Turkey Time!

In this month’s newsletter, you will first see our Self-Care 469Tip of the Month, a “thank you” to our incredible veterans, and some information and resources related to National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. In addition to thanking community members like you, we provided you with some suggestions on how to have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving celebration as communities around the country–ours included–continue to see rising COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Lastly, this month we have a welcomed update to our efforts on developing curriculum for our Friends for Life topic presentations. Thank you all for tuning in and have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Self-Care 469Tip of the Month
Move for at least 30 minutes everyday
This month has already been full of stressors including the recent presidential election, rising COVID-19 cases, and major holidays coming around the corner. We hope this tip helps you find calm in the tumult that has been the year 2020.

Many of us are confined to our desks or other stationary environments that keep us from being physically active day-to-day. Not only is this bad for physical health, it can have negative effects on our mental health, too. In fact, moving for at least 30 minutes each day significantly helps lower health risks.1

These 30 minutes do NOT have to be high intensity, nor do they have to be 30 consecutive minutes. For example, you can break up the 30 minutes into three 10 minute intervals. To maximize mental health benefits, make these 30 minutes of movement unrelated to work (i.e.,walking because of work-related activities doesn't allow you to fully enjoy the moment). Add at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise to your daily routine and feel the serotonin flow! 2
A Thanks to Our Veterans
Although Veterans Day has already passed, Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County wants to make sure that we express our continued appreciation for our nation’s veterans and the veteran community for their service. Crime Stoppers is proud to be in partnership with many law enforcement personnel who are veterans themselves. Veterans are a core part of the Crime Stoppers workforce and their dedication to this program’s mission is unparalleled. Once again, THANK YOU to all our veterans today and every day.
Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week
Nov. 15th - Nov. 22nd
This week (Nov. 15th-22nd) is Hunger and Homlessness Awareness Week! This is a week where people, communities, and organizations come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness.

We urge you to engage with your peers, students, coworkers, family, friends, and other community members about what you can do to end the hunger and homelessness epidemic. As a society, we have the capacity and resources to end homelessness and hunger among our population.1 What makes the difference is the collective action we take to put these resources and ideas into action to end the epidemic. 1 

Unfortunately, many people are forced to decide between paying for their food, their housing, or other critical expenses. Homelessness is not a crime, yet many cities and states treat them like so. 2 On the contrary, those experiencing homelessness are actually less likely to perpetrate violent crime and are more likely to be victims of violent crime. 2 As for those who are going hungry, or food insecure, it is more likely for them to have negative health consequences than those who are not food insecure, especially concerning weight.3 For example, those who have low access to food–especially healthy, affordable food–are limited to convenience and corner stores where fresh produce and healthy food options are mostly non-existent.3 In addition, for those who go long stretches without food, when food does become available they may overeat as a result of being deprived of food for long periods of time.3 Factors like these have shown to increase the likelihood of obesity and other negative health effects for those who are food insecure.3 

In the U.S.4
  • 43.1 million people live below the poverty level.
  • 549,000 Americans are homeless on a typical night.
  • 42 million Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger.
  • 1 in 5 children live in poverty.

In Texas 5,6,7
  • 1 in 7 Texans experience food insecurity.
  • 20% of Texas children experience food insecurity.
  • 11% of Texas households with seniors experience food insecurity.
  • 25,300 or more Texans experience homelessness each night.
  • 1,800 veterans.
  • 1,300 unaccompanied young adults (18-24).
  •  3,500 individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.
  • In the 2017-2018 school year, 231,305 public school students experienced homelessness.

At Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County we believe that every person deserves to live a life free of crime or the fear of crime, including those who are experiencing hunger and homelessness. We encourage you to check out the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week website to learn more about the HHW program initiative. We have provided resources below for more information on how to help those in your community who may be experiencing homelessness and/or going hungry. 

Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County is able to take tips on offenders and criminal activity occurring in the homeless community. Please contact us by calling 817-469-8477, going to www.469tips.com, or using our “CCS FFL” or “P3 Tips” mobile app.
Ways to Promote HHW and End the Epidemic:

  • Post about HHW on your social media.

  • Encourage others in your community to learn more about the H&H epidemic.

  • Brainstorm and plan an HHW event for next year.

  • Donate to and/or volunteer at a local food bank/food pantry that serves those in need of affordable food.

  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter.

  • Donate clothes and other appropriate material goods to homeless shelters.

  • If you’re able, donate monetary resources to local hunger and homelessness advocacy groups and shelters.

  • Advocate for policies and funding that helps lift people out of homelessness and food insecurity.

Resources:

  • 249 West Thornhill Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76115
  • 817-534-0814 
  • infocatholiccharities@ccdofw.org


  • Provides multiple community-based programs including a community food pantry.
  • 8201 Calmont Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76116
  • 817-714-2835

  • 2400 Cypress St., Fort Worth, TX 76102
  • 817-632-7400

  • Multiple locations throughout the DFW Metroplex.
  • J.E. & L.E. Mabee Social Service Center: 1855 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76103
  • (817) 344-1800

  • 300 S. Beach Street, Fort Worth, TX 76105
  • 817-509-3635

  • 2600 Cullen Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107
  • 817-857-7100

  • The Hope Team works in partnership with the Fort Worth Police Department, Fort Worth Fire Department, Paramedics, JPS Health Network, and MHMR to connect people to services and housing, and can also treat medical needs of unsheltered folks. Currently, the HOPE Team only covers the central Fort Worth area.
  • Lieutenant Amy Ladd: 682-215-8183
  • Officer Mike Kuzenka: 817-851-2520

Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County
Featured Story of the Month
Two “Most Wanted” Fugitives Arrested by Arlington PD Thanks to Clear Channel Outdoor:

Last month two fugitives from our “10 Most Wanted” list were arrested by the Arlington Police Department this past month thanks to Clear Channel electronic billboard advertisements. One fugitive was wanted for two cases of Assault Family Violence, two cases of Credit Card Abuse, and multiple misdemeanor warrants. The other fugitive was wanted for Credit Card Abuse. The tipster provided good information on the whereabouts of these two fugitives after seeing their pictures on the Clear Channel billboard, leading to their arrest on Oct. 28th, 2020. 

As always we are extremely thankful for our partnership with the Clear Channel Outdoor company. Over the years they have continued to join us in working towards our mission to reduce crime–and the fear of crime–in our community by providing free electronic billboard postings around the county.

Thank you to Clear Channel Outdoor!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County wants to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! It’s officially Turkey Time and we’re excited for the holiday season!!! 

This month we want to express our thanks and gratitude to the many people in our community:

  • Frontline healthcare workers who have worked hard to keep us healthy, informed during the pandemic while also saving lives everyday.

  • Educators who continue to teach our kids in a challenging environment.

  • First responders who work tirelessly to keep us safe.

  • Community members for doing their part to help protect everyone else. 

For many of us, Thanksgiving is a time to come together with friends and family and enjoy the fall weather, each other’s company, good food, and to reminiscence over what we’re thankful for. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to ravage our country and our community. With that in mind, we want provide some suggestions that you can share with your students, community members, or peers to utilize when celebrating Thanksgiving this year:

For those attending a gathering1:
  • Wear a mask, wash/sanitize your hands regularly, and keep a 6ft distance from those not living with you.
  • Limit guest size.
  • If sharing food, have one person serve food and use single-use options, like plastic utensils.
  • Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled.
  • If weather permits, host your Thanksgiving lunch/dinner outside OR if you’re inside open windows to increase air circulation.
  • Talk with your guests to set expectations before the celebration.

Other Thanksgiving celebration options1:
  • Share a virtual meal together with family and friends who do not live with you.
  • Share recipes and have people show off their turkey, side dishes, and desserts.
  • Watch Thanksgiving Day parades, sports, and/or movies at home.
  • Play a fun board game inside or enjoy the fall weather playing a yard game.
  • Shop online sales the day after Thanksgiving and days leading up to the winter holidays.

No matter what you and those you serve decide to do please remember to do them as safely as possible. COVID-19 is still here; as an organization that is committed to the safety of our community we urge you to consider your options and make the best choice(s) for you, your family, your friends, and your community. Once again, Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving that is delicious, fun, relaxing, and safe!

Curriculum Update, Training Requests, Contact Info, and Print Materials
FFL Topics Curriculum Update:

We’re excited to announce that we are finally breaking ground on our efforts to develop curricula on our various Friends for Life topics. For those who took the partner survey back in August, this is in response to the answers you provided in that survey. While we still have a ways to go before we begin offering presentations, we hope that you are pleased to hear that we are taking steps on this project. Thank you again for those who participated in our survey and we cannot wait to provide you with another update soon.
Training Requests, Contact Info, and Print Material Requests:

While this school year looks different, the service provided by Crime Stoppers of Tarrant County to help you and your students, parents, and staff through the Campus Crime Stoppers and Friends for Life program remains the same. 

  • If you would like virtual program training for staff, please contact Rachel at rgilbert@onesafeplace.org.


  • Print materials are available upon request and delivered to locations that are open for visitors.

  • Digital resources for this school year may be downloaded from our website here.
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Best regards,

Rachel Gilbert
Director, Special Programs

&

Julian Rangel
Engagement and Outreach Specialist

1100 Hemphill Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76104
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