Center for Transforming Lives’ team is closely monitoring COVID-19 and following all governing authorities. 

Based on the information from The City of Fort Worth and Tarrant County officials, CTL is classified as an essential service, providing both “child care for essential workers” and “basic necessities to economically challenged populations.”  As such, CTL's homeless shelter and child care facilities remained open and operating at a reduced capacity during the Shelter in Place.

 

Effective June 1, CTL will increase operating capacity to better protect homeless women and children who depend on CTL for shelter and safety. All of CTL's four child care facilities will reopen at that time.

To keep clients, staff and the community safe, CTL is taking many safety measures that include following CDC guidelines; cancelling group events; implementing measures across campuses that promote social distancing and promote hygiene and respiratory etiquette; reducing class sizes ; and taking additional steps as outlined in the below FAQ and links.

CTL is following the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and CDC guidelines to protect children at each Early Childhood Education center. The centers are operating at reduced capacity, and following new child care procedures as outlined here

As this situation develops, additional changes may be warranted. To stay updated, please refer to the Center for Transforming Lives Facebook page. For additional information or support, please contact us at 817-332-6191.

 

You can help us keep these families safe and stable during such a trying time by donating here. With your generous support, we can ensure that mothers and their children are safe, able to pay rent and have access to basic necessities.

Q:  How is COVID-19 affecting CTL clients? How is CTL responding to meet their needs?

A: CTL is unwavering in its commitment to vulnerable women and children, particularly those experiencing poverty or homelessness. The hard truth is that the homeless have little protection from this virus. And COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting those in poverty. The mothers and families CTL serves were walking out of poverty pre-COVID. Now they are teetering on the financial and emotional edge of stability. In response, CTL is modifying service delivery and launching the Relief & Recovery Program, impacting all of CTL’s services areas, current clients, and future families financially impacted by COVID-19. S

 

Short-term the Relief & Recovery Program provides clients with solutions to their immediate, basic needs such as food, safe shelter, hygiene items, baby supplies and emergency funding or utility payments, car payments or repairs and gas. You can donate to that program HERE.

 

Q:  How is CTL modifying service delivery to keep clients safe? 

A1:  Clients - Shelter

  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning procedures 

  • Implementing measures across its campuses that promote social distancing and promote hygiene and respiratory etiquette 

  • Following guidelines recommended by the CDC

  • CTL’s on-site shelter includes private rooms with private bathrooms, spread across two separate floors, which inherently allow for social distancing. 

  • Due to the private room layout, CTL has quarantine capabilities on-site, should the need arise

  • CTL is working closely with Tarrant County medical and housing officials to prepare for possible symptomatic participants to receive proper medical care, including possible quarantine at designated hospitals and additional facilities. 

  • Implementing single-use kitchen procedures and discouraging group (of any size) congregation

  • Suspending face-to-face case management activities 

  • Meetings are being conducted via phone or online

  • Identifying areas to further separate individuals who are symptomatic from individuals who are asymptomatic, should such separation be required

  • Implementing screening protocols 

 

A2:  Clients – Child Care

  • CTL is following the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and CDC guidelines (click here) to protect children, implementing social distancing strategies, intensifying cleaning and disinfection efforts, modifying drop-off and pick-up procedures and implementing screening procedures.

  • As of June 1, 2020, CTL is available to any family who needs child-care at all four child care facility locations. Read here for more information on enrollment or call 817-332-6191.

  • CTL requests that families of any child enrolled, or interested in child care enrollment, read through this CDC Check List and follow all guidelines to ensure community safety. 

 

A3:  Staff

  • During spring 2020, many staff transitioned to at-home locations and many will continue to work remotely until further notice. At this time, only essential personnel and a few others are on-site for critical services. 

  • Suspending most volunteer activities

  • Limiting non-essential services and activities, or transitioning services (such as Financial Coaching and Economic Mobility course work) to an on-line platform

  • Following guidelines recommended by the CDC and continuing to monitor the recommendations and guidance available from CDC, and state and local public health officials

  • Work in the office or community environments will be done with the appropriate level of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cleaning practices in place

  • Employees in a shared office/space must maintain 6 ft. distance at all times

  • All employees are required to wear a mask when in a shared office or public space

  • Meticulous and regular cleaning protocols will continue as communicated until further notice

 

Q:  How can I help you keep women and children safe and secure during this time?

A: In this unprecedented time, CTL is experiencing a dramatic increase in need, particularly from the homeless families we support in apartments throughout the community. We need monetary support, hand sanitizer, and thermometers. Financial donations make it possible to provide food, hygiene items and basic support. You can consider donating to CTL’s critical work here. 

Q: What else should I know?
A: For 113 years, the well-being of vulnerable women and children has been CTL’s priority. We are unwavering in our dedication to their health and safety today. 

 

CTL leadership is working closely with other social services agencies and the Tarrant County Public Health departments. For more information, please visit TCPH COVID-19

Q: What about The Resale Shop, is it still open?
A: The Resale Shop storefront is still closed for shopping. However, purchases can be made online through Facebook and Instagram, with curbside pick up! By purchasing items from The Resale Shop, you are directly benefitting Center for Transforming Lives' mission.

 

Q: Can we still make a donation to The Resale Shop? 
A: Yes! We are accepting donations Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

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