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Bill Harrod, a man with a third grade education, began preaching in West Dallas in the late 1930s.  Ministering daily to the spiritual needs of the people, Bro. Bill recognized a tremendous need for basic physical necessities.  In the early 1940s, Bro. Bill established the “Brother Bill’s Helping Hand” fund.  This fund was, and remains, separate from any church. 

As a Christian ministry, the purpose of Brother Bill's Helping Hand was to provide food, clothing, and spiritual encouragement to thousands of men, women, and children living in West Dallas.  In doing so, deep personal relationships were developed.  In March of 1961, BBHH was registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Bro. Bill Harrod died in 1976, but the ministry he began continues to this day.

Juanita Bailey became Director of BBHH in the early 1970s following 30 years of service as church secretary to Bro. Bill.  She led the ministry until her retirement in October 2001 at the age of 88.  During those many years she fed the hungry, provided medicine for the sick, and clothed the needy.  The doors of Brother Bill's Helping Hand were always open - as was Mrs. Bailey’s heart - to anyone in need.  Juanita Bailey passed away in 2008, leaving a remarkable legacy of service. 

Today under the leadership of Executive Director Suzanne Griffin BBHH employs eleven staff members and benefits from an expansive volunteer base composed both of individuals living in the community of West Dallas and from throughout the Metroplex. Volunteer doctors have been the core of our Community Clinic since it opened in 2007.  Now working with them is a full-time Physician's Assistant funded by Methodist Hospital.

Faith is the foundation, and relationship building the theme, of each program.  The BBHH leadership team and volunteers are privileged to see lives changed, trust restored, and hope renewed on a daily basis.  If not for the support of individuals, corporations, and foundations none of this would be possible.  Not only does this support provide assistance with life’s daily needs and opportunities to improve one’s standard of living, it also makes hope a reality as Brother Bill’s Helping Hand continues to enrich lives in West Dallas.

 
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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)