Daren grew up in Erie, PA, spending much of his childhood living with his grandfather, a former police captain. Instilling a firm sense of social responsibility in him, his grandfather taught him that the most important thing in life is to care for other people, especially those in need. While he always knew that he wanted to make a lasting impact on the world, he didn’t know how, and instead spent much of his days whittling away his time playing video games and watching t.v.
This all changed after his study abroad trip to Tokyo during his senior year of college. A trip of a lifetime, he truly embraced the opportunity that was in front of him, knowing it may be his last time visiting the country. Little did he know that a much more impactful event was about to change his life. On March 11, 2011, the Tohoku earthquake hit Japan, causing thousands of deaths and mass trepidation about the effects the Fukushima Power Plant might have on the people. He was truly witness to the unpredictable and harsh nature of the world. Encouraged by his university to return to the U.S. in the middle of this crisis, Daren made the difficult decision to go back home.
On his return to the United States, he took his grandfather’s lesson to heart, vowing to do everything in his power to help those who are unfortunate enough to experience tragedies like the Tohoku earthquake. After Ramon introduced him to the mission of Unhoused Humanity, he finally knew how to make his impact on the world. He is currently the acting CEO of the organization and strives every day to help more individuals and families who are suffering from homelessness.