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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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High Five Larry!!

Friends, we are so excited for Leg Up client, Larry Taylor, as he is prepped and ready for his second interview tomorrow at PCI Industries! Many thanks to all who donated items that got him outfitted for his next step into employment. Fingers crossed and best wishes, Larry! We know you’re going to do great!! High five!

Happiness is #doingmoretogether 🙂

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Give the gift of a ride!!

Friends, we have several Leg Up clients who have been offered jobs, however the buses only take them several miles from their prospective employers. In some cases, the timing of the bus schedules coupled with shift requirements and a several mile walk makes it logistically impossible for the client to accept the job.

With a used bike, these folks can throw it on the front of a bus and get to work on time! High five!!!

So if you have a bike you’re willing to part with, please reach out to Lauren to coordinate pick-up/drop off!

Lauren.Doeren@LegUpFW.org or (682)499-7800

Happiness is #doingmoretogether!!

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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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Meet Anne Verstreate

Anne VerstreateFriends, meet Anne. Anne is 61 years old and moved into Presbyterian Night Shelter in December 2015 after depleting her resources since being laid off from her position as Senior Policy Analyst for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. As of April 19, 2016 Anne has moved to the Center for Transforming Lives.

Not only did Anne earn a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Hendrix College in Conway, AR, she also has impressive experience developing programs and policies for other State of Texas agencies and private healthcare organizations. Her goal is to put her professional experience and personal passion to good use working for an agency whose mission is to improve community health.

Anne is a voracious reader, constantly wanting to learn and expand her mind. She looks forward to enjoying some of the activities she enjoyed before her homelessness, such as hunting, fishing, training English Springer Spaniels, photography, interior design and various arts and crafts.

Help us connect Anne with a job! Take a look at her impressive resume and video profile below to learn about her qualifications so you can help us end Anne’s homelessness.

Anne Verstreate Resume

Happiness is doing more together!

Watch it on YouTube: Anne Verstreate Video Profile

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