Catholic Charities Fort Worth Teams up with Local Marriott Select Service and Extended Stay Hotels to Give Veterans a Place They Can Really Call Home
Fort Worth, TX - Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) is providing homeless and at-risk veterans a comfortable place to call home, thanks to the hundreds of rooms of furniture donated by local hotels in Fort Worth. Three Marriott branded hotels, namely Fairfield Inn & Suites at University Dr Fort Worth, Residence Inn Las Colinas and Spring Hill Suites Fort Worth University allowed CCFW to move more than 250 rooms of furniture, including beds, to the Creating Hope Donation Center. CCFW developed a relationship with the Marriott branded hotels last year when Director of In-Kind Donations, Steve DeLeon, sought out hotel managers looking to renovate hotel rooms through the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.
Veteran Services provides housing to low-income, homeless, or at-risk veterans and their families. “Donated items are very important to the Veterans Services program,” said Denise Brimmer-Collins, Program Manager of Veteran Services. “The items our clients receive provide a sense of hope and improve the quality of life to those we encounter.” One of the first veterans moved into housing and provided with a donated bed was a young woman and her children.
CCFW’s partnership with Marriott began when the Fairfield Inn on University Drive donated all of their used television sets. Later, DeLeon worked with the Residence Inn at Las Colinas as they prepared to undertake a complete remodel. By marketing volunteers as the moving team, DeLeon convinced the hotels to choose CCFW over liquidators, resulting in a relationship that’s been beneficial for both parties. This combined effort resulted in 264 rooms of furniture to be donated to resettled refugees, housing for the homeless and, most recently, beds for low-income veterans.
Local businesses interested in forming a partnership with CCFW can contact Steve DeLeon at 817-413-3926.
About Catholic Charities Fort Worth
Charities Fort Worth is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1910 with the mission to meet the needs of children, families, elderly, refugees, and immigrants in the diocese of Fort Worth, regardless of creed, race, ethnicity, or culture. In 2010, Catholic Charities Fort Worth served over 124,000 individuals and families in need, using more than 90 cents out of every dollar donated to directly provide services through over 40 programs. For more information, please visit us at www.catholiccharitiesfortworth.org.
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