HUMAN SERVICES FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
Make an impact in our community by supporting organizations that address poverty, food availability, housing & homelessness and veterans. We encourage grants that give people a hand-up, not just a hand-out.
Arlington Life Shelter has provided food, shelter, and services to those experiencing homelessness since 1987. ALS provides counseling, case management, employment services and trauma care related to homelessness. It is the only homeless shelter in eastern Tarrant County and also provides emergency shelter during times of severe weather or situations such as COVID-19. Due to shelter renovations taking place before COVID-19, ALS has been renting space from local faith based affiliates. They currently need to hire additional personnel in the temporary locations and upon opening their new facility. Additionally, ALS needs to purchase food and supplies above and beyond what is provided by the faith community.
Amount Requested: $500-$100,000
- $5,000 for food to stock the kitchen and pantry
- $5,000 for additional cleaning costs
- $10,000 for hiring additional personnel to support the expanded client numbers and 24/7 schedule
- $30,000 to support the pending family/children case manager to support additional clients being served
CASA of Tarrant County is a volunteer-powered program advocating for the safety, permanency, and healing of abused and neglected children. CASA recruits, trains, and supervises community members to become court-appointed special advocates (CASA) for children during their time in foster care. Since March 2020, there has been concern that the cases being reported and those coming into care are higher acuity cases, including three suspected child abuse related deaths in less than 30 days — double the typical rate seen in hospitals.
Children with CASA volunteers are less likely to experience abuse and neglect while in foster care than children without an advocate. CASA’s 500 volunteers serve 1,000 abused and neglected Tarrant County children.
Amount Requested: $500-$20,000
- Recruitment of 165 new volunteers to advocate for Tarrant County children in foster care by 1) providing 55 online information sessions, 2) reviewing 275 new applications, and 3) conducting 250 new volunteer interviews through video conferencing
- Assessment, training, swearing-in, and assignment of 165 new volunteers by providing 11 monthly volunteer training sessions
For 113 years, the Center for Transforming Lives (CTL) has been dedicated to helping women with children move from poverty to prosperity. CTL remains operational through COVID-19, providing child care for essential workers and homeless shelters. Family housing and early childhood family support services continue uninterrupted.
CTL is launching a COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Program. Short-term, the R&R Program provides food, shelter, basic needs (hygiene items, cleaning supplies), technology (devices and internet access for adult and child distance learning), and emergency funding for gas, medicine, utility or rent payments. CTL’s R&R Program will also provide longer-term family recovery: adult and child education, such as financial coaching and clinical counseling; child care, physical activity and engagement for toddlers, and age-appropriate activities for older siblings to curb learning loss.
Amount Requested: $500-$300,000
- CTL can serve 1,000 families in the Relief & Recovery Program at a cost of $300,000 a month.
Cuisine for Healing’s (CFH) mission is to make healthy, nutritious food readily available to people combating cancer and other life-threatening diseases, and to provide educational resources about food in the healing process. CFH has closed temporarily so as not to endanger compromised clients and ensure the safety of its volunteers and employees. They are also having great difficulty obtaining organic ingredients in the quantities needed to meet CFHs certified guidelines. The CFH team is working on a plan to reopen when restrictions are lifted. Urgent needs to help reopen include: meal ingredients, packaging materials, employee and volunteer protective gear and sanitizing supplies.
Cuisine for Healing is seeking grants between $500-$40,000 for:
- $460 for protective gear and sanitizing supplies for one month
- $3,300 to cover part of the cost of meal ingredients needed to reopen
- $10,920 to cover the cost of meal ingredients for one month
Lena Pope’s 90 years of experience in child and family services guide its current efforts to improve child well-being in Tarrant County. Lena Pope uses evidence-based, research-tested programs focused on prevention and early intervention services that support child development and improve the emotional, intellectual, and behavioral health of children. Mental and behavioral issues in children and teens cannot be ignored during this crisis — left unaddressed, these challenges can worsen. Their team obtained contract approvals to implement new technologies, allowing them to continue to provide therapeutic services virtually in a secure and compliant manner. Funding is requested to support implementation of these technology necessities.
Amount Requested: $500-$40,000
- $3,600 for a telehealth platform for 30 staff to connect with clients virtually
- $2,140 for electronic signature software
- $2,159 for safe browsing hotspots
- $894 for internet upgrade at Chapel Hill Academy
- $2,216 for additional VPN licenses
- $33,300 for security consultant to satisfy new state security requirements, as well as increased demand for security for counseling appointments and other sensitive appointments
Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County (MOW) provides home-delivered meals to anyone who is homebound and is physically or mentally unable to prepare meals for themselves. All clients receiving meals are assigned to a case manager who assists with a variety of concerns such as utility assistance, benefit applications, and the need for minor medical equipment, pantry and personal supplies. Providing home-delivered meals to homebound neighbors is critically important amid the COVID-19 crisis. As the crisis continues, their clients’ safety net of friends and family, who typically make visits and provide additional food, are diminishing to maintain social distancing. MOW client intakes have hit an all-time high with 601 intakes completed in March 2020 compared to 267 in 2019.
Amount Requested: $500 or more
- $25,000 per week for 14 weeks = $350,000 needed to serve the increase of clients requesting food. Cost will cover two meals per day for each client.
Although the population of people experiencing homelessness in Tarrant County is only one piece of our vibrant community, guests staying at Presbyterian Night Shelter are those most vulnerable, and they will continue treating them with respect, extending compassion, and practicing responsibility. PNS’s early preparations and responses to the current global health crisis laid a solid foundation for our mitigation efforts. As conversations with local officials have happened and rapid changes are required, the unbudgeted expenses continue to rise, with approximately $10,000 a week being spent and extra costs expected to continue for the foreseeable future. PNS will continue to maintain operations by providing safe shelter to men, women, and families currently experiencing homelessness and maintain a 2-4 week supply of emergency food to ensure continued three meals each day for guests.
Presbyterian Night Shelter is requesting funding for extra food costs, maintaining operations of the shelter and extra cleaning supplies.
Amount: $500 – $135,000
SafeHaven runs Tarrant County’s only emergency domestic violence shelters. They have a responsibility to stay open and keep victims safe during this Covid-19 crisis. They are currently operating at capacity with additional staffing required to operate the shelter. Non-essential staff have been re-assigned to work in the shelter or on the hotline during this time. Government grants do not pay for reassigned staff or allow medical leave, overtime, or hazard pay, all of which will be incurred during COVID-19. Personnel costs is the largest budgetary item that has increased. SafeHaven has increased costs for food, supplies, over the counter medicine, and utilities. They also need funding for technology to remotely offer both non-residential services for survivors and their offender program. With a decline in donations and restrictions on government grants, they will experience financial hardship in the next 90 days.
SafeHaven requests $10,000 – $50,000, but a gift of any size would help to provide:
- Two travel trailers at the Arlington shelter and two travel trailers at the Fort Worth shelter to serve as overflow and/or quarantine spaces for shelter families
- Salaries for non-essential staff that has been re-assigned to work in the shelter, staff working overtime and hazard pay
- Non-residential services online – case management, domestic violence high risk team case management, therapy, and offender services
Amount: $10,000 – $50,000
Tarrant County Samaritan House, Inc. provides permanent supportive housing to individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, and are also living with a medical, mental or physical disability. They are seeking emergency assistance to provide daily evening meals to the 60 men and women that have recently come from homelessness and are living with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, mental and physical disabilities. They reside in the Single Room Occupancy Program (SRO) at Samaritan House located in Fort Worth. COVID-19 social distancing policies and stay at home orders caused Samaritan House leadership to make the very difficult decision to halt the evening meal service that is provided free of charge 365 days per year by outside volunteer groups. This single action will cost Samaritan House an unbudgeted amount of $8,000 per month in food, meal containers and additional sanitizing products that until now has been provided in-kind by community volunteers for the past 20 years.
Samaritan House is requesting $14,000, but a gift of any size is appreciated to provide evening meals for the 60 men and women living in the SRO program for 90 days at a cost of $8,000 per month.
Amount: $500 – $14,000
World Relief (WR) works with refugees, asylum seekers and foreign-born families that have fled their country and been vetted through the U.S. State Department with intent to settle in Texas. Their clients, though educated in their own country, come to America knowing little to no English and are placed in entry-level jobs due to limited English proficiency. Because of COVID-19, and the stay-at-home order, clients in these entry-level jobs have faced layoffs leaving them unable to pay rent or buy groceries. Additionally, food distribution to clients requires basic items such as boxes/bags for the food, masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer for volunteer workers. This was not anticipated in their original annual budget.
Amount Requested: $500-$40,000
- $15,000 to provide funds, transportation and/or groceries to those families from foreign-born vulnerable populations
- $25,000 to provide emergency funding for rent to those that are at-risk of eviction due to losing their jobs because of COVID-19 and the stay-at-home orders
- $35,000 to provide support for the Employment Support program in order to place a higher number of clients into new secure jobs
If you have any questions about funding a nonprofit project, please contact Vicki Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 817.877.0702.