Over twenty years ago, Tamina resident Shirley Grimes noticed children waiting for the school bus in the dark on a busy road. This wouldn't have been anything unusual except that the school bus wasn't due to come for hours. But the parents had to be at work early and the children had no other option. Shirley Grimes provided an option: she converted a two-bedroom trailer to a safe place for children to come before and after school. For twenty-plus years the Tamina Community Center has provided low-cost before and after school care to local children. The center also provides meals and care to senior citizens in the area. After the destruction of Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Shirley learned of the need for women with young children to have a safe place to live while they looked for jobs. The center repurposed a few rooms into apartments and now offers "Mom's Door of Hope," a 90-day shelter for mothers with children age seventeen and under.
The Tamina Spring Festival has been an annual fundraiser for years, however, COVID-19 posed new challenges and the festival has been cancelled for the second year in a row. The work of the center continues, providing a safe place for kids after school, shelter in Mom's Door of Hope, and always stepping in to address emergency needs such as during the freeze in February 2021.
Please consider providing a one-time or monthly contribution to keep the Tamina Community Center's doors open. Thank you in advance for your generosity!