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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Attire For Hire!

Its finally feeling a bit more like summer and the LegUp is holding a donation drive! A part of our Life Skills training, taught by, Dr. Mike Haro, is that after attending a week long intensive, our clients have earned 5 vouchers to shop at the LegUp Store! There, they can use their vouchers to shop for interview ready outfits, books, and other necessities. This is where you come in! Now through August 14th, we need you to donate gently used professional items, new toiletries and undergarments, and accessories.

If you’re ready to get involved with the LegUp, we will need volunteers to receive and sort donations!

Its only through your support that we will achieve our mission to prevent and end homelessness through advocacy, support, and friendship.

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Moving Forward Together

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”

-Henry Ford.

The mock interviews, performed by volunteers in the business community are an integral part of the last week before graduation from the LegUp program. We are all excited as we prepare for their big day. Invitations have been sent, certificates printed, and everyone has the slightest air of anticipation about them as we move forward. During this process our clients get the chance to practice everything they have been taught through the LegUp Program cycle, by sitting down for a formal practice interview with a member of the business community. This real world testing allows for feedback and encouragement, to better facilitate the future successes of our graduates-to-be.

Were it not for you, moving forward with us, as donors and volunteers, our clients would not have the chances for success that they do now. We gratefully encourage you to continue moving forward with us, as the LegUp succeeds in preventing and ending homelessness through advocacy, support, and friendship.

-The LegUp Team

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A Second Chance for Francis

Friends, meet Francis Fuller. Francis is 51 years old and came to live at Presbyterian Night Shelter in December 2015 after her mother whom she was living with suffered a stroke. Her mom was hospitalized for four months, and inevitably lost the lease on the house they shared because alone, Francis was unable to pay the rent.

For the past twenty plus years, Francis has raised three children and supported her brothers, sisters, and children by assisting them with childcare and home support.

In February 2016, Francis learned to her surprise that she is expecting her fourth child in September. Without any support from the father, or means to support herself, Francis is eager to work as a housekeeper, custodian, dishwasher, or cook; in other words, she is excited to put her domestic skills and experience to good use.

At this time, Francis does not possess a drivers license, but she does have a state issued ID and social security card. Her drug screen and background are both clean, without felonies and a single misdemeanor drug charge from eleven years ago. In addition to helping Francis gain employment, the Leg Up is coordinating reading and writing private tutoring for her, so she can sharpen these critical skills, preparing her for GED course work and testing she is planning to begin this summer.

Francis is in need of a Leg Up. You can count on her to perform her job duties and responsibilities with enthusiasm and focus. She will be loyal and consistent in her efforts, and will win the hearts of the people she works for with her sweet and kind demeanor.

If you have an opportunity or an idea for how to give Francis the Leg Up she needs, please call Lauren at (682)499-7800 or send an email to Lauren.Doeren@LegUpFW.org

Happiness is unconditional helping! Together we can do more 🙂

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Reading & Writing Tutors Needed!

Three of the current Leg Up clients have made it to 50 something years old without learning to read or write beyond a 1st grade level. The Leg Up Program is looking for volunteers to receive a brief training and coaching materials from the Tarrant Literacy Coalition. In addition to completing TLC Training, volunteers for this role are able and excited to tutor these clients on a weekly basis at the Leg Up office, in order to help them acquire these essential skills for being a self-sustaining member of society.

Please send inquiries to Lauren.Doeren@legupfw.org or call (682) 499-7800.

Happiness is doing more together and helping in a meaningful way!

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