It’s a sign her hard work is paying off.
She’s Starr Clinton. And she recently founded Nita’s Silent Hands, Inc., helping the deaf and those who are hard of hearing.
Before devoting her work full-time to Nita’s Silent Hands, Clinton worked as an administrative assistant for a daycare center and as a sign-language interpreter for the Gaston County Schools. She attended Central Piedmont Community College, where she studied American Sign Language.
Whether volunteering within her local church, in the Girl Scouts of America or in community service, Clinton says she has always had the heart to serve. She currently serves as chairman of the deaf and hard-of-hearing ministry at Bethlehem Church in Gastonia. She also serves as the fundraising co-ordinator for North Carolina Hands and Voices.
Throughout her life, one question that has always been asked of Clinton is: “What is it like growing up with a deaf parent?”
Clinton says that she always felt as if she “had a superpower, because everyone was so fascinated” with how she was able to talk with her hands.
This wasn’t her inspiration though. Growing up, she had to be the interpreter for her mother. At times this could be extremely aggravating, but she knew it needed to be done. Going into stores, restaurants or any place where her mom needed assistance always bothered her, she explained. She would often question why people didn’t know how to communicate with her mom. Clinton knew something needed to be done. She credits God with giving her the vision to help the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
With Nita’s Silent Hands, Clinton seeks to change the world by mending the gap between the hearing and deaf community and by making an impact, generating resources, knowledge and equality through agape love, one community at a time.
“With our aim of transforming the world,” she said, “we want the deaf to enjoy relating to people and their surroundings. We plan to organize deaf events focused around creating more inclusive social spaces and business growth in Gaston, Cleveland, Mecklenburg and Catawba counties.”