BridgeBuilders Transportation Services weekly route officially launched on September 30, 2019! Through this ministry, residents will be able to visit Walmart Neighborhood Market, Parkland Clinic, the bank, and many other essential locations on a weekly basis. Milton Baker, Transportation Coordinator at BridgeBuilders, has been the heart of this endeavor. “I, myself, am a senior in this neighborhood. I am very passionate about the other seniors that live in Bonton, and I want to do whatever I can to serve them,” Milton remarked.
We are confident that the Bonton Neighborhood Association and the City of Dallas will prove to be extremely valuable relationships as our residents continue to build up their community. These partnerships are essential to our mission to engage, equip, and empower individuals, families, and communities in South Dallas. Individually, we are limited. Together, we can make a lasting impact on Bonton for generations to come! We welcome you to join us as we venture to restore hope and transform communities.
Every year, North Texas Giving Day presents an opportunity for people to “Get Up and Give!” Our donors, and many more first-time givers, showed out all day by helping us fundraise $30,000! We could not do what we do without awesome generosity like this. To everyone who gave, we want to send a huge “THANK YOU!” Through you, the Lord is building something special.
Luke 2:52 proclaims, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Bridge to Summer was designed to engage students on such a journey. Jyron Jackson explained, “BridgeBuilders summer program has taught me more about God than I ever knew before.” Equipping Jyron and his peers with truth and witnessing them move from “here to there” on their spiritual journey was the greatest adventure of all!
Nearly two hundred students will start the school year winning as a result of BridgeBuilders annual I Got Your Back event held at Buckeye Commons Recreation Center on August 9. Each child received a backpack, school supplies, uniforms, and shoes to begin the year equipped for success.
A record number of friends from Prestonwood Singles Ministry returned to Bonton for Adopt-A-Block service day on Saturday, July 20. Bonton residents welcomed sixty Prestonwood “neighbors” into their homes, front porches and backyards on Dorris Street. Lawns were mowed, weeds were pulled, houses were painted, and yards were cleared of debris as friendships were being formed and renewed.
As a Community Achievement Coach for BridgeBuilders, Vonda Harris works hard to connect the residents of Bonton to CitySquare so that they might be equipped with whatever means necessary to secure a living-wage job.
“Summer Camp” can bring to mind a variety of sights, sounds, and memories. Forty-five Bonton students and six adult mentors spent a week in June attending Kids Across America (KAA) camp in Branson, Missouri, making memories and marking milestones in their spiritual journey.
The Lord blessed us on this June Saturday by allowing us to see the fruit of our labor when volunteers were able to pray for Cynthia Smith. With tears running down her face, she said, “Thank you for coming to serve my family.” This was truly a picture of the Spirit’s work through the church and the restoration of relationships.
Turner Courts Recreation Center was the place to be Thursday, May 30, for high fives, hardware, and highlights celebrating students who participated in BridgeBuilders athletic programs throughout the year. On June 1, Elevate Your Game (EYG) Basketball Camp was held at Turner Courts Recreation Center continuing a BridgeBuilders and Bonton tradition.
Most of us share a common location as our physical birthplace, a hospital. Our spiritual birthplace, however, can be as unique as our individual souls. DQ Teague, friend of BridgeBuilders, experienced the birth of his NEW life in Christ during Hoop Church in Bonton. You might say he was reborn or made NEW, court-side!
Bonton residents and friends from all over the DFW metroplex gathered Saturday morning, May 4, to participate in the inaugural Bonton Spring 5K. One hundred twenty people registered for the event in support of the mission and vision of BridgeBuilders.
Did you see what happened on Dorris street?! BridgeBuilders hosted Adopt-the-Block serve day in Bonton on Saturday, April 27, beginning with families and homes on Dorris Street. Community members from Prestonwood Baptist Church worked alongside Bonton residents getting their homes and lawns ready for the spring and summer season.
This past Saturday was I Got Your Back, our annual event providing much-needed school supplies both in Bonton. This event is impossible without the dozens of volunteers and friends like you providing the backpacks and supplies. On behalf of the 200 students and families who participate in BridgeBuilders Kids programming throughout the year...thank you!
Yesterday was a big day for Turner Courts Recreation Center, BridgeBuilders’ center of operation in Bonton. We had a blast dedicating the new court with our friends from the Mavs Foundation and Dallas Maverick’s player, Wesley Matthews.
Gisela Romero was referred to our employment training class (Nov-Dec 2017) through one of our community partners, Dr. Parker at Soul Church. She had two friends from the church who had also graduated from our program, so she knew what to expect and was very “motivated” towards accomplishing her goal of culinary school. But first, Gisela had broken areas of her life that she needed to work through…
Summers in Bonton is always exciting and fun for the kids in the community. Our KIDS team works hard every year to make Turner Courts the place to be during summer. This year is no different. Every Monday through Thursday, our team will be hosting actives in the gym ranging from science experiments to arts and craft to games.
One of the questions that we are constantly fielding is “I want to help make poverty history. How can I get involved?” We love that question, so we decided to write a short series of posts sharing the different ways that you can serve the poor in our city.
Our BridgeBuilders WORK team is participating in the first of a prestigious multi-year Working Families Success cohort with the Communities Foundation of Texas. BridgeBuilders, along with 8 other agencies from across North Texas, are working with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Working Families Success model in order to bring integrated services more easily to families who are in critical need of support.
This morning, our BridgeBuilders work team hosted an open house for all of our partner agencies in our WORK program's new space. There was a wonderful turn out of many friends and partners, old and new. Breakfast tacos from Taqueria La Ventana and plentiful coffee greeted our guests as they came into our new offices.
For the second year in a row, BridgeBuilders has been awarded a $6000 grant from the State Fair of Texas. Each year the State Fair of Texas funds summer programs, granting thousands of dollars to the local South Dallas community.
It seems necessary to address why and even if Christians should be involved in redeeming society and culture. There are many who deride such activity as being a diversion from the real work of the church, which in their minds is nothing more than articulating the personal plan of salvation (or “gospel,” very narrowly understood).
We are so excited to be spending our first week in our new location at Good Work in South Dallas. Good Work is an incredible new co-working space that will be hosting the BridgeBuilders WORK team and class, along with our support and executive staff.
Michael Craven, president of BridgeBuilders, was invited to help graduate students, in Professor John Potter’s Advanced Mediation class at Southern Methodist University, better understand the culture of poverty.
The class was given a scenario in which they were called upon to mediate a conflict between…