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 began leading JCOC as Executive Director in 2012. He soon started implementing evidence-based practices to attain this goal by making the shelter and transitional housing programs low-barrier and housing focused. Over his tenure more than one thousand homeless individuals have accessed permanent housing through JCOC housing programs. 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 Cooper Bowl Champions 1991). Walker graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. After college, he 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.
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. Walker was appointed by Virginia Beach City Council to the Virginia Beach Community Services Board in 2018.
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