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UPDATE: COMMUNITY CALL TO ACTION: HELP RESIDENTS AT WESTCHESTER PLAZA

  

We’re pleased to announce that all of the 100 residents of Westchester Plaza have moved out of the assisted living facility as of 8/4/17 thanks the great efforts and collaboration of the community.  We thank the Westchester Plaza management, collaborating organizations, businesses, volunteers, assisted living facilities throughout the metroplex and the United Way staff on-site. As you know they had until Aug 10th to move and we had some wonderful volunteers and staff step up to help during the last few days to ensure that everything went smoothly before the deadline.

We will be following up with the former Westchester Plaza residents in their new locations in the coming weeks and months to make sure that everything is okay with them.

We’re so grateful for everyone that has been involved in this community effort. Thank you Tarrant County for helping take care of our own.

#unitetarrant

 


 

UPDATE – 7/25/17

RESIDENTS

At this time, over 100 residents have been placed thanks to the remarkable efforts of the Westchester Plaza management, collaborating organizations, businesses, assisted living facilities throughout the metroplex and the United Way staff on-site. Many are still preparing to move and needing help with the moving process and our staff and volunteers will assist.

MOVING SUPPLIES

Thanks to the immediate actions by the community, we no longer need additional boxes and supplies. We’ve received a tremendous amount of boxes, shipping paper, packing tape, markers and other materials for  Westchester Plaza residents.

VOLUNTEERS

We also are grateful to the men and women that have already stepped forward to volunteer and no longer need additional volunteers at this time.

If you have already submitted volunteer forms, we will contact you with applicable dates and times, should we need your donated volunteer services. As this is a situation in flux with people moving several times a week, we may need you to volunteer during a weekend or weekday. Our Volunteer Engagement Manager, Victoria Walton will contact you via the email and/or phone number you supplied on the forms. We will continue to work with Westchester Plaza and the residents and we’ll provide additional updates as needed through August 10, 2017.

We’re humbled and appreciative of all of the support that has been shown towards these residents and this community. It really shows that when the chips are down, this community comes together and takes care of each other.

#unitetarrant

PRESS: http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/fort-worth/article163637433.html


UPDATE – 7/21/17

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers, donors, supporters, concerned citizens who have come together as a community to support the residents of Westchester Plaza. This serves as an UPDATE to provide information and directions to everyone seeking to help.

RESIDENTS:
We’re pleased to announced that almost all residents have found new places to stay and the Westchester management team, other organizations and United Way staff are continuing to help place the remaining residents.

MOVING SUPPLIES

The staff at Westchester Plaza is pleased to have the packing and moving supplies donated so far. To help consolidate efforts, they’ve asked that any future moving supplies and donations be coordinated through United Way. The residents that live there have been going through a lot and we all want to be sensitive and cognizant of their safety and well-being as a primary focus.

There are few things still needed:

  • Boxes (all sizes)
  • Packing tape
  • Markers
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Fans (portable/mobile) for high temperature

PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF ANY MORE MATERIALS DIRECTLY TO WESTCHESTER PLAZA. PLEASE CONTACT UNITED WAY TO DROP SUPPLIES OFF HERE AND WE WILL CONSOLIDATE AND COORDINATE THE MATERIALS

VOLUNTEERS

PLEASE DO NOT SHOW UP UNANNOUNCED AT WESTCHESTER PLAZA.

The residents’ safety is key and ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST COME THROUGH UNITED WAY FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS AND CONFIRMATION BEFORE VOLUNTEERING.

  • Volunteers will be communicated with specific dates and times they are needed to make sure to coordinate efforts.
  • Volunteers will need to wear loose clothes due to the high temperatures this summer
  • Volunteers must be able to lift boxes exceeding 10 pounds without medical limitations
  • United Way is not responsible for any injuries that may occur while helping in the packing and moving process

ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST COMPLETE UNITED WAY FORMS.

BACKGROUND CHECK FORM 

UW CONSENT FORM

  • To volunteer or ask questions about volunteering, please contact Victoria Walton via email at: victoria.walton@unitedwaytarrant.org
  • To submit completed forms via Fax, send to 817-258-8093
  • To submit completed forms via email, send to victoria.walton@unitedwaytarrant.org

If too many people show up unannounced, it provides an environment that is not safe, not coordinated and DOES NOT HELP THE RESIDENTS. The management team at Westchester Plaza is allowing United Way to help facilitate and coordinate help to the residents and we want to continue to support in the safest, most efficient way we can with no additional trauma to the residents. If too many people and volunteers show up it hinders the packing and moving process.

DONATIONS

If you would like to make a donation to United Way to help with this effort or more please see the form below and select “United Way’s Emergency Aid Fund“.

 

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Westchester Plaza, one of the largest assisted living facilities in the state of Texas, is closing its doors and forcing residents to move. Due to the shortage of other Assisted Living facilities that accept Medicaid in Tarrant County and the shortage of affordable housing in general – United Way of Tarrant County and it’s Area Agency on Aging will be working with the State and non profit colleagues from throughout the DFW area to assist in their transition to other housing to reduce relocation trauma. The 117 residents that live there have until Thursday, August 10, 2017 to move. Most of the residents at Westchester Plaza are older adults and people with disabilities.