The DRC story began on a spring day in 1997, when bestselling author and former newspaper reporter Jeff Guinn stepped from a downtown bus station to spend a week living on the streets of Fort Worth.
His harrowing, first-hand account of street life was published on June 8, 1997 and revealed heartbreaking gaps in help for the homeless.
Guinn’s story opened eyes to the human cost of homelessness, and civic leaders responded, opening the DRC as Day Resource Center for the Homeless in 1999.
Day Resource Center for the Homeless is now the DRC.
Our mission is to provide respectful, responsible and effective community-based solutions to help individuals and families emerge from homelessness as productive, healthy people.
We believe this mission will take us beyond a single site to deliver community-based solutions to homelessness where and when they are needed.
In all it does, the DRC is committed to being pragmatic in practice and aspirational in outlook. In collaboration with our sister social service agencies and faith-based communities, DRC solutions work to meet ever-increasing needs compassionately, creatively, efficiently and cost-effectively.
Each new day brings new struggles for many of our neighbors.
These are people facing or experiencing homelessness.
Today the DRC is reaching out to meet them with a new community-based, scalable model. We’re taking our programs and professionals to places where people in need still search for answers.
DRC’s expansion will encourage and energize collaborative, customized community efforts in co-located facilities, reaching both those in need and the broad spectrum of individuals, businesses, health care providers, schools, families, faith-based organizations and partner agencies touched by homelessness.