January 27, 2019

A New Look

  • By lakas2002

2019 brought a new look for the CEC with a new logo and tagline. People Empowered is our goal and we continue to work towards that goal.

January 27, 2017

Doing Things Differently

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In 2017, the CEC adopted The Working Family Success method of service delivery that is proven to increase success through one to one coaching. This approach is currently applied to all areas of service at the CEC including financial & employment coaching along with education services. Over two…

January 27, 2010

Sharon Washburn Center for Hope

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Between 2010 and 2017, the CEC focused on providing resources, training & opportunities that help improve earning capability, teach financial strategies, and help restore hope for a future of independence and stability to participants. The Sharon Washburn Center for Hope was built to support the domestic violence program…

January 27, 2006

Open Arms Merger

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In 2006 Open Arms Home merged into the CEC bringing better resources and services for victims fleeing domestic violence. The property used by Open Arms prior to the merger was sold allowing the CEC to add an apartment community to their portfolio.

January 27, 2002

Expanded Housing for Families

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Over the next three years, CEC began building a portfolio of properties purchasing 16 townhomes & 64 houses from HUD. These resources allowed the CEC to house more families while building up assets to stabilize the agency. All of this property was paid off by 2002 and the…

January 27, 1990

More Than a Food Pantry

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In 1990, CEC began the Adopt-a-Family Program for homeless families by leasing HUD foreclosed homes for $1 a year. Three years later, HUD provided the CEC a transitional homeless family demonstration grant that allowed the program to flourish.

January 27, 1986

Officially a Nonprofit

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Our Food Pantry moved to the current CEC office building in 1986 and with 3000 SF, change began to happen. Community Enrichment Center, Inc. was formed as a separate 501 ( c ) (3) in 1988, about the same time as Open Arms Home, Inc which was formed…

January 27, 1975

The Beginning

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The CEC began in a closet at Richland Hills Church of Christ in 1975. It didn’t take long to figure out that more was needed to help families struggling to survive in Northeast Tarrant County.