In the Spring of 2005 BFC (Building Families & Communities) Institute Incorporated was established as a research arm of its mother - 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization, BFC Missions Incorporated. For the last eleven years the Institute has employed qualitative research methods to sustain a data driven approach to educating families and communities about proactive change and development strategies. Via the use of participation and observation, clientele are engaged in focus group sessions and the analysis of culturally relevant historical case studies. Educational consulting services have been offered and professional seminar lectures, public forums and workshops have been presented in numerous cities.
Sample Success model:
As a 2008 Sub-contractor (working with Franklin, Tennessee based, Free for Life International Inc.) for a United States Department of Health and Human Services research grant, BFC INSTITUTE developed the - Human Trafficking Education Model. This paradigm was reported as a key strategy for building a Middle Tennessee coalition in support of identifying and addressing human trafficking cases in Tennessee, on a legislative level. Ultimately the research and subsequent coalition efforts resulted in 2014 Tennessee Code § 39-13-313 - Tennessee Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline Act. Specific recognition was given to the principal researcher - Rueben Dockery, Sr., BFC Institute Incorporated and referenced the following outcomes:
Recognition for research methodology
Production of empirical evidence in support for allocating government resources
Local coalition building
Federal and state level legislation
Chief Researcher and Lecturer
Reverend Rueben Y. Dockery, Sr., Ph.D.
Reverend Rueben Y. Dockery, Sr. has served in the social service arena for the past twenty years. He has contributed to humanity as a pastor, non-profit founder, professional educator, counselor and juvenile detention supervisor. He is a community activist in the greater Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County, Tennessee area.
Since 1998 Reverend Dockery, founder and executive director of Building Families and Communities Missions Incorporated, has been working as an advocate for families and communities to improve the quality of life for families facing social challenges. In addition to his position with the non-profit organization, he is the founder and pastor of Beythel Family Church located in Nashville, Tennessee. As a professional consultant he has facilitated a number of educational seminars and workshops. Seeing a serious need to assist parents in being active in the teaching of their children, he has translated his enlightening encounters with urban communities into curricular models for parents and communities.
Reverend Dockery completed doctoral studies in Education (Walden University). He holds a Master of Education degree (Trevecca Nazarene University) and a Bachelor of Arts degree (History) from Fisk University. He also holds an Associate degree in Divinity Studies. Reverend Dockery resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife Shanita; they have two grown children, Kayla and Rueben Jr.