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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 2015:
  • Unduplicated number of individuals served: 4289
  • Total number of households: 1207
  • Total units of service: 95,278
  • 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%
2015 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)
2015 Volunteer Visits / Hours Served:  7687 Visits / 22,684 Hours Served     
 
Contact Information

 

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

Open: Monday - Friday
           8:30 - 4:30

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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Reading Can Be Fun...

Kids Time provides a wonderful opportunity for volunteers to help build the vocabulary of children coming to BBHH. Recently a mom and her 3 children read to boys and girls while their moms were in Exercise Class. You could tell by just peeking into the room everyone was having fun listening to the story whether they understood all the words or not.

A 4-year old in West Dallas knows between 1500 and 2000 words. A 4-year old in more affluent areas knows between 5000 and 7000 words. Reading to a child is an easy way to change the life of a child simply because someone took the time to read to them. That mom and her family - they have already registered to volunteer on a regular basis. We praise God for volunteers of all ages who give of their time to help level the playing field for West Dallas children.

Donation of children's books are always appreciated.

To God be the Glory,
Great Things He Has Done...

(Winter 2016)