Images: Vickery Meadow’s new center serving Dallas refugees
For many years the Advocate has been publishing stories about Vickery Meadow, the dense refugee- and immigrant-heavy community that borders Lake Highlands, East Dallas and Preston Hollow. Residents and churches from the aforementioned neighborhoods have long contributed time and efforts into helping Vickery Meadow whether by volunteering at the learning center, mentoring new American residents, or even starting their own charities to meet outstanding needs (like Jason Clarke who founded Seek the Peace).
This week, a new community center opens in Vickery Meadow. It is a 15,000-square-foot building built by Northwest Bible Church of Preston Hollow. Inside, the Healing Hands Ministry of Lake Highlands will operate a medical clinic. The aim of this ambitious project, says Pastor Neil Tomba, is to “improve the lives of the refugee children and adults who live in Vickery Meadow.”
“The need is great, and we are truly thankful for … so many who have come together to help make this center a reality. We hope this is just the beginning, and this center inspires others to step forward and help.”
Tomba specifically thanked partners Texas Health Resources and Healing Hands. Scroll for more information and photos.
The Northwest Community Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., with many programs operating after hours, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Sundays are reserved for refugee worship services. Contact the center at 469.453.7723.