• 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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Crossover Athletics

Summer can be a busy time for us with our families; however, the ministry of H.I.S. BridgeBuilders continues in earnest. In 2011 God birthed Crossover Athletics at H.I.S. BridgeBuilders to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, disciple and teach life lessons to youth in Bonton through sports. Brandon McCain leads Crossover Athletics for H.I.S. BridgeBuilders.

Bonton youth are confronted with many challenges. Those challenges range from single parent homes, to dealing drugs, to gang violence, to very high dropout rates. The dropout rate in Bonton exceeds 50%, but during the last two years we have experienced an 89% graduation rate for those that participate in Crossover Athletics.

Shaquille is one of the many kids Brandon has helped. Before he got involved in Crossover Athletics, Shaq was dangerously close to succumbing to the call of street life, as he was already involved in violence and drugs in high school. Shaq was clearly on the road to dropping out of school and failing to attain a diploma. All of this changed, however, when a friend invited him to join his Crossover Athletics basketball team. The team’s prayers intrigued Shaq in his early days at Crossover Athletics, as he began to think more deeply about his own purely nominal faith. This interest culminated with Shaq giving his life to the Lord at a basketball camp, where the Holy Spirit spoke through Brandon about Christ and touched Shaq’s heart. This decision served as a turning point in Shaq’s life.

Crossover Athletics was used by God to miraculously change Shaq, who has left fighting and selling drugs and recently graduated high school. He has plans to enter the military at the end of August. He also plans to return to warn kids of the dangers of the street and to share his story of change through Christ.

Crossover Athletics is cultivating the next generation of godly men to make a difference in their neighborhood. With Brandon closely walking beside the Crossover Athletics youth, and implementing a consistent program of accountability and discipleship, many kids, like Shaq, have begun to experience drastic change in their lives. The power of grace has made them new creations and has started to break the cycle that has trapped Bonton for generations.

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Inspiring Others Through Education

Second Chances

I moved to Bonton in the fall of 2000. In the spring of 2001 I noticed a group of people were coming into the neighborhood evey weekend to clean up the streets and empty lots, and give out Bibles and bottled water. One Saturday afternoon in 2007 I saw a few of the group members leaving from the Bible Study at the home of my neighbor’s, Charles and Monica Armelin. I decided to walk over and inquire about what it was that brought the group to the neighborhood every weekend. That is when I met Mike Fechner and he told me that they were a part of a ministry called H.I.S. BridgeBuilders who had adopted the neighborhood.

At the time I was working part-time with the Boys and Girls Club in Bonton and did not have health or dental insurance. My neighbor, Charles Armelin, told me about H.I.S. BridgeBuilders Dental Clinic and mentioned they had a part-time position available. In December I visited the dental clinic for a tooth ache and, while there, I asked about the part-time position. In January of 2008 I became a contract worker at the BridgeBuilders’ Dental Clinic as the receptionist, and then later transitioned to part-time. When the Dental Clinic closed in May of 2009 I was offered a full-time position at BridgeBuilders’ Eye Clinic, which I gladly accepted. I worked at the eye clinic from June of 2009 to December of 2011.

College-Bound

I made a huge decision in my life in the fall of 2011 when I decided to return to college. I wanted to earn a college degree before my oldest son graduated high school to show my children that is it never too late to accomplish your goals. I graduated with my Associates of Science in Human Services Management in August of 2012 and I am now working toward my Bachelors of Science in Human Services Family and Children.

H.I.S. BridgeBuilders has been a major influence in my life. I now work as part of the Vocational Training & Employment Services team and have received many words of encouragement and great support from my team. I am so grateful for the opportunities that have been given to me and my family. Without the support of my family, H.I.S. BridgeBuilders, and the blessings of God none of this would be possible. I am now getting ready to complete my first internship at Genesis Women Shelter, working side by side with a great case manager. After graduating with my bachelor’s degree I will become the case manager for the clients we serve at H.I.S. BridgeBuilders and will help to restore lives the way my life has been restored.

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