His early years were filled with crime, drugs and eventually prison.
When he got out, a bad marriage pushed him onto the streets of one of America's most dangerous cities. Three years into Carl's nightmare, he ran into a man who told him about a place where he could get a meal without having to dig through trash cans.
"I don't know if that was just an angel off the street that God sent to save my life," says Riggins.
On that day, 25 years ago, Carl visited the Detroit Rescue Mission for the first time. It was there he experienced a spiritual breakthrough. Over the past two decades, Carl has gone from someone who desperately needed the rescue mission's services, to the man behind many of them.
"I think my homelessness perfected me for the job," says Riggins.
Carl is now building manager for the DRMM's Donald Devos Ministry Center. He's also the choir director and coaches the Highland Park - Detroit Rescue Mission track club, made up of homeless and high risk children.
From homeless to hope giver, Pastor Carl Riggins has walked a mile in the shoes of the people whose lives he helps turn around. He's living proof that everyone can make a difference.
To find out more about the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries click here http://drmm.org/.