Our Story


A Taste of Home

The concept for Hometown Dogs began many years ago. Executive Director of Centerforce Debby Graham, who is originally from the Chicago area, couldn’t find a real Chicago Dog in Washington. With our close proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Debby imagined others would like a taste of home and the idea of Hometown Dogs was conceived.

As Centerforce is a nonprofit organization providing employment services to individuals with disabilities, we weren’t sure how to make this dream a reality. But then, an interest survey of our clients showed a large number would like to work in the food service industry. Since there were no existing programs tailored specifically to the needs and interests of our clients, we decide to start a training program and a business!

This dream finally started to become reality in 2012 with much research and planning. The team at Centerforce has worked hard over the past two years creating a business plan, raising funds and perfecting a menu! After a lot of hard work, Debby’s dream is finally a reality! Our truck is on the road and with the excellent help from Rusty George Creative, has a face!