The Birth

“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.”

                                                        Mahatma Gandhi

Carla has always had an innate passion to address the ills socially neglected inner city communities face. She worked for the betterment of children in the Child Care Cluster at Skyline Career Development Center High School in Dallas, Texas. After obtaining her high school diploma, she then pursued a career in Health Care for over 18 years. At this time, Carla was a long time member of   Kirkwood Temple  CME church. Where she was constantly challenged by Rev. Dr. Jerry L. Christian, “to move outside of her box.” Although, she was empowering staff and the senior community in Health Care, she declared “something was still missing.”

In pursuit of transferring her sense of purpose, in 2009, Carla became a member of Friendship West Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III and became a volunteer for Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). When asked about her experiences with CASA, Carla proclaims, “CASA is a bittersweet experience. These children are snatched out of their biological homes to be placed in a minimum of 5 different placement, Stranger danger means nothing to them  and they have no clue who they are, and this is what drives me!” In May 2010, she attended training that addressed personal bias, and the importance of analyzing and unpacking the complexities of race and ethnicity issues in America, and how to adequately discuss ethnicity and the reality of white privilege. Unsurprisingly, Carla was excited about the “Knowing Who You Are” conversation, hosted by Texas CASA. She concludes by declaring, “For an organization to have this much needed conversation about the disproportionality of minorities, essentially African Americans, within the foster care system keeps me hopeful.” In November 2012, Carla completed the KWYA certification process, in accomplishment of becoming a conversational facilitator.  Therefore, with much passion and in line with her purpose, Carla completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Service Management & Leadership (BS HSML) with a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), founded Silverlining, which later became U-Nique Purpose, a faith-based 501(c)3) that is determine to eliminate child abuse in communities, families, and different systems.

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Board Members/Team

   Barbara Houston Barbara Houston – Retired Foster Mom

 

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson selected the Dallas-area foster mom. “Ms. Barbara” retired in June after 21 years of foster parenting. She took in children who were considered the most demanding, behaviorally and emotionally. She also adopted one of her former foster children.

 board-member-dr-kimerly-hill     Dr. Kimberly Hill – Assist Prof. of U.S. History

 

Kimberly Hill is an assistant professor of U.S. History at the
University of Texas at Dallas. She researches African American
missionaries to Congo with a focus on how the missionaries’ work was
inspired by historically black colleges. Dr. Hill teaches
undergraduate and graduate courses including social history, African
American history, U.S. history from a global perspective, and race and
Southern religion. Since 2013, Educational Testing Services has
appointed her to help train other educators to grade Advanced
Placement U.S. History exams.  She earned a Ph.D. from the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2008 and a B.A. in Plan II
Interdisciplinary Honors from U.T. Austin in 2002. The University of
Cape Town hosted Dr. Hill as a study abroad student during college,
and she enjoys travelling to South Africa during occasional summer
breaks.

 

  • Posted on 29. December 2012
  • Written by Unique
2 Comments

2 responses to The Birth

  1. Cathy Craig on January 15, 2016 at 2:06 pm Reply

    This is an awesome organization….keep up the good work!

    • Unique on January 28, 2016 at 1:29 pm Reply

      Thanks so much for your inspiring words. This work is bittersweet, and your words have come at a perfect time!!

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