Client Spotlight

April 2017 – “Remarkable.” That is the word housing counselor Geraldine Murrell-Godfrey uses to describe this month’s featured client, Heather Zipper. Heather joined the Shelter Plus Care Program in 2008 and has taken advantages of all programs, services, resources and leads that were presented to her as a housing participant.   She has also been very diligent at following up on outside referrals that were presented to her. An excellent student, graduating with honors from Tarrant County College and then also cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor’s in Social Work, she has worked part-time through school while also being the single parent of a young autistic son. In addition to her many scholastic awards, December 2016 brought Ms. Zipper the additional recognition when she was presented with Fort Worth Housing Solutions’ Special Program Personal achievement Award. Congratulations, Heather!

Client Spotlight

March 2017 – Bertha Petite has been a client of Fort Worth Housing Solutions since 2004. As a mother of nine, Bertha has always been dedicated to her family. She prides herself with the morals and standards her mother instilled in her at a young age. While raising her own children, she has always had a constant drive for excellence. With the help of the after school and summer programs offered by the FWHS Resident and Community Services department she has been able to keep her children focused and engaged. Ms. Petite is currently employed at Walmart where she has been a loyal employee for approximately four years. Because of the assistance received from FWHS, Bertha has been able to achieve many of her life aspirations. Her hope for the future is that she can become  a homeowner and fully self-sufficient. Congratulations, Bertha!

Client Spotlight

January 2017 – Elizabeth Lopez is the first person in the new year to be featured in the Client Spotlight.  A recent Resident Achievement Award winner, Ms. Lopez received some extra escrow money because of her distinguished efforts and graduating from the Family Self Sufficiency Program in September 2016.  Elizabeth is reaching milestones professionally as well. Having worked at Costco since April 2014, she was quickly promoted out of the deli to the food court. After two years, Elizabeth applied for the position of part-time stocker and within months was promoted to full-time with a pay raise. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

Client Spotlight

December 2016 – Nicole Hicks joined the Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS) Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program in February 2014. At that time, her goal was to eventually become a licensed cosmetologist. Following through on her dream, Ms. Hicks successfully completed that training. Today, she is not only a licensed cosmetologist, but has also become an instructor at a cosmetology and makeup school in Grand Prairie. In addition to reaching these career milestones, in June 2016, Nicole also acquired the title of “home owner” by working with the FWHS Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Homeownership program. Congratulations, Nicole!

Client Spotlight

November 2016 – Kip Green has been a participant of the Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS) Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program since September 2013. Previously, Mr. Green was working with Liberty House, an organization which provides transitional housing for homeless veterans, for his living arrangements. Before retiring, Kip proudly served in the United States Navy where he held the E4 position of Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AZ).

Mr. Green had a longstanding dream to purchase his own home.  On August 3, 2016, he realized that dream and became the first VASH participant to purchase a home through the FWHS Housing Choice Voucher program. Congratulations, Kip!

Client Spotlight

October 2016 – This month we are featuring LaToya McIntosh.  LaToya has been a resident of Cavile Place with her 3 daughters since February 2015 and has recently completed the Call Center Agent training program through Tarrant County College (TCC). She qualified for the education through the Resident Opportunities Self-Sufficiency Program offered by Fort Worth Housing Solutions after completing her GED.

Currently enrolled at TCC as a full-time student fulfilling the prerequisites for a degree in Criminal Justice, Ms. McIntosh is also seeking a full-time role as an administrative assistant that will fit with her educational schedule. Congratulations LaToya!