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Valan S. Garland, Founder

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Valan S. Garland, Founder

Ms. Valan S. Garland was born in Columbia, South Carolina on the 23rd of September 1983. Her parents are Valerie Clay-Boyce of Providence, Rhode Island and Clarence Garland of Charleston, South Carolina. Moreover, she is the granddaughter of the late great Arthur Clay and Maria Santiago DaVeiga Clay.


Ms. Garland is the youngest of her parents’ children. She has two sisters, Chi-mur Knight and Angella Knight, and two brothers, Duane Duarte and Joel Joash Knight (1977-1997), whose memory lives on forever in the hearts of those who know him. Now, Ms. Garland herself is mother to her own eight wonderful children—one daughter and seven sons. She also has five nephews and four nieces.


Ms. Garland has always had a heart for helping others. May it be by making others laugh or being a shoulder to lean on, she’s there to show that she genuinely cares. She has also worked and volunteered in the fields of hospitality and humanitarianism. Her tasks included providing home health care, cooking for the elderly in nursing or rehabilitation facilities, and advocating for people in her community, just to name a few.


Eventually, Ms. Garland saw how individuals and families within the community are struggling to meet their basic needs (e.g. food, clothing, shelter, and personal hygiene items). She then decided to do something to help and created The Garland Foundation in Raleigh,

North Carolina in 2007.


With the assistance of various individuals, groups, and organizations, Ms. Garland is able to begin her vision and mission of helping others be great. She hopes that these beneficiaries will, in turn, help others do the same.


Ms. Garland currently has certificates in Dietary Management and ServSafe. She has completed 3 years of coursework toward her bachelor’s degree at the Elizabeth City State University. She plans to finish the entire course in the near future.

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