Darrell Campbell, Greensboro Urban Ministry
Greensboro, N.C. - Darrell Campbell was addicted to drugs and alcohol for three decades. He lived on the streets and has a criminal record. However, he has now completely turned his life around.
"I came here and ate every day for approximately 20 years or better," Campbell said. He's referring to the free meals served by Urban Ministry.
But, now Campbell has gone from homeless to head chef. Instead of enjoying the meal, he is preparing and coordinating everything.
Greensboro Urban Ministry gave him a chance to turn his life around.
"I burned up all my bridges. There weren't a lot of them. I couldn't go home any more. People were tired of me. I had to do what that I had to do. Thank god for a place like urban ministry," Campbell said.
He's been sober for more than seven years.
"A lot of the people that I drank and did drugs with, they still come in here. A lot of them are still caught up in the addiction," Campbell said. "I don't even have the words to explain how humbling this is for me, how much gratitude I have for this. This is God's will for me to give back. This is the greatest thing I could possibly be doing."
When you're addicted to drugs and alcohol for decades, it's easy to lose hope. Yet, Campbell says, "You're never too far down that you can't get up, if you're willing to do the work."
Campbell now owns his own home and is an inspiration to everyone he meets. Campbell says he made the decision to change his life. He says no matter how many people tried to help him, nothing improved until he made the choice to get better. In addition, he says, his faith in God has allowed him to stay on the right path.