Over 25,000 homeless men, women, and children have sought refuge at the Arlington Life Shelter over the past 35 years. On a very cold night in 1987, volunteers opened the doors of the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington, welcoming those with no place to call home. What started as a night shelter for single men now serves 120 men, women, and families (140 in inclement weather) 24 hours, 365 days a year. Homeless individuals and families arrive throughout the Metroplex for a number of reasons. The lack of affordable housing, job loss, eviction, and domestic violence are most often identified as the catalyst(s) for homelessness.
Education and employment are the cornerstones of the agency's structured program. Our philosophy is that in order to regain self-sufficiency, one must have the ability to secure and maintain employment to produce a steady income. Individual residents receive assistance in identifying the barriers keeping them from maintaining employment and stability in the community.
IN 2022 ARLINGTON LIFE SHELTER PROVIDED.....
27,847 nights of shelter and 143,000 meals to our neighbors experiencing homelessness in North Texas.