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Family Pathfinders started off the New Year with National Mentoring Month. In honor of all our amazing Mentors we would like to share with you *Trish's story. With positive encouragement from her Mentor, Trish was able to overcome homelessness and move into her own apartment last month. Mentoring is about empowering others to be their best possible self. Trish is well on her way!

This month we are saying goodbye to a staff member who helped grow our Financial Capability program and put Family Pathfinders on the map for Financial Coaching. We know you will all join us in saying goodbye to Tasha and wishing her the best of luck.

We would also like to extend a BIG THANK YOU to all those who wrote positive reviews on GreatNonprofits! Family Pathfinders is Top-Rated again for the third year in row

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

Client SpotlightFirst

January was National Mentoring Month and we are proud to share with you *Trish's story of how she was able to overcome homelessness to move toward stability with encouragement and support from her mentor. 

Trish was accepted into the Mentoring Program in May of last year. She and her two children were living with a family member and in desperate need of finding permanent housing. Without a fixed home and making only minimum wage, Trish and her children found themselves in the Presbyterian Night Shelter.   

She was matched with Gina, a Mentor who is passionate about rebuilding families to live successful lives. Trish's primary concern was housing. Together, they created an action plan to find housing and set job goals. We are excited to announce that on January 24th Trish and her children moved into their own apartment with furniture her Mentor was able to obtain. Trish is now looking into becoming a Certified Nurse's Assistant and has met with our Financial Coaching staff to learn more about the importance of building money management skills. 

We congratulate Trish on her new successes. Thank you to all our Mentors and Financial Coaches for rebuilding families to live successful lives! 

*name has been changed to protect the identity of the client.
Staff Spotlight Second

Family Pathfinders would like to take the time to say goodbye and good luck to our Financial Capability Manager, Tasha Conley.

Tasha joined Family Pathfinders as a Financial Coach and has played a pivotal role in building and expanding our Financial Capability program. Financial Capability serves individuals and families throughout Tarrant County and offers intensive one to one coaching. Tasha has accepted a new director position and is really excited about it. We are grateful for her many contributions to Family Pathfinders and we wish her the very best in her new endeavor. 

We know you will all join us in congratulating her and saying goodbye!

Partner Spotlight Third

Family Pathfinders has been listed as a Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits for the third year in a row!

Thank you to all those who wrote positive reviews. If you have not written a review yet, visit our GreatNonprofits profile and write one today! Nominations are already being accepted for 2015 Top-Rated. 

GreatNonprofits is the leading developer of tools that allow people to find, review and share information about nonprofits. If you love our work then tell the world! All reviews are visible to potential donors and volunteers. Your review helps us raise the visibility of our programs. Remember, Mentoring and Financial Coaching work! 
Upcoming EventsEvents
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Mentor Training
Saturday, February 14
Saturday, March 14
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.

#MentoringWorks
 
February Mentor Mixer
Tuesday, Feb. 17
5:30pm - 7:00pm
2601 Clover Lane
Fort Worth

You are INVITED to dinner at Family Pathfinders!

Thank you for being a mentor! Please join us to discuss mentoring issues and celebrate successes. Together, we can answer questions and share how other mentors have handled challenging 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. 
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America Saves Week
February 23 - 38

Family Pathfinders is once again participating in America Saves week. Take the America Saves Pledge today and start saving more and reducing debt.

You can also take part in America Saves Week's #imsavingfor Photo Contest. Participants will be eligible to win $500 from America Saves Week. Just share a picture of what you are saving for to your social media platform (Facebook, Twitter etc.), use #imsavingfor and submit your picture on the America Saves website.

#ASW2015

Resources Resources
EarnWell
 
My Money DFW
Free Tax Centers
23 Locations, 700+ Certified Tax Preparers

Free Tax Centers is part of the EARN WELL initiative created by the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the United Way of Tarrant County. They are just one part of the initiative to move more North Texas families on a path to financial stability. To qualify, your household income must be under $53,000. Visit My Money DFW to find your nearest Free Tax Center today!
 
UNT Eagle Advantage Program
University of North Texas and Arlington ISD

UNT and the Arlington ISD launched Eagle Advantage, a new guaranteed early admission program for high-achieving high school juniors that will help provide a college education to the region's brightest talent. Juniors in the Arlington ISD who rank in the top 20 percent of their class will earn guaranteed admission to UNT. Qualified students need to apply to UNT, submit SAT or ACT scores, graduate with a recognized college preparatory diploma and satisfy Texas Success Initiatives (TSI) requirements. Read more about the program here
 
Families First support program
March 18 to May 13
9:00 - 11:00am every Wednesday
TCC South Campus
5301 Campus Drive (SSTU Building, 2nd floor)
Fort Worth

Families First is a support program designed to teach families skills and strategies to help with parenting. With the right tools, parenting can be a very rewarding job. Without these tools, however, it can be frustrating and even overwhelming. Families First helps with improving relationships and communication, reducing stress and managing misbehavior. Childcare is provided and every participant will receive household items each week worth approximately $40.00. To sign up, please contact: Javier Tamez at (817) 289-3895 or jtamez@ccdofw.org. Registration is required. 
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