North Texas Day of Giving!

This Thursday is the North Texas Day of Giving! Tragedies abound in Texas due to many reasons, but you can bring hope and light into the lives of those around you by supporting the LegUp Program today through your donations. Let’s make our community #bettertogether #NorthTexasDayofGiving#GiveHope

Donate at: https://greatnonprofits.org/donations/

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Give Hope a Chance

Cedric sat in my chair, waiting patiently for his Mock-Interview. He was well dressed from head to toe, and had the look and speech of someone thoughtful and well educated. It was my second week at the LegUp, and I still had rarely encountered our clients. He smiled the whole interview-this was his final test before the much anticipated graduation- and he knew he was nailing it.

As we went through the interview, I came to learn that Cedric had come into homelessness due to health reasons, and that he had previously worked in finance management, for 20 years. So, how was he homeless? How could that possible happen to a tax-paying community member?

Because life is tumultuous. That’s why.

We so often assume the faces of the homeless are dirty, weathered, and weary- or worse we associate homelessness with mental illness, irresponsibility,  and drug abuse. This is often times, (very often) simply not the case. While there are those out there who are far gone from what we expect and accept as a culture and community, most (85% of the population) are simply experiencing a bump in their life story.  Life is difficult, and sometimes it has unforeseen penalties, obstacles, and trials. The people who seek out the LegUp are folks who are just like the rest of us. They have families. They have pets! They have a need for hope…

Having learned about the trials and catastrophic loss Cedric experienced, and that of each person who has walked through our doors,  I find hope redefined. These brave people are strong: they choose faith when they’ve lost everything, optimism when they’re at rock bottom, and strive boldly forward when life and society seem to be working against them.

Their stories are amazing.

The challenge to you, is to break the oppression of judgement on people’s stories. Give hope a chance, and the next time you see a person who’s experiencing homelessness, don’t give them pity or condemnation. They are simply in a valley of their life. Tomorrow it could be you that they in turn help… Treat the homeless with the same respect you would your grandmother, your boss, or your pastor. By simply looking, you never know a person’s struggle, you never learn their story. I challenge you to face your opinions,  ask questions, and be open to connecting with someone who you do not perceive as “like” yourself.

Find the story, and then find hope.

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August Featured Partnership: Excite Media Group

The LegUp Program is proud to be in partnership with Excite Media Group! They provide video marketing solutions to businesses, and then donate a percentage of the proceeds to the LegUp! #CommunityPartnership further our mission and empower us to make more #IntelligentChange in our #FortWorthCommunity and beyond! We are truly #BetterTogether!

www.excitemediagroup.com

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Fort Worth Wellness!

Hey Fort Worth!

FREE health fair for the entire family!

Free health screenings and checks

Tetanus and diphtheria vaccines; mammograms; prostrate; cancer screenings; diabetes screening for adults and more

Back to school vaccinations, sports physicals, vision screenings, dental check and fluoride treatments for children

Eye checks for infants as young as 6 months

For all: Oral health education; spinal screenings; health information booths

Demonstrations for adults and children

Blood drive

Birth Certificates (available for $23 with applicable state identification – all major credit cards and debit cards accepted)

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July Community Partnership!

We are so proud and excited to be in partnership with True Worth Place! They serve individuals experiencing homelessness in Fort Worth, by offering day shelter, supportive services, resources, and access to collaborating partner agencies like the LegUp!

True Worth’s facility and a portion of our operations are funded by the Fort Worth Foundation, whose mission is to support local organizations working to feed the hungry and improve the lives of  homeless individuals and families in Fort Worth and the surrounding North Texas area.

They are truly making #intelligentchange in our #fortworthcommunity.

We are too excited to hold our first cycle of classes there on Monday, July 24th at 3:00! #bettertogether

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