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TCCU Helps Revitalization Project Via DE Graduate Shelli McCoy
Friday, March 24, 2017 6:50 AM

Tarrant County’s Credit Union assists with Renaissance Heights United in Fort Worth

Tarrant County’s Credit Union is on a mission to help with Renaissance Heights United, a revitalization project in Fort Worth. Renaissance Heights United is a network member of Purpose Built Communities, a nonprofit consulting firm that works side by side with local leaders to plan and implement revitalization efforts to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty.

TCCU began its relationship with Renaissance Heights via TCCU Vice President of Operations and Member Services Shelli McCoy. McCoy began her Development Educator project in 2015 and, during that time, came across information about Purpose Built Communities. McCoy then discovered that a community just four short miles away from TCCU’s main branch faced the 12 development issues that were covered in her project. At the time, they were in the early planning stages of a revitalization initiative. 

“I am very passionate about my year-long DE project and being able to make a positive change in one of the most underserved and impoverished areas of Fort Worth,” McCoy said.

After expressing interest and enthusiasm about the revitalization project and offering TCCU’s support of the Renaissance Heights project, McCoy was asked to serve and is now a community advisor with Renaissance Heights Development Group. With this new position, she is able to put her DE project in motion.

During the last few months, McCoy, with the help of TCCU staff volunteers, has been busy working on projects directly related to the education component of the project. One of those projects included TCCU staff volunteering with the Back-to-School Rally at Uplift Mighty Preparatory, the charter school at Renaissance. The credit union helped with the distribution of school supplies, directing traffic, and assisting parents and children during the event. TCCU staff collectively came together to donate school supplies for the children, and ongoing financial education is being provided to the students at All Church Home Child and Family Services.

TCCU’s 2017 efforts will include assisting with the planning of the community Zen Garden at All Church Home and Family Services, and this fall, the credit union will reach out to Uplift Academy about providing a Reality Fair for the high school students and providing financial education material to the new Cook Children’s Neighborhood Clinic located in Renaissance Heights.

“It takes a collaborative effort to meet the needs of the underserved in our community, whether it is healthcare, education, or providing access to food and reliable transportation,” said Lily Newfarmer, president and CEO of Tarrant County’s Credit Union. "We must work together to bring about the most good."

Tarrant County’s Credit Union is excited about what’s ahead for Renaissance Heights and how TCCU can be a part of its growth.

For more information on community outreach, contact Melissa Burleson at or visit the website at

TCCU is an $82 million credit union serving more than 10,000 members throughout Tarrant County, Texas. TCCU operates four branches located in Fort Worth, Hurst, Lake Worth, and Arlington.