THE ARLINGTON LIFE SHELTER

aka ALS   |   Arlington, TX   |  http://www.arlingtonlifeshelter.org

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Ms. Stephanie Melchert

Main address

325 West Division Street

Arlington, TX 76011 USA

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Formerly known as

Arlington Night Shelter

EIN

75-2235099

NTEE code info

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Emergency Shelter Program

Basic Life Needs - Shelter, Meals and encouragement are provided to homeless men, women and children through a 72 hour stay or a structured nine-week program designed to return them to self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Victims and oppressed people

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.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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.

In 2020:

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 $1000.00 in savings.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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THE ARLINGTON LIFE SHELTER

Board of directors
as of 6/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Brad Jay

Weaver

Elena Fernandez

Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott LLP

LaTonya Copeland-Berry

Fort Worth ISD

Kecia Mays

Texas Comptroller

Gregg Wilkinson

No Frills Grill & Sports Bar

Sissy Day

Sissy Day & Associates

Bill Brangers

AmerisourceBergen

Don Gatze

University of Texas at Arlington

Stevie Hansen

Benjamin Mogendi

Pappasitos

Bryan Perry

Chambers Master Planning, Architecture & Design

Danielle Snailer

FirstRate Investments

Tim Von Hatten

FW Lawn Sprinkler Company

Lisa Rein

Ameriprise Financial

Melody Fowler

University of Texas at Arlington

Timi Hazle

Harris Cook, LLP

Miguel Benitez

Richardson ISD

Scherron Richard

U.S. House of Representatives

Benita Ibrahim-Smith

Human Services MHS

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/01/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability