- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 24, 2011

Michelangelo Payne, 47, grew up in the District. He has been addicted to drugs and alcohol and was, like many men who have fallen on hard times, struggling to survive as he dealt with mental-health issues.

Now, two years since he set foot in the Central Union Mission, a homeless shelter for men at the corner of R and 14th streets Northwest, he works to help others who walked in his shoes.

“I was empty, I was broken, I was without any hope, I didn’t know how I was going to make it,” he said, “But I knew during this whole period of going through, as I call it, I knew somewhere along the line God would have to save me.”