Executive Director at Judeo-Christian Outreach Center.
A true believer in the Housing First philosophy, Walker's goal for the Judeo Christian Outreach Center (JCOC) is clear, eliminate homelessness in Virginia Beach; tackle recidivism; and ensure homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring. Walker has implemented evidence based practices to attain this goal by making shelter and transitionsal housing programs housing focused and working to eliminate barriers to housing. Originally from Springfield, Ohio, Walker earned All-Ohio honors in football and basketball before accepting a football scholarship to Indiana University. There he was a 4 year letter winner and played in 4 post season college bowl games (Peach Bowl 1987, Liberty Bowl Champions 1988, Peach Bowl 1990, and Copper Bowl Champions 1991). Walker graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. After college, Walker signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos Football Organization. After a brief stint in Denver, he committed himself to working in the Human Services field. Walker earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy University as a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society in 2011 and Certification in Executive Leadership from Cornell University in 2017. Having served in leadership positions for the past 24 years, Walker's experiences include working in the areas of substance abuse, mental health, juvenile justice, adult corrections, and homelessness. He received certifucarions and training in the areas of Housing First, Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing (MI) , Non-profit management, Nonviolent Crisis Intervention, and Aggreasion Replacement Training. A gifted motivational speaker and expert in the human services field, Walker was awarded the Daniel M. Stone Humanitarian of the Year award from the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission in 2018. Walker also received the Alumni of Distinction Award from the Springfield City School District in 2018.