Wednesday, September 4, 2019
The most who need assistance in Orange Mound are the least visible to those who might help. Any of us can put on blinders to the needs. Any one in need can be blind to the resource help that exists.
Throughout our community are boarded windows, and double-bolted doors enclosing darkened rooms with adults and children living inside. O M is behind enemy lines. The majority of our neighbors are single moms with 3 to 5 children.
They are not visible at all except to those who...
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Thursday, August 1, 2019
We have had a deeply disappointing blow recently. Our newest intern chose “weed” over work. She had confessed that she was on drugs when she came into the House for her first interview. We told her a drug screen is given at the end of the 6-week training period, and she said she would be clean by then. She was. Everyone welcomed her into the sweet fellowship of the House. We gave clothes, meals, and money to pay her utilities. She welcomed prayer and instructions on...
at Thursday, August 1, 2019
Monday, July 15, 2019
Drink, Food, and Favor Ideas
Baby showers and gender reveal parties are becoming more and more popular. With all of the creative ideas and pinterest boards to look at, it can become overwhelming to stand out without breaking your bank. At My Cup of Tea, our teas, teapots, and sets are the perfect way to be different while supporting a local business that is doing good for our community.
My Cup of Tea specializes in making a variety of delicious...
at Monday, July 15, 2019
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Friday, I visited two of our neighbors in need. I was welcomed in to offer a little encouragement. Hospitality reigns on our block in Orange Mound.
One was applying Clorox to her children’s bedding to stay ahead of bed bugs, and the state. Bugs in residence rival the roof-rats and roaches trying to get in. Windows are in place, but the glass is missing. Too many friends and family have keys to the back door, which really could be pushed off broken hinges easily with no need for a...
at Wednesday, July 3, 2019
Friday, June 14, 2019
Tattoos are more than words, names, and pictures for so many individuals, including many of our Orange Mound sisters. Some are simple and straightforward, bearing the names of their children and grandchildren or those they’ve lost along their journey, while others are embellished with colors and intricate flourishes bringing their love of flowers, nature, and art to life.
“Did that hurt?” I ask, knowing well it must have, but wanting to provide an opportunity for her to...
at Friday, June 14, 2019
Sunday, March 24, 2019
I know I have been called to this location… much as Paul was called to cross the Aegean.. I have obeyed and crossed the tracks that wall in Orange Mound on the northern boundary.
I’ve encountered brokenness I cannot repair:
Sidewalks crumbling under the feet of the women walking home
Indecent housing collapsing in a day with a simple push from the bulldozer, ambitious to tear down but with no plan of restoration or construction
A vacant lot littered with pick-up...
at Sunday, March 24, 2019
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
“It was a God moment.”
That’s how Debbie Hert, executive manager of My Cup of Tea, described recent events at the opening prayer she conducts daily with staff before work begins.
“I had told the workers that we would be getting two new employees and that they would fit in just fine,” Hert began. When the new hires arrived, Hert and the other 10 MCOT employees learned that Charlesetta Ferguson, a MCOT employee since November 2016, and LCool McClain, one of...
at Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Patricia Craft has a deep sense of satisfaction. Her calmness is evident to all.
“I have a good life. I thank God. I got my own place. I got God,” she said.
Craft, 39, joined My Cup of Tea in April 2017. “I label tea. I weigh tea. I can do everything, but my favorite job is labeling the tea boxes,” she said.
Craft remembers starting her new job and being nervous and uptight. “Now I’m speaking and talking to everybody and laughing,” she said....
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Over a period of about two years, April Powell became associated with The House at Orange Mound and then became employed at My Cup of Tea (MCOT). The slow process—similar to the waiting time while tea steeps—changed her life.
“I moved to Orange Mound from South Memphis and stayed with my children’s father. I’m a stay-at-home mom,” began the petite, attractive, 38-year-old mother of a five-year-old girl and three-year-old boy. “I was sitting around...
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Thursday, July 27, 2017
Cheryl Henderson is learning the tea business at My Cup of Tea and loving it. “I can do every job,” she said proudly. “Customer service, bookkeeping, and administration.”
Henderson also treasures the work environment. “It’s very soothing. There’s a calming voice here.”
Henderson, 53, was interviewed in March, a particularly good and life-changing time for her. A month earlier she was the grandmother of Julian, an active three-year-old. But...
at Thursday, July 27, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Life on the streets in Orange Mound taught Bretta Calhoun many things. She mentioned two specifically: “Bitterness devours you. The fast lane didn’t get me anything but a ticket.”
She had passed by the House at Orange Mound many times. One day about two years ago she stopped. And she kept coming back.
The first thing she noticed about the House was that it was peaceful, then that it “smelled beautiful” and then that it “looked beautiful.”...
at Sunday, February 26, 2017
Friday, December 23, 2016
Charlesetta came to us at the House of Orange Mound a year ago, leaving the ‘crack house’ down the street from the Orange Mound Resource Center for the first time.
“I said to myself, if I can stick it out in jail for 6 months, I can stay in class for 4.”
She has 11 children by 6 (maybe 7) baby-daddies. “I don’t know who the father is of one of my kids.” This year all of her kids will have their first Christmas together with their mom. She...
at Friday, December 23, 2016
Thursday, December 1, 2016
We are in a dilapidated neighborhood. It has a rich history, but few know the story of the oldest African American Community in the USA…once a beacon, now a shell of what it once was. Businesses, jobs, and opportunities have all left for parts of the city our residents are unable to reach. The church buildings remain, but many of the religious leaders are gone, and their doors are closed all week… few resources are available to the community on a daily basis.
High rates of...
at Thursday, December 1, 2016
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
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Friday, October 28, 2016
It was totally different than anything I've experienced... I've passed by this place but never thought it was something that helped women in our community.
We are a team at My Cup of Tea. As a mother of 3, Cassandra found a spirited community she could rely on and who could rely on her. Listen in as Cassandra describes her journey into finding My Cup of Tea and what she's gained from being part of our team.
Our women can do so much more when we work together....
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