An Eastern Shore, MD, native, Darrel moved to Washington, D.C., with his family at the age of 17. After four years in the military, in 1989 he found himself aimless, homeless and arrested for intent to distribute drugs. The court required that Darrel complete 100 hours of community service at a community mission supported by the CFC.
As part of his service, Darrel was unloading new winter coats that had come in as a donation. Even though he had enough money to buy one, Darrel thought he would get one from the mission for free.