MegaCARE’s Beautification Initiative was launched in 2010 and has removed over 39,000 pounds of litter and debris from our city streets. We’ve mobilized hundreds of volunteers to serve in various locations across the metroplex. Our objectives are clear; encourage our neighbors with a physical demonstration of God’s love by picking up trash and debris, mowing lots, planting flowers and supporting our senior citizens. Our partnership with the City of Dallas, Code Enforcement, Sanitation, Animal Control and the Police Department is working to empower our neighbors and transform communities.
It’s daybreak on this brisk Saturday, there’s an army of volunteers gathering together equipped with work gloves, rakes, lawn mowers, garbage bags and the spirit of community service. The team lead reiterates our purpose is to help those who can’t help themselves and encourage others along the way. It’s not long until we are introduced to Ms. Jordan who is 101 years old and simply overwhelmed with the love and support our team is providing. MegaCARE mowed her lawn, helped her move furniture, cleaned her backyard and just as important encouraged and inspired her by demonstrating community spirit this morning. Ms. Jordon captures the essence of why we launched this initiative by stating:
“This is such a surprise and it’s a blessing. I’m telling you…this is a surprise. I’m somebody that all ya’ll are thinking about…little o’ me.”
This initiative is truly making a lasting impact by modeling good stewardship, communicating with residents and demonstrating community service. Cory Morgan, City of Dallas – SE Service Area Coordinator states:
“Once we partner up and make changes in the community, we don’t have to go back because the people catch on and they are excited about their community. Each time that I’ve worked with The Potter’s House (MegaCARE) we’ve taken a different location, and there are times that we go back to those communities and they are still clean.”
MegaCARE served District 4 in 2010, today that community is thriving. Property values have increased an estimated $2000 per house with a neighborhood increase of nearly $2M while the surrounding neighborhoods have remained stagnant. Two new stores have opened in the neighborhood, and the city is in ongoing discussions with developers on future growth for the neighborhood and surrounding communities. Dwaine Carraway, City of Dallas – Council Member District 4 states:
“We are very proud and appreciative of the fact that when you come in and do the things that MegaCARE is doing. It provides that opportunity for jobs, for retail, for hope for folks to be able to say let’s go and do something with ourselves. Let’s do something in our community. Somebody has to lead the way, and this type of programs shows the leadership in leading the way.”
Reaching into communities and embracing those in need to let them know they are not forgotten is at the core of MegaCARE. Thank you T.D. Jakes for your vision to initiate and support sustainable community development, together with our staff, volunteers and continued support from our partners we are empowering lives and transforming communities here at home and around the world.
Join us today and be part of programs that are leading the way and making a difference!
Richard Wesley – Associate Director, MegaCARE Missions