Wayne D. White, better known as “Brother Wayne,” was the founder, senior trusted servant, and CEO for Footprints Inc. located at 4501 Troost in Kansas City, Missouri. He started the organization in 2001 and served as director until his passing on February 28, 2012.
His “Life-Change” ministry was inspired by God due to the demand to fortify the Faith, Recovery and Professional communities to fight the war on drugs. 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 was also an active participant in several organizations in the State of Missouri including the Missouri Re-Entry Program, The Caring Solutions Coalition of Kansas City, access site leader for the Alcohol Treatment Recovery Services Network, organizer of several Alcoholics Victorious Christian recovery support group chapters, and the Kansas City Crime Commission. He was also a popular spiritual motivational speaker.
Brother Wayne was a passionate life change agent in the African American community, as well as a pioneer in substance abuse recovery. His dedication and commitment to the healing of people was paramount. He participated in efforts to professionalize the faith-based initiative since its early years. He is a father and grandfather with a host of spiritual friends.
Wayne D. White, founder and CEO of Footprints, earned the 2001, and 2002 Missouri Faith Works Award from Committed Caring Faith Communities for his work with Footprints Inc. Wayne also received the COMBAT (Jackson County anti-drug tax) award and Who’s Who Award for three years straight for his work in the community. Under his leadership, Footprints co-sponsored several conferences with local and state recognized Faith and Social Service agencies. Wayne D. White also served on the board of the National Council On Alcoholism and Drug Dependencies (NCADD).
Named for the devotional poem, Footprints in the Sand, we here at footprints strive to provide the love and outreach to support veterans and those dealing with addiction through their struggles with an array of services ranging from housing, to support groups, and skill training. As well as providing counseling and transportation in partnership with the VA. All of which we do with brother Wayne’s example and vision in mind.
Footprints in the sand
Last night I had a dream. I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonged to me, the other to the Lord.
After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints.
This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it. “Lord, you said once I decided to follow you, You’d walk with me all the way. But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”
The Lord replied, “My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of suffering, when you could see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”
By Mary Stevenson