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FORT WORTH, Texas (August 10, 2017)

Texas Motor Speedway staff members backed the blue as part of its Speeding To Help community outreach program Thursday by partnering with the Fort Worth Police Department in its mission to fight homelessness in the state's fifth-largest city.

The speedway group assisted True Worth Place, a multi-purpose $10-million, 25,000-square-foot day shelter for the homeless, in its efforts to continue to improve the facilities in the area around its E. Presidio address. One of the current projects is the expansive interior remodeling of a women's shelter that is slated to open in late October.

To ensure True Worth Place's continued progress on the shelter, the speedway staff assembled metal lockers that will allow the women to safely secure their personal belongings while spending time at the shelter that will serve more than 200 once it opens. 

"We wanted to give back to the Fort Worth Police Department and their service as part of Speeding To Help this year and they unselfishly told us the best way to assist them was contributing to the department's homelessness mission," said Texas Motor Speedway Vice President of Media Relations Mike Zizzo, who was part of Thursday's volunteer group. "The Fort Worth PD, True Worth Place and all the neighboring homeless shelters and facilities are working together to help these people get back on their feet and they are doing a tremendous job for our community." 

Volunteers also toured the state-of-the-art True Worth Place resource center that features a health clinic, meals, classes, computers, professional guidance and serves as an area for Fort Worth's homeless to visit during the day. True Worth Place officially opened its doors on Dec. 15, 2016 with its mission to support local organizations working to feed the hungry and improve the lives of homeless individuals and families in Fort Worth and the surrounding North Texas area.

Given the small staff of True Worth Place, the organization always is in need of volunteers for projects that ultimately will benefit the homeless. Volunteer information for individuals or groups can be found at www.trueworthplace.org.

"Volunteers coming in for a day to put together furniture or painting the building keeps our staff available to do what's important - serving the guests we have in our building," True Worth Place Community Engagement Coordinator Judi Glover said. 

The visit to True Worth Place was the second of four community outreach events as part of Texas Motor Speedway's month-long Speeding To Help program. The program kicked off last week with volunteers assisting at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, where they helped spruce up the Oval Rose Garden as well as the vegetable garden. 

Next Wednesday the program visits Dallas, where speedway staffers will help Rainbow Days with its annual "Back-To-School Celebration" at the Dallas Market Center. The program concludes with a visit to Fort Worth's Ronald McDonald House, where Texas Motor Speedway volunteers will be joined by the staff of Levy Restaurants to provide lunch for families on Wednesday, Aug. 23.  

This marks the 10th year of the Speeding To Help community outreach program. In the past nine years, the program has provided assistance to 31 organizations or programs throughout the various counties in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as well as the West, Texas Long-Term Recovery Project.

Those organizations are the 6 Stones Mission Network; Austin Street Center; Butler Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth; Camp Summit; Catholic Charities Fort Worth; Children's Medical Center in Dallas; Christian Community Action; Clara Love Elementary School; Community Powered Revitalization; Dallas Arboretum; Dallas Life Homeless Shelter; Dallas Zoo; Denton County Friends of the Family; Feed The Children; Fort Worth Parks and Recreation; Homes For Our Troops; Humane Society of North Texas; Mission Arlington; North Texas Food Bank; Mosaic Vocational Center; Northwest Independent School District; Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth; Rosemont 6th Grade School of Fort Worth; Tarrant Area Food Bank; The Salvation Army (twice); Trinity Habitat for Humanity (twice); United Community Centers, Inc. of Fort Worth; United Methodist Committee on Relief rebuilding project for Granbury, Texas; United Service Organization (USO) of Dallas/Fort Worth; Volunteers of America Texas; and West (Texas) Long-Term Recovery Project.

About the author

The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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