MISSION

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.

VISION

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.

VALUES

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.

Staff

Dr. Alonzo Peterson has been working in the non-profit sector for the last seventeen years. Alonzo was the Denton County Executive Director with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and helped the organization develop its first statewide volunteer program. He served as the Community Affairs Director for Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance and helped that agency serve 1,000 chronically homeless people a day. He then went on to serve as Site Director with Pleasant Grove Weed and Seed. That initiative helped reduce violent crime in Southeast Dallas by 14%.

Dr. Peterson served as the Executive Director of Giving Hope Inc. and helped the organization triple its budget within three four years while serving those who were homeless and at-risk of being homeless.  Dr. Peterson joined the staff of the Leg Up Program in 2017 and re-designed the agency’s life skills program to become employment and housing focused.  His efforts have led the agency to triple the number of clients they have been able to serve in the last year and has led to over 85 homeless clients finding employment and 40 finding housing.  Recently, his efforts were recognized by Tarrant Churches Together when the agency was awarded the 2018 Connecting for Good Award.  Dr. Peterson has also been selected  for a 2018 Minority Leader in Business Award by the Fort Worth Business Press.

Dr. Peterson is a frequent speaker on grant writing, public speaking, non-profit administration, and leadership.  He has conducted trainings with a number of organizations including the University of North Texas, National Coalition of Homeless Veterans, Texas Homeless Network, One Star Foundation, and the Center for Non-Profit Management. His first book on person-organization fit will be published in 2019.

 

“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

Shakena Ward is the new Employment and Housing Navigator.  Her job is to help the participants who complete the program find jobs and housing.  Shakena is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where she majored in business.  Shakena has a number of employment contacts in DFW and and has been able to help over 20 participants find employment in just two short months!

Alicia Hooper, LMSW is the Employment and Housing Stabilizer.  Alicia provides ongoing case management services, resource referral, and follow-up for individuals who have graduated from any of the programs LegUp offers to help ensure each participant remains successfully employed and housed.

Alicia earned her Master’s in Social Work and Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies through the University of Texas at Arlington, where she is currently working on her thesis for her graduate degree in Sociology. She has worked in a social service capacity for the past four years and has a passion for working with populations needing access to resources and ongoing support in her own community.

Send all email inquiries to alicia.hooper@legupprogram.org.

Want to make a difference in your community? See the less fortunate get a Leg Up? Then the Leg Up program is looking for you. The Leg Up Program is an innovative non-profit under 5 years old with an ambitious mission of helping those who are homeless and those who are at-risk of being homeless with supportive employment and housing success. This position will work to help the organization develop the resource capacity to make accomplishing this mission a reality.

• Learn and evaluate current fundraising efforts. Assist the agency with increasing revenues through these fundraisers.

• Research, develop and implement small-scale fundraising opportunities to be utilized throughout the year.

• Determine the grant resources available in the Leg Up Program’s geographical location. Develop a plan and schedule for submitting grant applications

• Increase the awareness of the mission of the Leg Up Program.

• Improve current marketing strategies and materials. Develop new avenues of communication to reach targeted audiences.

• Determine the grant resources available in the Leg Up Program’s geographical location. Develop a plan and schedule for submitting grant applications

• Market volunteer opportunities within the service area by growing current and establishing new relationships with community groups and businesses.

• Write at least 3 grants with a potential value of $50,000

Please contact Dr. Alonzo Peterson at alonzo.peterson@legupprogram.org

Want to make a difference in your community? Want to see the less fortunate get a Leg Up? Then the Leg Up program is looking for you. The Leg Up Program is an innovative non-profit under 5 years old with an ambitious mission of helping those who are homeless and those who are at-risk of being homeless with supportive employment and housing success. This position will work to help the organization flesh out the program capacity of its service offerings to accomplish its mission through program development and execution.

• Develop a success coaching model designed to mentor and empower homeless and at-risk individuals
• Develop an employer network to hire homeless clients once they complete the Leg Up Program
• Develop a process by which Leg Up Program graduates can be tracked and their employment be verified
• Develop standardized presentations of agency curriculums for Leg Up’s employment and housing success programs
• Improve current marketing strategies and materials.
• Develop new avenues of communication to reach targeted audiences
• Develop a report of the common barriers that are impeding employment for Leg Up clients. Collaborate with the Executive Director and community partners to remove these barriers
• Develop Leg Up’s youth and re-entry employment programs
• Develop educational programs, vocational programs, certifications, apprenticeships, and other opportunities for our participants and the funding to cover these opportunities

Please contact Dr. Alonzo Peterson at alonzo.peterson@legupprogram.org