Meet The Team

Mr. Denton has been the Executive Director of Homeward Bound, Inc., since the founding in 1980. Homeward Bound, which began as a pilot program for young first offenders in need of job placement, housing, and guidance, has grown into one of Texas’ largest substance abuse and mental health treatment agencies with support from private donations, foundations and funding sources such as the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the City of Dallas, Dallas County, the Veterans Administration, El Paso County, MHMR of El Paso, and Health Maintenance Organizations.

Mr. Denton has held numerous leadership positions related to behavioral health policy in Texas, including Substance Abuse Representative to the Dallas County Behavioral Health Leadership Team, President of the Texas Association of Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP), Provider Representative to the Department of State Health Services Texas Smoking Cessation Leadership Summit, Chairman of the Provider Advisory Council for the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority, Texas Recovery Initiative Planning Council, and participant in both the Dallas and El Paso Areas Recovery Oriented Systems of Care. Mr. Denton holds a BA in Sociology and an MA in Urban Affairs (Criminal Justice Counseling and Administration). He is licensed by the State of Texas as a Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC).

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Douglas W. Denton


Executive Director

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Jeffrey R. Fuller


Assistant Director, Director of Outpatient Services, and Human Resources Director

Mr. Fuller serves in multiple roles. As human resources director for more than a hundred employees, he oversees staff training and continuing education. In addition, he directs Homeward Bound’s extensive outpatient program, which is an essential part of Homeward Bound’s commitment to complete wellness for our clients.


Mr. Fuller’s service as pastor for four congregations in Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio brings a compassionate, non-judgmental, spiritual component that has great value in dealing with chemical dependency and mental health. Mr. Fuller has extensive therapeutic experience in methadone treatment, residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment, and family counseling.


Charlie Garcia

Program Director for Trinity Center, El Paso

Mr. Garcia, who brings more than 20 years of experience working in the chemical dependency and mental health fields, oversees our El Paso treatment facility. He has built Homeward Bound El Paso into a regional life-saver for clients seeking treatment in Far West Texas. Clients include Native Americans from the Tiqua Reservation, U.S. military veterans as well as direct referrals from local drug and DWI courts. 

Ms. Cade began her professional career in 2009 as a case manager at the Union Gospel Mission helping women, children and families access community resources to move out of homelessness. From that position she broadened her experience at the Phoenix House of Texas, coming to Homeward Bound in 2012.She assumed the position of Clinical Program Director in 2016 overseeing the Detoxification Unit and programs for men, women and those who are HIV+.

In 2017, we were awarded a grant for Recovery Support Services and more recently, the Texas Targeted Opioid Response. With Ms. Cade’s oversight and management, the targeted response has become one of the most successful recovery efforts in the state. In 2019, she supervised the creation of a medically supervised treatment center for opioid users that utilizes Suboxone, one of the most effective treatments available for opioid users. That treatment program was funded by a $500,000 grant from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Fund with the Communities Foundation of Texas. 


Melissa Cade


Clinical Director for Residential Substance Use Disorder Programs and Recovery Support Services.


Karla Sweet


Clinical Director for Mental Health Services and Mental Health Peer Services.

Ms. Sweet began her mental health career in 2010 as a counselor at the Phoenix Houses of Texas helping families and adolescents with substance use disorders and other psychiatric issues to access community resources. In 2014, Ms. Sweet took the position of Intake and Referral Supervisor for Hickory Trails Hospital, a private psychiatric facility in the greater Dallas area.  She assumed the position of Clinical Director for Mental Health Services in late 2016. She has helped build the Psychiatric Crisis Residential Unit to a full 18-bed program and created the Psychiatric Crisis Residential Unit, which has been certified as a Comprehensive Mental Health Provider by the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority.