Dawson McAllisterDawson McAllister

2127 S. Minnesota Ave. Ste 203 Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Dawson McAllisterSummary Statement:

Since it's inception in 1989, TheHopeLine has grown into a well-funded, highly technological, and strategically operated system of call centers that serve as the rescue arm of the Dawson McAllister Association. Beginning with a handful of volunteers the manned the phones in 1989, TheHopeLine now has over 450 trained volunteers serving from five (5) major call center across the United States and several satellite call centers located on or near the campuses of prestigious Christian colleges and universities. Major call centers are located in Tennessee (2), South Dakota, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

Clear thinking and right values are provided to callers and those connecting via instant messaging six days a week 365 days a year. In addition, TheHopeLine has partnered with strong faith-based partners to provide longer term care and services to those seeking help, advice and healing. Trained volunteers serve as HopeCoaches, engaging teenagers and young adults by listening, empathizing, encouraging, offering biblical perspectives and prayer.

Work of the organization:

Dawson McAllister is recognized internationally as a gifted youth communicator. During his 35 year career he has spoken to millions of teenagers and young adults through television, student conferences, and radio. Dawson also succeeded as an author by publishing nearly twenty titles resulting in over one million copies in print. He began his national radio show in the early 90's on various Christian radio stations. Starting with only five stations, his call-in talk show, Dawson McAllister Live! (DMLive) grew to be broadcast nationwide, and in 1994 was voted National Religious Broadcaster's Talk Show of the Year.

Shortly after the start of DMLive on radio, it became painfully clear that radio alone was not enough. Compelled by the burgeoning need of hurting young callers, Dawson created TheHopeLine - an off-air call center where one-on-one conversations might truly effect change in the lives of the callers.

In 2005 he made the decision to transition to mainstream radio in an effort to help a larger audience of teens and young adults. Dawson is currently heard on over 145 stations throughout the United States and Canada. Also, today, the radio audience is over one million listeners each week, while TheHopeLine is connecting with thousands each month through phones, chats, and text messages.