This story originally appeared on NBC5.
Presbyterian Night Shelters’ Clean Slate program is expected to receive a contract worth $465,000 from the City of Fort Worth for a plan that will allow the program to hire an additional 15 homeless men and women to help with litter pick up in the city.
Clean Slate is a social enterprise of Presbyterian Night Shelter that directly impacts hard-to-employ individuals by providing job training and employment opportunities. All profits that the program receives go back to Presbyterian Night Shelter, contributing to the organization’s operating expenses. The Clean Slate program’s website states that its goal “is to break the cycle of homelessness by providing steady employment that restores dignity and provides hope.”
Toby Owen, CEO of Presbyterian Night Shelter, told NBC5 that the program is excited to partner with the city. “It will put [our guests] in full-time work so they can save their money and exit homelessness,” he said.
The City Council is expected to vote in approval of the funding during its meeting on Jun. 26.
ABOUT PRESBYTERIAN NIGHT SHELTER
Presbyterian Night Shelter is the largest homeless shelter in Tarrant County. It’s efforts are focused on giving people immediate shelter and helping them find a place to call home. Find out more on the organization’s website.