our founder

Darlene Burke – Founder / Executive Director

Darlene Burke is a God-fearing woman and the proud mother of three beautiful children and two beautiful granddaughters. She was raised in South Central Los Angeles, CA, and she attended UCLA, majoring in English.

She is also a Reentry and Intimate Relationships Consultant. She facilitates workshops on Incarceration, Reentry and Relationships with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Parole Department, Los Angeles County of Education, non profit organizations and Universities and Colleges.

She has been a Real Estate Agent for the past 18 years, and she has worked with formerly incarcerated individuals, helping to reunite them with their family members for the past 10 years.

Darlene believes that you should “Follow Your Heart, But Take Your Brain With You”. She initially heard these words from her Life Coach, Jewel Diamond Taylor. Darlene knows that the POWER of Love transforms lives and supporting a healthy couple parlays into a healthy family that will establish a healthy, productive and SAFE community.

About Us

Ten Toes In was developed on February 8, 2014, when Darlene Burke, Founder & Executive Director, was involved with her former partner, who was sentenced to 25-years to LIFE in a CA prison. The Executive Director created Ten Toes In because she searched for a support group for women who were involved with incarcerated men and could not find one. Ten Toes In became a 501©3 nonprofit organization, January 26, 2015.

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