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We hope you were able to stay warm and safe during our icy winter weather. Things are sure to warm up in March and we have some heart warming stories to help with that! 

Mentoring is not just about empowering an individual to succeed, it is also about creating a lasting relationship. Read how Nicole* and Desiree worked together to accomplish goals that set Nicole on a path to self sufficiency. 

We are also proud to share a life long legacy of service and empowering others. Our retired Board Member and Mentor, June Cox, was honored with the June Cox Volunteer of the Year Award at Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington. The award, named in her honor, serves to commemorate the time and dedication she has given to so many. Thank you, June for your years of service and benevolence to our community!

Congratulations to client Melissa Bates, winner of the iPad Mini from our Financial Coaching Follow-Up Blitz!

Family Pathfinders has joined the Blue Zone movement, and is committed to making healthier choices. Several staff members from Family Pathfinders along with Mayor Betsy Price attended the City of Fort Worth 's Blue Zone kick-off last month.

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

Client SpotlightFirst
Nicole with her daughter and Mentor.

Nicole* joined the Mentoring Program in June 2013. Her primary concern was employment. Nicole needed a career and safe housing for herself and young daughter.

She was matched with Volunteer Mentor, Desiree. Their first meeting lasted an hour as they discussed her situation and set long and short term goals. The first priority was to find a higher paying job, eventually move to a safer neighborhood and improve her credit score.

Together, they revised Nicole's resume to better reflect her skills and abilities and both actively looked for a potential job. After a couple of set backs, Nicole secured a job she truly loves! With Desiree's support she was able to turn those setbacks into successes. Now securely employed and improving her credit, Nicole and has moved on to her next goal of housing with Desiree's help. They communicate on a daily basis and work together to find the perfect home for her little family.

"Nicole and I have reached all the goals we set and she is doing fantastic. I feel she and I have also established a friendship that will continue in the future." - Desiree

Volunteer Spotlight Second
Retired Board Members Jim Walther and June Cox with Mentoring Coordinator Randall High

In February Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington honored one of Family Pathfinders' most treasured volunteers, June Cox. 
June was a Mentor for over 15 years as well as a Board Member. As a member of Trinity's congregation, she and fellow retired Mentor and Board Member, Jim Walther laid the groundwork for the Pathfinders Partner program, making Family Pathfinders a part of their outreach programming. Trinity UMC actively recruits Mentors and Financial Coaches from their congregation and have designated our programs as part of their annual giving.

Trinity honored June as their Volunteer of the Year and named the award in her honor. The June Cox Volunteer of the Year Award reflects her legacy of life long service and dedication to the community.

We congratulate June on her many accomplishments and are honored to be a part of her volunteer and service legacy!
Financial Capability Spotlight Second
Melissa Bates and Laura Stackhouse

As a result of participation in the Financial Follow-Up Blitz, held by our financial coaching team, Melissa Bates won the drawing for an iPad mini. Congratulations Melissa!
Blue Zone Second

Mayor Betsy Price and Randall High

at the Fort Worth Blue Zone Kick-Off

The Blue Zones Project encourages changes in our community that lead to healthier options. When our entire community participates - from our worksites and schools to our restaurants and grocery stores - the small changes contribute to huge benefits for all of us: lowered healthcare costs, improved productivity, and ultimately, a higher quality of life. Fort Worth is on its way to becoming a Blue Zones Community. Residents and business owners alike are focused on improving well-being for themselves and their neighbors.  
Upcoming Events Events
Mentor Training
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.

Sham Rocking St. Patty's Mentor Mixer
Tuesday, March 17
12:00pm - 1:00pm
2601 Clover Lane
Fort Worth

You are INVITED to lunch 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. 

Volunteer Appreciation

Luncheon April 15th

We appreciate our volunteers all year round, but April 12th to 18th is officially Volunteer Appreciation

Join us April 15th from 12:00-1:00pm for lunch at Family Pathfinders, to celebrate you and all you do to help individuals and families bridge the gap between poverty and self sufficiency! 

Resources  Resources
Texas Health Resources
Wellness for Life - Mobile Health Program

Texas Health Resources Mobile Health unit will be in a various locations in Fort Worth and Arlington throughout March. The mobile unit offers screening digital mammograms, well woman exams, and take home colon cancer screening kits. View public access dates here and call 1-855-318-7696 to make a appointment. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday, 8am to 5:50pm.  Bring your insurance card and driver license or state issued ID to your appointment. Those without insurance may qualify for fully funded screenings. 
My Money DFW
Free Tax Centers
23 Locations, 700+ Certified Tax Preparers

Free Tax Centers are 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!

Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op
Various locations throughout
 Dallas/Fort Worth


Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op (BBFC) distributes produce baskets, organic produce baskets, artisan bread and sandwich bread every other week. They are a not-for-profit co-op for families that want to have more fresh produce for less money. In order to participate, you must set up a free account on the  website and select your location. Contributions are $15 per basket with an additional processing fee. Visit their  website for more details and instructions on how to participate!   

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