Sandbranch...everybody's community!

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Raised by 84 people in 36 months
What was once a thriving community of freed slaves is now an identified food desert and one of the poorest communities in Dallas County. This unincorporated community, known as Sandbranch, is now home to over 80 people. It is only 14 miles south-east of Dallas, Texas, the 4th richest city in America.

Due to its unincorporated status (meaning that it is under basic Dallas ordinances without receiving any of the benefits of being identified with the city), the residents of this community do not have access to basic city services, including drinkable water. The nearest grocery store that offers healthy, affordable food is over 7 miles away. Most of the people living in this community are on a fixed income and lack transportation. These barriers further prohibit them from accessing affordable, healthy food options.

After several attempts to bring water to the residents of Sandbranch, city politics and red tape continue to get in the way of serving the needs of the people. One might say that only money matters and the basic needs of people do not. At the end of a 1985 D Magazine article entitled “The Lost Community of Sandbanch”, a long-time resident is quoted saying: “We are too weak, too poor and too black for folks to care."

Project DreamHaus, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to change lives one dream at a time, does care about the people of Sandbranch and is committed to bringing hope to this forgotten community.

Your donation of any amount will be used towards the purchase of:

·       Drinkable water

·       Fresh meat, poultry, and fish as a component for nutritious meals

·       A refrigerated cargo van to deliver nutritious food to the residents of Sandbranch

·       Supplies to construct and maintain an Organic Community Garden within the Sandbranch Community
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Americans watch in disbelief about the bad water crisis in Flint MI. Sandbranch is the only unincorporated settlement left in Dallas County. This community is located 15 miles outside of Dallas(the seventh wealthiest city in America). Dallas County commissioner has denied these residents drinking water. The dallas county commissioner's court even evicted families from their home in the 1980's as a means not to provide drinking water. There is a stage four water treatment plant 3 feet from the community. In the backyard of Dallas sits a community left in the Stone Age..

http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/local/southern-dallas/2016/01/25/no-water-no-sewers-dallas-county-community/79324666/
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Our efforts were featured on KERA.. Please check out KERA's link for more information..
http://keranews.org/post/one-corner-dallas-county-100-people-live-without-running-water
Delivering free mulch for our community garden
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Because the Sandbranch Community doesn't have ANY running water we need to build a water collection system. This water system will sustain our community garden.
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In any other community this would be a simple bush fire. But in a community without water or a fire department this is a dangerous thing. This community is blessed to have a volunteer fire department 10 miles up the road. However, the fire department has to bring their own water because Sandbranch has no water. Yes! 15 miles out side of Dallas Texas is a city without WATER!
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Amanda Andrew
28 months ago
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Sand branch community and its residents deserve running water, public transportation and a sturdy roof over their heads. It's not about race, these people are dirt poor. My family has owned land in the sand branch community since the 1920's. My father built our house with his hands. I remember helping dig our water well when I was eleven years old, I remember almost burning the house down when my jacket caught fire because I was sitting too close to the space heater because I wanted to stay warm. I remember getting my first job as a kid because we were hungry and my dad was too proud to ask for help. I remember all of this and I am white.. Sand branch community struggles together, we are family!

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Daniel Holladay
36 months ago
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Have you started a change.org petition? It's a nice way to get the word out and if it gains widespread attention, it would be very difficult for the city of Dallas to ignore.

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Riley Hickman
2 months ago

I can't donate any money; but I was wondering if the Org running this campaign has considered putting some money towards purchasing low-cost water purification systems designed for developing areas. For example; the SlingShot; https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-tech/remediation/slingshot-water-purifier3.htm it costs between 1-2 thousand to set up and can provide 264 gallons of potable water a day. One wouldn't be enough to supply all the clean water needs of the community, but im sure that even just one as a public utility would help a lot. It might even be possible to make the community water-independent if enough of them were purchased, reducing the leverage county officials have over the residents.

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Ne'Kole LuvsBein A'ScorpioLee
24 months ago

I wasn't aware of this city until I seen the news tonight..but ive only lived in Texas for 6 years ..I am from Flint, Michigan, my heart breaks for Sand Branch residents. My husband and I would like to speak to someone about what we can do. We are helping our city Flint, MI, but this is as devastating..more even because the city isnt allowed to have regular normal utilities, because their not recognized as a city, that most take for granted. We will see you soon. Praying for a Turn Around for Sand Branch!

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Amanda Andrew
28 months ago

This is where I grew up. It's not about being too black or too white. It's about people. POOR people. We come in all shapes and colors. The community isn't too "black" it's too poor. I remember clearly when John Wiley Price came to our community spreading messages of hope. He he would work to get us running water... Hell, the Dallas city reservoir is IN sand branch! My next memory is of my neighbors house being bulldozed. She was an elderly lady and after the city declared imminent domaine she was forced to leave her home. I was taught growing up that we are all the same, no matter our color. As a kid, race doesn't matter.?

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Amanda Andrew
28 months ago
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Sand branch community and its residents deserve running water, public transportation and a sturdy roof over their heads. It's not about race, these people are dirt poor. My family has owned land in the sand branch community since the 1920's. My father built our house with his hands. I remember helping dig our water well when I was eleven years old, I remember almost burning the house down when my jacket caught fire because I was sitting too close to the space heater because I wanted to stay warm. I remember getting my first job as a kid because we were hungry and my dad was too proud to ask for help. I remember all of this and I am white.. Sand branch community struggles together, we are family!

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Daniel Holladay
36 months ago
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Have you started a change.org petition? It's a nice way to get the word out and if it gains widespread attention, it would be very difficult for the city of Dallas to ignore.

+ Read More
Riley Hickman
2 months ago

I can't donate any money; but I was wondering if the Org running this campaign has considered putting some money towards purchasing low-cost water purification systems designed for developing areas. For example; the SlingShot; https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-tech/remediation/slingshot-water-purifier3.htm it costs between 1-2 thousand to set up and can provide 264 gallons of potable water a day. One wouldn't be enough to supply all the clean water needs of the community, but im sure that even just one as a public utility would help a lot. It might even be possible to make the community water-independent if enough of them were purchased, reducing the leverage county officials have over the residents.

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Ne'Kole LuvsBein A'ScorpioLee
24 months ago

I wasn't aware of this city until I seen the news tonight..but ive only lived in Texas for 6 years ..I am from Flint, Michigan, my heart breaks for Sand Branch residents. My husband and I would like to speak to someone about what we can do. We are helping our city Flint, MI, but this is as devastating..more even because the city isnt allowed to have regular normal utilities, because their not recognized as a city, that most take for granted. We will see you soon. Praying for a Turn Around for Sand Branch!

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Amanda Andrew
28 months ago

This is where I grew up. It's not about being too black or too white. It's about people. POOR people. We come in all shapes and colors. The community isn't too "black" it's too poor. I remember clearly when John Wiley Price came to our community spreading messages of hope. He he would work to get us running water... Hell, the Dallas city reservoir is IN sand branch! My next memory is of my neighbors house being bulldozed. She was an elderly lady and after the city declared imminent domaine she was forced to leave her home. I was taught growing up that we are all the same, no matter our color. As a kid, race doesn't matter.?

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