Giving Back -
Location: Chicago - West Side
David did six years and seven months in the penitentiary only to relapse into an old heroin addiction and soon found himself using the drug again. David's doctor suggested Above and Beyond and Walker decided to come to the facility to seek help. He didn't know it at the time, but for him, that first visit along with his commitment to keep coming back to Above and Beyond would mean the difference between life and death.
"If it wasn't for Above and Beyond, I don't know where I'd be right now," Walker said. "I started going to all the meetings and they really helped me out, those meetings saved my life."
Not only has Walker already completed the program, he has become an employee at Above and Beyond.
"I was a client and I graduated, and now I work here, I clean and maintain the place," he said. "It's a good job, and there are plenty of good people here so I'm happy -- I couldn't ask for more."
Although he's responsible for maintaining and cleaning the facilities at Above and Beyond, Walker says he has another duty, or in his words a 'mission'.
"I'm 62 years old and I don't want to go back to the penitentiary, I know
how that feels and if I can help one person see that light, keep them out of the penitentiary, keep them off of heroin, then that's my mission."