Wayne 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. The name of the organization came from the devotional poem, “Footprints in the Sand.”
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. Brother Wayne was a Missouri Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with eighteen years of experience and a Vietnam Veteran. His compassion for this fellow veterans led him to establish the emergency shelter, Heroes Homegate, in 2009.
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 Alcohol Treatment Recovery Services Network, Organizer for Alcoholics Victorious chapters, the Kansas City Crime Commission and was a spiritual motivational speaker.
Brother Wayne was a passionate life change agent in the community as well as a pioneer in substance abuse recovery. His dedication and commitment to the healing of people was paramount. He participated in all efforts to professionalize the faith-based initiative since the early years. He is a father and grandfather with a host of spiritual friends.
Wayne D. White, founder and CEO of Footprints, Inc. earned the 2001, and 2002 Missouri Faith Works Award from Committed Caring Faith Communities for his work with Footprints Inc. Wayne also received the C.O.M.B.A.T (community backed anti-drug tax) and Who’s Who Award for three years straight for his work in the community. Under his leadership, Footprints, Inc. 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).
His 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.