The LegUp Program mission is to provide employment and housing support to those who are homeless and at-risk of being homeless through advocacy, education, and support.
It is our vision to see the end of homelessness. We strive daily to do this by providing caring support, employment assistance, and an innovative curriculum designed to empower individuals to achieve self-sufficiency. The heart of who we are is rooted in the strength of our partnerships with individuals, businesses, and churches in our community.
The LegUp Team mutually creates an environment based on integrity, compassion, honesty, respect, good stewardship, and professionalism through positive and caring relationships.
The LegUp Program strives to achieve our goal daily by assisting those at risk for and experiencing homelessness, by helping them navigate and leverage our network of coordinated services, including:
- Housing Readiness & Assistance
- Employment Readiness & Assistance
- Life Skills Group Class
- Individual Coaching
- Resume Building
- Interview Skills
- Professional Attire
We provide our clients with individual life skills coaching to mentally prepare them for personalized job placement.
By continuously monitoring, mentoring, and assisting our clients as they progress in their journey to successful independent living, we provide a much needed support system during this crucial transition period from homeless to hopeful to home.
The LegUp Team
“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
– Andrew Carnegie
Dr. Alonzo Peterson, PhD. | Executive Director “Advocating on behalf of those in our society who need a voice, is one of the most crucial things we can accomplish.”
Dr. Alonzo Peterson has been working in the non-profit sector for over 15 years and has a passion for serving the under served. He is the former Executive Director for the Denton County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and led the anti-crime initiative, “Pleasant Grove Weed and Seed,” that led to a neighborhood reduction in crime. He has had positions of leadership within the homeless services community in Dallas, Denton, and Tarrant Counties. Alonzo has conducted a number of training’s and workshops on the local, state, and national level for organizations including University of North Texas, National Coalition of Homeless Veterans, Texas Homeless Network, One Star Foundation, and the Center for Non-Profits. His first book, The Meek Will Inherit the Earth, but They Won’t Keep It: Lessons on Person-Organization Fit will be available on Amazon in 2018.
Kate Morrell | Development Manager “Goodness, like weather, varies from day to day, but character is the climate of a lifetime of choices.”
“Kate Morrell has been a book worm and language enthusiast her whole life, and utilizes her background as a creative writer to provide creative content for the development of the LegUp Program. She enjoys studying philosophy and theology, having grown up as a, “P.K.” (pastor’s kid), and it is her passion to seek truth in all things and embody love to each person she comes in contact with. Kate spent six years as a teacher and private tutor, imparting her love of language, laughter, and literature to children and families all over DFW. When not at work, she spends time with friends and family, gardening, and going to baseball games, (Go Rangers!)
Tonya Jones | Employment & Housing Navigator “Every job well done, is done in the spirit of service.”
Originating from Coatesville, PA, Tonya came to Texas by way of Vilseck, Germany. Her background as a Private First Class in the Army, has given Tonya a gift for structuring, discipline, a no-quit attitude, a a huge heart for service to those in need. She trained as a Heavy Construction Equipment Operator for several years before getting married and moving to Texas. Upon arrival, she was a stay at home mom before entering and graduating from the Fort Worth Police Academy in 2005. Tonya worked as a patrol officer for the City of Fort Worth for seven years. These skills and many others make her an essential part of our team! As the Employment & Housing Navigator for The LegUp Program, Tonya brings strength, stability, and clarity to the experience of our clients, coursework, and workshops. When she is not at work, Tonya focuses on her family. She has two children, Shane and Damarron, and two grandchildren Amari and Ava.
Dr. Michael S. Haro | Client Coach/ Trainer “Self-awareness and understanding are developed and enhanced through trial and error experiences.”
After years of dedicated volunteerism, Dr. Mike Haro works as a consultant, coach, and trainer for The LegUp Program. He brings he many skills to life by teaching and coaching, “Self Coaching Skills,” that he developed to help individuals enhance their life journey. In addition to this, he publishes a daily, “One Minute Mind Opener,” as well as articles and books on the subject of self improvement. Dr. Mike, and his wife Lynne, moved to Benbrook, TX in September 2013 to be closer their two grown sons and their families. Dr. Mike taught at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, was a licensed psychologist in private practice, consulted and provided training to private, public, and government organizations.
“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.” -Elizabeth Andrew
Or volunteers are a huge part of the success of the LegUp Program. They aid with annual events, fundraisers, clothing drives, street outreach, and more! Join our Volunteer Program today by checking out our Volunteer Page!