Did you know the Bachman Lake area near Love Field Airport is home to more children under the age of five than any other area in Dallas? Fifty-seven percent of residents here have less than a high school education and the Child Protective Services removal rate is twice the Dallas County average.
Due to the need in this poverty-stricken area of Dallas, we’re raising money to build the Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake.
What is a Family Hope Center?
We believe the best way to protect children is to strengthen families. Buckner Family Hope Centers are places where families go to take part in educational programs such as financial empowerment and job skills classes as well as receive counseling, aid, coaching, and more so they can reach their fullest potential. The goal is not only to keep families together but also to strengthen them from the inside out.
YOU can help equip families in this area of Dallas by giving to Buckner on North Texas Giving Day on Sept. 20, 2018 (Scheduled Giving Sept. 10 – 19)!
If the statistics haven’t convinced you that families living in the Bachman Lake area need our programs and services, maybe this will:
Despite not having our own building yet, we’ve partnered with other organizations in the area to rent space to be able to get started spreading hope and education through our programs and services. So far, we have served over 3,500 individuals through various events and activities such as VBS, sports camps, an Easter picnic, and other community engagement activities. Many of these people have participated in our classes such as Jobs for Life, Faith and Finance, Parenting, and other job-readiness classes. There are 26 families that are currently working with our family coach to create a family transformation plan, setting family goals, and enriching their family to reach their full potential.
We’ve already begun building a strong presence so that we can get started building strong families in this area of Dallas. Now, we need your help to build the Buckner Family Hope Center - a safe place where these families can gather, learn and grow together to change the trajectory of their children’s lives so they don’t grow up thinking the crime happening all around them is “normal.”
Last year, we introduced you to the Sanchez family who took part in our Jobs for Life program where they learned how to start their own construction company. They have since moved out of the Bachman Lake area and are now home-owners with their own successful business!
This year, we want to introduce you to the Martinez family. They started attending classes for life and business skills where Buckner staff taught them methods they could apply to their piñata-making business and their income has nearly tripled. Click here to listen to Marta Martinez’s inspiring journey.
“We may stumble but we have to continue forward. That’s the hope Buckner gives us” ~ Marta Martinez
Having this Family Hope Center in the heart of the Bachman Lake community will allow us to be able to help more families like the Sanchez’s and Martinez’s realize their full potential and prosper.
Together, we can shine hope into the lives of families in the Bachman Lake area of Dallas who are facing overwhelming odds. If you feel called to give, please consider donating to Buckner on North Texas Giving Day, Sept. 20!
How do I give on North Texas Giving Day?
It’s easy! Log onto www.NorthTexasGivingDay.org from 6 a.m. until midnight on Sept. 20 and donate using a credit or debit card. Remember to designate Buckner Children and Family Services as the nonprofit of your choice.
If you don’t have time to give on Sept. 20, you can schedule your donation any time between Sept. 10 at 8 a.m. and Sept. 19 at midnight. Your scheduled gift will be processed from your credit card or debit account on Sept. 20, the day of North Texas Giving Day. If you schedule your gift, you’ll receive two emails from the Communities Foundation of Texas. The first will be an email confirming your gift has been scheduled and will be processed on Sept. 20. The second email will let you know your gift has been processed on Sept. 20. The second email can be used as a tax receipt.
Why should I give on North Texas Giving Day?
Buckner will receive a percentage of bonus funds from the Communities Foundation of Texas based on how many funds we raise. By giving on North Texas Giving Day, you’re helping your donation go even further to help protect children and strengthen families.