CEC Update and Needs Regarding COVID-19
The CEC, in these times of uncertainty and fear, encourages each of us to call on God for our strength.

2 Timothy 1-7; “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind.”

As Christians, we choose to model peace and hope through Jesus Christ as we are in the storm.

 

The CEC is open and providing support to the community.

We are following guidelines established by our national, state & local officials along with the recommendations of the CDC as we amend normal procedures to continue providing compassionate, Christ centered support for those most affected by the everyday struggles of homelessness, violence and low or no income who we know are also struggling with the Coronavirus spread.

The following describes amended processes for each of our service areas:

CEC Food Pantry

·       Normal hours of operation, Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

·       Drive-thru food distribution

CLICK HERE for a list of most-needed items in the food pantry.

Second Glance Resale Shop – Closed until further notice. Not taking donations at this time.

Senior Network – canceled until further notice.

VITA Free Tax Preparation – canceled until further notice.

High School Equivalency Classes (GED) – Following BISD Schedule, closed until further notice.

 

All CEC Meetings and Events are cancelled through the remainder of March.

The CEC appreciates our faithful donors and volunteers who make everything possible. COVID-19 precautions will no doubt increase the need for food & support as many families experience a loss of income due to mandated closures and lack of public gatherings.

We need your help!

The CEC is opening a drive-thru food donation station behind the CEC food pantry Monday – Friday between 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  CLICK HERE for a list of most-needed items in the food pantry.

We are supporting local school districts in their efforts to provide food to the families who rely on the free and reduced lunch program by connecting them to volunteers. To learn more about the needs of local school districts, visit their websites.

If you feel able to volunteer to help distribute food or stock donations in the CEC Food Pantry, please call 817-281-1164 to get on the schedule. If you aren’t able to volunteer, please consider making a monetary or food donation so that we may keep the food pantry up and running for those who need it.

Thank you for your understanding and help as we all work to prevent the spread of the virus!

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Fore! The CEC Brent Barrow Golf Classic is April 14 at Bear Creek Golf Club!

Mark your calendars and join us for the 2020 CEC Brent Barrow Golf Classic! There will be DOUBLE the GOLF and DOUBLE the FUN on both courses at Bear Creek! This year’s tournament is named for Brent Barrow, long-time friend, former board member and supporter of the CEC and proceeds will benefit the Brent Barrow Learning Lab at the CEC.

Over 30 years experience changing lives in NE Tarrant County

What began as a small food pantry in the late 1970s has grown into a multi-service resource for struggling families, empowering people and providing hope for a bright future.

Food

Over 900,000 nutritious meals provided to families through the CEC Food Pantry each year.

Housing

Homeless families, victims of family violence & low income families find safety and stability in CEC owned & managed housing.

Employment & Financial Coaching

Improve your income, increase your credit score & find a way to save for the future.

Adult Education

Earn your High School Equivalency, improve job skills, get college application assistance, & start your new path.

Counseling and Play Therapy

Counseling and play therapy helps families and individuals heal emotionally and move forward in achieving their goals.

[CEC Welcome Center Information]

Because we care about you, we want to make your visit a good experience!

ALL visitors please enter through the Welcome Center

Our friendly Welcome Center personnel will be available to direct anyone coming to the CEC requesting assistance, seeking information, arriving for a scheduled appointment or meeting to the right person. The Welcome Center will allow us to centralize our intake area and reception area into one easily identified area and create a much more user-friendly experience for anyone coming to the CEC.

Food Pantry Hours

Monday – Friday 9 am to 1 pm
Thursday Evenings 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Welcome Center Hours

Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

[All are welcome]

Volunteer & Support

If you would like to support the CEC’s efforts to help families in our community, please visit Our Support and/or Volunteer.

Interested in volunteering as a family? The CEC offers volunteer opportunities for your whole family.

All ages welcome! Volunteers ages 10-14 years old MUST have supervision present. Volunteers MUST be 15 years or older to volunteer without supervision.

Make an impact with your organization by volunteering as a group! CEC provides a fun and engaging environment for group/corporate volunteering. Breaking down the walls of corporate hierarchy and creating a great team building experience.

The requirements for these events may vary. Here you can find information about Special Event volunteer opportunities. Past, present and future. Most of these events are on the the weekend . Please check the calendar to confirm.

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Why Choose Us!

The Community Enrichment Center (CEC) commits to cultivating a more vibrant and economically sustainable Tarrant County by providing multi-generational, multi-staged support for homeless and low income individuals and families as well as victims of domestic violence. Our mission is to change lives by restoring hope and sharing God’s love. Investing in those suffering the injustices of poverty demonstrates our belief a person’s current situation doesn’t necessarily define who they are, or their potential. Through the CEC’s program strategy, we illustrate how overcoming adversity and challenges can inspire greater resolve and strengthen determination in our clients, their families and in generations to come.

Shop AmazonSmile and a portion of your purchase will benefit the CEC!

When you need help, but don’t know where to turn, call 211.

Click Here to login to our GED Online Service.

Today I met with a man who came to the CEC for the first time last week.  He said he came last Thursday evening for the food pantry.  He said he observed me stop and talk to a lady about herself, her child and that the lady turned around to someone and said how we treat people like family here.  He then said how he received so much food, more than he expected to get, and was excited because he could make meals out of all he received!  He said the volunteers were extremely helpful as well.  The gentleman had been referred by a coworker who told him she has received help at the CEC.

  • [ Jana Smith ]
  • Benefits Counselor

Through our partnership with World Vision, First Baptist Church of Fort Worth was given the opportunity to support three of our local Title I schools. It was our privilege to bless John D. Spicer Elementary, North Oaks Middle School and Haltom High School with supplies for 300 Teachers/Staff members. The Lord has allowed us to cultivate a relationship with Birdville schools and the CEC. Because of the support from our church family and volunteers, as well as the provisions available from World Vision, the ability to touch the lives of Teachers and Students in our local community is made possible. These seemingly small gestures allow us to share Christ’s love with people and therefore have a greater impact on His Kingdom.

  • [ Alex Ng ]
  • Community Relations

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