Union Gospel Mission Dallas (UGM Dallas) and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) have enjoyed a successful partnership that goes back for more than 22 years. They are once again partnering to help transform the lives of homeless individuals.
Nine UGM Dallas disciples were recently hired by Hallcon, a DART contractor, and given a chance to regain financial independence as mainline train cleaners. Their employment was achieved after they completed a discipleship program at UGM Dallas where they have progressed in the mission’s job skills program and have excelled in their faith-based life recovery classes.
“We are excited about our partnership with DART and the wonderful opportunity for our clients to earn a steady income as part of their path to rebuilding their lives. After completing their life skills and job readiness training, they are enjoying their new jobs and DART is helping to make this possible," stated Bruce Butler, CEO of Union Gospel Mission Dallas. "With community partners like DART, together we can end homelessness one person at a time."
After undergoing training from DART and Hallcon, the UGM disciples were offered salaried positions with the opportunity to receive benefits after the standard 90 days on the job. "We are thrilled to announce one individual has already been promoted and received a raise," said Butler.
“DART and UGM have built a strong relationship over the course of more than two decades based on our shared goals of being fully involved in the communities we serve and improving the quality of life for north Texas residents,” said Gary Thomas, DART president/executive director.