Category: Story


Rosalyn is often asked how she is able to light up the House with her ever-present, shining smile. It is not easy to always appear happy, but especially when one knows Rosalyn’s story of tragedy and struggle. “My mother always told me never look like what you’ve been through,” says Rosalyn. “Just smile and you’ll feel better. Plus, it makes you look younger,” she laughs. Born and raised in Orange Mound, Rosalyn dreamed of being an actress, but her... Read More
Posted by Carey Moore at Thursday, November 19, 2020

Two Visits

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... Read More
Posted by Carey Moore at Wednesday, July 3, 2019

God’s Ongoing Work at My Cup of Tea and in the Lives of its Workers

“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... Read More
at Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Patricia Craft: A Steady Job Changes a Life

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.... Read More
at Wednesday, March 7, 2018

April Powell: “The House is a Little Light Shining in the Community”

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... Read More
at Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cheryl Henderson: God’s Goodness in Job, Family, and Life

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... Read More
at Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bretta Calhoun: “My life gets better and better and better”

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.”... Read More
at Sunday, February 26, 2017


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... Read More
at Friday, December 23, 2016

A Sanctuary

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... Read More
at Thursday, December 1, 2016

My Cup of Tea Featured on!

Our story has been featured in a recent article on Click to read our profile on Choose901, and share with your friends! As we gear up for the holiday season, we thank you for your support of My Cup of Tea. We encourage you to shop online or in store for Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Read More on Read More
Posted by Carey Moore at Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Experience Something Wonderful: Rekisha's Story

I love bowling! Although I haven’t been in years, I still enjoy it to the fullest. There are tremendous limitations in poverty. Rekisha works nights in Homecare, and days at My Cup of Tea. She has a busy 6-year-old daughter who is a Girl Scout, loves to dance and is attending a Charter School in Orange Mound.  She hasn’t bowled in a long while, because recreation and personal time off is out of the question. No time, no expendable income, no gas, no... Read More
Posted by Carey Moore at Monday, September 26, 2016

Try Our Cold-Brewed Specialty Tea!

My Cup of Tea’s iced tea line is made from our selected premium fine loose tea blends that have been pre-measured and heat sealed into family size filter packs, or pillows. Each flexible pouch insures freshness, has a zip-lock closure and contains 6 “family size filter packs” which make approximately 2-3 quarts of iced tea. On the back of each pouch we include traditional steeping instructions. Good news: Our iced tea blends may also be cold-brewed! The cold-brew... Read More
Posted by Carey Moore at Thursday, September 22, 2016

Blessings, Tea and Sisterhood: Phyllis' Story

“The only tea I knew was Lipton,” explains Phyllis Hubbard, who has since become a highly dedicated and successful leader in the My Cup of Tea business. Like many of us here at The House at Orange Mound, Phyllis wasn’t at first familiar with how specialty tea was grown, packaged and sold throughout the world. But also like many of us, Phyllis has gained a wealth of knowledge from our resident tea expert, Debbie Hert, and has become quite passionate about producing and... Read More
Posted by Carey Moore at Monday, August 8, 2016

Chocolate Mint Tea Smoothie

  Even with school starting, summer weather will be sticking around for a while longer, and we all know there's nothing better in the Memphis heat than cooling off with a frozen treat. What you might not know though is that our tea can be used to make a delicious smoothie! Trust us, you will want to try this smoothie recipe.  This recipe makes two small, very rich, decadent smoothies. Ingredients 6 oz.  Chocolate Mint Rooibos Tea  (from My Cup of Tea)... Read More
Posted by Debbie Hert at Thursday, August 4, 2016

Introducing Our Neighbors to My Cup of Tea in Memphis

As we market our tea across the Memphis market, we have no lack of confidence in our product. Our tea is indeed the finest, our blenders use the best ingredients of leaf, fruit, herb and spice, and our tea recipes and pairing possibilities are unrivaled. Believing in the team behind the business of My Cup of Tea and becoming so passionate about the quality of our product has made saleswomen out of each and every one of us, no matter what our backgrounds, educational levels, or previous... Read More
Posted by Carey Moore at Tuesday, July 26, 2016
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