Pro Ecclesia Medal of Service
Awarded to individuals whose broad contributions to Christian ministry have made an immeasurable impact.
Daniel Roby (BA ’04) is the chief executive officer of Austin Street Center in Dallas. Founded in 1983, Austin Street Center provides safe shelter for and meets the basic needs of the most vulnerable homeless.
Austin Street is the largest low-barrier shelter in Dallas that serves men, ages 45 and older, and women, ages 18 and older. Each person who finds shelter with the Center is provided a safe place to sleep, as well as showers, clothing and meals. Further, the Center provides employment and education resources, mental health services, transportation and much more in their commitment to help clients transition from homelessness to independence.
As CEO, Roby has doubled the number of case managers, initiated diversion and aftercare programs and embraced the “Housing First” model of shelter management. In addition, under his leadership, Austin Street Center executed a $15 million capital campaign to support the construction of a 60,000 square-foot, 24/7 emergency shelter and day service center slated to open in 2022.
Roby is active in the city’s conversations about the needs of the homeless and has served as a member of the board of directors of Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance and chair of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) committee. He currently serves on the executive council of the Continuum of Care. Roby also was appointed by former Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to participate in the City of Dallas Commission on Homelessness. In 2017, the Center for Nonprofit Management named Roby, Nonprofit CEO of the Year.