Why shoes are the first step out of poverty

Today is National Shoe the World Day, a day helping to change the fact that in the realm of humanitarian aid, shoes are often an overlooked necessity. Of course, people need food, water, clothes and medicine, but shoes aren’t always top of mind as essential. At Buckner, shoes is one of the most vital services […]

Why it’s necessary to practice the art of patience when leading a nonprofit

Originally published by Forbes

Nonprofit work is an emotional endeavor — a true labor of love. It is nearly impossible not to have a strong emotional response when serving others, and that’s OK. Emotions elicit passion, and it is our passion that fuels our commitment to a cause. But these same emotions can often lead us to act impulsively […]

An amazing week

Reflections on the 67th National Prayer Breakfast

This week I’ve been in Washington, DC attending the 67th National Prayer Breakfast. It’s been amazing — and I left with a sense of hope. Staff members Arnie Adkison, Adam McKinney and Sarah Klotz accompanied me, along with several Buckner International friends and supporters, including Dr. Jeff Warren, senior pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church […]

Strengthening families in Central America may reduce future migrant caravans

In an op-ed for the Dallas Morning News, I highlight the reasons migrants are fleeing Central America and how nonprofits like Buckner International can help improve conditions in these countries. Knowing what motivates migrants to undertake a dangerous journey, like that of the caravan of asylum-seekers from Central America, is key to helping them remain […]

Making History in Dallas for Children and Families

October 1, 2018

We started an amazing week with our Shining Hope Dallas Campaign Co-Chairs Meredith and Kyle Bebee and Katie and John Golden appearing on WFAA Channel 8 Good Morning Show with Alanna Sarabia to announce the groundbreaking of our new Buckner Family Hope Center at Bachman Lake. If you missed it, click here to view the […]

Buckner Houston: Why Houston? Why Buckner? Why Now?

If you ask me about the core reason Buckner exists today I would say: “Buckner builds families.” We build families for children through … Foster Care. If a child has been removed from their biological family due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect, Buckner works diligently to find a foster family to provide a safe and […]

Buckner Houston: Why Houston? Why Buckner?

Do you remember the crisis at our border a few years ago when over 60,000 minors arrived at our Texas border? Shortly after that crisis, I stood in the office of Mr. Oscar Padilla, Vice President of External Affairs for Guatemala in Guatemala City. I remember his words as though they were said yesterday. He […]

Buckner Houston: Why Houston?

Buckner is not new to Houston. In fact, we have been in Houston since the 1950s. But the major focus of our work has been in providing senior adult living services through Parkway Place in Houston. Susan Phelps is the new Executive Director of Parkway Place and is doing a fantastic job. Over the past […]