Skip to content

David Parham – A Veteran’s Story

helping hands icon

Because of generous donors and the help of United Way, David is on a path that he is proud of.

After getting out of the Air Force, David Parham worked a full-time job and lived in a nice apartment. Two years later, David decided to move on from his job. He began struggling to pay his bills and his savings were running out. He could barely afford food, and his lights got cut off. One day, his card was declined when trying to make a purchase. He went to his bank thinking there must have been an error on his account, but discovered that he only had four cents left. He immediately started applying for jobs. He found a job, but had to take on four additional jobs just to maintain his current living situation.

After a while, David found a job that allowed him to let go of the other jobs.  He thought his situation was getting better, but it was not. His new job was a long way from his apartment, and most of the money from his paycheck went to rent and gas. Eventually, he did not have the funds to travel to and from work. He started sleeping in his car to conserve gas. He was too embarrassed to ask for help.

David felt hopeless. One night after closing at work, David hit his knees and prayed. He said whatever road Jesus put him on, he would take it. Through Home For Good, a program of United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, and the help of other local agencies, David was able to find housing. With his living situation settled, he started school at Columbus Technical College and began working with at-risk teens at the Boys and Girls Club. David feels that he would not be where he is if he was not in God’s care and control.

Because of generous donors, United Way is able to help Veterans like David find help and support.

David’s mother, sister Mercedes, and David at the 2016 United Way campaign kickoff

To date, Home for Good, a program of United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley has housed 122 Veterans and 113 chronically homeless.

United Way donors fund programs for local agencies that help people like David.



Read more stories here.

David Parham (left) and Pat Frey, Executive Director of Home For Good, a program of United Way
David Parham

Other posts you may like

3 Brothers

We first heard the story of these three brothers at our Hope Harbour site visit. The boys and their mom […]

Read More

Jermaine Morgan

Each year during the Community Investment process, volunteers hear from great success stories at all of our Community Partner visits. […]

Read More


Meet Brody, he was a third-grade student at Mt. Olive Primary School last year who participated in Read United (2019-2020). […]

Read More