Community Based Programs

In FY2020, five programs are supported by the CCPD Community Based Program fund. These programs include:

Cheryl’s Voice

According to Office of Justice Programs, children in the United States are more likely to be exposed to violence and crime than are adults.  Juveniles and young adults are more than twice as likely to be victims of violent crimes as the population. Each year, thousands of children and adolescents in Fort Worth are exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities as both victims and witnesses. Even if they are not physically present, children may be affected by intentional harm done by another.  Cheryl’s Voice provides free domestic violence awareness educational workshops, resources, cards, packets, and bags to youth and adults. Cheryl’s Voice provides these direct services to Tarrant County Juvenile detention center, schools, universities, colleges, churches through a variety of workshops, serving 4,548 youth and adults in past six years.

Girls Embracing Mothers (GEM), Inc

Girls Embracing Mothers (GEM) is the only identified organization in Northeast Texas that offers services focused solely on girls with mothers in prison. Texas incarcerates more women by sheer number than any other state in the county. Children with incarcerated mothers are at least 5 times more likely to become incarcerated at some point during their lifetime. These children are more likely to become involved in substance use, drop out of high school, and engage in sexually risky behaviors, all of which place these children at greater risk for juvenile crime. GEM recognizes the humanity in the marginalized society of incarcerated mothers and their daughters and works to build solidarity within this population. GEM creates space for intergenerational healing of girls with incarcerated mothers. GEM programming aims to address these critical issues associated with maternal incarceration.

GEMS’s primary focus is to empower girls in grades K-12 with mothers in prison to break the cycle of incarceration and lead successful lives with vision and purpose. Through a partnership with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the program accomplishes its mission and goals by transporting girls from the North Texas area to a women’s prison in Gatesville to engage in supportive programming to improve relationship quality and self-esteem, and to deter negative life outcomes such as future criminal activity. The program supports development of life skills including literacy, social skills, and educational support.

JPS Foundation

Poverty has a long history of being associated with crime. The Bureau of Justice Statistics ( reported that persons at or below the Federal Poverty Level have more than double the rate of violent victimization as persons in high-income households. The JPS Foundation and JPS Health Network has a unique vantage point as a Level 1 Trauma Center to identify root causes and build prevention of traumatic injuries. This project will use a Collective Efficacy, a proven model for using research to engage neighborhoods in problem solving to reduce crime. JPS Trauma staff will invite residents to attend meetings at apartment complexes, churches, and community centers to participate in identifying issues that residents see as the root causes of violent crime in their neighborhoods. JPS will then collaborate with police, city officials, LVTRise, residents, and other stakeholders to problem-solve and develop solutions to specific issues.

Lena Pope Home, Inc.

Research indicates that juvenile offenders face many barriers to leading a life free of future crime and violence, including truancy, family instability, and substance abuse or mental health issues. Further, Texas has higher rates of juvenile detention than the national average, which creates significant community costs. Lena Pope’s Second Opportunity for Success® program works to rehabilitate first offending youth in the community, which research and previous program results suggest produces better, more cost-effective outcomes for these youth. The program has two phases which use research-tested strategies to address each of the barriers that juvenile offenders face to living without violence and recidivism. The first phase is seven weeks of skill building groups for both youth and their parents. Parents are required to accompany their children to each weekly class and attend a separate parenting class. Both parents and youth learn to effectively express concerns and solve problems. This intensive family involvement is one of the aspects that sets Second Opportunity for Success® apart, and according to research, is crucial to an effective diversionary program. The second phase of the program is a 90-day follow-up period where a Lena Pope staff monitors the student in the community to assure continued success. After the 90-day probation period has expired, the youth and family has completed all program requirements, and the youth has not re-offended, Lena Pope recommends to the referring party that the youth be successfully discharged and that the youth’s charges be dropped.

Second Opportunity for Success® has been recognized nationally as an outstanding program. Urban Solutions did an assessment of youth reentry programs in 2004 and named Second Opportunity for Success® as one of the top ten diversionary programs. Further, the program has had outstanding success since it began in 2000, with a cumulative recidivism rate of less than 10%. This success is based on the intensiveness of the program, the involvement of families, tenured staff, and the creation of lasting supports for youth and their families.

New Day Services for Children & Families

FOCUS for mothers is an early intervention program that works with mothers of children who are at risk of removal from their families and/or being placed in substitute care leading to the child’s chronic toxic stress, poor academic achievement, diminished health and risky behaviors including: crime and violence. Children that are removed or are at some risk of removal from their families and put into substitute care will have already experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) such as domestic violence in the home, neglect or abuse, both of which lead to their engagement in high risk behaviors including: being arrested as a juvenile and being involved in violent crimes. FOCUS for Mothers program’s primary focus is to reduce out-of-home placement for children. The program is about building mother’s key protective factors that enable children to thrive. It rebuilds children’s lives by helping their mothers gain the tools they need to redirect their lives.
Focus for mothers works to provide health mother involvement in the lives of their children. FOCUS partners with the Child Support Courts (office of the Attorney General), Child Protective Services (CPS) and the County Criminal Courts as well as other public and private entities. There are four goals for this program:
1. Provide tools to decrease tension and toxic stress on the child.
2. Increase mothers’ emotional and financial support and stability.
3. Strengthen co-parenting relationships.
4. Promote mothers’ healthy parenting skills (i.e. conflict resolution, decision making and communication skills.)

Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP)

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