Founder & Mission

KC Footprints was founded in 2001 by Brother Wayne D. White to help people struggling with addiction, especially veterans. Since that time, we've grown, operating two residencies and our original location--the Wayne D. White Recovery Community Center.

Our mission

Our mission is to build safe environments that ignite positive change through love and outreach.

About Brother Wayne

Wayne D. White, better known as “Brother Wayne,” was the founder, senior trusted servant, and CEO for Footprints Inc. 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 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.

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

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