In Our City
BRINGING CHANGE TO FORT WORTH
Antioch Fort Worth is catalyzing city transformation through the local church by meeting community needs in vulnerable and under-resourced areas. Throughout the year, we have church-wide service weekends, help put together grocery care packages in times of need, and host playgroups and clothing drives in apartment complexes that are home to many refugees and asylum seekers.
Additionally, we partner with the city of Fort Worth with four organizations: UnBound Fort Worth, Rivertree Academy, Read2Win, and Angel Tree. Collectively, these organizations serve minors and adults who are at-risk for or are victims of human trafficking, under-resourced students in the Lake Como neighborhood, Fort Worth ISD students, and children of incarcerated parents.
UNBOUND FORT WORTH
Unbound Fort Worth exists to support survivors and resource our community to fight human trafficking.
- Survivor Support: Provides 24/7 crisis response and ongoing case management, helping to meet the immediate needs of survivors, offering support to families and caregivers, being a liaison between local law enforcement and other partner agencies, and connecting survivors with aftercare programs.
- Professional Training: Offers profession-specific training for medical professionals, educators, and social service providers to equip them to use their skills to identify and respond to victims of human trafficking in their professional settings.
- Prevention and Awareness: Works with schools, youth organizations, and shelters to empower youth to stay safe from trafficking and exploitation, coordinating citywide outreaches to increase awareness and present on human trafficking to community groups and organizations.
In 2020, Unbound Fort Worth opened Tarrant County’s first drop-in center, The Underground, for trafficked and exploited youth. Housed in One Safe Place, Fort Worth’s family justice center, the center is open 24/7 to provide basic needs and referrals for services for youth up through age 22.
Rivertree Academy is a private Christian school in Fort Worth, Texas providing community-funded education for under-resourced students, pre-kindergarten through 5th grade, in the Lake Como neighborhood. Rivertree Academy’s vision is to end the cycle of poverty in every family they serve by educating students from Como to learn well, love well, serve well, and lead well.
Read2Win matches local churches, businesses, and community stakeholders with schools who are serving elementary students in Tarrant Count, equipping them with the skills to improve their reading.
Participating first and second graders are paired one-on-one with a volunteer, who serves as a reading coach, using a structured reading curriculum and lessons.
Angel Tree is a program of Prison Fellowship that reaches out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Christ. Volunteers are mobilized to deliver a gift, the Gospel, a Bible, and a personal message of love to children on behalf of their mom or dad in prison.