The GDLCDF’s New System Enterprise Initiative

Since purchasing a stake in Dallas-based D&M Leasing in 1990, Michael “Mike” Hernandez III has served as the company’s chief executive officer. Now semi-retired, Mike Hernandez III focuses on philanthropic activities in his native Brownsville, in addition to supporting the Greater Dallas Legal Foundation (GDLCDF), which provides legal assistance to the underserved via its team of private attorneys.

Beyond its direct legal aid, the GDLCDF operates a range of community initiatives, including New System Enterprise (NSE), for which it is awaiting funding. An experimental program that engages corporate entities with the aim of alleviating hunger and poverty, NSE helps those in need find work in addition to providing valued services to the entities it partners with.

The program’s first step is the formation of an organic animal feed cooperative, which it will operate alongside the Brownsville airport authority. Cooperative participants will harvest the brush, cactus, grass, and trees at the airport to create organic animal feed.

Additionally, the program will create a gasoline supply cooperative, with the aim of fuelling the vehicles required to operate the animal feed cooperative, in addition to vehicles required for labor and retail sales. The initiative will include a food processing plant, which will harvest vegetables and several animal meats.

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The Seven Key Values of the St. Vincent de Paul Society

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St. Vincent de Paul Society
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A native of Brownsville, Texas, Micheal “Mike” Albert Hernandez III works as the chief executive officer of D&M Leasing in Dallas. Away from work, Mike Hernandez III supports several charitable initiatives, including the St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), a faith-based organization that provides help and hope to those in need.

SVP operates on seven key values:

1. Christ as the center. The recognition and acceptance that Jesus Christ is present everywhere.

2. Respect. In acknowledging that all people are created equal, SVP maintains the dignity of those it supports.

3. Compassion. A nonjudgmental approach to its work ensures SVP volunteers demonstrate compassion at all times.

4. Responsiveness. SVP remains alerted to the ever-evolving needs of the communities it supports, enabling it to respond accordingly.

5. Generosity. Volunteers must give of their possessions, resources, and time in service of the less fortunate.

6. Confidentiality. SVP respects the privacy of those it serves while understanding that the well-being of vulnerable people is the main priority.

7. Accountability. SVP volunteers understand their own skills and knowledge, which helps ensure accountability for their actions.