The Shoe Bank provides shoes for children like Si Si through The Heart House, an after school program in the Dallas area that serves primarily refugee children.
The Shoe Bank is responsible for ninety percent of the comfortable shoes made available to residents of the Dallas area’s two primary homeless shelters, the Austin Street Centre and Dallas Life Foundation.
Catholic Charities, Refugee Services of North Texas, and the International Rescue Committee are the three primary service providers for refugee families in the Dallas area. The Shoe Bank is their primary source for shoes.
The Family Place, Genesis, Hope’s Door, New Beginnings, and Brighter Tomorrows are the five primary shelters for battered women and their children in the Dallas area. The Shoe Bank is also their primary source for shoes.
The Shoe Bank is the only organization that provides at-risk kids with the cleated footwear necessary for participation in sports programs organized by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas.
The Shoe Bank is the only provider of footwear for patient therapy at Parkland Hospital’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center.
Shoes prevent serious illness and frequently save lives in many third world countries by protecting children from deadly parasites that would otherwise enter their bodies through unprotected feet.
In 2010, The Shoe Bank delivered shoes to more than eight thousand children living in Haitian orphanages and tent cities.
In 2006, five thousand children received shoes in India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, following the tidal waves that hit Southeast Asia.
In 2001, seven thousand pairs of children’s shoes were shipped to El Salvador and distributed to earthquake victims.
In 2000, four thousand pairs of shoes were delivered to orphans of war in Burundi, Kenya, and Mozambique.
In 1999, four thousand pairs of children’s shoes were sent to Albania and given to refugees fleeing Kosovo.
When Hurricane Mitch hit Central America in September of 1998, The Shoe Bank provided six thousand pairs of shoes for children in Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras.
The Shoe Bank has also supported orphanages in Rumania, Turkey, Ecuador, Columbia, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
“Only God knows the lives that have been saved by this important ministry of the Shoe Bank.”
-Cameron Gray, Founder & Chairman – Orphans of the World.