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United Way Welcomes New Partner Agencies

The Gatehouse_woman_child-392x304United Way welcomes The Gatehouse and Family Pathfinders of Tarrant County, Inc. to the family of United Way program partner agencies. The two nonprofits officially became partner agencies July 1 after successfully completing a rigorous partnership review process.

The Gatehouse and Family Pathfinders will be part of the annual United Way campaign. They will be eligible to receive contributions from donors who contribute to the Community Fund as well as donations from those who designate their United Way gift directly to the organizations through the campaign.

The Gatehouse is a supportive living community in Grapevine that provides safe refuge and practical resources to women and children in crisis. As a United Way program partner, the Gatehouse will receive funds from the Community Fund this year for its Independent Life Program. The program provides women with housing, food, clothing, transportation, medical care, professional counseling, life skills training, further education, workforce readiness, legal counsel and child care.

These provisions effectively remove the normal barriers to success for women coming out of crisis and allow them to concentrate on making life-changing personal progress free of the physical, social and emotional concerns that so often deter moving forward. Families can stay on the campus up to two-and-a-half years so that they have ample time to rebuild their lives and establish financial stability and career employment.

“We are very excited to have The Gatehouse as a new partner,” said Marilyn Jones, United Way Executive Vice President. “We believe the organization has a great vision in its holistic approach to domestic abuse recovery.”

“The Gatehouse is so pleased to be working in partnership with United Way,” said Deborah Lyons, The Gatehouse Executive Director. “We are confident that this partnership will prove to be beneficial for marginalized women and children throughout the Metroplex and beyond.”

Family Pathfinders is based in Fort Worth and will receive funds from the United Way Community Fund to provide mentoring services. It matches trained volunteer mentors with families struggling to overcome poverty, homelessness and reentry after incarceration. Mentors provide assistance with a broad range of services, including assistance with budgeting, job preparation, decision-making and goal setting.

“Like The Gatehouse, Family Pathfinders uses a holistic approach,” said Marilyn Jones. “It has been recognized nationally for the best practices it incorporates into its work.”

Before it became a United Way program partner, Family Pathfinders already was part of United Way’s financial stability initiative. “For the past five years, Family Pathfinders and United Way have enjoyed a rich partnership through the Earn Well Initiative. We have proudly offered financial coaching to Tarrant County on behalf of United Way,” said Kathryn Arnold, Family Pathfinders Executive Director. “Now, we are honored to become a United Way program partner and further our collective impact through our mentoring program.”

Learn more about United Way’s new partner agencies by visiting The Gatehouse website and the Family Pathfinders website.