‘I think God put it in my way for a reason’

‘I think God put it in my way for a reason’

PEÑITAS, Texas – New to town with few friends, Abigail Garcia didn’t know what she was getting herself into when she followed a classmate’s...
Young professionals raise $8,000 for school supplies

Young professionals raise $8,000 for school supplies

Young Professionals in Houston raised over $8,000 in donations last week to give school supplies and school uniforms to children involved in the...
What does it take to change the life of a single mom? Heart, help and hope

What does it take to change the life of a single mom? Heart, help and hope

When Denise Macon first called Buckner Family Pathways in Amarillo, she was days away from becoming homeless. Now she and her two children have a safe...

Weaver volunteers calculate perfect assistance at perfect time

HOUSTON – In the past few months, the Buckner Family Hope Center Houston/Aldine received an unprecedented number of in-kind donations, so many...
We must always remember where many of the families we serve come from

We must always remember where many of the families we serve come from

Families often come to Buckner Family Pathways when they’ve tried everything else to better their situations on their own without seeing any...
We do missions differently. So should you.

We do missions differently. So should you.

Chances are, if you’ve scrolled through your social media feed lately, you’ve run across a video by Christian comedian John Crist. His...
Ware Elementary students respond to clothing need at Longview Buckner Family Hope Center

Ware Elementary students respond to clothing need at Longview Buckner Family Hope Center

Leaders change the world. For the Ambassadors leadership team at Ware Elementary School in Longview, Texas, that begins with making life better for...
Volunteer: Serve children in foster care so parents can  continue caring for them

Volunteer: Serve children in foster care so parents can continue caring for them

In order to be a foster parent, adults must participate in regular training sessions where they learn how to best care for the children who have...
Vital signs | Dallas single mom goes from homeless shelter to self-sufficiency at Buckner Family Pathways

Vital signs | Dallas single mom goes from homeless shelter to self-sufficiency at Buckner Family Pathways

6 p.m. That’s when Leticia Harley, her 2-month son and 2-year-old daughter could re-enter the emergency homeless shelter in Dallas. They would file...
Together, we change lives

Together, we change lives

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, one principle has shown through again and again. At Buckner International, we truly are a family. We each bring our...
The many roles of dad

The many roles of dad

It’s nearly impossible to overrate the importance of involved, supportive fathers. The relationship a child has with his or her father affects...
The crushing psychological weight of poverty and the need for hope

The crushing psychological weight of poverty and the need for hope

A few months ago, I met a family Buckner serves in Peñitas, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. The six of them slept in a run down trailer, their...
Send greetings to friends, hope to vulnerable families this Christmas

Send greetings to friends, hope to vulnerable families this Christmas

This Christmas, sending a Christmas card can do more than bring greetings to your friends and family – it can make a difference in lives on the...
Roy named executive director of Buckner Family Hope Center Houston/Aldine

Roy named executive director of Buckner Family Hope Center Houston/Aldine

HOUSTON – Buckner International has appointed Shawna Roy director of its Family Hope Center Houston/Aldine. ...
Rio Grande Valley family sees bright future constructed just outside its doorstep

Rio Grande Valley family sees bright future constructed just outside its doorstep

PEÑITAS, Texas – Maria Luisa Morales’ future was so close, it was right outside the front door of the aging one-room travel trailer that...
Poverty spotlight: Choosing between your children

Poverty spotlight: Choosing between your children

When vulnerable families are struggling beneath the crushing weight of poverty, the simplest decisions often become difficult for parents. Even the...
Pain to perseverance: Conroe mom forges forward to earn college degree

Pain to perseverance: Conroe mom forges forward to earn college degree

When Ashlee Robinson first met Anna Rodriquez and Carrie Johnson, she couldn’t even look them in the eye. Reeling from what felt like a series of...
Non-Conformists: Changing the world one family at a time

Non-Conformists: Changing the world one family at a time

Nearly five years after his death, Steve Jobs is largely still considered by many to be the greatest visionary and innovator of his generation. He...
New shoes celebrate a new life for Guatemalan mom

New shoes celebrate a new life for Guatemalan mom

JOCOTENENGO, Guatemala – Gratefulness overcomes Rufina Hernandez when she talks about her shoes. They are the second pair of new shoes she’s ever...
New Houston Family Hope Center becoming a reality

New Houston Family Hope Center becoming a reality

Once, a second Buckner Family Hope Center in Houston was merely a dream. We saw multitudes of vulnerable families and children who needed help, and...

Making dreams come true

When many kids were singing along with "Barney and Friends," Jozlyn Hall was watching open heart surgeries on TLC, dreaming of her future as she...
Make 2017 count: How you can help vulnerable children and families this year

Make 2017 count: How you can help vulnerable children and families this year

Everyone wants his or her life to matter. We want our actions to impact others positively and leave a lasting legacy. The start of a new year is the...
Let’s go back to school

Let’s go back to school

Going back to school can be an anxious time for students. They’re faced with new teachers, new schedules and maybe even new friends. ...
Let's kick the summer off right!

Let's kick the summer off right!

The Buckner Family Hope Center at Wynnewood in Dallas recently brought the community together to kick off the season with the Summer Fam Fest and...
It’s summer! Let’s make it count for our children

It’s summer! Let’s make it count for our children

Let the celebration commence! The last school bell of the year is about to ring and children are going to bolt out the doors for the freedom of a...
How to be a voice for the vulnerable in your church: What we can learn from the CIA

How to be a voice for the vulnerable in your church: What we can learn from the CIA

In the 1990s, CIA Analyst Carmen Medina saw a gap in the information flow from the field to American intelligence agencies. Put simply, the flow was...
Holy Week Series: Redeemed, Released and Ransomed

Holy Week Series: Redeemed, Released and Ransomed

Note: This series of Holy Week devotions is taken from Dr. Albert Reyes’ upcoming book, The Jesus Agenda: Becoming an Agent of Redemption. All...
Holy Week Series: Redeemed and Reconciled

Holy Week Series: Redeemed and Reconciled

Note: This series of Holy Week devotions is taken from Dr. Albert Reyes’ upcoming book, The Jesus Agenda: Becoming an Agent of Redemption.Sunday,...

God delivers perfect construction supplies at perfect time

PEÑITAS, Texas – God’s blessings are always perfect in timing and amount.As the Buckner National Missions staff prepared for another busy season...
From grief to graduation: First Buckner Family Pathways mom in Longview earns college degree

From grief to graduation: First Buckner Family Pathways mom in Longview earns college degree

Stephanie Fletcher’s best friend was her grandmother. She could tell the family matriarch anything and receive wise counsel. Her grandmother was...
Frisco woman makes decade-long impact on children through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®

Frisco woman makes decade-long impact on children through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls®

Lisa Schaefer isn’t much of a shopper. It just doesn’t excite her. Unless it helps vulnerable children through Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls. ...
Friday photo: We are #TexasStrong

Friday photo: We are #TexasStrong

Hurricane Harvey could have divided people and families, each of them trying to pull themselves out of them storm by themselves. Instead, Texans are...
Friday photo: New beginnings

Friday photo: New beginnings

All the apartments at Buckner Family Pathways in Longview are now occupied as nine single-parent families moved in this week, joining the seven...
Friday photo: Jobs For Life

Friday photo: Jobs For Life

Thursday, Buckner President and CEO Albert L. Reyes shared his family testimony during the new Jobs For Life class led by the Buckner Family Hope...
Friday photo: Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake graduations

Friday photo: Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake graduations

This month, Buckner leaders honored the first graduating classes of the Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake in Dallas. Joy beamed across the...
Friday photo: Families are never alone

Friday photo: Families are never alone

At Buckner Family Pathways, families are never alone. At Family Pathways, families build lasting relationships not only with each other but...
Friday photo: Dallas Mavericks players distribute Thanksgiving meals to Dallas families

Friday photo: Dallas Mavericks players distribute Thanksgiving meals to Dallas families

Last week, Dallas Mavericks players Devin Harris and Jeff Withey helped distribute Thanksgiving meals to 250 Dallas families participating in...
Friday photo: City Credit Union hosts shoe drive

Friday photo: City Credit Union hosts shoe drive

In honor of their 75th anniversary, City Credit Union is giving back to the Dallas-Fort Worth community. Throughout the month of March, City Credit...
Friday photo: Building the future

Friday photo: Building the future

This week, a Woman's Missionary Union of Texas team is finishing the construction of a home through Buckner Domestic Missions for the Morales family...
Friday photo: Blessing

Friday photo: Blessing

The Gabriel Apartment Sunday School class at First Baptist Church in Midland, Texas, recently delivered an SUV-load of kitchen supplies that...
Friday photo: Back-to-school

Friday photo: Back-to-school

About 300 children received backpacks filled with school supplies this morning at the Buckner Family Hope Center Houston/Aldine. Noble Energy was a...
Friday photo: A special summer

Friday photo: A special summer

For many of us, the summers of our childhoods include some of the most special moments of our lives. Thanks to the many volunteers that serve through...

Foster care teen looks to become first in her family to go to college

It’s easy to take for granted the role family plays in our lives, especially throughout childhood and adolescence. But Midland High School senior...
First ESL class graduates from Family Hope center at Wynnewood

First ESL class graduates from Family Hope center at Wynnewood

Manuela Rodriguez has five children, each of whom has homework to do each night of the school year. She encourages them to work hard and do well in...
Family Hope Center Houston/Aldine: 25 years of fulfilled promises

Family Hope Center Houston/Aldine: 25 years of fulfilled promises

HOUSTON – Surrounded by longtime friends and supporters, Sylvia Bolling takes it all in – the smiles, the laughter, the memories, the pure joy....
Faith Focus: ‘The pleasing aroma of Christ’

Faith Focus: ‘The pleasing aroma of Christ’

When Vivi first came to her Buckner foster home, she was frightened to be away from her foster mother, Robin. Her foster mother meant comfort, safety...
Faith Focus: Your prayers have made a difference

Faith Focus: Your prayers have made a difference

As Hurricane Harvey approached Texas, Buckner leaders asked you to pray for the children and families we serve. Today, there is no doubt your prayer...
Faith Focus: Why not being good at everything is OK

Faith Focus: Why not being good at everything is OK

I’m not good at a lot of things. If I made a list of them, it’d be extensive Here’s a sample:  ...
Faith Focus: Where will you guide someone this week?

Faith Focus: Where will you guide someone this week?

Lester O’Garro has made mistakes in life. He’s learned lessons the hard way. If he can help it, others won’t repeat his errors.As a volunteer...
Faith Focus: Where do you see Jesus?

Faith Focus: Where do you see Jesus?

Weekly, the Buckner staff gathers for a devotional time that includes prayer for each other and the families that we serve. Last Monday, we gathered...
Faith Focus: What's your why?

Faith Focus: What's your why?

London went to college for four years, but she didn’t graduate. She admits she didn’t buckle down and focus on her education like she should...
Faith Focus: What's your story?

Faith Focus: What's your story?

Last week, representatives from Subway stores across East Texas presented a check for more than $8,000 to Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® to shine...
Faith Focus: What's the capital of Delaware?

Faith Focus: What's the capital of Delaware?

As someone who has interviewed thousands of individuals in my career, I’ve probably asked more than a million questions. That might even be...
Faith Focus: What's on your mind?

Faith Focus: What's on your mind?

Holly Jones, wellness coordinator at Buckner Villas, knows better than to forget her iPod for work each morning. ...
Faith Focus: What to do when you’re not good enough

Faith Focus: What to do when you’re not good enough

Robbie is a hero of mine. He has been for some time. I admire the energy he brings to every room he walks into, his ability to connect with people and...
Faith Focus: What if we worked together?

Faith Focus: What if we worked together?

Elephants realize how how important and difficult it is to raise their offspring. That's why they travel together in herds, working as a team to...
Faith Focus: What are you fighting for?

Faith Focus: What are you fighting for?

Recently, a team of volunteers traveled with Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® and WAY-FM radio in Nashville, Tenn., to place new shoes on the feet of...
Faith Focus: We never know where meeting a need might lead

Faith Focus: We never know where meeting a need might lead

In the mid-1990s, roughly 800 of the 4,000 students at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas, were single parents. Many of them had come back to school to...
Faith Focus: We can do better

Faith Focus: We can do better

This weekend, the nation mourned and voiced its outrage over the tragic events of Charlottesville, Va. Social media was filled with posts voicing...
Faith Focus: Three lessons from Mary on motherhood

Faith Focus: Three lessons from Mary on motherhood

Jesus’ mother, Mary, may be the most famous mom in the world. She’s the subject of countless pieces of art, books and theological...
Faith Focus: The weight of our past

Faith Focus: The weight of our past

For Melanie, returning to the Texas Hill Country was a homecoming. She’s from the area, but returning there wasn’t high on her list of priorities....
Faith Focus: The eyes of Texas are upon you

Faith Focus: The eyes of Texas are upon you

Every other month, a group of men from Buckner Villas in Austin, Texas, meets with Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors, the Richardson-based company...
Faith Focus: The difficulty of introspection

Faith Focus: The difficulty of introspection

A couple years ago, a pair of disc jockeys interviewed actor/comedian Bill Murray and the conversation turned to more serious subjects. Murray went...
Faith Focus: So now what?

Faith Focus: So now what?

I hope your Easter weekend was filled with friends and loved ones gathered to celebrate the risen Christ and what his victory over death means for...
Faith Focus: Small steps of faith can have the biggest impact

Faith Focus: Small steps of faith can have the biggest impact

The ministry of Buckner International touches hundreds of thousands of lives a year. It protects children. It strengthens families. It serves seniors....
Faith Focus: Small great things

Faith Focus: Small great things

More than 400,000 children live in foster homes in the United States, including over 31,000 Texas children. Many of these children have been removed...
Faith Focus: Sitting on the precipice of something new

Faith Focus: Sitting on the precipice of something new

In an office near the front of the Buckner Children and Family Services campus in Longview, Texas, Buckner Family Coach Courtney Barr visits with a...
Faith Focus: Sacrifices for freedom

Faith Focus: Sacrifices for freedom

On May 29, 1944, Joe Griffin and the rest of the 4th Marine Division sailed for Saipan, a Japanese stronghold in the Marianas Islands during World...
Faith Focus: Rejoice in new beginnings

Faith Focus: Rejoice in new beginnings

During the weekend, several more families moved into the Buckner Family Pathways in Longview, Texas. Today and tomorrow, three more will move in. In...
Faith Focus: Prayer requests

Faith Focus: Prayer requests

Antonio Galeno knew how to cut hair. He even knew how to get new clients for his young business. ...
Faith Focus: Prayer for foster care needs

Faith Focus: Prayer for foster care needs

In honor of National Foster Care Month, we're asking the Buckner family to pray for children in the foster care system and parents who are caring for...
Faith Focus: Prayer for families

Faith Focus: Prayer for families

Each day, Buckner serves families. The needs of each are as different as their situations. No matter why they come, they all are looking for hope for...
Faith Focus: Obedience happens one step at a time

Faith Focus: Obedience happens one step at a time

Hector Flores has one wish for his children: “I want them to study so they can become someone. Not like me.” ...
Faith Focus: Meet Aleida. Pray for her and her family.

Faith Focus: Meet Aleida. Pray for her and her family.

In one day last week, the Buckner Family Hope Center at Houston/Aldine distributed food, water, cleaning supplies, hygiene items and clothes to...
Faith Focus: Love is all you need

Faith Focus: Love is all you need

Fifty years ago, the Beatles were part in the first live international satellite television special. It was called “Our World” and featured the...
Faith Focus: Love from the center of who you are

Faith Focus: Love from the center of who you are

Erica Bright’s childhood was filled with abuse and neglect. She entered foster care at the age of 13 and later came to Buckner foster care in...
Faith Focus: Looking for something more

Faith Focus: Looking for something more

Tiara was living in a small Texas town and pregnant at 18. Given her situation, she quickly realized her ability to support her daughter would be...
Faith Focus: Living out Matthew 5:14-16

Faith Focus: Living out Matthew 5:14-16

Bettye Mack awoke one Friday morning in April to water quickly coming under the door of her house. She did everything she could to make it stop, but...
Faith Focus: Living an atypical life

Faith Focus: Living an atypical life

From outward appearance, Christy Haston is a typical, single 30-something woman. An assistant principal at a North Dallas elementary school, Christy...
Faith Focus: Lessons from Thomas Edison

Faith Focus: Lessons from Thomas Edison

You probably know Thomas Edison is one of the greatest inventors in history. He was the force behind the incandescent light bulb, the phonograph and...
Faith Focus: Keep plugging away

Faith Focus: Keep plugging away

Bruce was up against the wall. At 22, he’d signed a major record deal and thought he was on the road to success. But after two disappointing...
Faith Focus: July prayer requests

Faith Focus: July prayer requests

Summer is one of the busiest times of the year at Buckner. Mission teams are shining hope around the world by distributing new footwear through...
Faith Focus: It's time for a dance party

Faith Focus: It's time for a dance party

When Beth and Ryan Vela adopted Claire through Buckner, it was "easily on of the best days" of their lives, "right up there with the birth of our boys...
Faith Focus: Intentional living for Christ

Faith Focus: Intentional living for Christ

Chances are this devotion arrived in your inbox quietly after a pile of weekend junk mail and before the deluge of early morning messages about the...
Faith Focus: How much is a good mom worth?

Faith Focus: How much is a good mom worth?

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Faith Focus: Home

Faith Focus: Home

If you’ve ever taken a trip for a significant period of time, you know how good it feels to come home. The bed feels perfect. Everything is right...
Faith Focus: God save us

Faith Focus: God save us

Yesterday, we kicked off Holy Week by celebrating Palm Sunday. We remembered and reflected on Christ’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem. Christ...
Faith Focus: God of turning points

Faith Focus: God of turning points

Buckner Family Hope Center at Longview mother of two Vanessa Powell can remember the exact moment her life changed forever. She and her boyfriend were...
Faith Focus: Giving gifts

Faith Focus: Giving gifts

In the past few weeks, the children and families who are served through Buckner have been abundantly blessed by the generosity of people who support...
Faith Focus: Generosity begets generosity

Faith Focus: Generosity begets generosity

As Uyless Bland walked out to the mound at Globe Life Park in Arlington for Buckner Day at the Rangers, he had an entire city behind him. ...
Faith Focus: Freeze frame

Faith Focus: Freeze frame

Last week, Buckner leaders honored the first graduating classes of the Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake in Dallas. The ceremony is the...
Faith Focus: Four things God wants us to know today

Faith Focus: Four things God wants us to know today

Each day, Buckner Adoptive Parent Ben Shelton tells his 8-year-old son four things to remember: ...
Faith Focus: Fear or faith?

Faith Focus: Fear or faith?

Halloween is most often associated with things that go bump in the night. When we find ourselves in the darkness of uncertainty, every little noise...
Faith Focus: Faith of our fathers

Faith Focus: Faith of our fathers

Chris, Keith and Dan Malloy are surfing legends. They are known throughout the surfing community for their looks and skill. They’re also known...
Faith Focus: Faith is taking the first step

Faith Focus: Faith is taking the first step

The young lady pictured above is Kalista, an energetic, imaginative, funny and joyous kindergartener I had the pleasure of meeting last week. She’s...
Faith Focus: Expect the Unexpected

Faith Focus: Expect the Unexpected

Brent and Savannah never thought they’d care for a child with special needs. But here was Zach, a “completely non-verbal” 2-year-old in their...
Faith Focus: Do you have the courage?

Faith Focus: Do you have the courage?

New to Peñitas, Texas with few friends, Abigail Garcia didn’t know what she was getting herself into when she followed a classmate’s...
Faith Focus: Do you have a plan?

Faith Focus: Do you have a plan?

Last season, Gordon Hayward was one of the better players in the NBA. The Utah Jazz small forward averaged 19.7 points, 3.7 assists and 5 rebounds a...
Faith Focus: Do what you need to do

Faith Focus: Do what you need to do

Dequante “DQ” Thomas couldn’t have imagined as a single, 27-year-old man, he’d know all the words to “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen....
Faith Focus: Count your blessings by counting the people you love

Faith Focus: Count your blessings by counting the people you love

As I contemplated Thanksgiving leading up to this devotion, I thought of the many ways God has blessed my family this year. We’re healthy. We’re...
Faith Focus: Commitment affects the entire family

Faith Focus: Commitment affects the entire family

Few events in life bring as much anticipation and enthusiasm as a wedding. Months of planning come to fruition in one beautiful day where friends and...
Faith Focus: Coming to Christ with confidence

Faith Focus: Coming to Christ with confidence

Asking for help can be difficult and humbling. Many of us struggle to admit our need for assistance until we don’t have any other option. ...
Faith Focus: Cel-e-brate good times, come on!

Faith Focus: Cel-e-brate good times, come on!

The first full week of June is upon us. That means graduations and graduation parties. ...
Faith Focus: Biblical insights on fatherhood

Faith Focus: Biblical insights on fatherhood

Buckner is blessed with some of the most amazing fathers. Each day, hope shines through their actions. In many ways, they reflect how a loving God...
Faith Focus: Beverlye Dodd's story is the story of all of us

Faith Focus: Beverlye Dodd's story is the story of all of us

Beverlye Dodd grew up being told she was not smart enough, not good enough and not worth enough—and never would be. ...
Faith Focus: August prayer requests

Faith Focus: August prayer requests

This morning young people across Texas are waking up and getting ready for their first day of school. They're nervously putting on backpacks and...
Faith Focus: And the Oscar goes to...

Faith Focus: And the Oscar goes to...

Last tonight, much of the world gathered around screens of various sizes to see the fashion of the stars and watch who was crowned the very best in...
Faith Focus: A week of thanks

Faith Focus: A week of thanks

Thursday may be Thanksgiving, but there's no need to wait until then to be thankful. Truth be told, Buckner has a lot to be thankful for in November. ...
Faith Focus: A father to the fatherless

Faith Focus: A father to the fatherless

Dressed in a white T-shirt and bright orange sneakers, Bishop Putney stands out in more ways than one. While the other five boys glue pieces of wood...
Faith Focus: 'We changed the trajectory of his life'

Faith Focus: 'We changed the trajectory of his life'

Andi Harrison is director of Buckner foster care and adoption in North Texas. She’s also a foster parent. When her first foster child was placed...
Faith Focus: 'Twas the night before school begins

Faith Focus: 'Twas the night before school begins

Shannon* first met Tim* during the second semester of first grade. It was the first time Tim had ever gone to school, and Shannon was trying to help...
Faith Focus: 'I will be with you' in 2017

Faith Focus: 'I will be with you' in 2017

With the turning of the calendar, we often find ourselves turning introspective. We assess where we are and where we'd like to be. Statistics say 45...
Faith Focus: 'Everyone has to help somehow'

Faith Focus: 'Everyone has to help somehow'

Buck and Stephanie Baskin have been foster parents for four years. During the process of caring for children, they sensed God calling them to adopt. ...
East Texas high school athletes collect backpacks, stuffed animals for Buckner foster children

East Texas high school athletes collect backpacks, stuffed animals for Buckner foster children

When children are removed from their home due to neglect or abuse, it often happens quickly. As a result, children many times leave most of their...
Dreaming big dreams: Education defines family's past successes and future hopes

Dreaming big dreams: Education defines family's past successes and future hopes

Nicolas and Sara Flores know what it means to have nothing. Growing up in Tampico, Mexico, they had plenty of it. He went to work as a child after his...
Determined, driven and dedicated: Lufkin single mom overcomes obstacles to succeed

Determined, driven and dedicated: Lufkin single mom overcomes obstacles to succeed

Tiffany Pangarakis was determined. No one ever doubted that. Smart and hard-working, she could succeed at anything she put her mind to. Nothing was...
Dallas family declares ‘This is our time’ to succeed

Dallas family declares ‘This is our time’ to succeed

Tilia Sanchez volunteers at Burnet Elementary School in Dallas whenever she can. She wants to make the school the best it can be for every student,...
Conroe computer company provides laptops for Buckner Family Pathways moms

Conroe computer company provides laptops for Buckner Family Pathways moms

Bruce Freeman often helps people put their computers back together. Whether someone walks in with a virus, malfunctioning software or some other...

Christmas parade brings cheer to Buckner families

By Lauri Ann HansonBuckner International hosted its Annual Christmas Parade to kick off the holiday season Dec. 3 at Buckner Children’s Home in...
Camp Buckner Foster Family Camp: A week of firsts for foster children, families

Camp Buckner Foster Family Camp: A week of firsts for foster children, families

Buckner foster and adoptive families know that family is about more than biological connections. It’s about people who love and care about each...
By the numbers: Poverty in Dallas

By the numbers: Poverty in Dallas

Buckner International has served the vulnerable in Dallas since 1879. Through our Buckner Family Hope Center in Wynnewood, Buckner Family Pathways and...

Buckner sends 6,700 pairs of shoes to aid refugees affected by ISIS

DALLAS – Buckner International is sending more than 6,700 pairs of shoes to aid refugees in Kurdistan who have fled from the Islamic State of Iraq...
Buckner in East Texas rings in Christmas early for vulnerable children, families

Buckner in East Texas rings in Christmas early for vulnerable children, families

Christmas came early this year for vulnerable families and children served through Buckner in East Texas. ...

Buckner gives 3 millionth pair of shoes to Guatemalan child

By Lauren Hollon SturdyJOCOTENANGO, Guatemala – Dulce Alquijay Raymundo smiled deeply as Buckner social worker Perla Maldonado crouched beside her...
Buckner families check in as safe

Buckner families check in as safe

All children, families and seniors served by Buckner International in Southeast Texas continue to be safe. ...
Buckner cuts ribbon for new Longview campus Nov. 18

Buckner cuts ribbon for new Longview campus Nov. 18

Buckner Children and Family Services of East Texas officially opened a $6 million campus Nov. 18 in Longview, Texas, including its expanded Family...
Buckner begins serving in Houston following Hurricane Harvey

Buckner begins serving in Houston following Hurricane Harvey

Volunteers serving through Buckner International today are cleaning out homes of families affected by Hurricane Harvey. ...
Buckner Peru helps man connect with God, changes life

Buckner Peru helps man connect with God, changes life

The weight of Angel Coyllo’s past was crushing him. ...
Buckner Lufkin volunteer instills joy of reading in children

Buckner Lufkin volunteer instills joy of reading in children

Every day is fun at the Buckner Mary Jo Gordon Child Development Center. Smiles and laughter fill classrooms each day as children play with each other...
Buckner Family Pathways: A road to a better life

Buckner Family Pathways: A road to a better life

Tiara Johnson was going to go to college. Nothing was going to stop her – not the long hours, not having to balance a full-time job with a heavy...
Buckner Family Pathways in Midland empowers single mother to dream again

Buckner Family Pathways in Midland empowers single mother to dream again

Sitting in a shelter for abused women was never in Michaella Saucedo’s plans. It’s never in anyone’s plans. Yet that’s exactly where Michaella...
Buckner Family Hope Centers: Making summer fun possible for all

Buckner Family Hope Centers: Making summer fun possible for all

Summer is upon us. Swimming pools are open as are students’ schedule for friends, camps and vacations. There’s plenty of time for fun in the sun....
Buckner Family Hope Centers make going back to school easier for vulnerable children

Buckner Family Hope Centers make going back to school easier for vulnerable children

When the door opened in a small portable building at the Buckner Family Hope Center Houston/Aldine, a soothing voice beckoned a mother and her three...
Buckner Family Hope Center students pitch in for shoe drive

Buckner Family Hope Center students pitch in for shoe drive

A group of students involved in the Buckner Family Hope Center at Aldine in Houston recently helped vulnerable children through the Buckner Shoes for...
Buckner Family Hope Center helps make life ‘200 percent’ better for single mom

Buckner Family Hope Center helps make life ‘200 percent’ better for single mom

Each Wednesday of the summer, the Buckner Family Hope Center in Longview, Texas, offered free meals for children at her apartment complex. BK...
Buckner Family Hope Center founder named 2015 Outstanding Woman

Buckner Family Hope Center founder named 2015 Outstanding Woman

HOUSTON – The North Harris County Branch of the American Association of University Women named Buckner Family Hope Center Houston/Aldine founder...

Big shoes to fill: A call to action

DALLAS – Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® has an urgent need for new boys’ and men’s athletic shoes in sizes Youth 1-Adult 10.Ninety-five...
Beaumont Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® drive sets local record

Beaumont Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls® drive sets local record

A record number of vulnerable children will have hope and help as a result of the 88.1 KLBT Community Shoe Drive that collected nearly 2,900 pairs of...
Art Weiner carries on legacy of caring through Buckner Children’s Village

Art Weiner carries on legacy of caring through Buckner Children’s Village

Her picture is the first thing Art Weiner sees when he wakes up each morning and the last thing he sees before nodding off to bed at night. She’s...
An experience. And a calling.

An experience. And a calling.

The moment I stepped off of a bus on my first international mission trip and mentally photographed a smile from a little boy, I experienced a feeling...

Against the odds

By Shawn SpurrierPhotos by Chelsea QuackenbushOn any given Saturday afternoon, Dustin Haley can be found studying at a local coffee shop – blending...

A place to call home

Plastic dishes neatly in the kitchen counter’s drying rack. Paw-shaped mud stains on the concrete driveway. Disney Channel from the corner...
3 ways shoes bring hope

3 ways shoes bring hope

For the past 16 years, we've been giving shoes to children around the world and in the United States. Most of us don't think twice about the shoes we...

15-year-old creates mural for Buckner in Beaumont

A 15-year-old is previewing her art this week -- not at a gallery but at Buckner Childrens' Village where she is doing a mural. Artist Kaylee...
'You are home'

'You are home'

Each day, Ben Shelton tells his 8-year-old son, Banks, the four things he needs to know: ...
'I'd like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free'

'I'd like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free'

On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks boarded a largely empty bus in Montgomery, Ala. after a long day at work as a seamstress. She walked by several rows of...

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