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.


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.

Tonya Jones | Employment & Housing Navigator                                                                “Every job well done, is done in the spirit of service.”


Tonya Jones is the Employment and Housing Navigator for the Leg Up Program, where she works closely with our clients with resume building and other employment related tasks including providing bus passes to and from interviews, assisting clients when putting together an interview outfit, and providing extra coaching as needed.

Tonya has a police and military background and is a Certified Professional Life Coach. Tonya helps our homeless/ at risk of being homeless clientele regain their confidence in order to reenter the workforce and obtain housing.

Tonya is an avid fiction reader, camping enthusiast and animal activist from Fort Worth. Please email at tonya.jones@legupprogram.org.