Acclaim Community Outreach
About Our Founders
 
 
PPCarol Ervin is the CEO of Acclaim Community Outreach Services.  She has a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration from University of Phoenix; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from University of Phoenix; and an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Davenport University of Warren, MI.  Carol always had a heart for people and enjoys encouraging others to reach their potential and pursue their vision. Carol has an extensive background in administration & finance, having worked for various non-profit organizations providing services for the developmentally disabled,  as well as mental health services. Her previous work history includes serving as the Executive Secretary in Accounting for Detroit East Community Mental Health Services; Executive Secretary for Wayne Center for  Developmental Disabilities, and Executive Secretary in Finance at New  Center Community Mental Health.  She currently serves as Executive Secretary and Clerical Supervisor for the nonprofit Detroit Surveillance & Intervention Program. 
 
Carol is an extraordinary woman who has valuable hands-on experience in performing arts.  She has a certificate in basic music theory from the Harris Academy of Musical Arts under the instruction of Rev. Herman Harris.   She is also an experienced vocalist and songwriter having written songs for various church ministries. Carol also served as musician/worship leader for Greater Sonora M.B.C. at age 14; Greater Jubillee Temple Original Glorious Church of the Apostolic Faith; New Home Full Gospel Christian Center; Evangel Christian Churches Roseville, MI; and  the Voices of Wings in Flight Community Choir.          

Carol knows what it is like to grow up struggling to make ends meet.  When she was eight years old, her father passed away and she watched her mother struggle to raise her two children.  Many times Carol's mother went lacking just to make it comfortable for her children.  At age 13, Carol started working in various youth employment programs while helping her mother with various bills.  She has always been a hard worker who believes in helping others develop better opportunities.  She enjoys encouraging others to reach their potential and pursue their vision.  Carol is also a wonderful motivational speaker for various engagements. 
 

 
 
Gerald Ervin is the Vice President and Program Director of Acclaim Community Outreach has a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.  He previously served as Chairperson on the Wayne State University E.O.C (Educational Opportunity Center) SLAB (Student Leadership Advisory Board).  He enjoys counseling and motivating others to improve their standards of living in the "spirit of excellence".  Gerald also has many years of managerial experience in the sales and service arena, as well as training other sales personnel regarding the value of integrity and exemplary service provision.  Years ago, he was one of the first black managers of Highland Appliance Superstore in Center Line, MI.  He also served as program coordinator for youth and adult programs at Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries. 
 
During his early years, Gerald served on the neighborhood non-profit Citizen’s District Council for the Jefferson-Chalmers district where he (at that time) resided. He had been a great advocate for community revitalization and fought very hard, along with his father, to eradicate the community of negative influences and to spearhead new development for the neighborhood and its local businesses. Gerald has also made a positive influence in the lives of many young men who often came to him for advice and he became a mentor to many of them in the community, church and local schools.  He found that many young men needed to know that they had someone to believe in them and help build their self-esteem to move beyond situations and circumstances that were not so favorable.  As a result, many of those young men pursued their GED, or college education at local community colleges.   In addition, he has provided teaching to young men at the Get Back Up non-profit program in Detroit.
 
Gerald has an extensive background in performing arts (in the secular music arena) traveling to England and abroad with the famed Detroit Emeralds & Floaters, as well as the Flaming Emeralds band.  He brings a wealth of experience to the outreach and loves to share his experiences with the community.  Gerald is also available for speaking engagements.