Mission, Vision, Core Values

Shawana O. Carter is the Founder and Chief Hope Dealer of Carter’s House, an entrepreneur, and an advocate for low-income parents and children. Shawana is a speaker dedicated to helping others see the endless possibilities that await them. Born in San Antonio, TX, Shawana knew early on that she was here to help others. Reared in the church she grew up with and still has a strong relationship with God. Growing up, Shawana was always the protector, and others called on her when they needed advice. Becoming a teen mom at seventeen, Shawana grew up quickly. Like all other situations she has dealt with in her life, she faced this transition from teen to mom head-on. 

In 2013, after several years of trying to figure out what she was supposed to be doing with her life, Shawana was lead to start Carter’s House, a children’s clothes bank serving children ages 0-18. In the beginning, there was a lot of doubt about what to do and how to do it, but remembering how she and Edwyn felt when they couldn’t provide, she knew this is what she was supposed to do. So she prayed and pressed forward while often repeating one of her favorite statements - “Where God gives vision, He gives provision.” Carter's House provides clothing to children and teens in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex. Carter’s House has established partnerships with several organizations through Dallas and Tarrant Counties. Carter’s House has provided clothing to over 5,500 children to date.  

Shawana is a purposeful optimist who believes in the power of a smile. She is committed to leaving a positive impact on all she encounters. 


Mission Statement

Carter's House provides children and their families with low-cost school and professional, parental support programs, and holistic self-sufficiency programming that improves confidence and success for the whole family.