501(c)(3) organization that exists to be used by God to spark Christ-honoring community restoration by engaging in mutually-transforming relationships with the future leaders of West Dallas and beyond. Since 2003, Mercy Street has matched more than 1,100 youth with mentors, launched several microbusinesses for high school students, operated a local bike shop, and registered over 480 young athletes in the spring of 2018 alone.