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It's Volunteer Appreciation Week and we want to say THANK YOU to all our amazing volunteers! Family Pathfinders is a volunteer driven organization and our programs are successful because of you! We hope you will be able to join us this afternoon at 12:00pm as we celebrate you and honor the hours of dedication you have given to helping individuals and families become self-sufficient. 

Our volunteers are truly dedicated to giving back. Read how Tanya first came to Family Pathfinders as a mentee and now serves as a Mentor passing on her experiences and success. We are also proud to share with you some staff spotlights. Our Executive Director, Kathryn Arnold, was part of a panel discussion at the annual Women's Leadership Council's Women United celebration. She represented the United Way's Earn Well Initiative and discussed the importance of Financial Coaching. Also, our Second Chance Mentoring Coordinator, Toby Jones, spoke at the Tarrant County Reentry Coalition's monthly meeting and discussed her experiences with barriers to successful reentry in Tarrant County. 

Please remember to check out our upcoming events and share some  valuable resources with your mentees and coaching clients.

Volunteer Spotlight Volunteer

When Tanya first came to Family Pathfinders, she was looking for a mentor. During her participation in the Mentoring Program, she was able to successfully transition off all federal aid and obtain a job that has given her financial stability. She met all her goals and was ready to give back to her community! 

In 2012 Tanya became a pre-release Mentor for our women's Second Chance Mentoring Program. The program is designed to help individuals successfully transition back into the community. As a pre-release mentor, Tanya helped clients set goals for reaching self-sufficiency. After mentoring in this capacity for three years, Tanya has now transitioned to one on one post-release mentoring and has begun a new volunteer role with the Fort Worth Police Department assisting in domestic violence situations and offering victims assistance.

Thank you, Tanya for your many years of dedicated service as a volunteer Mentor! 
Leadership Spotlight Leadership
Image credit: United Way of Tarrant County
Pictured above from left to right: Lillie Biggins, Melody Johnson, Leah King, Kathryn Arnold and Sharon Leite.

March 26 was the United Way of Tarrant County Women's Leadership Council's annual Women United celebration. The Women's Leadership Council is a local network of women inspiring women to be role models of generosity, advocates for important causes and volunteers for change.

The annual celebration featured a panel session with representatives from the United Way's three initiatives: Learn Well, Live Well and Earn Well. Representing Learn well was Melody Johnson, former superintendent of Fort Worth ISD, representing Live Well was Lillie Biggins, President of Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and representing Earn Well was Family Pathfinders Executive Director, Kathryn Arnold. Each panelist discussed how their programs helped further the United Way's initiative and how the services they provide benefit Tarrant County.

This grant year, Financial Coaching has served more than 470 clients and we are well on our way to surpassing our target goals. Our volunteer coaches allow us to provide coaching sessions throughout Tarrant County, a key factor in our success. 

Staff Spotlight Staff

The Tarrant County Reentry Coalition (TCRC) works to enhance collaboration among reentry service providers and encourages broad-based community support and involvement for prisoner reentry. 

Last month's coalition meeting featured a panel of formerly incarcerated persons who have successfully reentered the community. They discussed the various barriers to reentry in Tarrant County, specifically employment, housing and transportation, and shared their own experiences. 

Toby Jones, our women's Second Chance Mentoring Program Coordinator, discussed how she overcame these barriers and successfully made the journey from incarceration and reentry to self-sufficiency. In the Mentoring Program we believe that anyone can recover and become the person they want to be. 

Thank you, Toby, for sharing your journey with us and the clients we serve. 
Upcoming Events Events
Volunteer Appreciation Lunch
Friday, April 17
12:00pm - 1:00pm
4028 Calmont
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Volunteers, Mentors, & Coaches!

Volunteers are an essential piece in empowering our families to attain self-sufficiency. Volunteering is good for your heart, and research shows those who do volunteer are living happier and healthier lives. 

Join us for lunch as we celebrate all our wonderful volunteers and honor our 2014 Volunteers of the Year!
Mentor Training
Saturday, May 9
9:00am - 3:00pm
2601 Clover Lane
Fort Worth

Please forward this newsletter to family and friends who are interested in becoming mentors. We have many wonderful opportunities in mentoring for those looking for a meaningful volunteer experience.

Register today or call the office at (817) 731-1173 for more details.


Financial Fitness DFW

Saturday, April 25

10:00am - 2:00pm

TCC South Campus

5301 Campus Drive

Fort Worth, TX 76119

Get your money in shape! Join Family Pathfinders for Financial Fitness DFW.

North Texas consumers are invited to meet and greet with financial service providers, housing and service providers one-on-one and in one place to learn more about financial education, saving, managing debt and working toward financial freedom.

Family Pathfinders will be hosting an information booth and present on our Lending Circles program. Register today!
Resources  Resources
United Way CHIMES Program
1500 N. Main, Ste. 200
Fort Worth, TX 76164-0448
Juan Daniel Garcia


The enrollment deadline for medical coverage has been extended till the end of April.  If your mentee or coaching client does not have insurance and does not know how to find affordable insurance, they can contact Juan Daniel Garcia at the United Way of Tarrant County. The process is similar to filing taxes.  The amount an individual is charged is based on family size. If health insurance is cost prohibitive, exemption forms are available to fill out and file with their taxes. The process per person can take 20-45 minutes. Call 817-995-9687 for more information. View  the "Individual Responsibility Fee" chart for fees that are assessed if families do not have medical insurance.
Legal Aid of North West Texas
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00 - 4:00pm
Toll-free intake and advice hotline (888) 529-5277

Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas offers assistance and advice services to a wide variety of individuals. They provide civil legal services to low income residents in 114 Texas counties throughout North and West Texas, with offices in Abilene, Amarillo, Brownwood, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Lubbock, McKinney, Midland, Odessa, Plainview, San Angelo, Waxahachie, Weatherford and Wichita Falls. Some of the services offered to qualified individuals, include, but are not limited to, consumer, employment, family, housing, individual rights, and public benefits advice and representation. In order to find out if you qualify, you can visit or call the toll-free intake and advice hotline at 1-888-529-5277. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9am to noon, and 1 to 4pm.


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