Our History

Fortress building, c. 1998

Fortress building, c. 1998

Fortress began in 1996 as a church providing impoverished families and the homeless communtiy in Near Southeast Fort Worth with basic needs such as food and clothing. The need for after-school programming was soon identified, as well as a need for mentoring and spiritual development. In 2005, Fortress Youth Development Center incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to address the academic, social, and spiritual needs of the children in our neighborhood. 

Today, we serve 150 unduplicated children and their families each year, with the goal of providing the tools and hope they need to break the cycle of generational poverty.