About the Founder

Deborah Salone Parish was born to the parentage of Mr. & Mrs. Wilford Salone, Sr. She is a lifelong resident of Dallas Texas. She attended and graduated from St Peter Academy. She attended the University of Dallas in Irving and graduated from Southern Methodist University of Dallas TX.

Deborah has worked in Accounting for over 30 years. Deborah entered the Non Profit sector in June of 2000, with the American Cancer Society where she began as the Program Coordinator for the “We Care About Kids” Program. She later became the Metro Area Manager for the Mabel Meshack White South Dallas office of the American Cancer Society. She was primarily responsible for outreach in the southern sector of Dallas with the mission of saving lives through research, advocacy, education and service. From May 2004 through December 2005, Deborah served as the Program Coordinator for the FaithLEAP Early Childhood Experimental Program.

Volunteering became Deborah’s main focus from January 2006 through April 2007 as she became the volunteer Coordinator of the Campaign to elect Donald Parish for City Council, District 7. She worked tirelessly during this time coordinating several special events, recruiting and maintaining volunteers and campaigning for her husband.
Deborah’s passion is working with the Non Profit, Hope Restoration Inc, founded by her husband. Hope Restoration’s mission is to help restore hope in the lives of people through training and assist wherever help is needed. Deborah has been a board member of Hope Restoration since its inception until recently she became the part time Executive Director for Hope Restoration. On April 1, 2006 she left the corporate world and a lucrative salary to become full time, fulfilling her passion and dream as Executive Director of Hope Restoration to provide ongoing programs for the community. She was able to find funding for a salary for the first 2 years and the other 8 years has been mostly working pro bono. She is currently working on a summer enrichment program for boys and girls, small businesses to help employ formerly incarcerated and hard to hire persons and tutoring for youth, especially for reading, open to the public. She recently started a small catering business and has plans to expand it this summer.

Deborah is known in the community as she is networks with many organizations; The Zip Code Project, WINS, South Dallas Revitalization, Frazier Revitalization Inc., The Coalition of Greater Dallas, The Strategic Justice Initiative, Unite, Greater Movement Day Dallas, The Frazier House, Martin Luther King Clinic, Park South YMCA, St. Phillips, just to name a few.
Another passion is adopting Paul L. Dunbar elementary school and recruiting others to do so. Deborah is thankful to God for her high energy level and allowing her to assist others. Not only is she involved in the community she is equally involved at church. She has held several leadership positions in the church and continues to work unselfishly wherever she is needed .She is the current chair of the Leadership Team at True Lee. She is most proud of her “spot” in the soprano section of the R. L. Parish Sanctuary Choir. She has served as Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School teacher, Choir President, Youth Counselor, PTA President, Cancer Advisory Board (Southern Sector), Member Skyline Booster Club, Community Advisory Board for Dunbar Elementary, Events Planner, Coordinator of Food and Clothing Distribution, to name a few.
Deborah is very happily married to Rev. Donald R. Parish, Sr. Pastor of the True Lee Missionary Baptist Church, Past Moderator of the Galilee Griggs Memorial District Association. They have been married for 44 years. To this union two children were born, Kimberly Parish Wilson, Chief Warrant Officer and government worker, and Rev. Donald R. Parish, Jr., Youth & Young Adult Pastor and Motivational Speaker. Additions to the family include daughter in law, Assistant District Attorney Monica Parish, grandsons Isaiah Wilson and Devin Horsley; granddaughters Eboni and De’onna Wilson, Dawn Renee and Dominque Parish.

Favorite Scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths

Donald R. Parish, Sr.
Donald Parish is the seventh of eight children born to Robert Lawrence and Lois Parish. He attended
Dunbar, & Wheatley Elementary Schools, Madison and graduated from Roosevelt High School. He received an Associate’s Degree from El Centro and later graduated from Southern Methodist University. He furthered his education and received a Masters of Theology and a Certificate in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Donald R. Parish serves in the following capacities:
• Pastor True Lee Missionary Baptist Church- (34 yrs; 24 as Sr Pastor, 10 yrs as asst.)
• Member of the South Dallas Faith Coalition
• Founding member of the Bertrand Neighborhood Association
• Vice President of the Board of the Diabetes Health & Wellness Center
Donald R. Parish, Sr. has served in the following organizations:
Moderator of the Galilee Griggs Memorial District Association of Baptist Churches
• Field Supervisor for the Foreign Mission Board, National Baptist Convention, USA Inc.
• 2nd Vice President of the Texas Missionary State Baptist Convention
• President of the Board of the Southfair Development Corporation
• President of the Board of the Martin Luther King Jr Family Life Clinic
• Member of the Park South YMCA
• Area 10 Committee Co-Chair
• Redistricting Commissioner for the City of Dallas District 7
• Special appointee and Advisor to Councilman Leo Chaney
• NationsBank Community Advisory Board
• Member of the Telephone Pioneers of America
• Dallas Chamber of Commerce
• Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce
• Progressive Voters League
• March of Dimes and Jr. Achievement Coordinator
• President Glen Oaks Homeowners Association
• PTA Boards
Assistant Scoutmaster Boys Scouts of America
• Advisor to the HOPE VI Frazier Redevelopment
• Volunteers with the American Cancer Society
• And several leadership offices in the church, prior to becoming Pastor
• Member of the Mayor’s Faith Based Coalition
He has received awards and recognition as a Humanitarian, Minister of the Year, Pastor of the Year and Father of the Year.
Donald R. Parish, Sr. is married to Deborah Salone Parish for 44 years. Two children were born to this union, Kimberly Parish Wilson, Warrant Officer and government worker, and Rev. Donald R. Parish Jr., Youth & Young Adult Pastor and Motivational speaker. Additions to the family includes daughter-in-law, Assistant District Attorney Monica Parish, grandsons, Isaiah Wilson and Devin Horsley; granddaughters Eboni and Deonna Wilson, Dawn Renee and Dominque Parish.
One of Rev. Parish's goals is to provide better outreach ministries in the South Dallas Community. Under his leadership the church decided to change directions and support the building of an outreach center before a badly needed sanctuary. After serious prayers and considerations, plans to construct The Hope Outreach Center were formed.