#ButterflyKisses Center for Transforming Lives

For more than 100 years, the Center for Transforming Lives has served women and children experiencing poverty and homelessness in Tarrant County, TX. In 1907, it was formed as the first YWCA in Texas. In 2015, the organization changed its name from the YWCA Fort Worth to the Center for Transforming Lives.

Today, Center for Transforming Lives works side-by-side with women and their children to disrupt the cycle of poverty by providing comprehensive homeless services, early childhood education and financial strengthening services to address their most critical needs.

Last year, CTL directly served 1,969 unduplicated individuals, benefiting 3,300 individuals from 1,139 families. In 2018-2019, CTL’s four Child Development Centers and two partner locations had a combined daily capacity to serve 374 children from infancy through pre-kindergarten and 67% of the children were from low-income families.

CTL’s services are trauma-informed, two-generational and incorporate best practices rooted in nationally backed research to ensure women and children achieve long-term success.

Each year, CTL works with over 3,800 women and children throughout Tarrant County (TX) to provide comprehensive services no matter where they are on their journey from poverty to prosperity.

CTL believes hope with systemic change, like increased access to affordable housing and child care, can shift resources from reactive programming and fully invest proactive measures to disrupt the poverty cycle.

We honor the work that you do to help Iron Caterpillars and Iron Butterflies in Tarrant County, TX.

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