We are currently accepting applications for Cohort #7
Managers/Supervisors apply today!

The Leadership Academy for Homeless Services was created to provide professional development to new and seasoned managers/supervisors share best practices to promote excellence and consistency in the quality of care provided to our homeless neighbors. In this 10-week program, the content will be delivered using online, computer-based courses. In addition to training courses, participants will meet weekly to touch base, network, and have meaningful conversations about training topics and experience in the field.

Program Goals:

  • Educate managers and supervisors to better serve and support staff;
  • Learn basic skills and techniques required for effective leadership;
  • Increase collaboration and problem-solving between partner agencies;
  • Become a more confident leader while influencing the teams you lead

Upon successful completion of the Leadership Academy, participants will receive CEU’s, Certificate of Completion, and graduate with the opportunity to participate in future alumni events.


Who should apply?

Cohort #7 is specifically for managers/supervisors. This curriculum was designed for those looking to connect with others, increase knowledge and develop essential skills needed to keep employees motivated, productive, and committed.

*Participants should prepare to be available Friday afternoons from 1:00pm-2:00pm starting September 9, 2022 – November 18, 2022 for cohort meetings.

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: August 19, 2022 by 5:00pm
  • Notification of Acceptance/Denial – August 26, 2022
  • Cohort #7 Orientation Class – September 2, 2022 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Cohort #7 Curriculum Begins – September 5, 2022 – November 11, 2022
  • First Cohort Meeting – September 9, 2022
  • Graduation – November 18, 2022 1:00pm-2:00pm

If you would like any additional information, please contact Shannon Barnes.

Congratulations to the Cohort #6 Graduates!

Ashlee Coleman | Presbyterian Night Shelter
Christina Williams | ACH Child and Family Services
Corey Martin | MHMR of Tarrant County
Dreaka Andres | Presbyterian Night Shelter
Shelitha Jones, MSW  | SafeHaven of Tarrant County
Kristin Morris | MHMR of Tarrant County
Lisa Lang, LMSW | Salvation Army Mabee Center
Sahaad Brown, MSW | Presbyterian Night Shelter
Sheila Harmon, MSW | Presbyterian Night Shelter


L. Shonny DeBouse-Young, Mona’s Heart Outreach

Cohort 5

The TCHC Leadership Cohort was informative, refreshing, & was a great addition to my leadership skills. The instructor was knowledgeable and kept us all intrigued with captivating fun exercises and thought-provoking leadership assignments. I highly recommend the TCHC Leadership Cohort to nonprofit executives and directors. The breakout discussions with peers and other leaders were very insightful. The class discussions allowed everyone to share and added real-life on-the-job knowledge/solutions that are applicable in leadership roles. Thank you to our instructor, Shannon Barnes for leading/navigating an amazing cohort!

Marisa Gomez, Presbyterian Night Shelter

Cohort 5

I am so happy that I was able to be part of this amazing group of individuals. First, I did not know what to expect because this was the first cohort with supervisors. I figured why not feed myself with more information that can help me be a better supervisor for my team. It was so exciting to see how we all experience some of the same issues/barriers and what approach we made to make things better. From the curriculum to our discussions, there was never a dull moment. This cohort assisted me in being a better person and leader for the community that we all love and serve. I want to thank Shannon and Jenny for facilitating and making this experience fun and informative that really makes a difference.

Melanie Bennet, MHMR of Tarrant County
Cohort 4

I wanted to be a part of the leadership academy because I had never worked with the homeless population before so I thought this would be an opportunity for me to better support the patients I work closely with. I got a lot of information out of the leadership academy about best practices, different ways that we can help our clients, and a lot of different networking opportunities. I enjoyed the weekly discussions, I think they added more substance to the courses that we went over each week. I also enjoyed hearing about different experiences and how they were handled. I think other’s should participate because you have the luxury of learning new things as well as networking with fellow colleagues who are working with the same populations as you. I believe this will optimize how we help our clients because we are able to utilize other agencies that may possibly offer resources that our agency does not.

Martisha Smith, GRACE
Cohort 4

The TCHC Leadership Academy was an amazing experience that exposed me to so many aspects of the homeless community and the daily trials that they face. I wanted to be a part of the Leadership Academy because I’d heard from colleagues about the engaging and informative environment of the program. The exposure to issues that surround this community was a necessary and beneficial component to both my personal and professional career goals.  Additionally, Shannon is an amazing instructor that encouraged open and honest dialogue amongst me and the wonderful academy classmates that I got to meet.  While the TCHC is definitely a time commitment, it is so worth it! I learned so much and got to meet some pretty phenomenal people that care about making life better for those in need! Truly a unique opportunity and a gem in the realm of professional development!

Marisol Landaverde, GRACE
Cohort 4

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting every week to discuss our weekly topics. I thought everyone had insightful things to share. I also enjoyed the curriculum. I thought TalentLMS was easy to navigate and the curriculum is extremely educational. Do it! You will be absolutely glad you did! You will be more knowledgeable about various topics covered in the class. You will also have the opportunity to connect with other social service practitioners that are doing this for the same reason you are: to help those in need!

Latoria Neal, SafeHaven of Tarrant County
Cohort 3

Participating in the Leader Academy will become beneficial personally and professionally. New Cohorts, will have the ability to educate homeless participants through crisis interventions while continue to keep services client centered, provide each participant with the skills, trainings and the ability to seek different external and internal resources while partnering with other agencies and the opportunity to increasing their collaboration skills. As a participant, they will continue to increase and gain the necessary information such as identifying the effectiveness of homelessness in Tarrant County and how to service their needs accordingly.

Elizabeth Mederos, Recovery Resource Council
Cohort 3

Through the Leadership Academy, I received so much more than just making network contacts.  The different subjects covered in the Academy greatly increased my knowledge and skills as a case manager to provide quality services to my clients. In addition, I enjoyed the interaction with other agencies.  We were able to discuss how we handle difficult situations with clients, our different company policies and best practices.  I truly enjoyed the interaction with the other agency professionals.  I know that I could call on any one of them if I’m facing an issue and need ideas for resolution. I think every case manager (new or experienced) would greatly benefit from the TCHC Leadership Academy.  We are able to increase our professional network, learn about other agencies and how they serve clients, and gain valuable perspective from other professionals on how to handle difficult situations.

Kelley Kaiser, MMSW-LBSW Aging and Disability Resource Center & Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant
Cohort 2

I really enjoyed the session topics and the different subject matters.  Loved the LGBTQ one where Rose participated and gave us a personal perspective of the topic as well.   I learned so much about Diversion, Suicide prevention, and just so much more about things I weren’t as aware of.  Also LOOOOVEd the cohort group we had.   We still talk to this day and it really brings people together and helps with networking for contacts and info.  Just an amazing group of people.

This is an amazing opportunity to learn a LOT about homelessness topics, to network with other community members and organizations and to expand and broaden your knowledge base.  What you think you know and what is actually there can be two entirely different things and this really helped me to understand things much more thoroughly.

Marti Lawrence
Cohort 1

I was looking for contextual expertise on homelessness and how it is being addressed on the national and local levels. The Leadership Academy for Homeless Services exceeded my expectations with its’ in-depth look at expert guidance and best practices in approaching homelessness.  I enjoyed being part of a diverse cohort of individuals committed to excellence in homeless services while increasing my knowledge and understanding of the complexities of homelessness.  There is no one better suited to provide this training to leaders in homeless services than the Homeless Coalition.  It was a valuable use of my time and contributed significantly to my confidence in assuming a leadership role in homeless services.

Daniel Tiblets, LMSW, UGM
Cohort 4

The TCHC Leadership Academy experience was well designed and extremely supportive.  The reason I wanted to be part of the Leadership Academy was to grow my skill set to better advocate for those experiencing homelessness, and I was not disappointed.  Even though I had been working in the CoC for over 2 years when I entered into the Leadership Academy, I was able to take away several pieces of useful information.  The personal guidance through the lessons was a great touch, and the connections made will be essential as I move forward in the profession.  Thank you for this opportunity, TCHC.