Today’s blog is part 1 of a new series on Frequently Asked Questions. Stay tuned as we address some of the common questions asked of us: who BridgeBuilders is, what we do, our history, our future, and more. So what do y'all do? Let’s dive in head first. In the near future we will discuss our mission, what we believe, and more, but probably the most common question we get is simply: What does BridgeBuilders do? The answer is simple, yet very involved.
The short answer is poverty alleviation. We will address that term more at a later date, but really we are working to cure poverty. Everything we do is driven by the idea that we can cure poverty in our city, but it is a lot more complex than just building nice buildings, or throwing money at the problem. The problem is rooted in relationships. (For more on the relational view of poverty, read more here).
I know, I know, I still haven’t answered the question: what do y'all do?
Here goes: our programming is broken down into several categories, again always aimed at curing poverty. Below is a short description of each of those categories, but to really see what we do, you can see each category broken down into more detail by visiting hisbridgebuilders.org/what-we-do.
Urban Missions: Our Urban Missionaries live in the communities they serve, providing a relational presence in the impoverished neighborhoods of Dallas and serving as a tangible expression of the gospel in their communities.
Employment Services: Through our employment programs, participants receive training, support, and tools needed to get and keep a job. Completion of our life skills and employment training provides the possibility to be placed with one of our corporate partners
Youth Programs: Our youth programs provide positive support, academic assistance, life skills and spiritual understanding, and strive to draw parents into the life of their kids.
Redemptive Services: Our Kingdom-focused programs and services serve to restore the brokenness in all four of our foundational relationships: with God, self, others, and creation. Through education and mentoring, people learn the fundamental skills to create and maintain a life of self-sufficiency and begin to break the cycle of poverty.
Economic Development: The Good-Works Company, our engine for economic development, was established to create meaningful employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in the communities we serve. The subsidiary companies, Bonton Motor-Works and Bonton Honey are for-profit businesses where employees share responsibility, knowledge, power and profit to create a God-honoring form of work.