About Us

About Us

Mission

The mission of the DRC is to provide respectful, responsible, and effective community-based solutions to help individuals and families emerge from homelessness as productive, healthy people.

Vision

The DRC envisions an end to homelessness achieved through investments that make permanent shelter a reality for all who need it.

Philosophy

The DRC believes that Housing First makes housing last.

Our History

The DRC story began on a spring day in 1997, when bestselling author and former newspaper reporter Jeff Guinn stepped from a downtown bus station to spend a week living on the streets of Fort Worth. His harrowing, first-hand account of street life was published on June 8, 1997 and revealed heartbreaking gaps in help for the homeless. Guinn’s story opened eyes to the human cost of homelessness, and civic leaders responded, opening the DRC as Day Resource Center for the Homeless in 1999.

In 2015, the agency rebranded as the DRC to underscore its leadership in housing strategies for ending homelessness and its new mission: to provide respectful, responsible, and effective community-based solutions to help individuals and families emerge from homelessness as productive, healthy people. It exited shelter services in December 2016 to focus on housing solutions and, in 2017, the agency’s board of directors approved a resolution adding supportive housing development to the DRC portfolio.

Our Present

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The DRC evolved from a day shelter providing basic services into an agency providing essential, evidence-based solutions that house people experiencing homelessness via the Housing First approach, set the stage for housing, or satisfy unmet needs in the community.

Beyond housing, the DRC has pioneered victims advocacy for people experiencing homelessness in greater Fort Worth. It expanded these efforts in 2017 with creation of the Homeless Children Victims Advocacy Project, which provides trauma-informed care for homeless children touched by violence.

In all it does, the DRC is committed to being pragmatic in practice and aspirational in outlook. In collaboration with our sister social service agencies and faith-based communities, the DRC works to meet ever-increasing needs compassionately, creatively, efficiently, and cost-effectively.

OUR PARTNERS

DRC solutions work with, for, and through a community of partners.

Center for Transforming Lives
City of Fort Worth
JPS Health Network
MedStar Mobile Healthcare
MHMR of Tarrant County
Presbyterian Night Shelter
Salvation Army Mabee Center
Samaritan House
Tarrant County

Tarrant County Community Development Corporation
Tarrant County Homeless Coalition
TCU Harris College of Nursing
Texas Governor’s Office, Criminal Justice Division
The University of Texas at Arlington, School of Social Work
True Worth Place
Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County
UNT Health Science Center Department of Public Health
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
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OUR PARTNERS

DRC solutions work with, for, and through a community of partners.

Center for Transforming Lives
City of Fort Worth
JPS Health Network
MedStar Mobile Healthcare
MHMR of Tarrant County
Presbyterian Night Shelter
Salvation Army Mabee Center
Samaritan House
Tarrant County
Tarrant County Community Development Corporation
Tarrant County Homeless Coalition
TCU Harris College of Nursing
Texas Governor’s Office, Criminal Justice Division
The University of Texas at Arlington, School of Social Work
True Worth Place
Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County
UNT Health Science Center Department of Public Health
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

Housing First makes housing last.

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