Making A Difference
Watch now to learn more about the differences Unless U is making in the lives of those we serve. The challenges we all face every day are worth the effort.
Unless U envisions a world where adults with developmental disabilities are not seen through the lens of their disability but rather through what they offer their community.
This ministry would not be possible unless we abide in the Lord. The foundation of Unless U is based on John 15:4,12, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me…This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you.”
Meet the Director
Lindy Cleveland earned a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development and Family Life Education from Samford University in 2014. While in college, Lindy founded "D4D" (Dance for Down Syndrome). The mission of this fundraiser is to foster inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities while raising funds and awareness for the special needs community at large. Her efforts caught the eye local publications, and she was featured in the Over the Mountain Journal, About Town Magazine, and Al.com. Lindy also shared her vision and fundraising efforts with Fox 6 News and CBS News 42. Because of D4D and her involvement at Samford, Lindy received the Inner Beauty Award from Birmingham Magazine, and her story was featured in the 2013 edition of Birmingham's Most Beautiful People. Samford University honored Lindy for her efforts by awarding her the Samford University Outstanding Community Service Award in 2014, and the Jessica M. Smith Outstanding Community Service Award in 2013. After graduating from Samford, Lindy decided to open Unless U. A non-profit day program for adults with developmental disabilities. With the help of family, friends, and her home church, Shades Mountain Baptist she launched Unless U in November of 2014 with ten students. Unless U has now grown to a staff of 12 and serves over 50 adults and their families. Due to her success, Lindy caught the eye of TedxBirmingham and became and TEDx speaker in 2016. Lindy has also received the Humanitarian Award from the Women's Committee of 100 as well as the Learning for Life Award from Orlean Beeson School of Education. Because of her love for her brother, Jordan it has always been Lindy's lifelong dream to start a program like Unless U. Lindy is constantly working to make Unless U the best it can be for her students and the Birmingham community. She is married to Mitch Cleveland who is a special education teacher in the Vestavia Hills Education school system, and they have a son named Grady.