The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command welcomes the opportunity to acknowledge the success stories of services provided to families and individuals throughout Tarrant County which were made possible through the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of North Texas.
“On behalf of the thousands of men, women and children we served at the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Center, Northside Community Center and Catherine Booth Friendship House Residence last year, we offer our sincere thanks,” said Major Michele Matthews. “The investment in the poor and brokenhearted in Tarrant County has made more of a difference than you will ever know.”
Here is small portion of what Salvation Army’s programs were able to accomplish last year:
The Mabee Center Emergency Shelter
The Mabee Center Emergency Shelter provides men, women, families and women with children a safe refuge with sleeping accommodations, three hot meals a day, showers, clothes and use of laundry facilities. Last year, the emergency shelter housed 1,453 men, 656 women and 70 children.
The emergency shelter has a goal of assessing 45% of clients for placement into transitional shelter programs or permanent housing. The shelter surpassed that marker last year by ensuring that 51% of clients were assessed for placement into transitional shelter programs or permanent housing.
Simon Transitional Housing Program
Our Simon Transitional Housing Program provides residential services to homeless people who have been dually-diagnosed with an addiction or a mental illness. Last year, Simon assisted around 80 people.
Simon’s goal is for half of their clients who complete the program to remain sober and continue to attend a support group for at least six months following discharge. The results were that 75% of clients who completed the program remained sober and continued to attend a support group for at least six months following their discharge.
Stabilizing to Achieve Richer Tomorrows (START)
START helps homeless people prepare for permanent housing by addressing the underlying causes of their homelessness—identifying barriers that could prevent each client from succeeding on his or her own, and facing those challenges head on. Last year, the START program served 145 adults and 16 children.
START’s target goal is for half of their clients who complete the program remain stable for at least six months following discharge. Last year, 75% of all clients reached that goal.
The First Choice Program
The First Choice program offers long-term residential care for chemically-dependent women with children. Thirteen units of family housing provide a place where mothe
rs and their children can live while they overcome their addictions. Last year, the program served 26 women and 28 children.
First Choice’s goal is for 50% of clients who complete the program remain stably housed for at least six months following discharge. Surpassing that benchmark last year, 65% of clients who completed the program remained stably housed for at least six months following discharge.
Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home helps individuals and families avoid homelessness by offering two forms of assistance: one month of emergency financial assistance or a six-month combination of financial assistance, financial education and other support.
The target is for 90% of households that complete the program to demonstrate financial stability for six months following graduation by remaining current with rent and utilities and having enough income to cover basic household needs. The result was that 84% households that completed the program demonstrated financial responsibility for six months.
Northside Community Center
The Salvation Army’s Northside Community Center is located north of downtown Fort Worth and ministers to the needs of all the residents in this working, poor neighborhood. The physical and spiritual developments of the area’s children are addressed through a state-licensed childcare program. The Center also provides senior adults with services and allows them to participate in activities that enhance their health and social well-being. Last year, 40 students participated in the after-school program at Northside and 65 enrolled in summer day camp.
The Catherine Booth Friendship House Residence
The Catherine Booth Friendship House Residence is a residential facility that provides a warm, friendly and safe environment for low-income individuals ages 62 or older. This center currently has 216 apartments to house up to 270 senior citizens.
As you can tell, The Salvation Army has been busy serving the needs of the poor in Tarrant County, but we could not have done it without help from the Community Foundation of North Texas and the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund,” said Major Ward Mattews. “We cannot thank you enough for your commitment to the Fort Worth community.”
To celebrate 30 years of giving from the Ella C. McFadden Endowment Fund, Community Foundation of North Texas is hosting a series called 13 Days of Giving. Each weekday through December 17, we’ll share a story highlighting how one of the nonprofits benefitting from the fund has impacted this region. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to receive the daily alerts, or visit www.cfntx.org.