Below are several community resources and points of entry that may be beneficial to you and your family for needs that fall outside of the responsibility of the Ryan White program:
The Arlington Life Shelter is one of the few shelters in the DFW area with a work requirement. The agency's philosophy is that in order to regain self-sufficiency, one must have the ability to secure and maintain employment to produce a steady income. We understand that many clients have challenges such as mental illness or addictions that must be addressed before they are able to maintain employment. Therefore, the agency offers a continuum of individualized services to increase the clients' probability of long-term success.
Cook Children's Infectious Disease team is dedicated to providing excellent, patient-centered care, as well as access to the most up-to-date therapies and leading-edge clinical research.
We offer care for children and teens with diseases caused by bacteria, parasites, fungi or viruses. Our team provides a broad range of services including diagnosis, inpatient and outpatient consultations, immune deficiency evaluations and treatment of recurring infections.
Our mission is to fight hunger by providing food, education and resources to hungry families in a dignified, personal and timely manner, directly -- as a food pantry and as a food bank -- without zip code restrictions.
In 1994, three women who realized that prevention was not only more cost effective, but also more humane than after the fact interventions founded the Health Education Learning Project (HELP). Since then, HELP has been on the forefront of providing comprehensive programs in the areas of HIV prevention, women’s health, and support groups for HIV positive individuals and LGBT youth.
We recently added two new programs for mobilizing our local community to join in the fight against HIV/AIDS and STIs. The first initiatives under these programs were to develop a one-stop-shop for HIV services in Tarrant County, and to conduct the largest community health assessment ever done in Tarrant County focusing on the needs of the LGBT community. The success of these initiatives laid the groundwork for our being awarded a new grant to broaden our scope. This new grant includes mobilizing the community to prevent other sexually transmitted infections as well. If you are interested in joining the fight, we welcome your support.
At HELP we understand the success of our organization and the programs we offer is made possible through the tremendous support we receive from our friends and supporters in the community. Please contact us with any comments or questions, or if you want to volunteer for one of our programs.
For more than 40 years, MHMR Tarrant has improved the lives of people with health care needs, such as substance abuse, psychiatric disorders, and intellectual delays and disabilities. Using innovative approaches, MHMR partners with individuals and families, and collaborates with other community organizations to provide services and a hopeful future. – Susan Garnett, CEO
Operating much like a blood bank, Mothers' Milk Bank of North Texas collects breastmilk from healthy, nursing mothers who have a surplus. Every milk donor is screened and their milk is tested and pasteurized. Donor human milk is dispensed to premature and fragile infants without access to their mother’s own milk. Often, mothers of premature infants cannot provide their own milk for a variety of reasons, including premature delivery, illness or medication use. The use of human milk has been proven to give these fragile babies a better chance of survival while decreasing complications. For some babies, donor human milk can truly be life-saving.
In September of 2004, MMBNT dispensed the first batch of donor human milk. Since then, more than 3.5 million ounces of donor milk that was donated by more than 6,500 mothers has been fed to premature and critically ill babies in more than 130 hospitals.
We are Tarrant County’s only federally qualified community health center and we provide primary care through the following services: Childhood Immunization and Physical Exams, Preventive Care for children and adults, including providing Texas Health Steps, Management of chronic illness such as Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma, Congestive Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Acute Chronic Routine Examinations, Adolescent Health Services, Well Women Exams and Adult Physicals, Family Planning Services, OB/GYN Services, Behavioral Health Services.
Our organization is the largest provider of services to the county’s homeless and shelters approximately 670 people each night.
For Tarrant County’s homeless population, emergency shelter is just the first step. We’re dedicated to helping guests move into their own homes, and we help them get there with housing assistance that includes job training, employment assistance, life-skills education and much more.
We often start by helping our guests get necessary documentation: identification, birth certificates, Social Security cards and more.
We also have extensive on-site job training and placement programs in partnership with Goodwill and the Tarrant County Workforce Commission.
We provide gainful employment opportunities to our guests who are willing and able to work.
SafeHaven is the largest and most comprehensive agency in Tarrant County providing services at no cost to domestic violence victims. Established through the 2006 merger of The Women’s Shelter and Women’s Haven, our emergency shelters have served domestic violence victims in Fort Worth, Arlington and the surrounding areas for almost four decades.
With two 24-hour emergency shelters, counseling, legal services, children’s programs and more, SafeHaven helps women rebuild their lives and move from fear to freedom. Through our outreach, education, support services and prevention programs, we are making progress to reduce and end domestic violence.
Located southeast of downtown Fort Worth, the Mabee Center serves as the hub of The Salvation Army’s Tarrant County operations. This facility is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Whether an individual or family needs a hot meal, a place to stay, or any of the variety of residential programs designed to take a family or individual from homelessness to being a stable and productive member of society, help can be found at the Mabee Center.
Adult Health Services
Tarrant County Public Health’s Adult Health Services program provides a comprehensive, integrated approach to the prevention and control of sexually transmitted disease (STD) and HIV throughout Tarrant County.
Tuberculosis causes far more deaths than any other infectious
diseases worldwide. It infects one-third of the world’s population,
and kills three million people every year (a quarter of the world’s
That is why it is the mission of Tarrant County Public Health and the Tuberculosis Elimination Division to prevent, control and eliminate TB among the people of Tarrant County.
The Reentry First-Stop Center welcomes home to Tarrant County adults returning from prison, gives them an orientation class, provides them with access to a myriad of free resources spanning the continuum of related services, and provides those who need additional assistance with navigation services.
Visitors to the center will engage a pro-active process, be able to self-manage their reentry journey, and – with minimal support – be able to successfully reintegrate back into society, breaking the cycle of crime and recidivism.
Helps people buy the food they need for good health. People also can buy garden seeds with SNAP benefits.
We help people by giving them the tools to help themselves. We partner with organizations and agencies through evidence-based programs that make a measurable impact into OUR Tarrant County community. The social challenges our community faces – violence, both neighborhood and domestic; poverty; low graduation rates; and ever-increasing numbers of older adults and their caregivers – are incredibly complex and interrelated. These are not single, isolated issues. And there are no single, easy solutions. United Way of Tarrant County focuses on improving the lives of the people that live in our community through Education, Income and Health, which are the root causes to most of the problems in the community.
So, we looked deeper, to the three underlying areas that affect everything else: education, income and health. And we partnered with local organizations to create programs that could help people in Tarrant County LEARN WELL, EARN WELL and LIVE WELL – independently.
We have a 10-year vision to improve lives through Education, Income and Health. We call them our BOLD GOALS.
Our mission: Inspiring, teaching and empowering women and families to overcome violence, crisis and poverty.
Every year, women, men and children of all ages, ethnic and economic backgrounds come to The Women’s Center seeking hope, emotional healing, solutions to family crises, and help finding a job. The serious problems they bring are devastating – rape and child sexual abuse, unemployment, wages too low to keep a family together, deep depression and desperate situations created by violence, crisis and poverty.
Today, The Women’s Center provides expanded programming in its three original service areas: Rape Crisis and Victim Services, Employment Solutions and General Counseling Services. Long known for partnerships and continuous program innovation, The Women’s Center has become part of the infrastructure relied upon by cities, the county, the local Workforce Board, the criminal justice system, and other nonprofit organizations. With an annual budget of $4 million, expert staff and over 500 volunteers, The Women’s Center helps women, men and children triumph over tragedy and develop strategies to confront crisis, improve their lives, and build a better future for themselves and their families.
True Worth Place offers safe and clean day shelter and critical services to its guests. Basic services include: Restroom and showers, Laundry facilities, Mailing address, Telephones, Computers and Temporary storage.
True Worth Place also links guests with health care, employment, education, mental health and substance abuse treatment, benefits, and critical documents including ID's, Social Security cards, and birth certificates.
A critical function of True Worth Place is to be a central resource facility for people experiencing homelessness. We do this by hosting local service providers in our facility. Bringing these agencies under our roof, guests are able to access services and resources needed to escape homelessness and never return.
Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County has over 129 years of experience providing food, shelter and supportive services to thousands of men, women and children. These services have given many residents hope and a chance for a new start. In the secure environment of UGM-TC's six-acre campus, residents participate in programs designed to maximize their potential by developing the skills they need to return to the community as independent, productive members. Our trained staff strives to build dependable, trustworthy relationships with clients. A holistic approach is taken to address physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs. We provide space in which a person can openly discuss one's unique situation, needs, concerns, strengths and hopes. The programs we offer aim to give homeless individuals the greatest chance of developing the skills and self-confidence to attain self-sufficiency.
UNT's Healthy Start Program's mission is to improve the health and well-being of women, mothers, fathers and infants so that every child in our community has the opportunity to grow and thrive.
UNTHSC Healthy Start is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration to provide services to improve women’s and family’s health before, during and after pregnancy, as well as support families in caring for their infants through the first two years of their life.
Clients referred to Healthy Start receive in-home case management services and will be linked to other community resources as needed. Services offered are based on eligibility, needs and the unique situations of each family to build family resiliency. Healthy Start focuses on the 4Ps: Preconception, Pregnancy, Postpartum and Parenting.