Today we’d like to introduce you to Darlene Cain.
Hi Darlene, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I became an Activist and Advocate against violence in 2010. My son’s life was tragically taken on October 28, 2008. Dale was a Law Student and an Intern for NAACP. I worked as a full-time Nursing Assistant and a part-time EMT in training.
I’d never thought I could turn my pain into a purpose and my purpose into a passion. I met so many organizations in Baltimore and learned to lobby and testify on legislations. That’s when I realized, I was among Change Makers.
We would march and rally for the safety of our families and new generations. I know I will have to pass my baton to youth and the upcoming generation to become peaceful leaders. I also have a passion to do Clean Ups around the City and help with making two new playgrounds and a Peace Park.
Community engagement is so important to me because we learn about our strengths and talents and together it helps us to strategize for a better Baltimore. I have received so many Awards Resolutions and my first official citation from The Maryland General Assembly for my advocacy for police reform. I like to create positive events such as my first fashion show, From Pain to Fashion.
All the models modeled in memory of their loved ones. It was such a hit I received a call to take my show to a larger stage in DC. Then I became a regular guest doing Radio Shows and many interviews in local newspapers and New York Times and more. Last year, I received a call to interview for Vanity Fair Magazine and also Baltimore Magazine two years ago. I also started an Organization Mothers On The Move to help mothers and impacted families.
To this date, I have helped hundreds of mothers and built relationships with mothers all over the globe by attending events in their children’s memory and speaking at many churches, colleges, and public schools. During the pandemic, I created DCain Health & Wellness to encourage my followers to eat healthier take daily walks and exercise, and dance. Then I began getting messages and calling how I was inspiring people.
Then I was asked how they could donate or do love offerings because they appreciated me giving them hope during a time we all were losing family and friends and impacted by so many stories about Covid-19. While I was told, I was inspiring others I was able to get out of my comfort zone. I finally took a leap of faith and moved on my own after ten years with just enough to pay my rent and security deposit.
I did a virtual housewarming and raised enough money to pay rent for months ahead. It will be two years in October in my apartment because of my work in the community and advocating for youth families and especially for Seniors. My motto is “to help, you must get help first, to help another.” So I made sure I received professional counseling and trauma and grief training so I could properly assist others.
This is truly my passion. My goal is to have a community house of healing.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It had been a long journey to becoming healthy and stable. I wasn’t ready to go back to work because I was unable to focus or work eight to twelve-hour shifts.
I no longer wanted to live on my own unless I had someone visiting often. My job requirement was to care for patients and it was fast-paced. I could barely get out the bed after losing Dale.
I wasn’t able to finish my internship or go to school to be a Sterile Processing Technician. I had two granddaughters without a father and I couldn’t figure out the next steps.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am Dale’s voice and encourage families to say their names speak out and leave a legacy for their loved ones and my legacy is service to my community.
I learned the power of forgiveness and to spread love in all you do. Every year for dale’s birthday on August 4, I read to youth at a friend’s camp and do activities.
Dale’s motto is “education is the key” he loved school and going to college. I’m known for positive vibes and smiling and dancing. I’m confidential when someone needs someone to confide in.
We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I love sitting under a tree to write and park by a Reservoir and look at the beautiful water and birds, especially at night. I also love nature and to meditate. Love Wins
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