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 email@example.com.
Job Title: Employment and Housing Stabilizer
Reports To: Executive Director Employment Status:
Contract (10-15 Hours a Week)
Overview: The Employment and Housing Stabilizer is an important part of the Leg Up team as this position connects with clients once they are employed and or housed as a result of participating in one of Leg Up’s core programs to help ensure each participant remains employed and housed.
Some of the key responsibilities include:
- Following up with every participant who completes the employment readiness and housing success programs to learn if they are employed and or housed every 30/60/90 days.
- Capture statistical information from each employed and housed participant on pay rent, rental rate, location, kind of job; etc.
- Document all client interaction in HMIS.
- Educate and connect participants to the wide array of social services available to them.
- Research and refer residents to community resources, such as food stamps, healthcare, mental health services, support groups, etc.
- Help clients work with government agencies to apply for and receive benefits.
- Advocate for and help clients get resources that would improve their well-being.
- Follow up with clients to ensure that their situations have improved.
- Evaluate services provided to ensure that they are effective.
- Supervise interns as needed.
- Other duties not described here may be assigned.
The Employment and Housing Stabilizer must be thoroughly committed to the mission of the Leg Up Program. All candidates should have proven experience in programs that work with a high-risk population. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:
- A Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) is the preferred candidate
- At least 2 years’ experience working in a program or organization serving high-risk individuals
- Experience with individual and groups related to case management, therapy or counseling
- Must be able to lift 25 lbs.
- Must submit to background check
- Must have reliable transportation
- Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
- Extensive knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office (specifically Excel)
- Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
- Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to planning
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
- Ability to work in a very fast-paced, high demand area with the ability to multi-task and stay organized
- Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed