Lena Pope is honored to have won Best Place to Work (Nonprofit) by the Fort Worth Business Press. Lena Pope CEO Todd Landry said the success of the organization’s mission is directly related to its employees. Congratulations to all staff and board members, and to the donors who make their work possible. 

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Lena Pope takes top honors as the Best Place to Work (Nonprofit) in Tarrant County by the Fort Worth Business Press. Lena Pope CEO Todd Landry said attaining the organization’s mission to help create hope, happiness, and success for children and families is directly related to Lena Pope’s employees. For more than 85 years, Lena Pope has been providing services that change the lives thousands of children and families for the better each year. Those programs include prevention, early intervention, education, and counseling. 

Lena Pope knows that for children to be healthy, their families need to be healthy, too. It is because of the staff’s commitment to work with entire families unit to create healthy children that Play Therapy is the fastest growing counseling service provided by Lena Pope. During the recent Capital Campaign, the generosity of donors allowed Lena Pope to expand the counseling offices to serve 1,000 more clients each year. Lena Pope Counseling Services is one of Tarrant County’s largest providers of mental health therapy for uninsured families or families on Medicaid.  

“I strongly believe it is our remarkable staff who make achieving our mission possible,” Landry said. “Their day-in-and-day-out dedication is inspirational. It is with the trust and support of the community and board leadership that we have been able to continue the 85-year tradition of helping children and families.” 

Lena Pope staff also works with at-risk youth and their families to achieve the academic, behavioral, and social skills needed for success. This program is a partnership with Tarrant County Juvenile Services and Texas Juvenile Justice Department. 

Chapel Hill Academy Charter School opened in 2008 and has been serving more than 500 students Pre-K through 5th grade, where the curriculum is focused on early literacy, and the social and emotional well-being of every student. The Early Learning Center’s teachers provide affordable, quality early learning for 115 children ages six months to five years, regardless of their family’s income.

Lena Pope continues to evolve with the times to meet the needs of the children and families right here in our community. It is with a healthy and happy staff that this is possible. 

Finalists in each category were selected based on staff nominations and a Fort Worth Business Press committee. The committee looked at key human resources traits, employee input into the business decisions, worker retention, and promoting a fun atmosphere in the workplace. Lena Pope’s employees can often be seen taking advantage of the half-mile Pottishman Path Trail, and the staff regularly holds basketball or dodge ball games on the campus courts. Lena Pope is also in the final stages of becoming a Blue Zone participating organization that will help promote a healthier workplace environment. All of this was considered along with the percentage of total employees that voted in the Best Places to Work poll.

Other Best Places to Work winners include Northern Realty Group, Balcom Agency, Byrne Construction Services, First Command Financial Services, and UNT Health Science Center. Congratulations to all of the other winners.