Mission and History

Mission

The Arlington Life Shelter provides shelter and support services to help our neighbors who are homeless integrate into society and become self-sufficient, thriving contributors to the community.

What Sets Us Apart

The Arlington Life Shelter is the only shelter in the DFW area with a work requirement for residents receiving more than emergency shelter. In 2016, the shelter served 1000+ homeless men, women and children with an average length of stay of 6 weeks. Remarkably, 80% of program participants are currently employed. 

History

  • 1987 - Cold weather shelter begun at First Presbyterian Church by concerned citizens
  • 1987 - Agency led entirely by volunteers and 13 faith communities
  • 1988 - Moved to current Division Street facility opening Christmas Eve
  • 1990 - First professional staff member hired
  • 1991 - Recipient of Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service
  • 1994 - Shelter renovated to increase capacity
  • 1994 - Employment program begun
  • 1999 - Project Link Welfare to Work pilot program begun for the Arlington area
  • 2000 - Recognized as Charter Member of UTA Service Learning Center
  • 2001 - Agency name (Arlington Night Shelter) changed to Arlington Life Shelter to better reflect the agency’s mission
  • 2001 - Telepsychiatry program begun for homeless adults with mental illness living in Arlington
  • 2002 - PALS (Partners of the Arlington Life Shelter) Auxiliary formed
  • 2006 - Recipient of Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Award
  • 2008 - Outreach services for the unsheltered homeless begun
  • 2012 - Major facility renovation made possible by the Joe Barton Family Foundation
  • 2014 - Introduction of Road Home Tours and Road Home Giving Society
  • 2016 - Purchase of adjoining building for facility expansion and additional services

 

Mission & Services

The Arlington Life Shelter provides shelter and support services to help our neighbors who are homeless integrate into society and become self-sufficient, thriving contributors to the community.


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Make a Donation

Now more than ever we need your help to continue to fulfill our responsibilities to the men, women and children we serve. We provide keys to success such as food, shelter, health and social services, etc.


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Volunteer

To volunteer when the residents are present, volunteers MUST be age 18 or older. This includes food teams serving breakfast or dinner. This is to protect the privacy, safety, and dignity of our youngest residents.


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Contact Us

Arlington Life Shelter, 325 W. Division Street, Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 548-9885

Arlington Life Shelter® 2012-2017

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