Center for Transforming Lives (CTL) has achieved national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). It took CTL years of work to achieve accreditation, and CTL is only the second nonprofit organization in Tarrant County to achieve this status.
Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. COA evaluated all aspects of CTL’s programs, services, management, and administration. The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice.
The standards driving accreditation ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and provided by a skilled and supported workforce. COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement.
To achieve COA accreditation, CTL first provided written evidence of compliance with the COA standards. Thereafter, a group of specially trained volunteer Peer Reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with trustees, staff, and clients.
“Achieving accreditation recognizes the high caliber of Center for Transforming Lives as a service provider. In recent years, CTL has grown tremendously. During those years of growth, we intentionally built the organization to comply with these best-practice standards, to ensure that our participants received the very best quality of services available. I’m tremendously proud of the CTL team and all the effort they put in toward this achievement.” Says CEO, Carol Klocek.
Center for Transforming Lives works side-by-side with women and their children to disrupt the cycle of poverty by providing comprehensive housing services, early childhood education, economic mobility services, and clinical counseling. Each year, CTL works with over 3,000 people, from more than 1,000 families in Tarrant County, to provide comprehensive services no matter where they are on their journey from poverty to prosperity. CTL’s services are trauma-informed, two-generational, and incorporate best practices rooted in nationally backed research to ensure women and children achieve long-term success.