Buckner leaders, government officials, partners and families served by the Family Hope Center gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking on the the proposed 21,795-square-foot effort on approximately two acres at the corner of Lombardy Avenue and Geraldine Drive that will be home to the two-story Family Hope Center. It will sit strategically between multi-unit family living complexes and single-family homes in one of Dallas’ most economically-challenged areas.
This tract of land is the first property purchased in Dallas by Buckner to serve children and families since 1880, when found R.C. Buckner purchased land in East Dallas for the original orphans home and is still being used today to serve children and families.
"R.C. Buckner was motivated by the New Testament admonition that 'Pure religion that the Father accepts is to visit orphans and widows in their distress.' That biblical mandate drives us even today, 139 years later," said Albert Reyes, president and CEO of Buckner International. "We have never wavered from that vision and mission. Today, vulnerable children and orphans remain at the core of what we do."
In the Bachman community, the teen pregnancy rate is three times the national average. The child removal rate by Child Protective Services is twice the average rate of the rest of Dallas County and 96 percent of their students are economically disadvantaged.
"While many people and organizations might focus on these problems, Buckner focuses on the strengths of the families represented by these statistics," said Ricardo Brambila, the Family Hope Center director. "We choose to look at what children and families have and what they can become rather than only seeing what they lack or what they are not. We have chosen to build on their strengths. By engaging and equipping children and families, we are elevating them, creating strong and safe families for children. We are transforming the community one family at a time and one child at a time through the Buckner Family Hope Center."
"While many people think of Buckner as the place where children go to live, we want to be known as an organization that helps children stay where they belong – with their own families, safe and protected," Reyes said. "This new Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake will be a beacon of opportunity; a place where hope is seen and where dreams become a reality."
Buckner operates 26 similar Family Hope Centers in Texas and six countries. Buckner Family Hope Centers equip children and strengthen families for life. They are child-centered, family-focused places where families go to find hope, support, and empowerment in their community to reach their fullest potential.
Click here for more information about the Shining Hope Dallas campaign to build a Family Hope Center in the Bachman Lake community.