St. Philip’s School and Community Center’s origins come through the active interest of the Episcopal Diocese and local African-American Episcopalians to start a black Episcopal church in South Dallas in the late 1940s. In striving to fulfill the needs of the local community, the burgeoning church began offering programs specifically targeted to meet the needs of area youth. In 1959, church members, neighbors, and the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas continued to invest in the community through the construction of a new gymnasium to accommodate community center programming. In 1967, following the accidental traffic death of a toddler in the neighborhood, the educational thrust began in earnest with the establishment of a daycare center. Over the years, as the original church began to wane, the daycare and community center blossomed.
Today St. Philip’s Community Center is enriching and empowering lives of hundreds of families, through essential social services, and continues to serve as a beacon of light in a community where many residents face quality of life obstacles unlike most others within the city of Dallas. Our doors are always open to feed, educate, comfort, and encourage the people of this community that has, for many years, been plagued by the darkness of poverty.
Please take some time to learn about the programs offered through our Community Center and to see how you may be able to get involved in St. Philip’s Community Center….You Belong!