In this episode, we talk with Sheldon Theragood. Sheldon’s first job as a juvenile detention officer at a Harris County youth lock up facility is what fueled his interest in helping children. Hearing their stories of despair, defeat, and discouragement, TheraGood found himself offering them sound advice, reinforced with positive messages of hope, faith, and love which can be found in his book . A few years later, he joined the Houston Police Department, working with the special operations division. In 2014, he landed a spot on the department’s homeless outreach team, a special initiative focused on connecting the community, law enforcement and the city’s homeless population. Theragood uses his platform as an officer to give back to the community through TheraGood Deeds. Some of the outreach efforts include a back to school supply drive, feeding the homeless and providing toiletry bags at Thanksgiving, hosting a Christmas toy drive and party for kids, plus so much more.
The inspiring book, “Whatever It Takes, Walking Through God’s Purpose,” was published last year in 2021. After realizing that it was not in God’s plan for him to play in the NBA or even college basketball, Sheldon shares how he went from a high school basketball player with NBA dreams to a police officer, youth mentor and advocate. He shares his journey of how it took going through life’s challenges to realize that there was much more to life than playing sports. He encourages young people to set goals in their lives, to have a plan, and to diligently seek what it is that God has planned for them. Sheldon’s story of how he walked in God’s purpose and did whatever it took for him to fulfill his goals will inspire everyone to - Never give up! Keep pushing forward! Create a plan and have a backup plan! Check out his podcast “Wateva It Takes.”