Dorothy Waites
Ms. D

Dorothy Waites, affectionately known as Ms. D, has lived and worked in Fort Worth's Historic Southside neighborhood since 1964. She has been a diligent activist for drug and crime prevention through her involvement with Citizens on Patrol: Code Blue and is a strong advocate for community revitalization, having  served on planning committees for numerous community events. 

Ms. D is enjoying her retirement years as a part-time employee at Fortress Youth Development Center, where she has long overseen our kitchen, ensuring that our kids are nourished both physically and emotionally every time they enter our building. Volunteers often seek out Ms. D the minute they enter our building, because she never forgets a face and is always quick with a "welcome back" hug. Her commitment to Fortress has led to the formation of literally hundreds of authentic relationships with at-risk children and their families.