(cinematic music) I think the most powerful feeling I had is the day that I had baseball practice. And it’s raining, and it’s cold, it’s like 30, 40 degrees. I called everyone I knew and left voicemails, I shot texts, and I’m sitting there thinking, am I really this worthless that no one wants to come pick me up,
that no one wants to help me out? Like, I’m not asking for much, I’m asking for
somewhere to lay down and sleep so I can go to school the next day and pay attention. So I was 18, my mom kicked me out, I lived under a rock. Moved to Erie. Moved from Erie to here. After I moved here, I was in high school. I rented a room off a guy on Craigslist who didn’t pay the rent to the
apartment complex so we got evicted. My guidance counselor took me down to Urban Peak. I went from Urban Peak, a couple blocks down the road, there’s a platform and a wall, and I lived there for about a year. We used to take a tarp and we’d cut, pull it over, we’d pitch two sticks up and we’d make, like, a little hut here. And as long as the cops could see inside
when they drove by, they didn’t bug us. You know you get into this life style. And you just stay in that lifestyle, and keep going
day by day by day, just trying to survive. And days turn into weeks,
turn into months, turn into years, and you’re like, it’s already been a year I was on the streets. So this is where I live for about six months. I had a tent and some tarps set up, and I woke up down in the river one day
after a really bad rain storm. That’s when I said I was done. I was over it.
I’m not doing this no more. I ended up applying for different jobs that day and ended up getting an interview over at Dollar Tree. And while I was listening to a radio station that played Christian music on the way to the interview, it played two Christian songs, back to back,
and I broke down in tears after praying and saying,
“God I’m done, you know, give me your hand.” I went from Dollar Tree, to doing janitorial,
to doing better paying janitorial, every job was a little bit more money,
and I just built my life up from there. And then George showed up. Hi, I’m George Saylor,
pastor of Apex Church in Littleton, Colorado. And one Sunday I noticed he was wearing a
Steelers outfit, so I had to be like, hey! What’s this Steelers outfit about man?
Like, where’re you from? And I found out we’re from the same town and
I’ve been going to Apex ever since. When God brought it to our door and said, “Feed and house the homeless in the suburbs because you have the place, you have the space,
you have the facilities and resources.” We had to say yes. So in running the Severe Weather Shelter Network, it is amazing having guys like Dakota on the team, and I love the nights that Dakota serves, because Dakota is truly a hero to so many
of these men and women. And he relates to them at a level that, that I simply can’t. And he can touch lives in a powerful and unique way. So the reason I work with
Severe Weather Shelter Network is that this gives me a chance to do person, one on one,
like, where are you at in your life. I believe that we’re not here just to preach it, that if
I live it, then I’m a moral model for my community, and I’m growing as a person. And with my job it gives me an opportunity to do that, and with the Severe Weather Shelter,
also gives me an opportunity to do that. That is what affected and impacted
Dakota so powerfully here, that he experienced family in God, he experienced what it means to be a part of a body, to have brothers, to have sisters,
to have people that cared for him like a family. Christ has poured out His grace on him
and he can’t help but pour it out on others. A lot of people put a lot in to me, and there’s no way I can repay the things people have done for me, so I try to pay it forward. And that’s the whole reason I do it,
is that one person might listen one day and turn around and be like, “You saved my life.”