Catholic Charities Fort Worth Assumes American Red Cross Transportation Services

Catholic Charities Fort Worth Assumes Red Cross Transportation Service

For Immediate Release: October 5, 2012

Press Contact: Katelin Cortney
O: 817.289.3878                                                                                                         

Fort Worth, TX, October 5, 2012- Starting on September 1, 2012, the American Red Cross transitioned its transportation services over to Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW). The 36 vehicle fleet, which provides service in Tarrant County, is currently up and running under the collective name of Catholic Charities Fort Worth Wheels.  

As part of a new Red Cross Structure, programs not strategically aligned to the mission were transitioned to other community partners. CCFW was selected to take over the approximately $1.5 million program for several reasons, including the history of launching and scaling a transportation program, the scope and capacity of services offered, and the importance of transportation to CCFW’s overall goal of ending poverty in this community.  

“Transportation is a vital link in getting people back to work and in better health. It’s a huge barrier to the clients we serve who might be able to find employment, but can’t get there,” says Heather Reynolds, CEO/President of CCFW. “Now, we can offer a multitude of options to help our clients help themselves.”  

A brief press conference and reception will be held on Thursday, October 11th at 10:00am and will feature remarks from Heather Reynolds, CEO/President of Catholic Charities Fort Worth, T.D. Smyers, Regional Chief Executive Offer of American Red Cross North Texas Region, Dick Ruddell, President/Executive Director of Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Tim McKinney, CEO of United Way of Tarrant County, and Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley.  The event will be held at CCFW’s main campus (249 West Thornhill Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76115). All media members are welcome to attend.  

More information about Wheels Transportation can be found by visiting or calling 817.336.8714. 

About Catholic Charities Fort Worth

Catholic Charities Fort Worth is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1910 with the mission to meet the needs of children, families, elderly, refugees, and immigrants in the diocese of Fort Worth, regardless of creed, race, ethnicity, or culture.  In 2011, Catholic Charities Fort Worth served over 124,000 individuals and families in need, using more than 90 cents out of every dollar donated to directly provide services through over 40 programs. For more information, please visit us at