Wayne D. White Recovery Community Center Opens

Wayne D. White, affectionately known as “Brother Wayne,” is the founder of Footprints Inc. in inner city Kansas City, Missouri. He started the organization in 2001 and served as director until his passing on February 28, 2012. 

Brother Wayne was a passionate life change agent in the community as well as a pioneer in substance abuse recovery.  He was a Missouri Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with eighteen years of experience.  A Vietnam Veteran, compassion for his fellow veterans led him to establish the Heroes Home Gate, our short-term residence for homeless veterans, in 2009. His “Life Change Station” model was a true recovery community center before the concept became popular.

Brother Wayne’s passion for the lost and vision for recovery continues to inspire our staff, board and volunteers to be more and do more for the Lord.  We are committed to seeing his vision to reach the addicted and the struggling veteran continue and grow.

For this reason, a new recovery community center, located at 4501 Troost, was named in his honor. Nearly two hundred people from the recovery community and local agencies joined us for a celebration of Brother Wayne’s life. They toured the facility and learned more about the programs and services of the new center.

The goal of the Recovery Community Center is to improve quality of life, prevent relapse and sustain long-term recovery. The center provides education, information, referrals, counseling, peer support services and fellowship for those seeking long-term recovery from substance use disorders. Along with recovery-oriented activities, a computer center is available to provide ongoing instruction in computer skills and job search assistance. The program is staffed by volunteers, as well as qualified addiction counselors and peer support specialists.

Footprints, Inc., the sponsoring organization, is certified as a recovery support provider by the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health. Visit their web site

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