David’s Story of Service & Perseverance

When David served in the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War, he worked alongside Chaplains to help families in the states deal with casualties.

He has a degree in journalism, won a paid internship as a writer in New York, worked with Popular Science Magazine, graduated Union Seminary, was Executive Director of an Urban Mission, served 20 years as a pastor and survived cancer.

In 2006, he was wrongly convicted of a crime. During 6 years in prison, he participated in on-site ministry led by Shelter Director Dan McManus. After multiple court interactions, his innocence was acknowledged in 2012. He was released and The Salvation Army welcomed him.

“Dan has taught me to have a sense of gratitude for the blessings I have. My stay here has reminded me of the value of relationships with Christ, family and friends. It has made life worthwhile.”

David became Head Monitor in the Shelter, helping other residents meet their needs. He is now employed as a Manager with Crisis Stabilization House, a place where veterans address their mental health issues.

“The Salvation Army is a great investment. The contribution to the restoration of people has major impact. The Army cared about my future and provided opportunities to make that happen.”

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