Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center
Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.


District partners with non-profit to turn vacated school building into one-stop shop for families
DeMetris Sampson, board chair of the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center, and Dr. Cynthia Wilson, Dallas ISD chief of staff, sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the Frazier House.

A Message from the Board Chair, DeMetris Sampson….

Please allow me to take this opportunity to thank you for the support and encouragement you have shown the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center (ZWHJCOC) in 2015. Our mission is to help “create self-sustaining pathways out of poverty for young people and families” in Dallas.  It has been an incredible journey as we strive, with your continued support, to do even better in 2016. Your support has made possible critical activities and programs including:


ZWHJCOC provides specialized professional instruction in the areas of Basic Education Skills, English as Second Language (ESL) training, GED Preparation, and Computer Literacy Skills. Classes are currently being held at MLK Library in South Dallas. We coordinate study and training locations; provide materials and instructors; and provide access to testing through various community partnerships.

  • DFW Urban Scouting

ZWHJCOC promotes and perpetuates scouting throughout the inner city and urban metropolitan area by providing financial, human resources, and spiritual support.  DFW Urban Scouting Program supports the activities of 6 scout units in the DFW area involving 75 youth.

  • PROJECT HOPE Helping others prepare for excellence!

In partnership with DISD, St. Luke “Community “United Methodist Church and ZWHJCOC, we established a robust and sustainable mentoring/tutoring program to support students in Dallas ISD District 9—specifically Dunbar Elementary, Dade Middle School and Madison High School.

  • Frazier House (Coming Soon)    

When finished, Frazier House will work in partnership with the Dallas Independent School District and other community partners to repurpose Julia C. Frazier Elementary School to offer “one-stop-shop” educational support programs and coordinated social services designed to alleviate community problems arising from poverty, crime, unemployment, substance abuse, school failure, juvenile delinquency and the breakdown of healthy families.

Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. is a treasure in our community.  As a preacher, pastor, teacher, mentor, legislator, activist and leader, his selfless contributions have greatly impacted our lives for the better. 

If you would like to make a year-end contribution to the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center, please visit this page to make your gift.  Thank you for your support!


The mission of the Zan Wesley Holmes, Jr. Community Outreach Center (ZWHJCOC) is to provide services, education, training and assistance designed to help “create self-sustaining pathways out of poverty for young people and families” in Dallas. 

We are committed to enhancing the overall social and economic growth of the neighborhoods and residents in our service areas.

Thanks for supporting the Zan Wesley Holmes Jr.  Community Outreach Center. Your generous time and donations will support the  following programming:

 Basic Education Skills

English as a Second Language

 GED Preparation

 Computer Literacy Skills

 DFW Urban Scouting

 HOPE Project


 Thanks for your support! 


All ZWHJCOC programs have a goal of providing a positive impact on the lives of people we serve, regardless of age, race, gender or social-economic status. It is our goal to provide resources that will promote healthy families and self-sufficient citizens.

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