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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.

tonya.jones@legupfw.org | 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

 alonzo.peterson@legupfw.org | 682-49907800 ext. 35


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CBS Radio Interview

Lauren Doeren at CBS Radio

Lauren at CBS Radio

We are honored and excited to share with you the interview Leg Up Program’s Executive Director, Lauren Doeren, recently did with CBS Radio. Learn more about how the Leg Up works, who the program helps and how you can be a part of the movement that is the Leg Up!!

Click here to listen!!

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Kimba Penn’s Job Interview

Hi friends, meet Kimba Penn. Kimba is an Arlington Heights High School Alumni – Class of 1992, and she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Howard University in Washington D.C. Kimba has successfully served as an administrative assistant for the Department of the Army and various temp agencies, and is exhilarated to join a team in a supportive role again soon!

The good news is Kimba has a job interview NEXT MONDAY and she needs some work clothes! She’s planning to go to the Clothes Closets at Broadway Baptist and First United Methodist, however there’s no guarantee they will have her sizes or type of professional clothing she needs.

So help us give Kimba the Leg Up she needs to begin her journey back into the workforce and independent living. Here are her sizes:

  • Shoes – 9-9.5
  • Dress/Pant – 16 or X-Large
  • Shirt/Blouse – 14 or Large

If you have items to donate, please contact Lauren at Lauren.Doeren@LegUpFW.org or (682) 499-7800.

Happiness is helping and #doingmoretogether!

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Clients Seeking Opportunities

Leg Up clients are currently seeking opportunities accessible to public transportation, in the following industries/positions:

  • Hospitality – porter/janitor
  • Warehouse/Distribution – forklift operator, laborer
  • Manufacturing – line worker
  • Food Service – cook/dishwasher
  • Sales/Marketing – sales rep
  • Health & Human Services – program manager

If you or anyone you know has any of the listed positions available, please contact Lauren at (682) 499-7800 or Lauren.Doeren@legupfw.org

Happiness is helping!

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Hocus Pocus Focus!!

At the Leg Up Visioning Workshop we coach clients through the process of creating a vision for their future selves. We ask them to go beyond the house and the job that are a given, and take a deep dive into the details or color of the tapestry they are weaving that is their life. What does life look like for future you? Do you come home to a cat? Do you have plush bath towels? Do you have friends over to watch sports? What will make you feel happy and excited? This vision for Future Self serves as a focal point and aid in the creation of the map or the plan, because you get what you think about whether its wanted or unwanted. We emphasize to our folks that while it’s easy to get wrapped up in the difficulties of living in a homeless shelter, they can dive deep into the vision for their future selves, focusing at any time and feel less stress and more empowered. It’s like magic! Hocus pocus focus 🙂 #legupfw #doingmoretogether

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