We will join Behind Every Door’s efforts to completely remodel a community center and fund after-school programming at the Willow Pond apartment complex.
Our friends at Behind Every Door are doing incredible things in our hometown of Dallas. They are gospel-centered in their approach to transform the lives of children and families living in underserved neighborhoods. Behind Every Door is relationship centered—they seek to get to know the stories and lives of children and families. They also believe in the power of collaboration—building on relationships with other non-profits, churches and businesses to more effectively minister to the area.
Last year, we had the privilege of helping Behind Every Door renovate an existing community center in one of their apartment complexes, Village Oaks. We would love to help make this kind of space a reality at their other partnering apartment complex, Willow Pond. Currently, they have been hosting their programs out of a three-bedroom apartment located on the second floor. The size, location and poor layout present many challenges and limit the number of people they are able to serve. We’d love to help change this.
In 2017, we will focus our funds on helping Behind Every Door renovate a 2,500 square foot space to serve as a community center. This space will offer plenty of room to provide missing opportunities to the families and children living in the complex. With our funding, this facility can be a reality in 2017!
In addition to the new community center for Willow Pond, we are excited to provide the funding for after school programming—similar to what we funded at Village Oaks. Behind Every Door relies on friendships with awesome organizations such as Big Thought, who aims to provide best-in-class programming. These programs provide a snack, literacy support, service-learning opportunities, character building, discipleship groups, culturally relevant enrichment courses, and dinner. These unique and targeted programs will run Monday-Friday, 3:00-6:30. We love this approach: entering into the lives of these children and offering them resources and opportunities to break out of the cycle of poverty—and most importantly, sharing the good news of the gospel.
The Willow Pond apartment complex is changing, thanks to the involvement of Behind Every Door. We are so excited to play a role in helping this awesome organization do what they are called to do in South Dallas.