R.D. enlisted in the Army at the young age of 18, served for three years and was honorably discharged. After leaving the army, R.D. struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction, which led to his incarceration for 13 years. It was not until R.D. was unemployed and sleeping in his car that he decided it was time to get help. After completing a 21-day substance abuse treatment program, he found Homes for the Brave.

When R.D. entered Homes for the Brave, his only source of income was a small Social Security disability pension. HFTB helped R.D. find part-time construction, which soon led to full-time employment. Not long after, he gave up his disability pension. R.D. began working for Homes for the Brave and because of his excellent work ethic, he was offered a full-time position as House Manager. R.D. helps residents by sharing his own experiences as a way to inspire others to continue on their journey of recovery from substance abuse and mental illness.

Today, R.D. has moved into his own apartment, remains clean and sober, and has maintained a steady job that he thoroughly enjoys. Inspired by his love for his work and by his own experiences, R.D. is preparing to go back to school to study Human Services.