Footprints, Inc. Appoints New Executive Director

Bro. Wayne White founded Footprints, Inc. 2001. He passed away in 2012.

I’ve recently brought my three passions – education, addiction recovery and digital inclusion – all together in one special place of service right here in my hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.

On February 18, 2017, I was appointed to serve as the new executive director of Footprints, Inc. My first project is creating an inner city recovery community center on Troost Avenue that will have counseling, support groups and classes. It will also have a computer center teaching PC and job skills. We’ll be bringing digital life skills, GED classes and other employment oriented training to formerly homeless vets and people who are just beginning the journey of recovery from addiction. This is something very close to my heart since digital inclusion really matters when it helps people who have been struggling gain confidence and self esteem on their way back into the workforce.

Footprints, Inc. was founded by my good friend Wayne White in 2001. He was a Viet Nam veteran himself who overcame addiction. Caring for his military brothers who lost their way was his inspiration to establish our VA funded short-term residence for homeless veterans. His passion and dedication has left a lasting imprint on this city.

I had previously served on the board of Footprints, Inc. for several years. When Wayne succumbed to the effects of exposure to Agent Orange in 2012, I was asked to serve as board chairman to manage the organization through that difficult time. Thanks to being so familiar with things, I have truly hit the ground running – getting things going in a way that I never could have while serving in a volunteer capacity. Long range plans include additional residences for both men and women in early recovery and a permanent facility where veterans can stay after they leave our Heroes Home Gate shelter.

When I returned to Kansas City after serving with HUD in Washington, D.C., I had several interviews but none of them seemed to quite fit. I shared this with my wife and she simply said, “I think you already know what God wants you to do!” So, here I am off on another thrilling adventure in capacity building for a nonprofit with a ton of potential that is meeting incredibly important needs in KC’s inner city.

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