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."