Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Christin Bradley.
Dr. Bradley can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My journey of how I got to where I am today wouldn’t be complete without sharing a glimpse of my childhood experience. While the typical child had the opportunity to grow up in their home town where they were born and live near relatives and childhood friends, my story was vastly different. Growing up in a military household, my childhood was quite unique, not only because I never knew how to accurately answer the daunting question “where are you from”? or because we had to move on average 2-3 years, but because I had the opportunity to assimilate and appreciate diverse groups of people who like me were trying to embrace their new surroundings and adapt to a new normal.
I remember after moving from Alaska to Fayetteville, NC I yet again had to adapt to a new normal. But this time my “new normal” was a time in my life where God began to reveal the “why” of my very existence. I remember in high school, I had an opportunity to volunteer in the special education classroom and what can I say? Those students instantly stole my heart. Because of their genuine spirits and their loving personalities I never for an instant felt like the new kid on the block! They accepted me without judgment, and for that, I’ll never take those experiences for granted.
Serving the disability community has always been my passion. After graduating from high school, I just knew I wanted to become a special education teacher, and I did just that! I got accepted to The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and after graduation, I got a job instantly as a Special education teacher teaching middle school students with severe disabilities. During that time, I also served as a caregiver after school providing in-home personal care services for two boys with Autism who quickly became like family to me. After my first year of teaching, I wanted to spread my wings and gain more teaching experience, but this time in the Federal Government. I accepted a position with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) on Ft. Stewart Army base where I also taught special education, but this time for children who like me had parents that served in the military. Three years later and after receiving my master’s degree in Human Services and Leadership, I took a leap of faith and knew it was time to pursue other jobs outside of education. I accepted another Federal government Job, but this time with The Department of Homeland Security helping prepare the disability community from disasters! What an experience! This job opened my eyes to so much within the disability community. I realized quickly that no matter what environment, whether it be in education, employment, healthcare, etc., individuals with disabilities are disproportionally represented and are oftentimes not given equal access to services and opportunities. The lack of inclusion of people with disabilities fueled my fire and kept me determined to continue to serve and spread awareness.
I’ll never forget the weekend I graduated with my Ph.D. summer of 2019, God put on my heart entrepreneurship. I kept doing research and praying to God what type of business would I run, and in less than a week my Mentor who owns multiple successful In-Home Care Businesses was put in my path, and from that point on nothing but pure greatness was created! My mentor coached me for about a year on building Inclusive Community Home Care!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The great Myles Munroe once said, “The journey may encounter many bumps and detours but eventually it will come to the desired end.” I truly believe that everything has a particular purpose that is linked to a greater purpose. Although my teaching career was not the easiest experience, I realized that experience was linked to every situation I encountered to help grow me and prepare me for the next mission that God placed on my heart. During the process of Creating Inclusive Community Home Care, I experienced many hardships along the way. Entrepreneurship is very demanding and for me was a bit of a learning curve. I was blessed enough to have a Mentor who held my hand through it all. Also, running a new business while still working a 9-5 is not a cakewalk, but I truly believe that you get out what you put in, and for me giving 100% to inclusive Community Home Care is my top priority, because I understand there are so many people that need our services and my mission is to make the greatest impact as possible.
Please tell us about Inclusive Community Home Care Agency.
Inclusive Community Home care was created to help individuals with disabilities, seniors, and other vulnerable populations with daily living activities in the comfort of their own home! I knew by creating this company, I could reach the disability community at a greater level than what my job would allow. We Hire Certified Nurse Aides and Registered Nurses to provide services such as personal care, companion care, transportation, and much more to individuals with disabilities, seniors, veterans, and others who cannot achieve daily tasks on their own.
The significance behind the name Inclusive Community is to represent the whole community. The agency is inclusive of all disabilities, races, ages, gender, etc. and our mission is to ensure no one in our community goes without care and that everyone has equal access to the services we provide!
We are unique because we realize that individuals with disabilities specifically those who are blind, low vision, deaf, or hard of hearing do not receive equal access to health care. Knowing this, our agency offers accessible communication options such as interpreting services, alternate formats, and other assistive technology options for those who need care but require additional supports.
Inclusive Community is a brand new agency, but my vision for this agency is one that only God will be able to help me achieve. I am proud that we are able to serve the whole community and make an impact in someone else’s life!
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I truly believe that investing in yourself is key to getting ahead and being successful in life. My investment and time I have spent with God gave me clear direction on the path I needed to take. He deserves ALL of the praise. I also invested in my mentor who has been with me every step of the way. She taught me so much about business and not only how to make a profit but how to serve first, which I believe is what matters most! My family has been my number one support! They are always there encouraging me each and everyday!
- Address: 4760 Preston Rd. Suite 244-222 Frisco, TX 75034
- Website: www.Inclusivecommunitycare.com
- Phone: 2142108477
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @inclusivecommunityhomecare
- Facebook: @InclusivecommunityHC
- Twitter: @IC_Homecare
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/inclusive-community-home-care-frisco?uid=RvRstXzjPP9u_HhLh_V25Q&utm_campaign=www_business_share_popup&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=(direct)
- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/company/inclusivecommunityhomecare
Photography by: TJ Bradley