A Story About Our Wave of Change
Todd was born in Glens Falls, New York and was a house painter in his late teenage and early twenties but then, he suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in a car-wreck which led him to quit his passion for painting homes.
While he was in New York, he fell into addiction. On 28th of August, 2008 he decided to leave Ithaca, NY to stop doing drugs and save his own life. He went to a truck-stop, took a ride and stopped by a homeless shelter where he lived for almost 3 years. After moving to a boarding house, he met another alcoholic who he tried to mentor into recovery but it went sideways when the man lied to the courts about Todd. He was arrested and remained in jail for 3 weeks. Because of these accusations, Todd lost his place at the boarding house where he stayed for 5 years and was once again left homeless.
After asking many different people on streets about where he can camp out, Todd found some land in Uptown Charlotte, NC. The land was owned by a man who owned a roofing company and he permitted Todd to live there on the condition that it would remain drug and alcohol free and keep it clean. When he arrived at the location of the campsite, suggested by some people, the entire land was full of litter. Todd, being the leader that he is, gathered all the trash, cleaned up the area and allowed other homeless individuals to stay at his campsite as long as they respected the values of the owner.
When Joshua met 48-year old Todd in 2016, he was deeply moved by his ambition, spirit and values, in spite of his rough life. Todd would walk every day to Starbucks with his laptop and meet individuals who would need their computer serviced. He would service and repair people’s laptops directly in the coffee shop and return them to the owner the next day to make some money. Joshua, also adept at fixing computers, took an initiative to help Todd understand Web Design and Development to become more independent.
Todd believes that homeless individuals are worthy of love and this faith of his has opened doors of love, compassion and self-sufficiency for him through The Joshua Wave.
Today, Todd volunteers at The Joshua Wave in our Remote Freelancer Program to help other individuals excel at skills remotely. He also has side hustles working on and selling computers and developing websites for his clients. You can also visit his website, Tentside Computers.