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In Good Faith: 'A lot of times it's right there in front of you'

David Green, right, is pictured with his wife, Paula, and son, Paul, in the backyard of their home on Hilton Head Island.
David Green, right, is pictured with his wife, Paula, and son, Paul, in the backyard of their home on Hilton Head Island. Staff photo

Name: David Green, along with his wife, Paula, and son, Paul

Organizations: OSPREY Village, St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church, Programs for Exceptional People, Beaufort County Disabilities Coalition

Town: Bluffton

OSPREY Village. OSPREY is actually an acronym for Our Special People Reaching out to Elders and Youth. And the idea would be an intergenerational neighborhood with a purpose, and the purpose behind it would be to support adults with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, like autism, Down syndrome, maybe cerebral palsy and others. ... I was one of the founders of the nonprofit organization, and its first board president. I was already working almost half-time on OSPREY Village projects when I agreed to step down from the board and take on the role of director of development and marketing as a part-time contractor in January 2010. I'm now working as a full-time contractor for OSPREY Village as the director of development and operations.

Programs for Exceptional People. We originally moved here from Butler, Pa., in 2005 so our son, Paul, could be a member of PEP. We're still involved with PEP and support its day programs for adults with developmental disabilities.

Disabilities Coalition. I helped start the Beaufort County Disabilities Coalition late last year as a way to get all the organizations in the county who help people with various disabilities to collaborate with each other. ... We plan to work as part of the Together for Beaufort program of the Human Services Alliance in the areas of awareness, resources and advocacy for those with disabilities.

St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church. I started the music group called Echoes of Heaven at St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church back in 2006 as an all-volunteer group. I began getting paid to prepare music and lead the group, which ministers at two Masses each month, beginning in 2010. I guess the church liked what I was doing. My wife, who sings, and my son on the keyboard, along with the others in the group, are still all volunteers. ... Paula is sacristan. She gets paid for that. Paul is actually the big volunteer because he doesn't get paid for his time there (he serves at Mass and does some vacuuming, a little bit of cleaning).

Finding a mission. You can be looking outside of your current situation and family for whatever your mission is supposed to be, when a lot of times it's right there in front of you. And you just kind of have to accept what's there and work with it, and work with the people that are already in your life.

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