Career Track

The Career Track

The Gatehouse Career Track is not a shelter or short-term housing solution. Instead, this program is designed for women who are under-employed and/or experiencing a short-term financial setback but have already taken some steps to achieve their career goals and just need a hand up as they work to attain permanent financial self-sustainability through a career-based income.  


Does this describe you and are you ready to work for change and results in your life? Continue reading to see if you may be a fit for our Career Track. 

Goals for Our Graduates

The goal is for every Gatehouse Program graduate to have the financial and emotional skills to maintain lifelong self-sustainability because we are about change inside and out. Fully-engaged Career Track Members should be able to achieve the following by graduation: 

  • Employed in a full-time job in desired career path (or in a job that will lead to desired career path) with the potential for advancement 
  • Earning or within 20% of a family-sustaining wage 
  • Significantly reduced or eliminated debt and improved credit score 
  • Possess a savings account 
  • Able to create and manage a household budget 
  • Developed skills to manage emotional, financial, and spiritual health 
  • Resolved or created a plan to resolve legal issues 
  • Has skills to manage household rhythm and is knowledgeable of personal parenting style 
  • Established lifelong friendships and community within and outside of The Gatehouse community 

How to Apply

The first step in our application process is letting us know of your interest in applying by submitting a Referral Form. First, confirm that you meet ALL of these minimum eligibility requirements for your Referral Form to be considered: 

  •  Currently living in DFW metroplex 
  • A woman 21 years or older, single or in the process of becoming single 
  • With or without dependent children (up to 2 children aged 12 months old to a senior in high school and eligible to live in Tarrant County) 
  • Have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED 
  • No active addictions with sustained sobriety for at least the last 3 years, including smoking, vaping and tobacco use 
  • Have a valid Texas driver’s license and a reliable vehicle 
  • A U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident, fluent in English 
  • Ready, willing and able to work full-time with uninterrupted ability to work (not actively on disability, workman’s compensation, or pregnant) 
  • Able to secure and maintain full-time, career path employment that is within 25% of the Tarrant County living wage based on your family size 
  • Not planning to pursue entrepreneurial goals, including business startup, during enrollment in The Gatehouse Career Track 
  • Not currently in school or planning to enroll in school during enrollment in The Gatehouse Career Track 


About the Application Process

  • Meeting these minimum eligibility requirements and submitting a Referral Form ensures an applicant’s Referral Form will be considered but does not guarantee an invitation to apply, an interview or admissions into our Program.
  • Applicants will receive a response within 2 to 3 weeks of submitting a Referral Form.
  • If an applicant is invited to apply, the application process can take up to 8 weeks, depending on how completely and quickly the applicant returns required information (the application process includes an application, background check, interview and drug screening). Being invited to apply or interview does not guarantee admissions.
  • If unemployed, must obtain employment within 45 days of admission.
  • If an applicant is not selected for our Program, we do not discuss reasons for the denial with the applicant or their representative