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Information to Help and Protect Seniors:
Inspector general warns about new Social Security benefit suspension scam
Collaborative new program to serve seniors during COVID-19 crisis
North Texas Cares – Grant Application site for nonprofits:
They are creating a pool based on crisis/critical needs and funding that is available. They are selecting what they are assessing as the most critical and allocating funds to those organizations first. Grants are NOT guaranteed. But, I think its worth applying if your nonprofit is providing emergency services. Please be patient with them if you apply. Link: https://northtexascares.org
Responding to Needs of Workers and Employers
Link: County Judge Quarterly (PDF w/ resource links)
Trauma (TBRI) Trainings for congregants, nonprofits and volunteers:
Serve those with PTSD and complex trauma by learning Trauma Informed Care. My team and I along with hundreds of others in our community have benefited from these trainings. Whether you are interacting with a trafficking or domestic violence victim or a veteran with PTSD, being Trauma Informed is valuable.
Free TBRI training (KARYN PURVIS INSTITUTE OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT) – Trauma Informed Care (PTSD) Free Access: TBRI 101 Link here
Human Trafficking does not stop because of COVID19.
UnBound is offering some educational trainings to help combat trafficking in our communities. Link: UnBound Human trafficking training (PDF of schedule)
First Amendment and religious freedom
Join First Liberty Institute attorneys every Friday for an in-depth look at the legality of state-mandated restrictions and your right to live out your faith. First Liberty Friday Conference Calls: Learn more here…
Dial (877)-743-5428 to join the call at 12 PM, Noon (EST) every Friday.
“Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:3-4)
Posted April 9, 2020 People searching for ways to cope with coronavirus-related anxiety and depression may resort to alcohol or drug use.
A terrible triad – trauma, isolation and lack of structure – is driving more people to drink alcohol and use drugs.
Unemployment, lack of health insurance and fear of the unknown are just of few of the traumas people are dealing with amid COVID-19. People are searching for ways to cope with the anxiety, depression and feelings of hopelessness, said Susan Franks, associate professor of family medicine at University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.
For many people that’s alcohol or drugs. Read more here…
Source: University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.
Last updated: Tuesday, April 7 at 2:15 p.m.
With social distancing from crowds and dining out, Visit Fort Worth would like to call attention to local restaurants offering curbside pickup and delivery. With over 300 listings spread the love to your favorite restaurants across Fort Worth and try something new.
This list will be refreshed daily so please check back often.
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To add any additional restaurant updates or any changes/questions please contact Austin James at AustinJames@FortWorth.com.
How can you get information on the current COVID-19 response by the City of Fort Worth?
Get updates on how the City of Fort Worth is addressing COVID-19. Updates are added to this page on a regular basis, so check frequently for the latest information.
Get the latest update on city services that might have been impacted by the current restrictions.
Mayor Price and city leadership are hosting a daily briefing at 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. These briefings will contain daily updates on what is happening in Fort Worth.
The video briefings can be viewed on the web page for Fort Worth TV or on the Municipal Channel available through cable providers. It is also aired live on the following Facebook pages:
Videos of the briefings are also posted on YouTube.
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April 1, 2020
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts.
“Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return do not need to take an action, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.
The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 and Form RRB-1099 to generate $1,200 Economic Impact Payments to Social Security recipients who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. Recipients will receive these payments as a direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their benefits.
Link: U.S. Department of the Treasury