confronting the spiritual needs and the material realities
Making poverty history requires a holistic approach to restoration, bringing the Gospel of Jesus into the places which suffer from a severity of brokenness, as well as helping resolve the material realities those in poverty face. So...how does BridgeBuilders do it?
Urban Missionaries are true "indigenous" leaders, ministering to the communities where they live. Through life-on-life relationship building and discipleship, lives are being transformed, broken relationships are being restored, and communities are moving out of poverty, one person at a time.
Led by our indigenous urban missionaries, the men's ministry is aimed at reaching the men of the community with the gospel of Jesus and demonstrating for them daily what it means to be a follower of Christ.
The women's ministry team, led by an indigenous urban missionary, invites the women of the community into relationships that spawn hope through ladies' nights out, brunches, and one-on-one discipleship and prayer.
Many of those living in poverty lack the skills and resources needed to maintain meaningful and worthwhile employment. They are often hindered by criminal records and are isolated from opportunities that may exist outside their marginalized communities.
Through BridgeBuilders WORK, 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, such as the Omni Dallas Hotel.
Child poverty is a huge problem in Dallas. In fact, among large cities we have the highest childhood poverty rate in the United States. The brokenness in our impoverished communities creates an environment where poor education and family dissolution are the norm. Too few opportunities for enrichment and encouragement from positive role models exist.
BridgeBuilders KIDS programs provide positive support, academic assistance, life skills and spiritual understanding, and strive to draw parents into the life of their kids.
The After-School Program is a member of The School Zone partnership with The Budd Center at SMU. The School Zone is a partnership of schools and non-profits working to prepare students for college and career.