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Dove Springs Collaborative

As part of its capacity building work, the Wesley Center for Family and Neighborhood Development received a three year grant from the Compassion Capital Fund out of the United States Department of Health and Human Services to build and resource a broad-based collaborative community coalition in Dove Springs that would be able to better address a myriad of issues that Dove Springs youth face.

As the lead organization, the Wesley Center provides training, technical assistance, coaching and mini-grants to faith-based and community organizations in four critical areas:

  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational Development
  • Program Development
  • Community Engagement

Our Partners

Currently, the Dove Springs Community Collaborative for Change is made up of four partners along with the lead organization, the Wesley Center.


2800 S.IH 35, Suite 160
Austin, TX 78704
Contact: Rosalia Castaneda, Executive Director

AVANCE is a non-profit organization that focuses on parent education, early childhood development, brain development, literacy and school readiness through its Parent-Child Education Program. This organization targets poor Latino families in underserved communities. One of its primary objectives is to prevent child abuse and neglect.


Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church
6830 South Pleasant Valley Road
Austin, TX 78744
Contact: Rev. M.J. Meyer

The Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church is a non-profit organization located in the Dove Springs neighborhood. Currently, it hosts ESL classes, River City Youth Foundation programs, Wesley Center Kids Korner and Southeast Corner Alliance of Neighborhoods monthly meetings. It seeks to provide positive youth development opportunities for at risk youth.


River City Youth Foundation (RCYF)
5209 South Pleasant Valley Road
Austin, Texas 78744
Contact: Mona Gonzales

RCYF is a non-profit organization that works with “at-promise” youth in the Dove Springs Neighborhood. They focus on youth, family and community development services through programs like “I Can Be Me! Dove Springs Safe & Drug Free” and “HEROES: Protecting Family & Community.”


Southeast Corner Alliance of Neighborhoods (SCAN)
1803-B W. 35th
Austin, Texas 78703
Contact: Bob Larson

The Southeast Corner of Neighborhoods (SCAN) is a non-profit neighborhood association that responds to growing crime and gang problems in the Dove Springs area.

Strategy for Our Neighborhood Transformation


We are focusing creative, practical actions in...

Strategic Directions
Increasing Economic Prosperity

  • Stimulate Local Economy
  • Job Training

Promoting Health and Well Being

  • Create Health Awareness
  • Increase Community Social Services

Empowering Residents

  • Mobilize Residents
  • Develop Community Leadership and Accountability

Beautifying and Revitalizing Neighborhoods

  • Positive Framing of Dove Springs
  • Beautify and Transform Neighborhoods

And Realize our...

Practical Vision

  • Empowered Youth, Strengthened Families, Transformed Neighborhoods
  • Diverse Neighborhoods United for Change
  • Access to Quality Health Care
  • Attractive and Safe Neighborhoods
  • Thriving Economic Environment
  • Positive Community Image

Activities 2007-2008

Economic Prosperity Summit
Community Beautification Program
Resident Driven “Health Clinic Now”
Dove Springs Documentary
Civic Engagement Campaign