Arlington Tomorrow Foundation Awards Arlington Life Shelter Grant to Establish Boys and Girls Club Location
By Susan Schrock, Office of Communications
Posted on October 19, 2020, October 19, 2020

The Carol Zimmer Branch, named for long-time children’s advocate Carol Zimmer, is expected to serve up to 30 children at the shelter each day.

Children whose parents and guardians are taking part in transitional programming and housing offered by the Arlington Life Shelter will have access to additional services offered by the Boys and Girls Clubs Tarrant County.

The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation awarded a $35,000 grant in 2020 to help the Arlington Life Shelter incorporate a Boys & Girls Clubs Tarrant County location inside its newly renovated shelter, which opened in June. The Carol Zimmer Branch, named for long-time children’s advocate Carol Zimmer, is expected to serve up to 30 children at the shelter each day. The branch will open when deemed safely to do so during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Jim Reeder, Arlington Life Shelter interim executive director.

"We are really excited about the Carol Zimmer Branch and the great partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tarrant County," Reeder said.

The mission of the Arlington Life Shelter, which has existed since 1987, promotes self-sufficiency by providing shelter, employment programs and transitional services for North Texans impacted by homelessness. Core service areas include basic food, shelter, comprehensive case management, employment services, education and children’s services.

The two-story, 12,000-square-foot building at 325 W. Division St. includes an expanded kitchen and dining room, age-appropriate children’s areas including a playground, a classroom, daytime common area, technology center to support training and employment searches and family bedrooms that allow parents and children to stay together. The Arlington Tomorrow Foundation was among the supporters of the shelter’s $5.2 million capital campaign.

 

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