For 113 years, the organization now known as the Center for Transforming Lives (CTL) has provided anti-poverty programs for women and children in Tarrant County. It was founded in 1907 as the first YWCA™ in Texas serving as a boarding house for poor women, expanded to include child care for working mothers in the 1930s, and in 2015 changed its name from the YWCA Fort Worth & Tarrant County to the Center for Transforming Lives to more clearly articulate its mission.

Today, the Center for Transforming Lives lifts women with children from poverty to possibility through:

  • Homeless Services – an on-site homeless shelter for women and off-site homes for families.

  • Early Childhood Education – providing free or subsidized early childhood education to impoverished and homeless families.

  • Economic Mobility – individual financial coaching and other programs to promote financial self-sufficiency.

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Carol Klocek, the Center for Transforming Lives has an annual operating budget of more than $12.3 million and will serve 3,500 low-income and homeless women, children and families this year, breaking the cycle of poverty.


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1 (817) 332-6191

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512 West 4th Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

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