Help Us Celebrate
Our 40th Anniversary!

An organization that started in 1983 as a grassroots service for people with HIV/AIDS has grown into a trusted provider of LGBTQIA+ services in a safe, affirming environment. In fact, Resource Center is one of the largest LGBTQIA+ community centers in the US1 and a primary HIV/ AIDS service organization in North Texas. 

Today, we proudly offer a wide array of LGBTQIA+ affirming resources designed to improve health and wellness, strengthen families and communities, and provide transformative education and advocacy.

A Brief History of Resource Center


Resource Center was formed under the original name of Foundation for Human Understanding by the leaders of the Dallas Gay Alliance. 

Meanwhile, at the corner of Cedar Springs and Throckmorton, William “Bill” H. Nelson, Jr., Terry Tebedo, William Waybourn and Craig Spaulding opened Crossroads Market and started accepting food for HIV+ people. Their location eventually evolved into the original AIDS Resource Center 

Left to right, Terry Tebedo and Bill Nelson.


With the AIDS virus quickly spreading, the Foundation for Human Understanding changed their name to AIDS Resource Center.

Front of the AIDS Resource Center on Cedar Springs


The Nelson-Tebedo Health Clinic, named for Bill Nelson and his partner Terry Tebedo, opened.

Jean Nelson, Bill Nelson’s mother, cuts a ribbon to open Nelson-Tebedo Health Clinic.


In the early hours of February 23, 1989, a vandal broke into Resource Center, stole some computer equipment, and lit the place on fire with two highway flares.

Resource Center relocated to the corner of Reagan and Brown, renaming the former Metropolitan Community Church after the Center’s first executive director, the John Thomas LGBT Community Center.

The scorched remains of Resource Center after the fire in 1989.


Foundation for Human Understanding becomes Resource Center of Dallas, Inc.

Early Resource Center leaders, from left to right, Stephen Hawkins, Dick Weaver, John Thomas and Bruce Monroe in 1996.


Opened new 20,000 square foot state-of-the-art Community Center located at Inwood and Cedar Springs. Renamed and opened the Harold Simmons Foundation Health Campus in the Reagan location.


Showing off the new Food Pantry are, left to right, Bill Nelson, Joe Desmond and Charles Howard.


LGBTQ Health opens at Reagan and Brown, to provide primary medical care.


Broke ground on Oak Lawn Price, our affordable senior housing community.

Your Support Matters More Than You Know

With the generous donations of people like you, Resource Center has helped hundreds of thousands of LGBTQIA+ people here in the DFW metroplex during the past 40 years. And with your support, we will help thousands more.

happy thanksgiving.
All resource Center locations
closed thursday & friday,
Nov. 23 &24.