Dominic Garcia grew up in southwest Denver and attended Colorado State University. He married his college sweetheart, Meghan, and they live in Lakewood with their son, Elliot, and mini Goldendoodle, Vail. You can catch him on weeknights anchoring CBS4 News at 5 p.m. and reporting for the 10 p.m. newscast.

How has covering various stories about the Mission impacted you personally?

Seeing and sharing these stories has been amazing and very eye opening. I’ve interviewed a number of people being helped by the Mission, and no matter what someone might be going through, there’s a common theme: hope. Seeing that positive attitude, despite any obstacles a person might be facing, really puts things into perspective.

Why do you think the stories about the Mission’s work are important to cover?

It’s a big issue in the metro area, and it’s only getting bigger. I think it’s easy to turn homelessness into a political issue or a statistic, but it’s our job to humanize the story and remind viewers that these are people who truly need help.

Will you share about your experience volunteering at the Mission?

I’ve been volunteering with the Mission for three years now. All the banquets have become a tradition that I really look forward to. It’s been fun to get to know the other volunteers and employees at the Mission. It’s such a great group of people.

What has your involvement with the Mission taught you about homelessness?

It’s taught me that we’re all human, and we’re all just trying to navigate this crazy thing called life. Some are having a harder time doing that than others, and one kind act can sure make a difference.

Why is the Mission’s work in serving the homeless community important to you?

This is my hometown. It’s growing, and big things are happening. The Mission is trying to make sure no one gets left behind.

This post is a part of April’s Changing Lives Newsletter. This month talks about Tim and his path from alcoholism to experiencing grace and restoration.