My name is Kent Davis, and I’m an AFAC client. You may wonder how I came to be in this position. I think about that myself, every day.
I have had a full life—a happy and secure childhood and, as an adult, I was a member of the United States Army and a restaurateur. But the bulk of my professional experience has been as a designer and outfitter of commercial spaces. During my career in Washington, DC, I designed over 5 million square feet of offices!
An ill-advised partnership resulted in the loss of the last restaurant I designed and owned and since that time, I have had my own small business as an independent designer. My last project, and certainly the most challenging and memorable, was the design of Wedge One of the Pentagon. I finished and handed the keys over to the staff of that space in the Pentagon on … that sad and tragic day … September 11, 2001. A month later I was the first civilian to enter the ruined offices to see what could be salvaged.
I have not worked steadily since the Pentagon project. I fear the technology utilized in my field now has passed me by. I am the living proof that anyone, no matter how educated or successful, can be just a paycheck away from being in a very tough financial situation. A paycheck away from being an AFAC client.
Did I have savings? Yes. Did I have investments? Yes. But if you live long enough, as I am blessed to, they may not last as long as you need them.
I go to AFAC each week, I receive the food I need and depend on, to get me to my next visit. The wonderful staff and volunteers at AFAC make me feel comfortable about accepting food.
I never, ever thought this would be my story. I hope it is never yours.
Thank you for … supporting AFAC.