A Little About Us ...
by Douglas W. Denton
You might say that Homeward Bound came into being because a nice young man from a good family found himself in some bad trouble.
One of his family’s friends was Isabelle Collora, a Catholic laywoman with a fierce opposition to injustice and a great desire to help people who needed it. In 1974 I was a young criminal justice advocate hoping to make a difference. I joined with Isabelle. We tried to help to help that young man but we couldn’t save him. We never forgot that failure. It’s fired our efforts ever since.
We named our first venture Associates in Justice. Our partnership has lasted 34 years, helped more than a hundred thousand people, and led the state of Texas toward multiple reforms.
Those are the milestones in our partnership together. We’ve also conducted research for the National Institute of Drug Abuse-Clinical Trials Network in collaboration with the UT Southwestern Medical Center Department of Psychiatry.
The majority of our clients are referred to us by emergency rooms, councils on alcohol and drug abuse, and other social service agencies in 18 counties located in North and Central Texas, as well as the nine border counties of Far West Texas. We are also a resource for judges and probation officers looking for somewhere to send drug offenders other than jail or prison.
Isabelle and I have worked within the system to make it better. From the beginning we wanted social workers, counselors, judges, probation officers – all the hard working people of good intentions who labor in the Texas substance abuse prevention and treatment system – to have alternatives to incarceration. Those we’ve helped create cost far less and are far more effective than imprisonment at returning people to health, sobriety, employment and good citizenship.
The story continues.