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April 6, 2020

I remember years ago, receiving a donation of two crumpled dollar bills.  The envelope included no name.  It said only “Because you helped my children.”  Few gifts have touched me in the way that donation did.  Someone who had so little to give, gave from gratitude. Gi...

March 23, 2020

As I was leaving the office on Wednesday last week, I overheard a conversation between a teacher and a mother who’d come to pick up her son from our child development center. The mother, a nurse at a local hospital, was asking typical questions:

How did he do today?  Ho...

May 1, 2019

I’m excited to share the great news that CTL was recently awarded a third Early Head Start (EHS) grant from the U.S. Health and Human Service’s Administration for Children and Families. The grant award totals $7,541,231 and will fund child care and education for an add...

March 1, 2019

Last week, I had an opportunity to speak about family homelessness

at a forum designed to address the growing reality in our community and in our country. 

On the panel with me was a courageous young mother who told her story of waiting to get into a homeless shelter af...

February 15, 2019

Education is the front line for homeless children.  Truly.  You know this because you support our work of educating young children, but most people think of homeless shelters as the place to go for help.  But homeless shelters don’t specialize in care for children – th...

September 12, 2018

Teaching is hard work.  We all know this. 

Most of us would run for the hills at the thought of being in a classroom full of infants or toddlers for eight hours at a time.  But not our teachers – teachers like Estrella.  Many of our teachers have been with us for m...

January 30, 2018

The annual count of the homeless population was done last Thursday night.  This count, orchestrated locally by the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition, is an important means of knowing how many homeless individuals are being served in area shelters and transitional housi...

December 26, 2017

Dear friends,

Recently I was sharing the Transforming Lives story with a group of colleagues – all leaders in the nonprofit world.  As usual, I shared the mission, the vision, the reasons we exist and how our work makes a difference.  As I so often do – I delved into th...

December 4, 2017

Late one sunny afternoon, I took a break from meetings to stop by the youngest classroom in our downtown Fort Worth Child Development Center.  I sat down on the blue braided rug, held the nearest baby and listened to the sounds of loving teachers and their eight infant...

November 28, 2017

On Giving Tuesday, we’re highlighting a project with a talented team from Fidelity Investments and its nonprofit partner, The Center for Transforming Lives (CTL). CTL has provided safe housing, early childhood education, and financial empowerment services for economica...

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