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PERSPECTIVES ON BUCKNER ‘All orphan children’ President and CEO Albert L. Reyes


IN OTHER WORDS What’s in a name? Scott Collins


BUCKNER JOURNAL What’s going on at Buckner International


• Buckner makes going back to school easier for vulnerable children • Buckner opens Heritage and Learning Center • Barnett named senior vice president of Buckner Children and Family Services


• Buckner celebrates 60 years of senior living in Houston • Chatagnier named new executive director of Buckner Parkway Place • Buckner opens new Peru Family Hope Center • Buckner Family Place, My Father’s House Lubbock become Buckner Family Pathways


• Buckner North Texas Crisis Relief Center awarded $30,000 to help meet critical needs in southeast Dallas County


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38 The faces of adoption


Chiapas: Transforming hearts at ‘Rock Crusher’ Sewing to success


A publication of Buckner International Volume 40, Number 4 • Fall 2015


PRESIDENT & CEO, BUCKNER INTERNATIONAL Albert L. Reyes


PRESIDENT, BUCKNER FOUNDATION David M. Slover


VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS Scott Collins


ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS Russ Dilday


EDITORIAL STAFF


EDITOR John Hall


MANAGING EDITOR Aimee Freston


ART DIRECTOR Alan Paul


GRAPHIC ARTIST Luis Pérez


ELECTRONIC EDITOR Chelsea White


CONTRIBUTOR Elizabeth Arnold


NEWSMEDIA PRODUCTION TJ Maher


WEB/MULTIMEDIA MANAGER Bradley Vinson www.buckner.org


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Humanitarian aid by the numbers


Resurrecting dreams Living on the edge


‘If it weren’t for Buckner, I would be dead’ Paving the future


Last Look | Parting Shot Transforming lives


ON THE COVER: This 5-year-old boy attends the school at the Buckner Family Hope Center in Busia, Kenya. Living in extreme poverty, his community struggles with many fi nancial and health issues; however, he is overjoyed to attend school, where Buckner pays his fees so he can get an education.


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