Clement Arts is excited to welcome Heather Irvin as our full-time Clement Care Director where she will be leading a team to recruit and lead volunteers who will carry out the work of the Clement Care program across various partner churches and ministries. Heather has over ten years of experience with work in foster care through CASA, DFCS, and many other organizations. She and her husband, Richard, have two children and attend Wynnbrook Baptist Church.
CA: What do you like to do in your spare time and what are your hobbies?
I love spending time with my family! We love to turn up the music, laugh, play, sing, and dance! I enjoy volunteering with my church through Praise Team, Sunday School, AWANA, VBS, and anything else that might come up. I also enjoy volunteering with Make-A-Wish and any other opportunities to give back. My favorite hobbies are drawing, dancing, singing, and cooking!
CA: How did you become involved with foster care?
I was always compelled to help others and I’ve always loved children. So, with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology, it was only natural that I gravitated towards counseling and social work. My original plan was to obtain my master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Theological Seminary; however, I graduated in 2008 when the recession hit, and jobs were not easy to come by, so I settled for a job with DFCS for the time being. God’s plans were much bigger than mine, because from that point on I had fallen in love with helping foster children.