Community activist Kim Carter shares story of struggle and success at CSUSB’s Womxn’s Leadership Conference
From homelessness and incarceration to becoming an affordable housing developer, Kim Carter has made an incredible transformation, and since then, has been changing the lives of others through her community activism and the Time for Change Foundation, in which she founded.
Carter visited the Cal State San Bernardino campus on March 22 to tell her story during the Womxn’s Leadership Conference as part of Womxn’s History Month.
After being introduced and called a “shero” by Nicole Henley, CSUSB associate professor of health science and human ecology, Carter walked on stage and immediately drew the audience into her story of struggle and success.
“Thirty years!” she emphasized, revealing that she has been clean and sober for three decades, with the audience erupting in applause.
“I’m the little engine that could,” she said, describing herself as being a zero at one time. “I was absent in mind, I was absent in body, I was absent in spirit. I was hooked on crack-cocaine. I was the same one you see out here on those bus benches wrapped up in 50 bags of plastic trying to stay warm.