If you’ve been following us, you know that 2019 has featured the return of the Adopt-A-Block initiative. Since April, six Bonton homes have received the love and care that they deserve through our partnership with the residents. However, if all we did was host 40-50 volunteers once a month to come and do yard work, maintenance, and build relationships we would be missing out on a much greater opportunity. Our calling is not only to engage the neighborhood, but to equip and empower it as well.
The Bonton Neighborhood Association was started by Velma Mitchell, one of the co-founders of BridgeBuilders, in 2011. It was officially relaunched in 2018 by long-time friend of the ministry and Bonton resident, Clifton Reese. The BNA is a group of volunteers committed to preserving and enhancing the residential character of the neighborhood of Bonton. They are now coming alongside us for Adopt-A-Block! They will be playing a very important role in the follow-up process with residents, to insure that they are able to further maintain the projects accomplished during Adopt-A-Block. Along with the BNA, we have also formed a partnership with the City of Dallas. We have been able to start the process of connecting residents to the many resources that they have available through their various programs. 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. If you would like to get involved, email Sheldon Norred at firstname.lastname@example.org.