She met the woman while interning for her social work degree program and felt a need to help publish the woman’s life’s work.
DENTON (UNT), Texas – Dellandra Adams has always felt a strong calling for service. Placed in foster care as a young child, Adams says she had a kind social worker who made her feel important and special. That, she says, is part of the reason she decided to pursue a degree in social work from the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service. Adams participates in and serves at UNT as part of the University of North Texas Persevere UNTil Success Happens (PUSH) program, which supports young adults impacted by the foster care system to help them achieve educational success at UNT by focusing on academic, financial and career success, as well as the social well-being, of each student.
“Dellandra was impacted by a social work professional in a very positive way and wants to give back to that community,” said Brenda Sweeten, clinical social work professor, PUSH advisor and UNT foster care liaison. “She wants to help people because she’s been helped and that shows through everything she does.”
It was during an internship for her degree program that she met Doris Garnett, a woman who she connected with last October at Denton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Garnett told her that it was her dream to be an author and publish a romance novel she’d been working on since youth – her life’s work.
“I wanted to do it and it became a goal for me,” Adams said. “I wanted to make it happen and thought if I could, it would be wonderful. So, I did – I did the impossible.”
Adams will finish her internship in a few weeks and is going to miss working with Garnett, but she knows they’ll always be connected by something magical, in this case “The Silent Magic” – the novel that brought them together.
“When I started, I had no idea that a simple paper, something that only took a month or two, would be so impactful,” Adams said. “By doing something that to me seemed so easy ended up fulfilling someone’s legacy, someone’s dream.”