The full version of this article will appear in the Sept. 23 edition of the Michigan Chronicle.
On Sept. 26, Carole Jasper Quarterman, former executive director of the Child Care Coordinating Council of Detroit/Wayne County, Inc. (4C), will be honored by the 4C board of directors and friends of 4C for her 30 years of service at the Fairlane Club, 5000 Fairlane Woods Drive in Dearborn.
All proceeds from the first annual Benefit Reception and Dinner will benefit the newly established Carole Jasper Quarterman Education and Training Fund. Quarterman said the nonprofit 4C has a training institute where it offers classes and workshops for parents and other adults who are working with children.
She said one core service is training and skills development and educational services.
“In addition, we do family support,” she said. “We have an emergency child care assistance fund to make sure children are cared for during a time of crisis. We do resource and referral where we link individuals— sometimes parents, but often times our colleagues— to resources to serve the families that we’re working with.”
Quarterman also said 4C’s mission is to advocate and empower adults to help children grow to their full potential and well being. Its educational efforts are targeted towards helping adults understand how children develop; how to best meet children’s needs; and how to best promote their development to their full potential and well being.
Quarterman emphasized that no one person at an organization like 4C does it all. She said 4C has had wonderful volunteer leadership from its board of directors.
She also said the Sept. 26 event is really to bring attention to the work and the importance of 4C to the community.
She would like to raise $40,000, citing the agency’s 40th anniversary next year.
Current Executive Director Donna Snowden, who has known Quarterman for 40 years and worked with her for the past 11, said the best word to describe Quarterman is “inspirational.”
Snowden said Quarterman is casting a very long shadow, but tried not to make the imprint of 4C that of herself. She also said Quarterman has put 4C in such a position that it can go on without her.
“We will always be able to call upon her if we need her, and I think she’d be willing to anything for 4C,” Snowden said.
A VIP reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will be at 7 p.m. For more information, call Katrina Dixon 313-333-7797 and/ Ronda Bozeman at 313-259-4411 ext. 322