Our Neighborhoods

Developing Thriving Leaders

Desire Street believes that the best investment for lasting change in a neighborhood is time, presence, and relationship. None of those things happen overnight, and the revitalization of under-resourced neighborhoods is a tremendous undertaking by courageous leaders nationwide.

That’s why our model for ministry is to work side-by-side with our Ministry Partners who share the calling to have a physical and spiritual presence in their neighborhoods.

Our Network

What does it mean to love your neighbor? Our ministry leaders focus on revitalizing under-resourced neighborhoods through spiritual and community development. Come, meet our partners and the leaders who care and advocate for these neighborhoods.

Current Partners 

Oak Tree Ministries : Raquel Patterson : Birmingham, AL

That’s My Child : Charles Lee : Montgomery, AL
Community Connect :  Mobile, AL 

Alumni Partners
Common Ground Montgomery : cgm.life
Trinity Family Church : Mobile, Al


Current Partners 
Blueprint 58 : Atlanta
Grove Park Renewal : Atlanta
Oaks Ministries : Augusta
The Mom Community : Atlanta

Alumni Partners

Peace Preparatory Academy : Atlanta
Redeemer Community Church : Atlanta

PawKids : Atlanta

oaksATL : Atlanta

Summerhill Community Ministries : Atlanta


Current Partners 
CrossTown Ministries : Orlando

Alumni Partners
Kaley Square : Lakeland
Parker Street Ministries : Lakeland


Desire Square
Daughters of Charity : New Orleans
Kids of Excellence : New Orleans
Thrive NOLA : New Orleans

Alumni Partners
St. Roch Community Church : New Orleans
Thrive 9th Ward : New Orleans


Alumni Partners
JB Watkins, formerly of St. Roch, now of Faith Christian Fellowship Church : Baltimore


Alumni Partners
The Redeemer’s School : Jackson


Mercy Street Dallas : Dallas

Alumni Partners
Mercy Street Dallas : Dallas
Abara Frontiers, El Paso

Help Us Continue
Walking Alongside Community Leaders

Our Partners

Rebecca Stanley Blueprint 58Atlanta, Georgia

We are unique in our approach to community development, focusing on both fostering mentoring relationships through the local school, and establishing a healthy and positive presence in the neighborhood.

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Danny White : Community Connect CDC Mobile, Alabama

Community Connect CDC is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of cultivating relationships and advocating for residents in a distressed community in Mobile County, Alabama. The CDC takes a “whole person” approach with a concentration on improving and enriching the physical environment, as well as supporting the spiritual and social well-being of participants.

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Eric Stites : Crosstown MinistriesOrlando, Florida

We want to see CrossTown flourish through the Gospel of Jesus Christ by creating a Gospel Ecosystem where disciples are made. We believe in incarnational ministry. We believe in raising up leadership from our community, and life-on-life discipleship.

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Justin Bleeker
Grove Park RenewalAtlanta, Georgia

Grove Park Renewal seeks to provide a quality living experience for neighborhood residents and empower those who desire to connect with and contribute to the community and participate in the renewal process in Grove Park.

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Stephen Pittman :
Oaks MinistriesAugusta, Georgia

To empower the students of downtown Augusta to become Christ-centered leaders who transform their communities with the hope of the Gospel.

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Raquel Patterson :
Oak Tree MinistriesBirmingham, Alabama

We serve alongside our neighbors in the Marks Village public housing community seeking fulfillment of God's promises in Isaiah 61 through Gospel centered, Trauma informed, Community Support.

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Carlton Oby : Mercy Street DallasDallas, Texas

 Mercy Street exists to cultivate mutually transforming relationships with inner-city youth through Christian mentorship. Our vision is to empower the next generation of Christian leaders to transform their communities. In essence, Mercy Street is a movement. We know we’re doing our job with Mercy Street kids become adults who come back to pour into their community and love the next generation of Mercy Street kids.

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Benjamin Wills Peace Preparatory AcademyAtlanta, Georgia

Established in 2015 on the west side of Atlanta, Peace Preparatory Academy seeks to be a place that educates the whole child, supports the whole family, and provides growth and change opportunities for the whole community in a high quality, Christ-centered learning environment.

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Drew Henley
Redeemer Community ChurchAtlanta, Georgia

To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our words and our lives, to make disciples of Christ, and to live as people who are loved, accepted, and transformed by Christ.

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Charles Lee
That's My ChildMontgomery, Alabama

Our mission is to mentor the youth through arts, education and work-force development ending hopelessness and generational poverty within our community.

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Christy Smucker
The Mom CommunityAtlanta, Georgia

We support young moms who are transitioning into stable, healthy living by providing housing, security, and opportunities for personal growth in a Christ-centered environment.

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