Barbara J. Carr, Ed.D., M.S., BCCC, Founder/ Director

Barbara J. Carr is the Founder/ Director of Love of My Life Ministries- Advocacy For The Poor, Inc. and a Board Certified Christian Counselor and life coach. Even though she is a retired social worker, she still continues to serve those in need. As a medical social worker she served people living with HIV/ AIDS in Contra Costa County; she is a former Child Welfare social worker, also in Contra Costa County; a former Family Advocate for severely emotionally disturbed children, youth and their families in San Francisco County, having worked for over 20 years as a social worker with case management experience. As a previous MFCC intern, she did individual, marriage, child, family, and brief therapy; and through Love of My Life Ministries, she has served the Homeless population in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties for over forty years.

Dr. Carr volunteered and served as a juvenile hall and jail minister from 1985- 2004 at various times in San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda and Contra Costa counties. She also facilitated group counseling sessions at San Francisco Juvenile Hall while working on her bachelor's degree in criminal justice. In 1993 she founded Love of My Life Ministries, a juvenile hall counseling, correspondence and newsletter ministry. The incarcerated wrote "Letters To The Editor" and received spiritual encouragement, scriptures, Bibles and journals upon request. She still maintains the correspondence portion of that ministry.

The goal this ministry is to encourage, uplift, and give hope to those who are hurting during hard times. Because of her compassion for the poor, Dr. Carr has maintained a homeless “street” ministry out of her car for four decades, and has distributed food, blankets, coats, and warm clothing to the Homeless living on the streets. In April 2013, under the umbrella of Love of My Life Ministries, Dr. Carr founded Advocacy for the Poor, Inc., a grass roots agency/ component to further help the poor and Homeless and others in need. She has been described as having a “mercy gift” and she believes that her spiritual gift is to encourage and help the downcast, and those who cannot help themselves in times of need.

Dr. Carr earned an associate’s degree in general education from City College of San Francisco in 1980; a bachelor's degree in social science and criminal justice in 1982 and a master's degree in marriage, family and child counseling in 1993 from San Francisco State University, located in San Francisco, California; also a doctorate of education in counseling psychology from Argosy University/ San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) in 2012. She previously studied at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, located in Mill Valley, California (1987- 1989) prior to transferring to SFSU where she earned her master’s degree in counseling. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC,) the International Board of Christian Counselors (IBCC) and a supporter of the Association of Black Psychologists (ABpsi.)

Books:

Dr. Carr has recorded her thoughts in journals for over forty years. She is the author of Miracles From God Journal (Xulon Press, 2004,) and Poetry Unto God and Other Observations in Life (Xlibris Publishing, 2007,) and Spiritual Warfare in the Workplace: A Handbook For Diligent Workers (Xulon Press, 2018.)

03/20/14; Updated 7/20/19.