Family Pathfinders was established to help families become self-sufficient. Self-sufficiency is not achieved through stop-gap measures or short term solutions. We advocate strategies for families that will create ladders out of poverty and lead to financial stability.

In September 1996 Family Pathfinders was created by John Sharp, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in response to welfare reform. The program goal was to enlist community support for welfare reform efforts by partnering with faith and civic groups to form mentoring teams to work with families on their journey to self-sufficiency.

In October 1996, community members in Tarrant County formed a steering committee to develop a local site. In the spring of 1997, Tarrant Area Community of Churches (TACC) formed a covenant with the state of Texas to sponsor Tarrant County Family Pathfinders. Tarrant County Family Pathfinders began providing mentoring services in October 1997.

Tarrant County Family Pathfinders operated under the TACC umbrella until March 2004 when it incorporated to become Family Pathfinders of Tarrant County, Inc., a 501 (c)3 organization. Since that time we have expanded our mentoring program to serve additional low-income clients and the reentry population. In addition, we have broadened our programming to include job readiness and financial capability services.

Notable Highlights

  • In November 2018, Pathfinders launched the first regional model for Lending Circles.
  • In October 2017, Pathfinders celebrated 20 years of service to the community.
  • In September 2016, Family Pathfinders became Pathfinders in September 2016 with a new logo and the tagline “Pathways to Success”.
  • In October 2014, Family Pathfinders named a Top-Rated 2014 Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits and awarded a spot on the GreatNonprofits Hall of Fame. 
  • In February 2014, Family Pathfinders’ Executive Director, Kathryn Arnold, is named Shale Exploration’s “Hometown Hero” in the February edition of Fort Worth Magazine.
  • In November 2013, Family Pathfinders named a Top-Rated 2013 Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.
  • In December 2012, Family Pathfinders named a Top-Rated 2012 Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.
  • In March 2011, Family Pathfinders received the “Impact through Education” award from the Women’s Policy Forum.
  • In December 2009, Family Pathfinders received the Service to Workers award from the Texas Workforce Commission.
  • In September 2007, the Mentoring program was recognized for Best Practices by Urban Partnership Initiatives of the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • In April 2004, Family Pathfinders received the 2004 Workforce Best Practices Award from the Texas Economic Development Council.
  • In February 2003, Family Pathfinders received the “Outstanding Service to Women” Award from the Women’s Policy Forum in Fort Worth.
  • In April 2001, Family Pathfinders received the “Family Service Award” from the League of Women Voters of Tarrant County.
  • In June 2000, Family Pathfinders received the first-ever "Partnership In Workforce Excellence” award from the Work Advantage Board.
  • In June 1999, Catholic Charities U.S.A. chose Family Pathfinders as one of the most successful and compassionate programs working with families on public assistance in the United States.