The Career Track
A program 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.
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.
About The Career Track
While in the Career Track, you’ll work toward your self-sustainability goals, which we call your Personal Empowerment Plan, surrounded by a team of experts who strategize with you and encourage you during your journey in the Program.
While participating in The Gatehouse Program, you live on our campus as we help you with housing, utilities, and childcare at Legacy Early Learning Academy (school-age kids attend GCISD), so you can focus on:
- Working full-time, preferably in your chosen career field
- Working on your Personal Empowerment Plan goals
- Participating in all Program requirements including weekly coaching and counseling sessions, empowerment/life skills classes, and other groups
- Following Community Safety Rules
- If you have children, ensuring they are fully engaged in the Family Life Program, including attending weekly counseling sessions (for eligible children?
We believe in the dignity of earned success, which means we walk alongside you as you work to address the barriers that are holding you back from becoming permanently self-sustaining.
And, you’ll learn problem-solving skills, so you are equipped to positively address challenges that come into your life and maintain lifelong stability and independence.
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 on track to earn 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
- Received professional counseling and developed skills to manage emotional, physical, 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 Tarrant, Dallas, Denton, Collin, Parker, Johnson, Ellis or Wise county
- A woman 21 years or older, single or in the process of becoming single
- With or without dependent children (up to 2 children between 12 months old and 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
- 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
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