Community Outreach

The Bishop's Camp

For seven weeks each summer, the Bishop's Camp provides a safe Christian learning environment for over one hundred children in our inner-city neighborhood.  Our goal is to help these children maintain their reading skills over the summer break by providing daily one-to-one reading time with adult or teen volunteers.  The camp also provides classes in math, music, art, and physical education in the morning and play time in the afternoon.  Through participation in the DISD summer food program, a free lunch and snack are also provided.

reading partnersSince no child is asked to pay a fee for attending Bishop's Camp, support for the camp is urgently needed.  You can help make the camp possible by participating in the Bishop's Camp Golf Classic, which is held each year in September.  For more information about the Golf Classic, check out the Bishop's Camp website at www.bishopscamp.org.  Volunteers are also needed to read with the children each day during camp, which is from June 17th to July 30th this year.  To volunteer or find out more about how you can participate in Bishop's Camp, please contact Lourdes Mendez at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call the Cathedral office.

 

Aberg Center for Literacy

The mission of the Aberg Center is to provide free quality instruction on literacy levels 5 through 8 to adults in the East Dallas area, accompanied by free child care, so that the students may continue progress toward employment and educational goals, including preparing for the GED test.

The Aberg Center, founded at St. Matthew's Cathedral by Charles Aberg in 2002, is an example of Charles’ life-long determination to make the world a better place for others.  An active member of St. Matthews Cathedral, Charles learned that many members of the church’s large Hispanic congregation wanted more than basic English as a second language (ESL) training. They were interested in improving their English and gaining skills that would enable them to lead productive lives in the English-speaking world.  Until his life ended in April of 2005, one month shy of his 87th birthday, Charles was untiring in his commitment to ensuring that the Aberg Center fulfilled his mission.He accomplished that, and more, with a program that has become a fitting legacy to his commitment to helping others help themselves.  For more information about the Aberg Center, please call 214-826-6501 or visit their website at www.nextstepesl.org.  

Mi Escuelita

The Mi Escuelita Preschool is pleased to be located on the campus of St. Matthew’s Cathedral. For over 30 years, Mi Escuelita Preschool, Inc. has proudly operated under the principle that all children deserve and require access to a quality education in addition to preventative health, dental, vision, nutritional, speech, and behavioral care.

Mi Escuelita has continuously worked with disadvantaged children of all languages and cultures, exposing them to English language, pre-reading, literacy, math, science, and social skills at an early age. With a low teacher-pupil ratio of 1:9, Mi Escuelita teachers are able to work closely with every child.

For more information about the Mi Escuelita Preschool at St. Matthew’s, please call 214-828-6226 or visit their website at www.miescuelita.org

Food Pantry

Each Thursday morning for the last 10 years, St. Matthew's Cathedral has been giving bags of food to the needy.  Food is collected on the first Sunday of each month.  Lists of needed items are available on the last Sunday of the month.  For more information about this important ministry, please contact Deacon Diana Luck. 

Country Fair

The Coutnry Fair is the resale shop located in the undercroft (basement) of Cathedral. Open the thrid Saturday morning of each month, The Country Fair offers a varge selection of clothing and small household appliances and nkick knacks at really affordable prices.