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2013 Touch a Life...Tend a Soul Fall Luncheon
An amazing morning as friends of BBHH, both old and new, filled the Great Hall at Park Cities Baptist Church. After an opening prayer by Dr. Jeff Warren and a delicious meal, we were blessed by the words of Craig Schenkel. He spoke of the 10-year experience he and his wife, Kendall, have had as weekly volunteers at BBHH. Everyone attending felt their love for the neighbors we serve, and their commitment to this ministry.
Ruth Altshuler, a woman full of dignity and grace, and respected by all who know her, spoke after Craig. She has changed thousands upon thousands of lives through her generosity and by encouraging others to do the same. Ruth's introduction of our keynote speaker, Trevor Rees-Jones, was personal, full of joy and laughter. She ended her introduction by reading two very special emails, each expressing appreciation to Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones for all they have done for those in need. The first email was from Laura Bush, the second from President George Bush.
Trevor Rees-Jones' conversation with the close to 500 people in attendance was a personal reflection of the path he and his wife, Jan, walked as they were acquiring the means to help those in need. His stories of childhood "business attempts" filled the room with laughter as he talked about how their personal interests directs their foundation's focus. Their mission is simple, use the gifts God has given them to share Christ's love while meeting needs.
Annie Mayberry, a faithful volunteer and West Dallas neighbor, ended the morning with a word of thanks to BBHH and to those who make this ministry possible. She eloquently expressed her appreciation for all BBHH has done for her family and for so many others in West Dallas. Her closing prayer was one of praise and adoration to God for the provisions He continues to supply.
BBHH praises God for each one of these individuals, for the Women's Council Executive Board, and for all who attended and supported this special event. It truly was an amazing morning.
WATERMARK COMMUNITY CHURCH --
"STUFF THE TRUCK"
Watermark Community Church members "Stuffed the Truck" for BBHH the last week in June. We received 150 boxes filled with canned goods and boxed items for our Grocery Store. Over 50 volunteers came to unload and sort the donated items. We are so grateful for the Watermark leadership team who encouraged the members to be a part of their special month of feeding the hungry, and we are thankful for each person who made a donation.
To God be the Glory
Johnson Ferry Baptist Church
This week BBHH was blessed to host a great group of young people from Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, GA. This was the second summer they chose to spend the week with us.
They stocked shelves, sorted canned goods, cleaned the yard, and made cards for our Soccer Camp kids. They were hard-working, caring, and eager to serve the Lord by serving our neighbors. We praise God for each one of them.
Birthday Party in a Bag
This week Texas Capital Bank employees collected 75 themed party bags for our Birthday Party in a Bag program. They, along with others, will make summer birthdays a joy for so many children in West Dallas.
To God be the Glory
Thanks to two very special volunteers, BBHH now has an exercise class every Tuesday and Friday morning. Our neighborhood ladies are enjoying a time of fellowship with new friends and getting healthier at the same time.
BBHH Exercise Class
This month BBHH partnered with Mercy Street for Super Saturday. BBHH provided the children and the location, Mercy Street provided the leadership. The kids benefited from both! We are grateful to Mercy Street mentors and mentees who demonstrated their love for Jesus and their love for the children in West Dallas by spending a Saturday morning with them at BBHH.
Neighbor Day 2014
BBHH Neighbor Day Fair was an amazing morning for neighbors and volunteers alike. Fun for all ages, great conversations going on inside and out, and plenty of delicious hamburgers. BBHH thanks those who made this day possible, and we hope all the volunteers will come back soon.
To God be the Glory
2nd Saturday at BBHH...
This morning 61 families came for groceries. Another 27 neighbors came for a Healthy Living class on accessing quality health care information on the internet. Sixteen elementary school children participated in a fun morning camp led by a group of Girl Scouts.
This afternoon 65 people were present for the PathWays graduation ceremony. Six ladies, having completed 90 hours of job training over a six-week period, are now better qualified to begin their search for a job that fits their skills and gifts.
To top off an already amazing day, following the PathWays graduation the Sunshine Masonic Lodge in Oak Cliff presented a $1000 check to BBHH and honored our Executive Director with the Texas Masonic Lodge Community Builder award. We praise God for all the volunteers and BBHH staff who made today possible - a day of service and celebration enjoyed by all.
2013 Children's Christmas Celebration
In just a few more days we will be right in the middle of what has become a 60-plus year tradition in West Dallas - the Brother Bill's Helping Hand Children's Christmas Celebration. We have over 900 children registered to attend, and they will be accompanied by hundreds of moms and dads. Our volunteer base is full to over-flowing, as are our gift stations.
We praise God for all those who help make this day possbile. Businesses, churches, community groups, schools, country clubs, families, and individuals -- all coming together to donate and wrap gifts, decorate and set up the party space, provide and deliver needed supplies, and be here to celebrate the birth of Jesus with our friends and neighbors in West Dallas.
To God be the Glory
Weather-wise, the first week in December was a hard week for many in West Dallas, as well as for families all across our city. We praise God for His continued faithfulness as power was returned to homes, food was donated to BBHH, Christmas gifts for our annual Children's Christmas Celebration were dropped off, and donated coats and blankets gave warmth to individuals and families.
God has blessed us this year in so many ways, and we know He will continue to do so over the days and weeks ahead.
Family Talk / Diaper Day...
Last Friday was the first of a series of three classes for mothers of children under the age of two. Each Friday morning the mothers attend a 1 hour parenting class. Last week a pediatrician talked about ensuring the safety of their child.
This week mothers will hear about Parkland's Healthy Start program. Healthy Start provides a social worker for mothers of children under the age of two. The social worker makes monthly visits to the homes of registered mothers until the child turns two years old.
The last week a representative from Readers to Leaders will talk to the group about the importance of reading to their children. Upon completion of the program mothers will receive a month's supply of diapers for each child under the age of two.
We praise God for the information and opportunities our volunteer speakers give the 45 mothers attending Family Talk / Diaper Day. And, we praise God for the funds to purchase that many diapers -- a month's supply of diapers for the 55 registered babies!
variety of programs meeting an even greater variety of needs --
That's what the 2nd Saturday morning in September at BBHH was all about...
Beside 75 families coming to Grocery Store, we had 100 children with upcoming birthdays there to select their own Birthday Party in a Bag. Another group of 27 children came to our first Fall Super Saturday led by Dallas Baptist Univeristy students.
UT Southwestern Library staff taught 16 adults how to access health information on the Internet, while another 11 adults came to our Community Clinic.
None of this could have happened without the help of a host of volunteers. We praise God for the opportunities He continues to provide through his faithful servants.
Camp Ozark for All
Last week Camp Ozark, located in northwest Arkansas, hosted over 400 scholarship campers. BBHH sent 41 children to be a part of this unique opportunity. They returned home full of stories about new experiences and eager to go again next year.
Each year BBHH asks campers and parents to write a brief thank you note to the Camp Ozark staff. Again and again our campers thanked Camp Ozark for sharing Jesus with them. We praise God for the opportunity our 41 BBHH young people had to enjoy a host of fun activities, make lots of new friends, and learn more about Jesus from such a caring camp staff.
Back to School Cowboy Carnival
August means Back to School Cowboy Carnival at BBHH. Park Cities Baptist Church is providing 300 boxes of school supplies. NVIDIA bought backpacks for all the children. Half Price Books donated more than enough books for everyone.
Arby's Hungry for Happiness mobile tour arrives early to set up the games and get ready to serve lunch to the kids. As a part of Arby's commitment to help end childhood hunger in America, their tour truck is stopping at designated locations all across the United States. BBHH and the children in West Dallas are blessed to be chosen as the Dallas site.
Watermark Community Church
"Stuff the Truck"... What a Blessing!
Every year Watermark's Stuff the Truck is always a blessing to BBHH, but June 24th was the biggest and best ever! An enormous truck pulled into our parking lot Monday morning filled to the brim with somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000 pounds of food donated to our Grocery Store by their membership the previous Sunday.
Volunteers of all ages started pouring into our building to unload and sort the 143 boxes of food. What a blessing this gift already is to neighbors who came to Grocery Store on the following Wednesday and Thursday, and what a blessing it will continue to be for the weeks ahead to both the families in our community and to BBHH.
We praise God for churches like Watermark and for volunteers willing to serve the Lord by serving others.
JOHNSON FERRY BAPTIST CHURCH
STUDENTS VOLUNTEERING AT BROTHER BILL'S HELPING HAND
The first part of June we were blessed to have volunteering at BBHH about 60 of a mission team of 100 middle school students from Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia. Each day a different group of students arrived ready to do whatever was necessary to make serving our West Dallas neighbors easier. Accompanied by a great leadership team, they spread out to ministries all across Dallas.
We praise God for these and so many more young people, families, single adults, and couples who will be spending time volunteering this summer at BBHH.
To God be the Glory
National Day of Prayer
For the past 12 years staff, neighbors, and volunteers at Brother Bill's Helping Hand have celebrated the National Day of Prayer along with thousands of others across our nation.
Each May we gather outside to pledge allegiance to the flag, sing God Bless America, and pray for our national and state leaders, those in the military, our city and community churches, and BBHH families.
We come together to ask God's guidance and protection. We gather to pray outside to stand as a witness to all those who drive past our building. We praise God for all the many blessings He gives each one of us.
We praise God for PathWays graduates and the PathWays support system... Ten ladies at the end of January made a commitment to participate in our PathWays job training class. Six weeks later after 90 hours of training 8 of the 10 will graduate.
On Wednesdays the ladies visited Haynes and Boone law office, CNC Home Care, Bank of America Park Cities, Park Cities Baptist Church Child Care division, El Centro College-West Dallas Campus, Maintenance Inc., Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse, Vertex Financial, and Baylor Health Care System. They heard from three Hilton Anatole employees and attended an all-day seminar at Attitudes and Attire.
Twenty people shared with the group on topics such as budgeting your time and money, women's health issues and discovering your gifts, interviewing skills and resuming writing, office etiquette and computer training, wills and power of attorney, proper clothing and make-up, Bible study and prayer. The group read Sister Circle and heard a book review on it the last week of class. Over the six weeks a dozen or more men and women brought lunch to the group, many staying to visit with the women.
This is our 19th graduating class. Over 65% of our graduates are now working or attending school. We praise God for all those involved with PathWays and ask you to continue to pray for the graduates of this class and those who completed the class in previous years.
Children - the hope for the future. This past week was a time filled with children of all ages at BBHH. Each Wednesday afternoon 6 to 8 Highland Park High School students come to BBHH to tutor a small group of elementary school students. They work one-on-one reading to students, explaining math problems, teaching them how to sound out new words. Together they laugh and learn.
Mothers attending Family Talk / Diaper Day brought 65 children with them on Friday. The two to four year olds went to the Kids Room to hear stories, color, and work with PlayDoh. The smallest in the group joined their mothers at the seminar. All enjoyed their time at BBHH.
Saturday morning not only was 2nd Saturday Grocery Store, but also Birthday Party in a Bag. Children with birthdays sometime over the next two months came to BBHH to select their favorite birthday party bag. Donors supplied us with 65 bags so each child had a good number from which to make their selection. Children coming with their parents for groceries got to enjoy Kids Craft Time while their mothers shopped. Happy faces was the norm as each child left the building.
We praise God for the opportunity we have to reach out to the next generation, to open doors to expanded learning, and to share Jesus' love in the process.
2012-- What a year at BBHH!
Neighbors participated in or benefited from programs offered at BBHH over 90,000 times in 2012. Households came to Grocery Store 12,211 times equating to not just single meals, but multiply meals for 40,583 people.
The Community Clinic provided new glasses to 175 people, and patients came for lab work and to Adult, Women's, Dental, and Eye Clinic over 3000 times. Two hundred flu shots were given and 39 ladies got free mammograms when Parkland's mobile unit came to BBHH. Diabetes supplies were distributed and health education programs offered.
We are excited about 2013 and the opportunities it will bring. With our full-time nurse practitioner and a growing number of volunteer doctors we can provide quality health care to even more of our neighbors. Because of a partnership with University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing we plan to start weekly classes on living with diabetes, hypertension, and healthy eating along with our existing financial management and parenting programs.
We will be expanding our relationship with Methodist Hospital and have partnered with Baylor Health Care System on management services for our clinic. Parkland's Healthy Start program for new mothers has already registered 14 mothers in its first month at BBHH, a number that will grow during this new year.
We praise God for our staff and for the way He continues to bring so many willing and qualified volunteers to our door. Their gifts make all we do possible.
A New Year means
Happy New Year
from Brother Bill's Helping Hand.
Today is the start of a new opportunity for each of us to reach out to others, share the gifts God has given us, and help change not just someone else's life, but our life as well.
I love new years, new weeks, new days. I also love new calendars, new notepads, new pens. Basically, like so many others, I love the idea of starting over.
Starting over is one of the things Brother Bill's Helping Hand offers to those we serve. For our neighbors, job training, learning English, attending healthy living classes can provide new opportunities - a new life.
For volunteers, time spent doing the simplest thing at Brother Bill's Helping Hand means making a new life possible for an individual or family living in West Dallas. It can also mean a change in perspective for one's own life.
Pray for this ministry as we begin this new year. Volunteer if you can, and if not at Brother Bill's Helping Hand, then find somewhere else to reach out and serve others.
Happy New Year
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Brother Bill's Helping Hand sends a special word of thanks to each one who served at our annual Children's Christmas Celebration on Monday, December 24th. There were 905 children and 494 parents present Monday morning, and, as always, organized chaos is the best way to describe the gathering.
We distributed over 4000 gifts thanks to more than 765 volunteers. We appreciate the presence and patience of each volunteer as the crowd moved through the telling of the Christmas story, receiving of gifts, pictures with Santa, stockings for every child, and a morning topped off with cookies and milk.
Because of the generosity of so many, each neighborhood family received a turkey,Felix Navidad - a children's book by Janet Denison, and a $20 gift certificate to a local grocery store. You made this Christmas one the children and their parents will never forget.
To God be the Glory!
11/23/2012 Dallas Morning News NeighborGo Section (page 15)...
A GROWING OUTREACH
Brother Bill's Helping Hand has served West Dallas' underprivileged population for nearly 70 years. Starting in an old church building in the Eagle Ford area, its outreach quickly outgrew the cramped space and moved into a 13,000 square-foot facility on Westmoreland Road in April.
It includes a grocery store, a medical clinic with vision care, kids' activity rooms, a computer lab, client interview areas and office space. All of its 4,000 or so clients are at or under the poverty level, and most visit the facility for groceries.
"You know how I know God is real?" a neighbor recently said. "This building. Just look at it."
Saturday morning the leadership team of PathWays and BBHH, family members, and friends celebrated the accomplishments of six dedicated young women. These ladies spent the last 6 weeks giving 90 hours of their time to learning more about themselves, improving their job skills, visiting various businesses, studying the Bible, and coming together as a "Sister Circle" in Christ.
Twice a year PathWays, a job training program begun at BBHH in 2004, seeks out a small number of women in West Dallas who are committed to bringing change into their lives. With the help of over 50 volunteers this program opens the mind to new skills, opens the door to new job opportunities, and opens the heart to the realization they are a child of the King.
We praise God for the many who make this program possible and to Christ for His continuing guidance and love.
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths...
BBHH Grocery Store:
Our biggest 2 days ever -- 306 families in 4 hours! BBHH provided over 35 pounds of canned goods, eggs, hygiene items, and a choice of fresh oranges, plums, cabbage, and onions to each of these families. That's close to 11,000 pounds of food... It also means 1026 family members are eating food given to them during Wednesday and Thursday morning Grocery Store this week. Six
months ago we distributed 140 appointments per day and 125 families in 2 hours was a big day. Today we are distributing 180 appointments per day and seeing 150 families in 2 hours.
Parkland's mobile mammogram vehicle arrives at BBHH this Saturday at 7am. Talk about what could be life-changing--50 women have registered to have a mammogram.
What does all this mean?
God answers prayers. We prayed our new home would provide the opportunity to reach more of our West Dallas neighbors and those prayers are being answered.
How can you help?
Women's Council Touch a Life...Tend a Soul Luncheon
The Women's Council luncheon on Oct. 5th was amazing. There were 500 people there to laugh with Kay Wills Wyma (author of Cleaning House) as she talked about teaching her children to understand the concept of service, and to be touched by Dr. Jim Denison's discussion of the biblical reason for reaching out to those in need (Denison Forum on Truth and Culture). Our goal was to introduce BBHH to those unfamiliar with the ministry and to inspire guests to get involved. We are grateful to the Women's Council executive board for making the event so special and we appreciate each one who took the time to attend.
2nd Saturday Grocery Store
We know all across West Dallas families are struggling to meet daily needs. In many homes the husband and wife are both working 60+ hours a week and still not be able to make ends meet. 2nd Saturday Grocery Store was designed to provide food for families who are unable to attend our regular weekday Grocery Store because of work. Saturday was the first day for this important program. Fifteen of the sixteen registered families attended.
The volunteer base for this program is Dallas Baptist University students, faculty, and administration. We were blessed to have the DBU basketball team here to lead the program on opening day. We praise God for the opportunity to provide healthy food for this special group of neighbors.
Back to School COWBOY Carnival
So many people help BBHH each week. And even more when there is a special event like our annual Back to School COWBOY Carnival. On Saturday 187 volunteers brought joy to the lives of West Dallas elementary school children and their parents.
Volunteers of all ages weathered the heat and humidity to host the game area. The Dallas Baptist University basketball team manned the parking lots. A team of "chefs" cooked over 700 hot dogs in our parking lot. Others fed the masses, distributed hundreds of books donated by Half Price Books, helped students select the perfect backpack donated by the Dallas office of DVIDIA and a local National Charity League, and handed out 300 boxes of school supplies donated by Park Cities Baptist Church.
Volunteers checked in families, picked up trash, and in the end, put everything away and cleaned the building. Even more volunteers helped prepare for this special day during the weeks prior to the event. What a blessing each of these individuals were to BBHH and to our neighbors.
A Soldier's Sacrifice...Our Call to Serve
September 23, 2011, was a special morning for all in attendance at the 4th annual BBHH Women's Council Touch a Life...Tend a Soul luncheon. The Ida Dunn Ladies Bible Study group opened the program by singing One Day at a Time and When the Saints Go Marching In.
Following a wonderful introduction by Kyle Kaigler, Donovan Campbell, a former Marine and author of the New York Times bestseller, Joker One, spoke from his heart of valor, commitment, and love of country. As he shared his story and the stories of his men in Iraq, his words became a wake-up call for all of us.
His challenge to those in attendance was simple compared to the challenges our soldiers face each day - risking, and many sacrificing, their lives for our country. Our duty is to make America worthy of their sacrifice. Be a better parent, spouse, and friend. Give of your time to serve others. Commit to making this country a better place.
In his book Donovan Campbell expressed it this way - "I soon found myself casting about for a pursuit that would force me to assume responsibility for something greater than myself, something that would force me to give back, to serve others."
For him it was the Marines. For the rest of us, as he writes, our calling is "one day at a time I shoulder my load and do my small part to fight to keep our country great. I owe it to everyone who never came home to do my best every day...Always."
Joker One, A Marine's Platoon's Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood
By Donovan Campbell
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