Dear Life Transformers,
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.”
CTL's homeless shelter and child care facilities remain open and operating at a reduced capacity to help protect homeless women and children who depend on CTL for shelter and safety.
To keep clients, staff and the community safe, CTL is taking many measures that include following all Shelter in Place guidelines with non essential staff, following CDC guidelines; cancelling events; implementing measures across campuses that promote social distancing and promote hygiene and respiratory etiquette; reducing class sizes to under 10; and taking additional steps as outlined in the below FAQ.
CTL is following the Texas Health and Human Services Commission guidelines to protect children at each Early Childhood Education center. The centers are operating at a 75% reduced capacity, and remain available for children of first responders, including healthcare workers, who need of child care due to tend to our community. For more information on child care procedures during this time, click 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.
I am particularly concerned with how this virus and the temporary closing of schools and businesses will impact families already experiencing poverty and homelessness. Hourly wage positions are being cut and child care/public schools are becoming inaccessible – resulting in more families facing hunger, instability and future homelessness.
You can help us keep these families safe and stable during such a trying time by donating diapers (size 4-6), cleaning supplies, non-perishable food, hygiene products and giving financial support. With your generous support, we can ensure that mothers and their children are safe, able to pay rent and have access to basic necessities.
When we work together, we can make a real change in our community.
Q: Why does CTL remain open? What about Shelter in Place?
A: 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.”
CTL is a child care option for many first responders, including our healthcare workers and government officials, who need of child care so they can work. Furthermore, the Texas Governor has requested child care providers remain open so parents can work.
Additionally, CTL is unwavering in its commitment to vulnerable women and children, particularly those experiencing poverty or homelessness.
The homeless have little protection from this virus. CTL is serving a critical need by safely housing vulnerable, homeless women in our 20-private room emergency homeless shelter. Closing CTL would result in evicting these women to the streets. With other homeless shelters decreasing capacity, these women would literally have nowhere to go, increasing their odds of contracting and spreading the virus.
Q: If you must remain open, what can you do to keep the community 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
Asking residents to shelter in place
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
Identifying screening protocols
A2: Clients – Child Care
CTL is following the Texas Health and Human Services Commission guidelines to protect children, including reduced class size (under 10), limiting visitors, screening for high temperatures, denying entry for anyone who has symptoms of respiratory infection, and increasing the frequency of cleaning procedures. Please click here for further details.
CTL has realized at least a 75% decrease in daily attendance as many families choose at-home care. Keeping these families’ economic needs first, CTL is holding each child’s spot tuition-free until the child returns to school.
CTL is available to additional first responders, including healthcare workers, who may need temporary childcare during this time. For more information on enrollment, please contact 817-332-6191.
Following the Shelter in Place directive, only essential personnel are on-site for critical services. Other staff have transitioned to at-home work schedules
Encouraging all staff to protect their personal health
Suspending all volunteer activities
Cancelling non-essential services and activities, or transitioning services (such as Financial Coaching and Economic Mobility course work) to an on-line platform
Increasing the frequency of cleaning procedures
Following guidelines recommended by the CDC and continuing to monitor the recommendations and guidance available from CDC, and state and local public health officials
Q: How can I help you keep women and children safe and secure during this time?
A: In this unprecedented time, we are experiencing a dramatic increase in need, particularly from the homeless families we support in apartments throughout the community. We need cleaning supplies and masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and thermometers.
Additionally, non-perishable food, hygiene products, and revenue is needed. Our unbudgeted expenses continue to rise and our revenues continue to decrease, with a significant weekly revenue loss from lost child care attendance andsocial enterprises.
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 considered a “non-essential” business and is closed until further notice. However, purchases can still be made online through Facebook and Instagram! 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: Unfortunately, no. Please hold onto any donations until The Resale Shop storefront reopens. Center for Transforming Lives is in urgent need of donations including canned goods and cleaning supplies, which can be made by mail, or ordered through on-line resources such as Amazon. The mailing address is 512 W 4th Street, Fort Worth TX 76102. We are also asking that our supporters consider making a monetary donation at www.transforminglives.org.