By kicking a soccer ball down the street, Voice of Hope's founder, Kathy Dudley, found a way to draw the interest of neighborhood kids. Kathy used this soccer ball as a way to introduce these young girls and boys to the Bible. From there, she began a vacation Bible school which blossomed into an after school program for the "promise kids."
Founded in 1982, Voice of Hope has grown to serve over 300 children daily in our ASPIRE after-school program and Summer Day Camp. Following Mrs. Dudley's leadership, several others have taken the reins of Voice of Hope's presidency: Norman Henry, Daniel Prescott and our current president, Edward Franklin, who has held the position since 2004.
Voice of Hope has been recognized and received numerous awards over the years. In 1991, Voice of Hope was presented the "424th Point of Light" award by President George Bush for outstanding service to the West Dallas community. Voice of Hope is a two-time Crystal Charity Ball beneficiary--in both 1998 and 2004. We were also recognized as a Dallas Morning News Charity. In addition, Voice of Hope has received recognition from The Hillcrest Foundation, Meadows Foundation, etc.
Voice of Hope has operated from the same facility on Gentry Drive in Dallas, Texas, since 1982. Since then many children and teenagers have participated in our programs.
Graduates have continued on to attend college or trade school and/or raise families of their own.
Voice of Hope has a rich history in the West Dallas community. Many lives have been touched through the years. Click here to read some of their testimonies.