Campbell Co. veteran who experienced homelessness marries volunteer he first met at shelter

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In sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer. So many of us have heard and even live by these vows. A couple in Campbell County are sharing their love story, one that started with those same words.

Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless recently shared on Facebook, a ‘boy meets girl’ love story. WATE 6 On Your Side sat down with the couple to hear more about how their love blossomed in an unexpected place.

In the kitchen at New Horizon Baptist Church is where it all started last January.

“We learned so much about each other here in this place,” said Danny West.

The church had to be a temporary home for West after a massive heart attack. Because of that, he says he lost everything. 

“I had pretty much given up hope. I just didn’t think I was ever going to have anything again, that I was just going to be alone,” he said. 

But in keeping faith, West says God had other plans, “If she had never volunteered, we would’ve never met.”

West said it was love at first sight with Tabbitha.

Their courtship happening in and out of the LaFollette homeless shelter, then there was a surprise engagement.

“If we married, I want to have it at New Horizon Baptist Church where we met,” said Tabbitha West.

Their wedding ceremony took place earlier this month, on Nov. 3. 

“When she came walking around that corner down there it was breathtaking. She was the most beautiful bride I’d ever seen in my life,” said West.

The couple said their love story is not ordinary and it’s taught them that circumstances like homelessness don’t define you.

“God showed me, you keep the faith and do what you need to do, He’s going to provide you with what you need. He brought me her, He gave me a home back, He got my finances straightened out,” said West.

And so the church where they met, fell in love and married is simply their foundation.

“Doing mission work and volunteering is going to be our lifelong thing. It’s what’s going to keep us together, that and God’s will and our love for each other,” said West.

The couple also said shared some news – over the coming months, they hope to open their heart and home by becoming foster parents. 

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