Anthony Gay, Co-founder of Welcome 2 Reality LLC; is a native of New Haven CT, but currently resides in Waterbury, CT. He left home shortly after high school and got caught up in the trappings of the streets. In 1993, he decided to make a change and enrolled at Gateway Community Technical College (GCTC) in New Haven CT.
He is the first in his family to attend college. He maintained a 3.7 GPA; while leading the nation in scoring 2 years in a row as a member of the men's basketball team. He earned a full scholarship to North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. After experiencing a serious injury in his first semester at NCCU he went through 2 years of rigorous rehabilitation. In 1996 he transferred to Post University in Waterbury, CT, for his final year of athletic eligibility and earned a degree in Sociology.
He was employed by Post University as an Admission Counselor/Head Assistant Basketball Coach. As a recruiter he tripled minority enrollment and created a program to retain first generation college students.
He has been involved in mentoring and human services for over 16 years. He believes in empowering and helping people enhance their personal capacities to become self sufficient. Primarily he has worked in child protective services as a mental health and adolescent worker. He is currently a member of a national committee designed to bring consistency to child welfare practices nationally. He has national training experience and facilitates trainings for: Engaging Fathers, Human Trafficking, Trauma, Cultural Competency, Professionalism and a number of other topics.
He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Post University where he teaches a course on Civility and a College Success Seminar.
Mr. Donte L. Rabb, was born and raised in the inner city of Boston Mass (Dorchester). Mr. Rabb was was raised by his mother, grand parents, uncles and aunts. Mr. Rabb's family truly believed the saying "it takes a village to raise a child."
During his childhood Mr. Rabb was faced with series of trials and tribulations within his childhood and teenage years. Mr. Rabb started dancing at a young age and was part of several local dance groups in Boston. Mr. Rabb's dance crew was invited to perform at the world famous Apollo Theater several times and won, performances with rap groups such as Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince, 3xTimes Dope and the late Heavy D and the Boyz.
Mr. Rabb was second in his family, to his grandmother, to attend college. Mr. Rabb attended Shaw University in Raleigh North Carolina, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. While attending Shaw University, Mr. Rabb was actively involved with the student union, NAACP, and the local Boys and girls Club. Mr. Rabb furthered his education and received his Masters in Education and Masters in Family Therapy. Mr. Rabb presently works for the State of Connecticut at the Department of Children and Families. Mr. Rabb currently is seeking his PHD in counseling psychology. Mr. Rabb is a proud brother of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc, and continues to serve his community within community service and social action initiatives.
Mr. Stallworth is currently employed as a Social Worker for the State of Connecticut. He works for the Department of Children and Families (DCF), where he trains and licenses prospective foster and adoptive parents. He is also recognized as an expert witness for the State of Connecticut, testifying in his professional capacity.
Mr. Stallworth received his Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Southern Connecticut University, and went on to obtain his Master's in clinical social work from Fordham University. He has been able to put some of his learned techniques to use by providing individual counseling at Family Intervention to adults with chronic mental health issues. Mr. Stallworth is an adjunct professor at Post University where he has taught for the last 6 years. During this time he has taught undergraduate courses for incoming freshmen and online Human Services courses at the Masters Level. He also teaches at the University of Bridgeport in their Undergraduate program for Human Services.
In addition to his professional endeavors Mr. Stallworth is actively involved with participating in endeavors which promote the overall well being of the community. In collaboration with his professional colleagues he has had the opportunity to spearhead and create many statewide initiatives, including a mentoring program for children in residential care, and a 5K Family Fun Day to elevate the awareness regarding the need for more foster and adoptive families.
Mr. Stallworth is also the chairman of a community-based agency called ME FIRST which services impoverished families and at-risk youth. He serves as a consultant and volunteers on their Board of Directors. He acts as a regional co-leader for Connecticut's Disaster Behavioral Response Network. They are the first responders when natural disasters and large-scale emergencies occur within the State of Connecticut. Mr. Stallworth is also one of creators of the Reading Between the Bars Program, where he serves as one of the chairmen. This program goes into area prisons and helps inmates create recordable books for their children in efforts to maintain positive bonds and connections. He most recently implemented the 1st Annual Gently Used Book Drive, which collected over 20,000 books for children in foster care and for at risk youth in the community.
Qur-an Webb was born in New Jersey and currently resides in New Britain, CT. He is one of the co-founders of Welcome 2 Reality, LLC. Mr. Webb received two bachelor’s degrees, one in Sociology and one in Communications from Southern Connecticut State University and a master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Community Organization from the University of Connecticut.
Professionally, Mr. Webb is a social work supervisor in the Intake Unit at the Department of Children and Families. He also works as an independent contractor for Bristol Youth Services where he provides clinical services to individuals and families throughout Bristol, CT.
Mr. Webb is a graduate of the Elm City Fellowship for Children and Families sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The fellowship allowed him to broaden his knowledge about what it takes to be an effective leader and gain a broader understanding of how to yield results. In his continued efforts to give back, Mr. Webb also co-facilitates a mentoring program through the Queen Ann Nzinga Center. This program is yearly and centered around the principles of Kwanzaa. He has taken the role of ensuring each mentee is able to develop of sense of themselves and the confidence to overcome any obstacle that is perceived to be a shortcoming. Welcome to Qur-an's reality.
Carlton R. White Sr., was born in Greenville, N.C., but currently resides in Waterbury, CT. Mr. White is the Vice President of Operations of Welcome 2 Reality LLC.
After graduating from high school, he had a number of jobs and he even owned a convenience store at one point. He knew that, was not his calling so he went back to the Q House in 1995, and ran the "Street Scenes" program. He explored other opportunities in the human services field but kept going back to the Q House. In 1999, he became the Director of two juvenile programs and continued his employment there until they closed due to funding issues. Mr. White then went on to become the director of a residential treatment facility for sexual offenders.
In 1998, Mr. White felt there was still more for him to accomplish so he enrolled in Springfield College and graduated on the Dean's List in 2002, obtaining his Human Service Degree.
In December 2003, Mr. White became a Social Worker for the State of Connecticut. His primary focus has been working with adolescents. Mr. White is passionate about advocating for the youth on his case load and ensuring their voices are heard.
Mr. White is a published poet, author, and playwright. He writes about the epidemic of children being raised without their father, spirituality and other social issues. His plays have been featured at several high schools and colleges. He recently completed a play which is a tribute to Trayvon Martin; that was performed by the Hillhouse High School Drama Club in New Haven, CT. His first book is called The Sounds of My Soul”. He is currently working on two additional books, Sounds of My Soul II, andThe Ronnie Burch Story, which are scheduled to be published in 2012. Mr. White has also performed his poetry, all over the country.
Mr. White is also an Actor that performed in two independent films “Homecoming.” and has a reoccurring role in the movie series “How We Live.”
Mr. White has received numerous honors and awards for his hard work and dedication to families and the community. When asked which award meant the most to him he said he cant just chose one but the Man of the Year award (1998), he received from the City of New Haven and being the first Black male to receive this prestigious Dr. Janet E. Williams, Humanitarian Award (2011), by the Department of Children and Families in CT award, Stands out to him.