3/21/2020 – 4:30pm
**IMPORTANT CITY OF FW UPDATE: CLOSURES & MORE!!**
These closures and emergency updates take effect TODAY @ 6:00pm
3/20/2020 – 9:30pm
UPDATE: RESOURCES & MORE!!
Greetings Hope Farm Family…
1. Do you have a need: Tech, physical, spiritual, or emotional?
2. Download the HF Resources Page here:
Here begins our list of Resources, but remember, you can click the above link to download the page. The link will be updated regularly as new support systems come to our attention.
Call 817.926.9116 & use extensions as found on the Staff Contact Information page attached, to contact any staff member.
I. HOPE FARM UPDATES & CONTACTS:
II. EDUCATIONAL & ACTIVITY RESOURCES:
III. SPIRITUAL RESOURCES:
IV. EMOTIONAL RESOURCES:
V. JOB Opportunities Listings:
VI. SOCIAL/PHYSICAL RESOURCES (Food, bills, & childcare… see school food pickup locations below):
Available School Meal Pickup Locations
Springdale Elementary School 3207 Hollis St. Fort Worth 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Manuel Jara Elementary School 2100 Lincoln Ave., Fort Worth Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Western Hills Elementary School 2805 Laredo Drive, Fort Worth 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Hubbard Heights Elementary School 1333 W. Spurgeon St., Fort Worth Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Paul L. Dunbar High School 5700 Ramey Ave., Fort Worth 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Eastern Hills High School 5701 Shelton St., Fort Worth Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Clifford Davis Elementary School 4300 Campus Dr. Fort Worth 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
De Zavala Elementary School 1419 College Ave., Fort Worth Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Como Montessori School 4001 Littlepage St., Fort Worth 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Polytechnic High School 1300 Conner Ave., Fort Worth Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Uplift Education Locations (offering breakfast and lunch):
Ascend 3301 Turf Paradise Pkwy, Fort Worth, TX 76140
Hampton 8915 S. Hampton Road, Dallas, TX 75232
Wisdom 301 W. Camp Wisdom Rd., Dallas, TX 75232
Peak 4600 Bryan Street, Dallas, TX 75204
Williams 1750 Viceroy Drive, Dallas, TX 75235
As of now (March 13, 2020), the following providers are keeping their sites open. Parents should find their neighborhood locations and reach out about available childcare.
• KinderCare Locations: https://www.kindercare.com/
• YMCA Fort Worth – Families can find their branch online to register or go in person; program availability will vary by location https://ymcafw.org/locations
• YMCA Dallas – Families can find their branch online to register or go in person; program availability will vary by location https://www.ymcadallas.org/locations?type=ymca,camps,facilities&amenities
• Contact 2-1-1 for additional childcare resources
3/17/2020 – 8:30am
UPDATE: FWISD Food Distribution PICK-UP REQUIREMENTS & EXPECTATIONS:
Good morning loved ones…
To keep you informed, we’ve included the most recent information on the FWISD Food pickup options. Also, there will be a FWISD board meeting TONIGHT! More info to come following the board meeting.
Breathe deep, recognize the many blessings God has given us. Remember to pray for those less fortunate and without homes, family or friends to go to for support.
|| From FWISD ||
In addition to the eight original locations announced to feed children, the District is now providing meals at Como Montessori School and Polytechnic High School. Lunch at Como Montessori will begin on Wednesday, March 18. Lunch at Poly High will begin on Tuesday, March 17.
Breakfast will be served at all locations beginning Wednesday, March 18 but that breakfast is intended for consumption the following morning.
ANY CHILD @ ANY OF THESE LOCATIONS MAY PICK UP FOOD! Parents may not pick up meals for children at any of the now ten FWISD feeding locations without their children being present. Children MUST be present. Children, however, will be issued meals if they arrive unaccompanied.
3/15/2020 – 12:45pm
UPDATE: FWISD Food Distribution PICK-UP Locations:
Fort Worth ISD’s Teaching and Learning Division are preparing online guides that will keep students engaged and involved in their academic studies. Those guides will be posted early next week by 3/17/2020.
The District’s Child Nutrition Services Department and their vendor SODEXO will provide healthy “to go” meals for children who rely on eating each day in the school cafeteria. For the next two weeks, midday meals will be distributed Monday through Friday at eight school locations via Fort Worth ISD’s new food trucks. [See the list below.]
Every District building will remain closed. Only personnel who have been designated as essential by their supervising chief or chief-level administrator will be allowed to enter District sites.
Here is a complete list of locations and times for “to go” meals for students, Monday through Friday, for the next two weeks:
Springdale Elementary School
3207 Hollis St, Fort Worth, TX 76111
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Manual Jara Elementary School
2100 Lincoln Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76164
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Western Hills Elementary School
2805 Laredo Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76116
10 — 11:30 a.m.
Hubbard Heights Elementary School
1333 W Spurgeon St, Fort Worth, TX 76115
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Paul L. Dunbar High School
5700 Ramey Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76112
10 — 11:30 a.m.
Eastern Hills High School
5701 Shelton St, Fort Worth, TX 76112
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Clifford Davis Elementary School
4300 Campus Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76119
10 – 11:30 a.m.
De Zavala Elementary School
1419 College Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
3/14/2020 – 1:30pm
UPDATE: City of FW Response to COVID-19:
Greetings Hope Farm Family:
We are here to continue bringing transparent information and support.
Several members of our leadership team were on a call with local authorities including the mayor’s office, the Tarrant County Health Department, and first responders. These government representatives are working closely with all local organizations: government, public, educational, religious, and private.
Tarrant County Information:
– [ ] The health department has 3 confirmed cases, and there are a few individuals (non-symptomatic) that are being monitored due to travel.
– [ ] The city sanitation services will continue as normal.
– [ ] Food options from schools will still be available for students… more information to come from individual districts; Please consult your district’s websites for additional information.
– [ ] Use conscientious practices when out and about for purchases, or necessary outings (sanitizer, wipes, gloves, don’t touch your face, cough into an elbow, don’t shake hands, etc).
– [ ] If you have any questions about the virus itself and/or symptoms, please call our public health line at 817-248-6299
– [ ] Needed services for food, finances and general needs will carry on as regular, simply take the encouraged precautions and use the wipes and sanitizing options available me at the establishments you visit such as Walmart, grocery stores, gas stations, etc.
– [ ] Social distancing is simply an opportunity to help minimize the spread of illness and address those who need the care directly.
Be assured that the non-profit groups, local government, and community leaders are working together to bring peace, possible solutions to the unique needs that might arise, and prompting healthy options for all of our collectives community members.
Remember that all of us, in the city of FW and surrounding areas, are encouraged to continue healthy practices to help minimize exposure. This includes practices from hand-washing to avoiding gathering in groups of close proximity (of any kind) for the next two weeks.
Hope Farm, along with our fellow community leaders and organizations will continue monitoring the situation for the next 2 weeks with a ‘watch and see’ approach for our next step options.
As always, we seek Christ for peace, direction, and contentment. We encourage you to spend time with your family and in the Word. Take advantage during any additional time you might get to spend with your family during this time of waiting.
3/13/2019 – 12:45pm
COVID-19 HOPE Farm UPDATE:
To help the city of Fort Worth with a recommended 2-week Quarantine, HOPE Farm will be temporarily suspending our program and activities through March 30.
HF MOTHERS and BOYS: Per our standard calendar at HOPE Farm, we align with the FWISD calendar and follow their lead; we will be suspending our program and activities until March 30. We will be taking additional precautions and make updates as we monitor the situation and maintain contact with the CDC & the Tarrant County Health Department. This information has been sent via several different communication methods, but please feel free to share this information with other mothers, families, volunteers, or partners that inquire. We will follow-up with all of our mothers and boys next Monday evening with additional information and support specific to the needs we are encountering during this precautionary season. Thank you for your continued partnership as we seek to continue providing needed support during this nation-wide state of awareness.
*Please encourage others to view our Website for future and regular Updates.*
Hope Farm STAFF: Please see your Hope Farm emails and MS TEAMS accounts for updated information on meetings, expectations, special opportunities to serve our moms and boys during this unique circumstance, etc. We request that all staff be prepared to learn, open, and use TEAMS for any staff-wide meetings, face-to-face or virtual, that may need to take place in the future.
Again, if you are unfamiliar with how to operate TEAMS, no worries, Dr Lincoln and her team of interns are prepared to help everyone feel equipped and confident to use TEAMS virtual meeting space.
In all things we want to be vigilant and above all prayerful. Would you join us in asking God to eradicate coronavirus and heal the sick? In the meantime, we have an opportunity to follow in the way of our Lord Jesus and in the example of the church throughout the ages. As the body of Christ, this is our time to care for our neighbors and share the love of Jesus Christ, which delivers us from sin and death.
So thankful for you all and the overwhelming encouragement and desire to pull together and support the leadership of Hope Farm in this current and unique circumstance.
On behalf of the Hope Farm Leadership Team
“May the God of peace be with you all.” (Rom. 15:33),
The Leadership Team of HOPE Farm
**Additional updates from Strategic Partners**
Aided by friends and experts scattered around the world, HANDS Int’l alongside Global Coalition has been tracking and writing about coronavirus (COVID-19) since January. And they’re committed to helping ministries and missionary organizations, their families, and the local churches in three particular ways:
To answer your most common questions about the disease. See: “The FAQs: Coronavirus Explained by an Infectious Disease Expert and Pastor”
To give you a spiritual and historical perspective on this global pandemic. See: “Should Christians Be Anxious About the Coronavirus?”
To help your church adapt to new restrictions on social interaction and public meetings. See: “Taking Church Online in a Coronavirus Age”
COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions
List of 4 frequently asked questions.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath and sore throat. For most people who have had the illness, symptoms were mild and resolved after several days. Please refer to CDC.gov for the most up-to-date information.
What are HOPE Farm’s cleaning and disinfecting procedures?
A deep clean of all facilities is already happening, and staff members have been instructed to use MediClean and Miroban 24 ox wipes across all surfaces before leaving campus everyday present. We will work with the Tarrant County Health Department on additional cleaning recommendations.
What preventative actions can my family take?
- Avoid non-essential travel to countries/regions with CDC travel advisories/restrictions.
- Keep hands clean and use hand sanitizer frequently.
- Cough or sneeze into the elbow or sleeve, not the hands.
- Throw used tissues into the trash immediately.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth.
- Don’t eat or drink after others.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially if they have a fever, cough or sore throat.
What would cause HOPE Farm to experience an extended closure and what would happen with the mentoring and learning process?
We will stay in close contact with Tarrant County Health Department to evaluate all scenarios. This includes the impact and process should they identify a confirmed positive of COVID-19 in a direct community member.
In the event of extended closure, we would enact procedures to implement virtual learning environments to best keep our families healthy and our boys engaged. More information will come at that time.