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West Dallas is made up of 11 square miles in zip code area 75212. More than one out of every three families live below the federal poverty level. It is surrounded by the Trinity River to the north, Interstate 30 to the south, downtown Dallas and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to the east, and Loop 12 (Walton Walker Freeway) to the west.

Most of the people in this neighborhood have lived their entire lives on the discarded, damaged products of our society. The demographics of West Dallas compared to the City of Dallas are staggering:
 

  • West Dallas Family poverty rate = 39% / City of Dallas = 14.9%
  • West Dallas adults never having completed high school = 65% / City of Dallas = 30%
  • West Dallas number of college graduates = 2% / City of Dallas = 28%
  • West Dallas infant mortality rate = 23% / City of Dallas = 4.8%
  • West Dallas households not owning at least one car = 25% / City of Dallas = 10%

The average Pre-K child in West Dallas knows 1,500 to 2,000 words verses his or her peer in more affluent communities in Dallas knows 5,000 to 7,000 words

Population Served by BBHH

Brother Bill's Helping Hand stays committed to its mission of helping people bring change to their lives. Over the years we have seen the positive results of mothers being better prepared to raise their children after participating in parenting seminars. We have watched the change quality health care can bring to a person’s life. We have helped women learn English and find jobs, resulting in a family less dependent on BBHH for the essentials of life.

Below is a snapshot of the BBHH neighbors served in 2014:
  • Unduplicated number of individuals served: 4339
  • Total number of households: 1223
  • Total units of service: 93,638
  • Income: 100% low-income
  • Division of Ages:   40% children,   47% adults ages 18 – 59,   13% adults 60 and older
  • Ethnicity:   67% Hispanic,   31% African American,   2% Other
  • Household status:   50% married,   53.6% households with children
  • Spanish speaking-only household representative:   39%
2014 Year End Program Report
  • Empowering through Learning Programs:  19,628 Visits   (Bible Study, Devotional Time, English Class, Kids Craft Time, PathWays, National Day of Prayer)
  • Essentials of Life Programs:  63,231 Visits   (Birthday Party in a Bag, Neighbor Day, Back to School Carnival, Grocery Store, SNAP Registration, Children's Christmas Celebration)
  • Community Clinic:  6895 Visits   (Adult, Women, Dental, and Eye Clinics, EKG, Flu Shots, Labs, Glasses, Mammograms, Prescription Aid Program, Prostate Screening, UT Southwestern Depression and Diabetes Study)
  • Health Living Programs:  3884 Visits   (Diabetes, Exercise Classes, Healthy Eating, Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol seminars, Family Talk/Diaper Day, Medicaid Registration, Mr. Donovan's Sport Camp, Soccer Camp, Super Saturday)
2014 Volunteer Visits / Hours Served:  7294 Visits / 22,036 Hours Served     


Contact Information

 

Brother Bill’s Helping Hand
3906 N. Westmoreland
Dallas, Texas 75212


Mailing Address:
PO Box 565846
Dallas, Texas 75356

214.638.2196 Office
214.638.2198 Fax
214.638.2194 Clinic

Information: helpinghand@bbhh.org
Volunteering: volunteer@bbhh.org
Capital Campaign: capitalcampaign@bbhh.org

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Brother Bill’s Helping Hand Grocery Store…Christ’s love demonstrated in a variety of ways

 

For the second year in a row, a 7-year old boy celebrated his birthday by asking his friends to bring party “gifts” for BBHH, not for him.

 

These gifts came in the form of canned goods, boxes of cereal, and packages of pasta. We are so grateful for this young man, for the wonderful way he shared his birthday with us, and for the example he is to his friends. 

 

Another Special Gift… This month ladies in West Dallas benefitted from yet another special gift.  They came for groceries and got manicures as well.  This was a first for many of our women.  Each one left eager to show off their beautiful polished nails and thrilled to have had 30 minutes of pampering and conversation with a talented volunteer.

 

It's a snowy day outside, and just maybe, the perfect time for each of us to pause for a moment and consider how God can use our special gifts to help an individual or family in need. 

To God be the Glory
(February 2015)