Helping others comes naturally to some people. In the case of Craig Black, Ready Mix Driver in Davie, FL, his passion to help is a result of his own upbringing. “I grew up in a poverty-stricken neighborhood,” said Craig. “That’s where I first started encouraging those around me to go to school and seek treatment for drug addiction.”
Craig’s thirst for a better life led him to college and then to the military, where he learned to become a better version of himself and invest his time and resources into others. Along his journey, he collected various certifications in counseling and treatment for those who battle with drug addiction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
When he started at Ozinga’s South Florida operation as a driver nearly three years ago, he took on the unofficial role of counselor, confidant and friend to a lot of his coworkers. In his day to day, Craig makes a positive impact on his coworkers by offering support and a listening ear for their struggles. His experience in the military coupled with his background made him relatable to those who needed support but didn’t know where to turn.
“There are individuals with family members who have addiction problems and military vets who were affected by PTSD,” said Craig. “I like to stand in the gap and lead them in the best way possible.”
Craig’s advice to others looking for purpose is to search inside of oneself and make the sacrifice to help. “When I got the first taste of helping others it never stopped; I never stopped learning and trying to better myself for the benefit of others.”