Bruce Frankel, Executive Director
He began his career in the 1970s, working in some of the nation’s first programs to focus on chronically homeless individuals with severe mental illness. Graduate studies and an appointment as lecturer in psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington brought Frankel to Texas in 1987. He joined the Fort Worth State School leadership team the same year and served in a variety of roles there until the state school closed in 1993.
Frankel transitioned management of the state school’s community-based programs to MHMR and went on to serve as an MHMR senior administrator for the next 13 years. He became Executive Director of the Day Resource Center for the Homeless, now the DRC, in 2004. In 2008, Frankel left the shelter for an assignment in California, returning to Texas and the city’s first day shelter and central resource facility in 2009.
In 2015, he led the agency through rebranding and repositioning. The Day Resource Center emerged as simply the DRC, a champion of Housing First strategies that are designed to achieve the ultimate solution to homelessness—housing—and meet people experiencing homelessness where they are, whether in or outside of the East Lancaster Avenue social services corridor, through outreach and colocation.
DRC Executive Director Bruce Frankel speaks at the Rotary Club of Fort Worth December 9, 2016 meeting.