Advisory Board member
Kimberly Tucker is the founder of the I.C. White Stone Foundation (later changed to East Nashville’s Real Families Real Moms), which serves to empower single mothers in East Nashville with entrepreneurial skills.
Kim is a Nashville resident and has worked in Nashville’s juvenile justice system and the Department of Children Services, and later Nashville’s Metro Action Commission. Kim is a 2003 graduate of Lipscomb’s family relations program. She established her Foundation in 2003 to provide the support single mothers need to rise above poverty and dependence on public assistance.
She believes by learning entrepreneurial skills, single mothers do not need to work two jobs or jobs with odd hours to make ends meet. She also schedules classes and college visits to empower this community of women by teaching skills of self-reliance and goal-setting. Kim used her own funds to purchase a house in East Nashville, which serves as the site of group activities as well as a site of social enterprise where women cater events and birthday parties, cultivate a garden and operate a mobile kitchen. Programming also includes an investment club teaching financial literacy and self-sufficiency skills and two youth development programs.
Through the Foundation, Kim works with other Nashville nonprofits such as the Oasis Center, Salvation Army, churches and neighborhood associations to coordinate networking and volunteer opportunities for women and their children. Kim is a single mom herself and both son’s have since graduated college.