Darryl Charles Green
Darryl C. Green is the President and Principal Consultant of Deep Forgiveness. As an advocate for the restoration of families, economic empowerment for the dis-enfranchised, staunch proponent for libertarian reconciliation and forgiveness, Green has been pegged by industry professionals as an innovative change agent on mental health, healing, social welfare and social justice.
Darryl’s business, coaching and consulting background extends over two decades throughout the northeastern region and most recently extended his consulting offerings internationally.
Inspired by the gospel mandates to love, serve and teach Mr. Green has served as Program Manager for a sixty bed facility for men transitioning from homelessness, disenfranchisement, incarceration and substance abuse under the auspices of Catholic Charities Baltimore, MD. Green’s groundwork also included that of Male Service Facilitator for Casey Family Services, the direct service agency for the Annie Casey Foundation. Green was also the lead consultant for Operation Safe Streets Southwest, an initiative by Mayor Rawlings Blake to combat shootings and murders in Baltimore, Maryland.
His groundwork also included that of a Program Coordinator for Project Raise; a nationally acclaimed mentoring program designed to improve the life chances and life options of inner-city public schools students. Additionally, Green has worked for the Baltimore Urban League as a workshop leader, teaching Life Skills courses to the welfare to work population; not to mention collaborations with Johns Hopkins Center for Adolescent Health where he taught at risk males how to make healthy and positive life decisions.
Darryl currently holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice with special interest in Crime and Delinquency Prevention and Control from Coppin State University, Masters Degree in Social Work with special interest in Urban Children, Youth and Families from Morgan State University and a B.A. degree in Criminal Justicefrom Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina.
Mr. Green has used his powerful message of reconciliation and forgiveness to change lives, empower and set free those held captive to the spirit of un-forgiveness. Although not easy, forgiveness is the only path towards freedom and hope which allows us to experience God’s agape love.
In 1988, Darryl Green’s younger brother was stabbed to death over a pair of tennis shoes. Twenty-five years later, the program director at Christopher Place Employment Academy testified to get the murderer’s life sentence reduced and now the two work together in hopes of making a difference.
“Three weeks after I testified he was on the steps of Our Daily Bread with his mother and aunt,” Green said. “We prayed and cried on those steps and there has been a relationship ever since. My friends can’t believe I forgave him but I told them it is not me, it is God. It has taken more than 20 years for me to be free. I came to realize this kid was 15 years old and couldn’t even clean his own room but he made a huge decision that would affect the rest of his life. I talk to him all the time and he told me it took three seconds of rage that changed the course of his life. Forgiveness is not really about the other person, it is about you. This whole forgiveness piece has been a heck of a journey.”
The journey took Green to Christopher Place two years ago. Housed on the upper floors of Our Daily Bread Employment Center, a facility in downtown Baltimore built with money out of the state capital fund, Christopher Place opened in 1983 as a day shelter for men that provided showers, clothing and other basic services. It has evolved into a Residential Employment Academy focusing on employment training, job placement and support for homeless men 19 and older.
“Structure is something a lot of these guys were lacking so our job is to provide it,” said Green, who graduated from Cardinal Gibbons High School in 1984. “They get up at 6 o’clock each morning. We provide classes all day long and run a tight ship. Ultimately our job is to get them back into the work world and help them take their rightful place in society, being better husbands, better fathers, better sons, more productive members of society. We are producing a product that employers flock to when we have a graduation because there are 10 or 15 guys who get it when they leave our program.”