The need is urgent and the challenge in front of us is clear: we must intentionally create employment opportunities for the unemployed or underemployed in our community. Nothing attacks one’s dignity like a lack of work. Nothing is more authentically transformational than helping a person get a job! Meaningful employment not only meets material needs, but it also helps to instill in a person a sense of self-worth and dignity.
John Austin grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. After graduating from Garinger High School, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he met his wife Pam. They have been married 35 years and have three grown children: Chris, Meredith and Matthew.
For 28 years, John served on the Young Life staff, a non-denominational ministry for young people, first training in Atlanta, Georgia for three years and then moving to Chapel Hill serving in that community for nine years. In 1991, he moved back with his family to Charlotte, NC and work for the next fifteen years as the Charlotte Young Life Area Director and for the last six years of his career also serving as the Greater Charlotte Regional Director.
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