Building Beyond Our Walls

By August 11, 2016Outreach

FUMCFW is proud to be a faith-based community partner in the expansion of Presbyterian Night Shelter’s Morris Foundation Women and Children’s Center.

PNS_0366Here at FUMCFW, we’re well-known for putting children first. We’ve watched our little ones grow in size and faith, and our Children’s Ministries has grown along with them. That’s why we recently celebrated THE BIG REVEAL of our Children’s Wing Expansion, created to meet the needs of our growing FUMCFW family. This important ministry work is also a fundamental part of our discipleship that reaches beyond our own walls to meet the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. There are many other children and families who face a different kind of growing demand as they experience homelessness and need a safe place to stay. So in addition to our own expansion, we have made a $50,000 commitment to Presbyterian Night Shelter’s capital campaign, which includes a new interim housing facility. Through this special partnership with our larger Fort Worth community, we have contributed to building the expanded Morris Foundation Women and Children’s Center to help put even more children first.

The Presbyterian Night Shelter (PNS) is on a mission to “guide the journey from homeless to home.” It is a place of trust, respect, and caring for the homeless, helping them regain their quality of life. PNS serves the needs of the homeless while respecting their dignity. In 2016, more than 6,000 individuals will call the streets of Tarrant County home. Of these homeless, the vast majority will receive services from PNS sometime during the year. This includes meals, beds and basic human care, case management, and employment services. Since PNS was founded over 30 years ago, it has provided more than 6 million nights of stay and served more than 13 million meals.

PNS_BJL_6079PNS is the only free emergency shelter in our area without length-of-stay restrictions. Plus, its Women and Children’s Facility is the only area shelter that allows families with older teenage boys to remain with their mothers, keeping families together. It also provides a comprehensive children’s program, which includes playgrounds, on-site counseling, and after-school tutoring. “As the largest provider of services to the Fort Worth and Tarrant County homeless community, our new Women and Children’s Center is not a traditional emergency shelter,” says Chief Executive Officer Toby Owen. “The Morris Foundation Women and Children’s Center is home to an innovative housing program that will increase the quality and impact of support services we offer for women and children to move to stable, permanent housing.”

Morris Foundation Women and Children’s Center at a Glance:

  • 40 dormitory-style residences
  • Increased capacity for women with children by 33 percent
  • Working to increase capacity for single women by 20 percent
  • Decreased length of stays
  • Intensive programming
  • Decreased safety and security risks
  • Potential for internships, job training, and social enterprise
  • Average anticipated client stay of 3 – 6 months
  • Dedicated office space for community partners

PNS_birdwallSince its opening in early June, the Morris Foundation Women and Children’s Center reached full capacity on week two and has already had four successful move-outs. We can all feel proud, humbled, and blessed knowing that FUMCFW has once again played a part in making an important ministry in our community possible. Together even our small gifts make a big difference, and this is just one of the many reasons why we give.

For more information about Presbyterian Night Shelter and the Morris Foundation Women and Children’s Center, contact Resource Development Manager Betsy Beaman (BBeaman@journeyhome.org).

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