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January 9, 2019
Every parent hopes that their child would never have to face any adversities, but at the age of 3, Detroit native, Kimberly Hubbard was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (Diplegia). Four years after her diagnosis, Kimberly was faced the harsh reality of being taken away from her family and put into the foster care system. After being in the system for five years, her foster mother adopted her at the age of 12. With Kimberly’s determination to succeed, in spite of her trials and tribulations, Kimberly graduated from Osborne High School in 2009. After graduation, Kimberly attended Schoolcraft College for two years, majoring in Broadcast and Communications, and in April 2011, while still attending college, Kimberly became a mother. Giving all the obstacles life had thrown her way and being a mother of two, she realized her true calling, to become an entrepreneur. Kimberly is working towards starting her own nonprofit, Dandilions in the Garden, for individuals (such as children and young adults) with disabilities in the inner city. She hopes to show others who live with differences that anything they put their minds to is possible. The inspiration for this nonprofit arose when the lack of programs built around the needs and desires of individuals with disabilities became apparent to her. Ultimately, the purpose behind Kimberly’s efforts is to bring awareness, activities and programs. The notion that people with a disability want somewhere to go and have fun and be around others like them without the worry of being accommodated or judged fuel’s her passion. However, when Kimberly is not occupied with getting her non-profit off the ground, she is working in order to support herself and her family. In regard to employment, Kimberly holds two positions. She has been working with After School Kidz Zone, where she is currently active as a daycare worker, and Healthy Kidz, in which, she counsels during the summer. Kimberly is always thinking of ways to expand herself through knowledge, so in order to do so, she enrolled back into school at the Michigan Institute of Real Estate in order to obtain her real estate license.
Programs & Services
• Tutoring Service • Job Training\Placement • Advocating Services • Support Groups • Activities • Self-esteem Program • Advocate for more Home Repair Funding • Parenting Class/ Mommy and Me Classes Geared Towards Individuals with Disabilities • Mommy and Me Support Groups
These are some of things Dandilions in the Garden will be offering.