Texas Faith: Pastor Bruce Buchanan finds his calling in helping the homeless

The Dallas Morning News, October 30, 2015

  Bruce Buchanan, executive director of the Stewpot, stands in front of just some of the art displayed in the homeless center’s second-floor gallery. (Hunter Johnson/Staff Contributor)

Bruce Buchanan, executive director of the Stewpot, stands in front of just some of the art displayed in the homeless center’s second-floor gallery. (Hunter Johnson/Staff Contributor)

Bruce Buchanan has reason to be proud of the artwork around him. The walls of the second-floor hallway he stands in are covered in pieces ranging from acrylic paintings and penciled sketches to detailed fabric work and metal crafts.  The styles are diverse, ranging from abstract to incredibly detailed.

This hallway isn’t in the Dallas Museum of Art; this was in an upstairs portion of the Stewpot, a homeless center. Artists that are homeless created everything hanging on the walls.

It’s easy for some of us who aren’t homeless to doubt the potential of those who are. That’s an issue Buchanan himself doesn’t have. An associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas and the executive director of the Stewpot, he’s seen the potential of the homeless and needy. Guided by his faith, he’s worked for decades to improve their lives.

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