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 […]

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 […]

Founder’s Week

This is a really big week at Buckner for several reasons. First, the Buckner International Board of Trustees meets for its April meeting this week. We are exploring new opportunities for discussion on key topics for our future. We are all very excited about the potential of this meeting. That would be enough news to […]

Building Families – Guatemala

My year got off to a running start with a quick visit to Guatemala City on the Jan. 7. I flew to Guatemala to visit our new Buckner Family Hope Center in San Jose de Pinula close to Guatemala City. Our work in Guatemala, under the leadership of Carlos Colón, has flourished dramatically. Through a […]

Buckner Builds Families

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, adoption, and family strengthening programs. For seniors, we provide life planned communities where they belong to a larger family of senior adults. Buckner builds families through… Foster Care. If a […]