confronting the spiritual needs and the material realities
Making poverty history requires a holistic approach to restoration, bringing the Gospel of Jesus into the places which suffer from a severity of brokenness, as well as helping resolve the material realities those in poverty face. So...how does BridgeBuilders do it?
Urban Missionaries are true community leaders, ministering where they live. Through life-on-life relationship building and discipleship, lives are being transformed, broken relationships are being restored, and communities are moving out of poverty, one person at a time.
In Dallas' most impoverished communities, we serve as the hands and feet of Christ, living and working hand-in-hand with those most affected by poverty.
Led by our urban missionaries, the men's ministry is aimed at reaching the men of the community with the gospel of Jesus and demonstrating for them daily what it means to be a follower of Christ.
In the poverty-stricken neighborhood of Bonton, our urban missionaries are leading the study of God's word and providing the experience of Christian fellowship.
The women's ministry team invites the women of the community into relationships that spawn hope through ladies' nights out, brunches, and one-on-one discipleship and prayer.
Many of those living in poverty lack the skills and resources needed to maintain meaningful and worthwhile employment. They are often hindered by criminal records and are isolated from opportunities that may exist outside their marginalized communities.
Through BridgeBuilders WORK, participants receive training, support, and tools needed to get and keep a job. Completion of our life skills and employment training provides the possibility to be placed with one of our corporate partners, such as the Omni Dallas Hotel.
Students are matched with one-on-one allies from the across the Dallas community to support their new careers and provide much-needed encouragement.
Participants earn access to our professional clothes closet to prepare for job interviews and employment.
Counselors provide support and guidance to overcome the regret of past mistakes, the shame of past hurts and barriers to success.
Assessing individuals to match them with employment opportunities in the community.
Participants learn the skills for successful employment with one of our corporate sponsors.
Students work with coaches to learn to budget wisely, avoid debt and to set and reach financial goals!
Participants learn the skills to be successful in life and work, such as work-readiness, time management, safety training, and interview techniques.
Parents discover how to manage the responsibilities of parenting the way God instructed.
Child poverty is a huge problem in Dallas. In fact, among large cities we have the highest childhood poverty rate in the United States. The brokenness in our impoverished communities creates an environment where poor education and family dissolution are the norm. Too few opportunities for enrichment and encouragement from positive role models exist.
BridgeBuilders KIDS programs provide positive support, academic assistance, life skills and spiritual understanding, and strive to draw parents into the life of their kids.
Staff and volunteers provide academic support and spiritual development to transform the next generation and break the cycle of poverty.
Building up kids athletically and spiritually in a positive setting grounded in biblical truth.
The After-School Program is a proud partner of Dallas After School, an organization that helps area programs achieve national quality standards.
The Athletics program was the 2015 grant recipient from the Crystal Charity Ball Foundation.
The After-School Program is a member of The School Zone partnership with The Budd Center at SMU. The School Zone is a partnership of schools and non-profits working to prepare students for college and career.
Parents of students in KIDS programs, click here to contact us with any feedback on the program.