True Worth Place A Homeless Day Center Offers Dignity and Comfort in a Welcoming, Hospitable Environment
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
To design a community center that embodies True Worth Place’s mission to empower the disenfranchised and restore their hope and dignity. A model for future facilities, the center welcomes those in need in an environment featuring unexpectedly warm and thoughtful amenities.
The Design Solution
True Worth Place represents a new approach to supporting the homeless. The environment feels more like a hotel or health club, with a central two-story hearth surrounded by club chairs and an exposed wood ceiling. The homeless can eat, take cooking classes, check e-mail or apply for jobs online, receive mail, shower, do laundry, charge electronics, take classes and even access health care in a single facility.
Several interior glass walls provide a sense of safety and openness through clear sight lines, while filling the space with daylight. The site features a community courtyard and outdoor dining on a roof deck with a beautiful view of Fort Worth. An industrial-grade kitchen provides 200 meals each at breakfast and lunch every day.
The Design Impact
True Worth Place served nearly 5,000 people in its first year — or nearly all the people who experienced homelessness in Tarrant County.
- Health clinic
- Dental clinic
- Mail room
- Rooftop deck
- Industrial kitchen
- Technology center classrooms
- 2019 ULI North Texas Impact Awards, Social Impact Category, ULI North Texas
- 2018 Social Innovation Award (Healthcare Environment Award), Center for Health Design Partners and Contract Magazine
- 2018 Merit Award, AIA Fort Worth
- 2018 Design Excellence Award, Healthcare Large Category, IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter
- 2017 Topping Out Award, Topping Out
"This environment changes how people feel. The facility and the environment reflect what we’re trying to do. "Erin Mayer Director, True Worth Place