Happy Cab & The Mighty Tomato Factory project

Like the Altamont Bakery and everything we are doing through the Housing FAith Alliance, the goal is to build strong natural supports and incubate a life of purpose for formerly homeless, mentally ill men and women. We do this with faith communities in neighborhoods close to housing programs operated by the
Mental Health Association.The bridges of connectivity begin between “formerly  homeless, mentally ill persons of faith and “chronically normal, disabled otherwise, persons of faiths and then grow out to “others in the neighborhood”. There is always an act of kindness connected. In this instance, 1/2 of the tomatoes will be given to the elderly in the neighborhood close to the two sites where the tomatoes are now growing. Both kinds of persons of faith will form teams and reach out to the elderly. These teams will follow up with these elderly to extend community and natural supports for other areas of concern.”
Robert Althoff, LCSW, LMFT
Executive Director
Abba’s Family

The Joy of Friendship and a Life of Purpose: Our First Unblemished Tomato

mighty-tomato-02This picture was taken by Phylicia Moreland, single mom and owner of Four Oaks Landscape, at Altamont yesterday. John Raney, member of Unity Church at Jamestown and 35, is somewhere close by but not in the picture.
Phylicia and John are investing large amounts of heart and time to this effort. They have become best friends with the Altamont Tomato growers. Red, Lydia, Justin, Judah, Nancy, Kathy, and others will soon be gathering baskets full of tomatoes and, together with their friends in faith communities,  deliver them to our elderly friends in the neighborhood (along with hugs and giant smiles).
Through her small business, Phylicia brings good things to our community. Tulsa is blessed to have business owners like her whose bravery in the market place and genuine concern about preventing poverty are on equal footing.
We are most fortune to have faith communities like Unity Church who will get out into the community and demonstrate their beliefs with acts of kindness and a desire to prevent poverty. Thank you, Rev. Mary Anne Harris, for unleashing your people to serve others.
Know a grandmother who is isolated and in the downtown area? Know downtown corporate entity or business that might be interested in joining our residents and members of the faith community to get the tomatoes to those in greatest need? I can be reached at 918-671-3437.
Robert Althoff, LCSW, LMFT
Executive Director
Abba’s Family
 

Patsy with the box of tomatoes she received from Kathy and Marylin

Patsy with the box of tomatoes she received

Patsy with the box of tomatoes she received from Kathy and Marylin

Read about Patsy’s thank you note on Bob’s Blog.