Newark Advocate- United Way's Hope Award winner: From homeless to helping others

GRANVILLE – The United Way of Licking County, and its award winners, celebrated reaching some lofty goals, but vowed not to rest on those achievements, at Thursday's annual meeting and recognition breakfast at Denison University.

Christopher Wills, winner of the Hope Award, struggled with addiction and homelessness two years ago, but has turned his life around to become a dedicated father, student, employee and volunteer at St. Vincent Haven, Newark Think Tank on Poverty and the Licking County Re-Entry Coalition.

"On each point in my life, I didn't realize how many people cared, and now I have this family (of supporters)," Wills said.

Now, he wants others to know: "There is hope. There are voices out there fighting for them."

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