Our Staff


Douglas W. Denton, MA, LCDC, Executive Director


Mr. Denton has been the Executive Director of Homeward Bound, Inc., since the founding in 1980. Homeward Bound began as a pilot program for young first offenders in need of job placement, housing and guidance. Under Doug’s leadership and vision, Homeward Bound has grown into one of Texas largest substance abuse and mental health treatment agencies in Texas 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 was also one of the managing partners in a group developing psychiatric/substance abuse hospital units from 1987 to 1992. During his tenure with Dallas County, he managed the Treatment Alternatives to Street Crimes (TASC) program and the Community Resources Project in the Dallas County Jails. He was a senior research associate from 1974 to 1978 in the Institute of Urban Studies, and an Adjunct Instructor of Sociology, Criminal Justice, Grant Writing and Management, as well as Research and Statistics for the University of Texas at Arlington and the Dallas County Community College District.


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 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 Association, 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).



Jeffrey R. Fuller, M.Div, LCDC, ADS Assistant Director, Director of Outpatient Services, and Human Resources Director


In addition to his leadership positions, Jeff still finds time to supervise staff training and continuing education. Jeff has been working for Homeward Bound for over 10 years. His experience in the chemical dependency and mental health fields brings to the table a real understanding of the co-occurring disorders of substance dependence and mental illness. Jeff has served as pastor of four congregations in Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio. While in Texas he has gained extensive therapeutic experience in the areas of methadone treatment, residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment and family counseling.



Charlie Garcia, Program Director for Trinity Center, El Paso


Mr. Garcia became a member of the Homeward Bound, Inc., Trinity Center, El Paso staff in January 2007 after serving as outreach and admissions manager of an El Paso area psychiatric hospital.  Prior to that, he was Director of Intervention Services, then managed the outpatient clinic system of Rio Valle Recovery Center.  He has over 20 years experience working in the chemical dependency and mental health fields.