• North Texas Giving Day 2014

    Will you join us in participating in the 2014 North Texas Giving Day? This one day online giving event provides you the opportunity to make a greater impact with your donation. Your gift of $25 or more is eligible for bonus funds from community partners and North Texas Giving Day sponsors. To donate to this event on September 18th visit http://www.northtexasgivingday.org/#npo/h-i-s-bridgebuilders.

  • Community Restoration, One Life at a Time

    H.I.S. BridgeBuilders exists to reconcile lost souls to Jesus Christ. To accomplish our purpose, we unite Christians across cities to restore urban communities through education, health, economic and spiritual development.

    This video explains how we combine education and economic development, in strategic partnerships with businesses, to help restore the lives of individuals, their families, and their communities.

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H.I.S. BridgeBuilders is a movement of God
uniting Christians across cities to restore urban communities through...
EDUCATION

It is widely agreed that individuals in poverty often lack access to an adequate education, and without an adequate education are often constrained to a life of poverty fueled by low wage jobs or chronic unemployment. The communities we serve are marred by poverty and characterized by higher than average unemployment rates, lower than average high school completion rates, and lack of access to adult education. Without direct intervention, poverty persists and only worsens with each generation.

H.I.S. BridgeBuilders works to alleviate poverty by examining the state of education in a given community and creating new outlets to improve access to education. By offering comprehensive education programs coupled with employer-advised job training, individuals are equipped with skills, knowledge and supportive services needed to gain and maintain employment.

• Vocational Training and Certification
• Financial Education and Coaching
• Adult Mentoring
• Job Readiness Training
• Life Skills Training
• Job-Placement Program

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HEALTH

Poor health affects every aspect of life—finances, relationships, employment, and spirituality—and inevitably perpetuates the cycle of poverty. The communities we serve are synonymous with the terms food desert and job desert. They are plagued by a lack of access to fresh, healthy food, and chronic disinvestment resulting in higher than average unemployment and poverty rates. As a result, these communities have some of the highest rates of preventable and treatable diseases.

H.I.S. BridgeBuilders assesses the state of wellness in a community and then creates programs and services to improve the quality of health. Comprehensive programs and services address multiple aspects of wellness, including physical, mental and spiritual health, necessary to achieve complete restoration in the communities we serve.

• Low Cost Vision Screenings & Eyeglasses
• Christian Counseling & Addiction Recovery Support
• Community Supported Agriculture
• Youth Athletic Program

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Many injustices are present in the communities that we serve. As a result of these injustices, people in these communities do not have access to jobs either because of prior criminal offenses, lack of training and skills or lack of transportation. A job is the greatest tool for poverty alleviation and the workplace provides a unique environment in which discipleship can continue.

The Good-Works Company is the for-profit subsidiary of H.I.S. BridgeBuilders. The company was established for the purpose of creating jobs for the economically disadvantaged residents of south Dallas. Through its subsidiary companies, the company offers and continually seeks to develop a unique array of products and services aimed at creating value in the market, providing economic independence through meaningful employment, and delivering a unique consumer experience through a better form of business that operates under a robust theology of work where employees share responsibility, knowledge, power and profit to create a God-honoring form of business.

To learn more about The Good-Works Company and our family of businesses visit: www.goodworkscompany.com

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SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

While education feeds the mind, health services restore the body, and economic development creates opportunity, we all have spiritual needs that cannot be ignored. While we do not pressure individuals or pursue an aggressive religious agenda, we are very open about our dependence upon God for His provision and protection, and we offer many optional services that encourage a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

H.I.S. BridgeBuilders works to unite communities by engaging residents in worship, recreation, safety, and service. Children and families find security and fun at our community center, and our new church plant will help unite the neighborhood in service to God.

• Home Ownership & Renovation
• Church Planting
• Community Bible Studies
• Evangelism & Discipleship
• Community Events

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Blind, But Can Now See

The Blind Years

Willie “Right” Charles was born and raised in the Bonton Turner Courts housing development in Dallas. He was raised by a mother that struggled with drugs and was unable to provide for him and his two sisters. These hardships drove him to the streets at age sixteen. Because he desired to help his family, he began selling drugs and hustling. With the death of his twin brother weighing heavily on his heart and the stress of being the only male in his household, Willie did everything better than most to make up for his loss. At eighteen Willie had a son of his own, and he began to hustle even harder to give him what he never had. After almost twenty years of surviving, and thriving on the streets, the Lord began the beautiful work of brokenness in Willie.

In 2006, when Willie was thirty-three, God put a stop to his worldly ways. Willie was charged with his first drug case and went to prison. Not only did the streets catch up with him but his health began to fail as well. After going to the doctor and finding out that he had type 2 diabetes, he knew then that he had to change his life. When he got out of jail in 2008, he thought that he could beat the disease on his own, but that didn’t work. In 2010 he noticed that he couldn’t see out of his out of his left eye and his right eye was beginning to fail. He now had two cataracts and it was going to cost him $1500 for a surgery he couldn’t afford. The fear of living in blindness brought him to his knees and he began begging God to give him something else to do before he went blind.

Sight Restored

One day a good friend, Rodrick Yarborough, told him about God and how good He had been to him. He too once lived the street life but had given it up for Christ. He invited him to the neighborhood Bible study and Willie gladly attended. Although he didn’t say much he listened and heard Matthew 6:33 which told him ” seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and then all things will be added unto you.” Soon after, he started getting many blessings from the Lord. The first major blessing was that God restored his sight. Through the Parkland Plus program and faith in God he followed through with surgery and both cataracts were removed!

In March 2013 after graduating from HISBB job training class, he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. Mike Fechner led him through his decision and reiterated that his past was gone and He was made new. Willie was free for the first time in his life! His sins were gone and joy overwhelmed him. Willie helps coach Crossover sports teams. You will often find him loving on people in the community, meeting their physical needs, visiting his friends in jail and making disciples.

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From Donor to Executive Director

We took some time to sit down with Kevin, our Executive Director, and ask him a few questions about the ministry. We are excited about the future of the ministry and how God is using Kevin to lead us during this time. Please take a few minutes to read the interview and see how you can become apart of this movement too.

1. What was your first exposure to BridgeBuilders?
My first exposure to BridgeBuilders was through serving as a Bible Fellowship class director at Prestonwood Baptist Church. Our Bible Fellowship class served on a ministry project, painting classrooms at the school in Bonton. I was also discipled 15 years ago by Mike Fechner, Founder of H.I.S. BridgeBuilders.

2. When you were first volunteering with BridgeBuilders what was it about the ministry that made you give your time and money?
As I volunteered at BridgeBuilders I saw God moving each and every day in the lives of people and I wanted to be a part. I saw lives being restored to God, but without fresh food. I saw people who wanted to work, but couldn't because of a prior setback. I saw people who had great motivation, but didn't have the basic skills to keep a job. Seeing the work of the ministry was a catalyst to giving.

3. How has BridgeBuilders affected you personally?
BridgeBuilders has taught me how to live by faith and it has revealed certain prejudices that I had against the poor. I now understand that poverty isn’t simply a decision someone makes, but it can result from certain injustices in our society. BridgeBuilders works to break down those injustices.

4. What was it about BridgeBuilders that made you accept the challenge of being Executive Director?
I accepted the challenge of being Executive Director because of God’s prompting. I clearly didn’t envision leaving the Corporate working world and becoming Executive Director of a ministry like BridgeBuilders. However, God had a plan as he brought Mike Fechner and me back together in May of 2013.

5. What is your future vision for the ministry?
BridgeBuilders will continue the work of restoring individuals to God. This process is multi-faceted with the foundation of restoration being an eternal relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. However, we don’t stop there. We pursue restoration by actively engaging in the community through several programs. We build urban farms for fresh food in areas known as food deserts, we start companies to create jobs in economically depressed areas and train and hire from within that community, we walk along side youth in sports ministries and after school programs. More importantly we bring together diverse ethnic and economic groups to make this all possible through lasting Christ-centered relationships.

6. How would you like to challenge our donors?
I would first like to thank our current donors for partnering with us. Part of the restoration process is to fight the income inequality gap that exists today in our neighborhoods. Did you know that Dallas has the third highest level of poverty for cities with over one million in population? Dallas is the 2nd fastest growing city in terms of poverty since 2000. All of the people we serve fall in the poverty category. Our mission is not to feed them fish, but to show them how to fish. Would you join me in giving to the ministry so that we can work to equip people to live the life that God has intended?

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