— Kevinee Gilmore of the #FosterCare Movement — Virtual Gathering
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Kevinee Gilmore knows what rejection feels like. After spending five years in foster care bouncing between different homes and high schools, she became homeless. For most of her young life, Gilmore searched for some semblance of normalcy. She realized that she and other foster care kids had that longing in common.
That’s why she created #FosterCare, a social media movement that advocates for foster kids by connecting them with access to opportunities and mentors they wouldn’t have otherwise. Gilmore recognized some of the privileges she experienced that a lot of others don’t have (like the chance to work on Capitol Hill). She also recognized the power of social media and our fascination with celebrities. Gilmore combined the two to create a platform designed to uplift and empower foster kids while working to end the many disparities they face.
Houston Oasis is a secular community. Oasis welcomes everyone to join us for our weekly Sunday morning gathering which consists of discussion, a secular talk, and live music from some of Houston's best singer-songwriters.
Musicians: Ken Gains and Wayne Wilkerson
Houston area singer/songwriter, guitarist, producer, and teacher Ken Gaines has the goal of writing great songs in just about every genre and style you can come up with. “For all the great songs that have been written I belong to a wonderful tribe who believe there are a least as many great ones still to be written.” His voice has the range to cover all styles and his supple guitar work lays down arrangements instead of just chords. His lyrics are both powerful and poetic and highlight the skills of a story teller and observer of life. In 2005 he was voted Singer Songwriter of the Year by the Academy of Texas Music and in 2007 his song “Einstein’s Violin” was nominated Song of the Year at the Texas Music Awards.