Dallas is the epicenter for the national tranformation movement. Historically Dallas has been the ground zero for significant social movements that have been both positive and negative. Randy Skinner is passionate about helping Dallas lead the way in the next great positive cultrual transformation.
Randy Skinner received Mayor of Dallas Tom Leppert’s blessing in the fall of 2008 to begin planning for an urban summit. The summit would bring the West Dallas transformation model to South Dallas’ impoverished areas. The transformation process involved leaders from nearly every denomination and major non-profit in Dallas. Don Williams, noted developer and chairman of Trammel Crow, had formed the Foundation for Community Empowerment to eradicate poverty and crime in Dallas. Williams assisted in sponsoring the event. Skinner was chosen by Mayor Leppert to represent him in the movement, which grew to 300 city leaders, resulting in the launch of the Greater Dallas Justice Revival (GDJR). The GDJR was held in November 2009 in Dallas Market Hall Speakers at the event included noted, national leaders such as conservative Hispanic Republican Sam Rodriquez, Mayor Tom Leppert and noted Christian artists Jaci Velasqez, Salvador, Fred Hammond, and Israel Houghton and New Breed.
In the fall of 2009, the city leaders asked that Skinner lead the Greater Dallas Justice Revival movement. GDJR had agreed to focus on improving 25 inner city schools as well as the placement of 700 additional units of permanent supportive housing for homeless by 2014. By the end of 2011, these goals had not only been met but had been exceeded with 1,800 units of permanent supportive housing provided and 35 school-church partnerships.
The Greater Dallas Justice Revival, having reached its goals became two separate organizations. The effort for school-church partnerships became FEED 3 and the effort for homelessness became Homes for Our Neighbors.