Today is the first installment of Meet the BridgeBuilder, an opportunity to get to know some of the members of the team. Meet the BridgeBuilder will feature staff, volunteers, clients, and more. Usually responsible for helping clients graduate, Eddie and Carla are both celebrating graduations of their own.
Eddie King has worked at BridgeBuilders for five years as our Database Administrator. A member of the Bridges of Hope team, Eddie and company help recruit and assist students working their way through our life skills and employment training.
After two years at Le Cordon Bleu, Eddie will graduate this summer with his culinary degree.
“I started cooking about five years ago,” Eddie says. “People just told me they liked my cooking, so I thought I would pursue it. Ultimately I’d like to be a personal chef or caterer. It’s a fun, fast-paced environment. And it’s hot, I can touch a hotter pan than probably the average person.
“It’s also really rewarding when people are pleased and happy with their dining experience, and when you did that for them. No matter what is on the plate, it’s always your vision. Imagination can take you a long way.”
Carla Robinson, also a member of the Bridges of Hope team, has worked at BridgeBuilders for eight years as Income Support Specialist. Carla will also be graduating this summer, with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from the University of Phoenix.
Carla hopes eventually to work with young men in the community, looking to reach them before they enter destructive lifestyles, and is currently interning with the Dallas County Probation Office.
“I’m learning the probation side of things, the process and programs available to redirect them to become law abiding citizens,” says Carla.
“This has been a long road for me, going to school and working, but they say only the strong survive, so I guess I can say I’m strong.”