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 […]

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 […]

Building Families – West Dallas

A few weeks ago, I signed an agreement with the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation (TRBF) to jointly offer services to families in West Dallas at the Texas Rangers Youth Academy in West Dallas at the Mercy Street Ministries Campus presented by Toyota North America. During the last year the TRBF has hosted activities for youth […]

Building Families – Washington, DC

In January, I launched a series of blogs on the topic, “Buckner Builds Families.” I am continuing that theme in February focusing on how we are building families in our nation’s capital, in West Dallas, in Guatemala, and in Kenya. On Tuesday of this week, I will be traveling to Washington D.C. to attend the […]