Executive Director, ELOHIM
Nathaniel Walker identifies primarily as a Marine. Having served in the United States Marine Corps from October, 1984 to October, 1988 on active duty, he then spent two years as a reservist. After boot camp he was promoted to Private First Class and was sent to school for Military Police in San Antonio Texas for ten months. His orders then landed him in Jacksonville, North Carolina and within a year he was promoted to Lance Corporal (E-3). Another rank promotion to E-4 Corporal came while serving on reserve duty.
Education and service have always been important to Nathaniel. He attended ICDC College (International Career Development Center) from 2013-2015 and received an Associates Degree in Occupational Therapy. In 2018 he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Ashford University. He holds a Certificate of Training as a
Veteran Mentor from Provetus Teachers College, Columbia University; is a Certified Peer Counselor; a Recovery Coach (CCAR); and sits on the Mental Health First Aid National Council for Behavioral Health, DVS (Department of Veteran Services) and SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) board for the prevention of veteran suicides as well as Senator Leroy Comrie Veterans Advisory Board and the Vet, Inc. board which houses homeless veterans, both located in Queens, N.Y.
His background has included serving as a substance abuse counselor working with those who were recently released from incarceration and were mandated for treatment. He has also worked as a Care Manager at a Health Home organization, providing support to those who had mental health issues as well as other problems to obtain housing and other needed social services.
Of course, being in the military taught him how to work with others and to never leave someone behind, no matter the circumstances. This core belief has shaped his current outlook on life, and led him to found Eternal Light of Hope in Mankind, Inc. ELOHIM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with headquarters in New York and an office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The purpose of this organization is to offer men and women, including Veterans, transitional housing as well as teach skills that allow them to become self-sufficient, independent, and drug and alcohol free. As Founder & CEO, he works with an eight member board of directors, and is responsible for the overall administration of the organization in order to effectively implement the mission.
His greatest pride is his two children. He says his daughter is like her father as she likes to help people and no matter how it may look, she focuses on the good in everything. His son also has a kind heart as well but he speaks truth even if people around him don’t like to hear it. These traits are definitely a part of Mr. Walker’s makeup as well, who possesses a quiet strength and a clear calling to always put the needs of others before his own.
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