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April was a busy month for Family Pathfinders. We celebrated Volunteer Appreciation Week by honoring all our amazing volunteers and highlighting the wonderful work of two in particular. Tanya Jones and Paul Baccus were named our 2014 Volunteers of the Year! Thank you to ALL our volunteers for empowering Tarrant County families all year round!

April was also Financial Literacy Month. We celebrated by co-hosting the annual Financial Fitness DFW fair in Tarrant County. A special thank you to Brittany Clark, representing Junior League of Fort Worth, for volunteering.

In addition to financial fitness we are moving towards better physical fitness. Family Pathfinders has joined the Blue Zones movement and is just the second small organization in Fort Worth to complete the Blue Zones checklist to become a Blue Zones friendly work-site! We will send out more information on how you can join us in working towards living longer, healthier lives. 

Please remember to check out our upcoming events, valuable resources you can share with your mentees and clients, and the easy ways you can support Family Pathfinders today!

Volunteer Spotlight Volunteer
Family Pathfinders has always been blessed with a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers. Our Volunteer Appreciation party is a time we like to honor and thank all of them for the work they have done over the past year. This year we chose to highlight Tanya Jones and Paul Baccus as our 2014 Volunteers of the Year.

For three years, Tanya worked as a pre-release mentor helping clients set goals for successful reentry and self-sufficiency. Together, with former Mentoring Coordinator Jennifer Bellamy, they laid the ground work for the successful women's Second Chance mentoring program we have today.

Paul has been volunteering as a Financial Coach since 2013 and has completed the most volunteer hours of all our active volunteers. With his busy schedule of working and traveling, he has graciously agreed to be the designated coach for our first group of Lending Circles participants. 

Tanya and Paul with their program coordinators.
Thank you to all our volunteers for another successful year of empowering individuals and families to attain self-sufficiency!
Staff SpotlightStaff

Family Pathfinders is getting into the Blue Zone! The Blue Zones Project is a community well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to environment, policy, and social networks.  Blue Zone cities are found in only a hand full of countries in the world where people live measurably longer and healthier lives and Fort Worth is the only city in the south to initiate a project. 

Family Pathfinders met with Blue Zones representative Kimberly Porter and took the Blue Zone pledge. We are committed to providing our staff with healthy opportunities, improved eating habits, natural movement and being socially connected. We are the second organization in Fort Worth to have completed our Blue Zone checklist and will become an official Blue Zones friendly work site. 
Event SpotlightEvent

Family Pathfinders and the United Way of Tarrant County partnered up for Financial Fitness DFW in Tarrant County.

The annual event was free to the public and offered a wide verity of resources. Financial service providers offered attendees an opportunity to check their credit scores while partner agencies discussed affordable housing, Individual Development Accounts, debt management and various other steps individuals could take to reach financial freedom.

Family Pathfinders led a breakout session on our Lending Circles program and registered individuals for Financial Coaching sessions at Tarrant County College.
Pictured is Volunteer Financial Coach Brittany Clark from Junior League Fort Worth with staff members Kristie Johnson and Marlena Staley. 
Upcoming Events Events

Mentor Mixer
Tuesday, May 19
7:30am - 8:30am
Swiss Pastry
3936 W. Vickery Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107

Breakfast is on us!

Join the Mentoring team at Swiss Pastry for breakfast as we discuss mentoring issues and successes. Together, we can answer questions and share how other mentors have handled situations. We encourage you to attend even if you have not been matched yet, as it will give you an opportunity to ask questions, and hear how things are going with others. 

Mentor Training
Saturday, June 13
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.



Family Pathfinders Blue Zones Celebration


Family Pathfinders has taken all the right steps to become a Blue Zones friendly work site!

Join us and Blue Zones project Fort Worth as we celebrate and reaffirm our commitment to living longer and healthier lives.

Keep an eye on your inbox for an official invitation. 
Resources  Resources
Watauga Public Library Possibility Fair
Saturday, May 16, 2015
12:00pm - 3:00pm
7109 Whitley Rd., Watauga, TX 76148
(817) 514-5865

Come learn about the great services and resources available in Tarrant County at this FREE event! Representatives from various organizations will be at the Library to answer questions and explain what their organizations can do for you. Come meet Community Storehouse, MHMR, Workforce Solutions, Tarrant County College and many more organizations that can help you with job searches, education, and health and wellness. The Mid-Cities Family Lions Club will be conducting free adult and children's Vision Screenings. Call for more information!
Employability  With A Background
Thursday, May 21, 2015
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Cornerstone Assistance Network
3500 Noble Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76111

Can you pass a criminal background check? Have you been arrested and are now dealing with a criminal background while you search for a job? The Change a Life! Nehemiah Project is the authority for the Employability With A Background seminar. This seminar will allow men and women to gain practical skill sets and self-confidence and overcome employment barriers by teaching how to effectively answer questions regarding your background on an employment application and in interviews. Advanced registration is required. Call 817-632-6000 for more information or to register.
Women of Equity
401 West Sanford, Suite 1700
Arlington, TX 76011


Women of Equity dedicates itself to the prevention of child abuse, neglect and motherless children. They maintain their mission of encouragement, education and empowerment by providing women with the tools, resources and services to build successful families. Their Parenting Education program helps women develop skills to raise a healthy child and their Life Skills program is designed to promote job readiness, positive social skills and positive work ethics. For more information visit or call 817-459-2241.
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