Housing, Shelter


aka ALS

Arlington, TX


To promote self-sufficiency by providing shelter, employment programs and transitional services for North Texans impacted by homelessness.

Ruling Year


COO of Client Services and Operations

Ms. Megan Waguespack LMSW

COO of Fund Development

Mr. Jim Reeder

Main Address

325 West Division Street

Arlington, TX 76011 USA

Formerly Known As

Arlington Night Shelter


homeless, domestic violence, shelter, food, employment program





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Arlington Life Shelter is addressing homelessness in North Texas by providing programming and supports to individuals and families impacted by homelessness that assist in creating a path to self-sufficiency.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Emergency Shelter Program

Employment Program

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our organizational goals include that residents leave with employment, savings, and housing options.

Emergency Shelter Program Emergency shelter services are provided for up to three (3) nights and during periods of extreme cold or heat. Employment Program The Employment Program is a comprehensive program designed to help adults get back on their feet and self-sufficient. It can range from a few weeks to several weeks, depending on one's needs and commitment. Additional requirements for the Employment Program: Commitment - Program participants must commit to the hard work and possible life changes required by the program as they transition to self-sufficiency. Drug Testing - Persons who initially test positive may enter the program by agreeing to participate in drug treatment. Mental Health - Disorders must be controllable with medication and counseling. Educational and Lifeskill Services Adults complete 36 hours of educational classes. Children and teens receive 90 hours of tutoring and computer instruction. Residents challenged by addiction complete 27 hours of education and support group meetings. Job Readiness and Coaching Individualized education and coaching services assist residents in securing and maintaining employment. Health Services Medical, vision, and immunization clinics are provided on a regular basis. Social Work Services Personalized direction and support are provided for residents in overcoming barriers to self-sufficiency. Assistance with child care including after-school care.

Arlington Life Shelter has a dedicated staff and volunteers with a very low turnover rate. This level of commitment allows our staff and volunteers to develop relationships which allows for open and honest communication. The results from this has led to a low return rate after exiting the shelter.

Arlington Life Shelter continuously track statistics and data in regards the individuals and families that stay at the program. We look at the following data: 1. Were they able to secure employment? 2. How much money were they able to save during their stay? 3. Were they able to qualify for an apartment or housing?

In 2019: 72% of individuals who participate in our employment program leave with a job. The average stay is 6.4 weeks. Individuals leave with an average of $500.00 in savings.

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?