Grant Recipients 2020
In the past, it has been so exciting to unveil the winners at the luncheon. However, although it is a disappointment not to announce them at a luncheon, we are no less excited to announce the winners for the grant in this letter. We had 4 outstanding ministries to consider this year; and though it is hard to vote, it is always an affirmation and amazement to see how clearly God makes His choice of where our grants should go after the voting process. Thanks to YOUR GENEROSITY, the winners of the 2020 One Hundred Shares Dallas grant are Casa del Lago and BridgeBuilders!!! Because of our increased membership, we will be giving BridgeBuilders $50,000 and Casa del Lago $90,000! Please enjoy the videos below from the recipients!
Grant Recipient 2019
We are so pleased to announce our 2019 grant recipient, Our Calling! As has happened each year so far, God made the choice abundantly clear. This year it was a total landslide! Our Calling was the overwhelming choice from the Partner feedback to the Board votes.
OurCalling is a faith-based organization that leads the homeless to live a healthy and sustainable lifestyle by building lasting relationships and making disciples on the streets. They want everyone to see that the chains of poverty and dysfunction that lead to homelessness can be broken through the love of God. The project they are working on now that was the focus of the grant request is a new and unique service for homeless women in Dallas. Their dedicated Women’s Center that is under construction will provide a safe refuge for women that are being traumatized and are trying to escape an abusive situation. OurCalling only asked for $50,000. However, we knew that the Women’s Center project budget was far more than that amount. Because God made it so very clear that they were the ministry where He wanted the money to go, we gave them the “whole” grant amount of $100,000. They were delighted! As usual every dollar of the OHS Partner’s contributions is given away each year, and the ‘abundance’ this year over the $100k was given to our other 3 finalists.
One of our luncheon attendees made a recording of the director of OurCalling, Wayne Walker, giving his grant acceptance speech. He talked about their ministry and specifically this project, how it will serve, how it will rescue, women. It is so moving and we were so touched that we wanted to share it with you. It is absolutely worth the six minutes. Turn on your volume and press play below.
Grant Recipients 2018
We are joyful to announce our 2018 grant beneficiaries: Alive At Last and Bonton Farms!!!
Alive At Last is a ministry whose purpose is to mobilize Christians to encourage and equip survivors of sexual exploitation to build new lives. Their request was for the funding for a Volunteer Coordinator to empower more Christians to reach more survivors.
The mission of Bonton Farms is to serve the most marginalized people in the most neglected communities by addressing their physical, spiritual, emotional and relational health through life skill development, job preparedness training and job placement and creation through the vehicle of urban food systems…from field to fork. A 40-acre farm was recently donated to them and their request from us was to help develop this acreage in order to meet the needs in the food desert communities and to multiply their discipleship efforts.
We are pleased and honored to partner with these two wonderful ministries!
Grant Recipient 2017
Congratulations to For the Nations Refugee Outreach, winner of the 2017 One Hundred Shares grant. The mission of For the Nations is to provide educational and acculturation services that help meet the practical needs of refugees and to share with them the gospel of Jesus Christ. The organization offers a wide variety of educational programs to help refugees continue in the long process of adapting to life in the United States. We also help families adjust to life in America by advocating for them. In every class or service offered, the For the Nations team shares with refugees the good news of Jesus Christ.
Founders Cameron and Kaitlyn Mullens were on hand to receive the $100,000 grant, which will be used to help purchase vacant land and construct a refugee school. The school will allow For the Nations to have a physical presence in the refugee community, share the gospel with many more refugees, and host an ethnically diverse church congregation of new refugee believers who do not currently have a place to worship due to language or proximity issues. The construction of this facility will allow For the Nations to immediately double our capacity, with even more potential growth in the future if built out to the second floor. The facility will also allow a space for a growing staff of 17 to work together in the same place, and will significantly propel the impact of For the Nations forward. The facility will serve refugees of all ages (birth through elderly) from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The organization estimates that over 2,000 refugees will be served at this new facility in its first year.