Ready To Rent: A new addition to LegUp’s Programming

Starting in March, the LegUp Program will begin offering housing readiness classes to those who are homeless and at-risk of being homeless.  The program is called Ready to Rent and it helps attendees take responsibility for their past rental issues while developing a housing plan to prevent those issues from recurring again.   “We are so excited to add housing readiness to our program because it is so necessary.  The clients we serve often have issues getting approved for a new apartment because of things that occurred in the past and this class helps address those concerns and plan for the future,” said Dr. Alonzo Peterson, Executive Director of the LegUp Program.  Some of the other topics include:

  •  repairing credit
  • creating a budget
  • developing a housing search plan
  • understanding the application and rental process
  • housekeeping
  • communicating effectively with landlords

 All participants who take the class will also be given a certificate to take to potential landlords as part of their housing search.  The LegUp Program will also be recruiting landlords to accept these certificates and had informed the Tarrant County Apartment Association about the fact the agency is now offering the program.   This really will give clients of the LegUp their best chance for a bright future, because now the program will help them not only gain the skills to find a job, but also to find a new home.  The LegUp will do the first Ready to Rent class for Arlington Life Shelter the week of March 12  and for Union Gospel Mission the week of April 16.

For more information on this class or to refer someone for the program, please contact Tonya Jones, Employment and Housing Navigator. | 682-499-7800 ext. 41.  

If you are a landlord and would like to know more about how the program, please contact Dr. Alonzo Peterson, Executive Director | 682-49907800 ext. 35


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Lilly’s Big Move!

Lilly is a 19 year old girl, who escaped sex-trafficking only to land in homelessness.
She is bright, vibrant, and unwilling to let anything hold her back. Lilly’s goal is not only to be self-sufficient but also to attend and graduate college and become an oral surgeon. She has done nothing less than excel and impress us since she came to the the LegUp in January, and after graduating the LegUp Program, she is holding down a full time job and now is ending her time in homelessness and being coached by the LegUp. 
We are so excited and blessed to help her get set up in her first apartment!
But we need your help!
Help us set Lilly up with all the comforts of home. As you are doing your spring cleaning we ask that you bring your gently used goods and furniture to the LegUp!
Below is the full list of needs for a first apartment! 

Lilly is in need of:


Entrance area

  • Welcome mat (for outside the door)
  • Small area rug (for just inside the door)
  • Wall hooks for jackets, keys, etc.
  • Small table or bench for shoe storage
  • Lamp, if there’s no other light source by the door

Living room

  • Couch, chairs, or other things to sit on
  • Coffee table
  • Bookshelves
  • Television
  • Stand for TV
  • Throw pillows for couch/chairs
  • Artwork
  • Lamp(s)
  • Curtains & curtain rods


  • Food, Let’s provide her with her first meal and round of groceries!
  • Silverware
  • Silverware organizer (drawer insert)
  • Dishes (e.g. plates, glasses, mugs, bowls, serving platters, etc.)
  • Pots and pans
  • Oven mitts
  • Spatulas, ladles, whisks, etc.
  • Container for countertop storage of spatulas, ladles, whisks, etc.
  • Dish towels
  • Dish drying rack
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowls
  • Plastic containers for food storage (e.g. Tupperware or Gladware)
  • Rolls of aluminum foil, wax paper, plastic wrap, and parchment paper
  • Paper (or newspaper) to line cupboards and shelves
  • Zip-top plastic bags of various sizes
  • Cutting boards
  • Toaster or toaster oven
  • Coffee maker
  • Ice cube trays
  • Can opener
  • Good, sharp knives (at least one large chef’s knife and a small paring knife)
  • Serving spoon
  • Colander
  • Dish soap and sponges/scrubbers
  • Trash can
  • Small area rug

Dining area

  • Table and chairs
  • Tablecloth or placemats
  • Napkins
  • Candles/tealights and candle holders
  • Trivets


  • Shower curtain (and rings to hold it up)
  • Shower caddy
  • Toilet paper
  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet plunger
  • Bath mat(s)
  • Trash can
  • Over-the-door towel hook
  • Towels (bath and hand) and washcloths 


  • Bed!
  • Pillows
  • Mattress and box spring
  • Mattress pad
  • Sheets and comforter
  • Night stand
  • Lamp
  • Dresser
  • Hangers
  • Hamper
  • Trash can
  • Curtains with rods and hardware


  • Cleaning supplies (e.g. rags, paper towels, sprays)
  • Laundry soap, fabric softener, stain remover (e.g. Shout) and a jar of quarters for laundry
  • Trash bags
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Small broom and dustpan
  • Surge strips
  • Toolbox: Basic tools, including screwdrivers (flat and Phillips-heads), hammer (and some small nails), duct tape, box-cutter or X-acto knife, duct tape, pliers, wrench, and masking tape (at the very least, get a Leatherman, which includes basic versions of most of the above-mentioned tools)
  • Large plastic bins or other storage
  • Pens
  • Paper (for grocery lists, doodles, etc.)
  • Flashlight(s)
  • Batteries of various types, including backups for your flashlight
  • Tweezers
  • Fans
  • Emergency/First Aid Kit
  • Internet router and associated cords
  • Light bulbs
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North Texas Day of Giving!

This Thursday is the North Texas Day of Giving! Tragedies abound in Texas due to many reasons, but you can bring hope and light into the lives of those around you by supporting the LegUp Program today through your donations. Let’s make our community #bettertogether #NorthTexasDayofGiving#GiveHope

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Give Hope a Chance

Cedric sat in my chair, waiting patiently for his Mock-Interview. He was well dressed from head to toe, and had the look and speech of someone thoughtful and well educated. It was my second week at the LegUp, and I still had rarely encountered our clients. He smiled the whole interview-this was his final test before the much anticipated graduation- and he knew he was nailing it.

As we went through the interview, I came to learn that Cedric had come into homelessness due to health reasons, and that he had previously worked in finance management, for 20 years. So, how was he homeless? How could that possible happen to a tax-paying community member?

Because life is tumultuous. That’s why.

We so often assume the faces of the homeless are dirty, weathered, and weary- or worse we associate homelessness with mental illness, irresponsibility,  and drug abuse. This is often times, (very often) simply not the case. While there are those out there who are far gone from what we expect and accept as a culture and community, most (85% of the population) are simply experiencing a bump in their life story.  Life is difficult, and sometimes it has unforeseen penalties, obstacles, and trials. The people who seek out the LegUp are folks who are just like the rest of us. They have families. They have pets! They have a need for hope…

Having learned about the trials and catastrophic loss Cedric experienced, and that of each person who has walked through our doors,  I find hope redefined. These brave people are strong: they choose faith when they’ve lost everything, optimism when they’re at rock bottom, and strive boldly forward when life and society seem to be working against them.

Their stories are amazing.

The challenge to you, is to break the oppression of judgement on people’s stories. Give hope a chance, and the next time you see a person who’s experiencing homelessness, don’t give them pity or condemnation. They are simply in a valley of their life. Tomorrow it could be you that they in turn help… Treat the homeless with the same respect you would your grandmother, your boss, or your pastor. By simply looking, you never know a person’s struggle, you never learn their story. I challenge you to face your opinions,  ask questions, and be open to connecting with someone who you do not perceive as “like” yourself.

Find the story, and then find hope.

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August Featured Partnership: Excite Media Group

The LegUp Program is proud to be in partnership with Excite Media Group! They provide video marketing solutions to businesses, and then donate a percentage of the proceeds to the LegUp! #CommunityPartnership further our mission and empower us to make more #IntelligentChange in our #FortWorthCommunity and beyond! We are truly #BetterTogether!

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