Securing a Sustainable Life





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Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Arlington, TX

Total Budget: $8,451

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

Activity Type: Education: General

Summary: Rotarians with some of their affiliated organizations will create a library of courses (including video and supporting materials) for use by Arlington Life Shelter clients on financial management, computer skills, professional development, and life skills.

The Arlington Life Shelter is committed to assist families who are experiencing homelessness with the stated mission of returning them to self-sufficiency by offering re-training and educational support. Despite having a new upgraded full computer lab with 12 work stations, a 40-person classroom, a teen and elementary space, a study room, and open air playground in the building, due to COVID they are are unable to bring in the volunteer teachers and tutors to ensure adequate programming within these spaces. Without this programming, the Shelter will be unable to fulfill its core mission of returning families to self-sufficiency. The children will not be able to get the positive tutoring to keep them at grade level and the adult residents will not receive the necessary training (e.g. ranging from basic courses like financial management, Microsoft office skills, what to look for in a used vehicle, to life skills like parenting, self-care/stress reduction and coping with loss, to job skills like resume writing, interviewing skills, dressing for success for a job). Therefore, we propose to recruit our members and their affiliated organizations to create the content of the proposed courses, teach and video said courses for continued and ongoing use by the Shelter, and work with Arlington Life Shelter staff to get these materials in regular rotation with their residents. This program will include securing a professional videographer and editor to create streamline and professional course content, as well as the creation and production of relevant supportive course materials. Projects will be used primarily on these components of the program. Additionally, we will work with a local tutoring organization to produce content that can be helpful for the youngest of learners (e.g. materials as well as live-streaming on-line after school support).

Project Contact Person

District: 5790

Rotary Club of: Arlington

Primary Contact: Susie McAlister

Email: susiemcal@gmail.com

Project Status

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Project listed for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.

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Arlington (5790)









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Club Goals 2020-21



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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Dan Steele

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Dan Steele.


by Susie McAlister

System Entry: Project signed by Susie McAlister.


by Dan Steele

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by Dan Steele

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

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