Desire Street partners with ministry leaders in developing thriving and sustainable urban ministries. We currently work intensively with leaders in varying stages of a 3 – 5 year mutual partnership. Over that time frame, we are honored to share what we have learned in our own experience as well as in previous partnerships with ministry leaders. By engaging in authentic relationships, we have the opportunity to personally coach, share best practices and expertise, and offer much needed support for our leaders.

Further, we share our expertise and support with many other leaders who contact us for counsel. And, through our website, we provide resources to anyone with internet access.

Below is an interactive map showcasing our partners and the neighborhoods they reach. Roll over to get a glimpse of who they are, where they serve and why we support their work.

Special COVID-19 Update

Please pray for all our partners who are ministering in under-resourced neighborhoods. Most have been greatly impacted by social distancing guidelines and, of course, economic issues are often felt most severely where resources fall short.

We’ve compiled a list of their current needs below. Please check back often for updates.

Click for Needs as of 6/23/20

LaTonya Gates-Johnston / PAWKids in Atlanta, GA is partnering with local organizations to provide COVID-19 related assistance for seniors in her community. Is in need of Kroger, Walmart and/or Target gift cards, in addition to funds to operate.

Benjamin Wills / Peace Preparatory Academy in Atlanta, GA is delivering groceries weekly. Click to read the Peace Prep newsletter on needs. They are also in need of help with their operational budget, and loss of their Annual Fundraiser. Check back soon for an update.

Scott Moore / Trinity Family Ministries in Mobile, AL is serving 600-700 meals weekly. Is in need of sanitizer and cleaning supplies. They also covet your prayers for their Summer Camps starting in a couple of weeks–for a safe and much-needed outlet for neighborhood kids and their families.

Charles Lee / That’s My Child in Montgomery, AL is providing free hot dogs to the neighborhood. Is in need of operating finances.

Rebecca Stanley / Blueprint 58 in Atlanta, GA has compiled a great resource to COVID-19 Community Resources. Is in need of $160k in funds or in-kind gifts for building renovation and operations. They are trying to find contractors and suppliers to help with their new building, and volunteers wanting to donate time/supplies etc. Contact Rebecca for more information.

Drew Henley / Redeemer Community Church in Atlanta, GA is collecting food, cleaning supplies, and Walmart gift cards for outreach in their community. Is in need of volunteers to make food deliveries. You can sign up here to help deliver food: RCC-drive.

DeSean Dyson / The Redeemer’s School in Jackson, MS is doing fundraising for technology for blended learning. They could use a mask sanitizer and dividers.

Demetrius Summerville / Kaley Square in Orlando, FL is asking for prayers that neighborhood teens needing something to do would be matched with jobs from nearby companies who are hiring.

Matt Maxwell / oaksATL in Atlanta, GA is in need of rent assistance for families that aren’t working right now. They are working with 15 families needing $200-$500 per family for a total of approximately $5,000 per month until jobs come through.

New Partner Justin Bleeker / Grove Park Renewal in Atlanta, GA is raising capital for housing development in the neighborhood. They are in need of funding for an administrative position to serve this ministry and others in the Grove Park area.

New Partner Eric Stites / CrossTown in Orlando, FL asks for prayer for the children and families in the Parramore neighborhood, one of the most distressed in Orlando.

Alumni Partner Justina Dix / Summerhill Community Ministries in Atlanta, GA is providing food for those in need in the community. Is in need of operational funds.

Alumni Partner Sandra Hensley / Jubilee Academy in Columbia, SC is in need of a qualified Montessori teacher and 2 terrific assistants before August 1, 2020.


Kaley Square



Trinity Family Church

Redeemer Community Church


Peace Preparatory Academy




That’s My Child


The Redeemer’s School


Blueprint 58



Common Ground Montgomery


Mercy Street West Dallas


Parker Street Ministries


Jubilee Academy

St. Roch Community Church


Thrive New Orleans


Summerhill Community Ministries

Want To Be A Partner?

10 Attributes of a Potential DSM Partner

1. Live in the direct neighborhood you seek to serve.
2. Certified 501c3 non-profit status or incorporated as a church.
3. Engaged in grassroots, holistic, Christ-centered offerings to an under-resourced neighborhood.
4. Actively serving in an official capacity for at least 2 years.
5. Active Board of Directors or Committee providing accountability and governance.
6. Humble Spirit for receiving coaching, consultation and engaging in vulnerable community.
7. Desire to engage in DSM network and supporting of other DSM partners.
8. Willingness to engage in a mutually transformative relationship with DSM.
9. Statement of faith that unequivocally affirms a faith in Jesus Christ.
10. Receptive to honest assessment, dialogue and accountability focused on moving towards thriving and sustainability.

Steps to consider before becoming a partner

1. Review the above criteria for official Partnership with DSM.
2. Familiarize yourself with the CCDA model for ministry.
3. Fill out a Community Ministry Profile.
4. Attend a Thriving Leaders Series.
5. Stay Engaged in our DSM network!

Our capacity for taking on new partners is limited in order to maintain the quality of partnership we have experienced with our leaders. For more information or partnership or any questions please contact: Chris Fitzgerald at cfitzgerald@desirestreet.org

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