Fort Worth ISD Family Action Center
The Fort Worth ISD Family Action Center (FAC) is now open for the 2021-2022 school in a new facility adjacent to Sunrise McMillan Elementary School and the Stop Six-Walter B. Barbour Health Center JPS Health Center. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, some FAC services are offered in person while others may be delivered on a virtual basis until further notice.
Who are we?
As a part of the FWISD Division of Equity and Excellence, we strive for a robust delivery of client wraparound services and referrals, primarily for eastsiders, focusing on behavioral and physical health services, as well as community resources for food, shelter and job security. The focus is on students and families as well as individuals living in east and southeast Fort Worth, particularly those within the Eastern Hills and Dunbar high school attendance zones, which includes more than 20 schools and 15,000 students.
What are we?
The FAC operates similarly to the FWISD Family Resource Centers with a couple of difference: FAC staff adds valuable community resource assistance beyond behavioral health needs, and the FAC serves students, families and individuals who are not necessarily current FWISD clients. This includes pairing people up with services for rent and utility assistance programs, job openings, adult education training opportunities, food assistance, housing assistance, clothing and toiletries, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) applications and more.
Bringing knowledge to the people.
The FAC also offers online and in-person classes and seminars -- called FAC-e Time Conversations -- to help uplift, educate, inform, and, more importantly, empower people in the community to make positive changes in their lives. We invite subject matter experts to join us to provide the most up-to-date information designed to uplift and inform people who want to make positive changes.
Power of Partnerships.
We also partner with co-located service providers who provide help to students and adults. Some of those services occur at the FAC while others may happen at the providers' facilities. Links to our co-located service providers can be found here. We are constantly adding new partnerships, so visit often to learn about new services. Also, the FAC's clinical staff connects residents, families and students to the resources they need to obtain mental, emotional, physical health and community resources.
The FAC has found many ways to provide community services to eastsiders outside of its physical building. A few ov those activities include monthly mobile food pantry events; distributing more than 10,000 family food boxes during the summer; coordinating a 10,000 box, multi-week United Way-funded food distribution at six targeted residential areas in Tarrant County; installation of air conditioning units in homes of elderly residents in Stop Six; working with the TCU Coach Gary Patterson Foundation to distribute student, parent and pet activity kits at several schools and community centers during the height of the COVID-19 breakout; back-to-school welcoming events; campus meal distributions; literacy awareness for young learners and their parents through such programs as Reading with Barbers and Eastside Reads; and more.
FAMILY ACTION CENTER
5500 Norris Street
Fort Worth, TX 76119
HOW TO BE REFERRED FOR SERVICES:
If you are a parent or community member who needs help finding mental, physical or community services for yourself or your children, please fill out this form:
Professional service providers or school staff can refer clients to the Family Action Center by using this form:
Once a form is submitted by either a parent or a service provider/school staff, you will be contacted by a clinician to discuss your specific needs and next steps.
The Family Action Center oversees a Care Closet for clothing and toiletry support to provide a hand-up to community members and students who are lacking those resources, especially those who are homeless or in transition.
Clients can make appointments to access the Care Closet, located on the Eastern Hills High School campus, by contacting Charles Hodges.
Donations of new or gently used clothing and financial contributions are always welcome.
You can learn more about the FWISD and Fort Worth Police Department Care Closet initiative by visiting the Care Closet Facebook page.