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CATCHES + CONNECTS

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The Net is a nonprofit in Fort Worth that exists to empower the city to restore dignity to those in poverty through community & relationships. Our goal is to see the people we serve walk in freedom and joy as whole individuals.

Safety Net + Network

Safety Net
The Safety NET serves to create long-term support systems that help restore individuals to emotional, spiritual, and social wholeness. We believe that through relationships we can instill hope, which gives birth to empowerment and self-sufficiency, and which inevitably leads to transformation.
Network
The NETwork is a connected system of volunteers, churches, businesses, schools, professionals, and other non-profits within Fort Worth. The NETwork is our way of empowering and assisting the local church in an effort to connect and serve the marginalized of Fort Worth through holistic relationships.

 

  • we all fall. some fast. some hard.
    others only stumble.

     

    most of us have some sort of net, made up of family and friends to catch us when we fall.

  • they help us back on our feet, whether it be financially, emotionally or spiritually.

     

    it is often the case that people find themselves in poverty when they don't have a net.

  • though they may fall no harder
    than you or I,

     

    they lack the support of family and friends to catch them and put them back on their feet.

 

 

Get Involved

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Each of our serve opportunities at The NET is all about building community with people in poverty, because we believe that people need people more than they need stuff. Since we're a little bit different from most non-profits, all that we ask is that you show up with the intention to engage in conversation and build relationships with those we serve.
 
Click the link below to sign up to receive our serve updates that list out our calendared events for the month.
 

Purchased

Purchased is a ministry to victims of sexual exploitation in Fort Worth.

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Homeless

Join our community by simply sharing a meal & playing games with our friends.
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Low Income

Come hang out and mentor kids from all over the world right here in Fort Worth.
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Blog

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The NET desires to build restorative relationships with those in need.
Our blog is a space that gives our staff, interns, and volunteers a place
to share their experiences with serving the city of Fort Worth.

 

True Takeaways

07-Sep / Blog-Interns-Purchased / 0 COMMENTS

Recently, I attended The NET’s Purchased Training for the first time and had such an amazing experience, I immediately volunteered to write a blog post about it. But, as I sat down to write, I found myself at a loss for words. How do you condense six hours of personal ...

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Hurting With Hope

26-Jul / Blog-Homeless-Interns / 0 COMMENTS

A few weeks ago, I came to our weekly Bingo & Bagels after a sleepless night with a heavy heart. I had been up late watching the news with my roommates as the story broke about the gunman who was firing at Dallas police officers after a peaceful Black Lives ...

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Bingo Buddies

07-Jul / Blog-Homeless-Interns / 0 COMMENTS

A few Fridays ago I got the opportunity to spend my morning having a conversation with one of our homeless friends about his life. He told me that he had lived in New York, Miami, and Dallas before ending up in Fort Worth. He told me about his family, about ...

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Snakes & Smiles

14-Jun / Blog-Interns-Refugee / 0 COMMENTS

My first full week as a NET intern has come and gone, and with it has come lots of other “firsts,” including my first Ladera playdate.   Now, going into this summer, the Ladera playdates were the events that I was most nervous about because, frankly, I have never been ...

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Survivor Leader Luncheon

12-May / Blog-Purchased / 0 COMMENTS

*Reposted from our Executive Director, Melissa Ice’s blog*   This past week my non-profit The NET had a fundraising luncheon at The Fort Worth Club in order to raise funds and awareness in regards to the women and girls in my city that have experienced sexual exploitation. Part of my ...

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Room to Grow

13-Apr / Blog / 0 COMMENTS

Nine months ago, we started the process of renovating the Lancaster City Center (a.k.a. the new home of The NET!) by gathering up some friends, including street friends, interns, and even Judge Brent Carr, and ripping up carpet, busting down walls, and tearing up tile. Last weekend, we again gathered ...

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Celebrating the Big Things!

30-Mar / Blog-Interns-Purchased / 0 COMMENTS

When I think about our RISE ladies, the first word that comes to mind is strong. These women are strong, and so are the people standing alongside them. From Net advocates to service providers, the room at our recent RISE Graduation Ceremony was full of people from the various steps ...

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Survivor Leader Spotlight: Arletta

22-Mar / Blog-Purchased / 0 COMMENTS

Almost 4 years ago, The NET’s Purchased team met Arletta. She is a true example of a Survivor Leader, and we love celebrating her story of strength and resilience. We originally met Arletta when she came into our partner program called RISE, Tarrant County’s Prostitution Intervention program, with over 20 ...

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The Impact of Outrun Trafficking

15-Mar / Blog-Interns-Purchased / 0 COMMENTS

I heard this quote at the beginning of last semester in a meeting for TCU’s chapter of International Justice Mission. We had just been presented with facts about human trafficking that left me speechless. Here are the main points that I recall:   Worldwide, there are 27 million people trapped ...

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Talking Thai: Lessons from SE Asian Refugees

29-Feb / Blog-Interns-Refugee / 0 COMMENTS

This past month I had the opportunity to travel to Thailand for 18 days by myself with nothing but a backpack. If you would have told me I was going to be embarking on this trip 3 years ago, I would have called you crazy, but the Lord has an ...

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OUR TEAM

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MELISSA ICE

Founder & Executive Director
director[at]thenetfw[dot]com

SARAH ADAMS

Director of Operations
Sarah[at]thenetfw[dot]com

ALEX LIPARI

Homeless Program Manager
Alex[at]thenetfw[dot]com

JORDAN HALL

PURCHASED Program Manager
Jordan[at]thenetfw[dot]com

TY BOWDEN

MASE Director &
Ladera Kids Program Manager
Ty[at]thenetfw[dot]com

 

In addition to our staff, The Net runs with the help of a team of amazing interns who help orchestrate our events and programs. Click the link above to learn more about our leadership development program and internships.

CONTACT

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We'd love to hear from you! To find out more about our events and volunteer opportunities, contact our team through this form.

DONATE

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Thank you for being apart of our NETwork! It is your generosity that allows us to do what we do. Every bit helps, so thank you so much for your contribution. In order for you to make your online donation, simply fill out the form below.




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