The House in Orange Mound has become a sanctuary for friendship and a laboratory for training. Since 2013, we have been prayerfully knitting two cultures together at the busy intersection of Semmes and Carnes. Women come for assistance in stabilizing their homes and discover a community of support and empowerment. We call ourselves “Sisters”.
Our women are to us… cherished porcelain cups , fragile, forgotten and set aside. The harsh realities of poverty, single parenting,racism, and joblessness mar and create fracture. As an adhesive will seal the cracks and repurpose a broken cup, we are committed to restore hope and strength to the women who come to the House.
Staffed by the Neighborhood Christian Center, the ministry at the House provides a pathway out, and lessons for discovering purpose and talents. Women are taught job readiness and how to secure jobs for life. The limited job opportunities for unskilled women in Orange Mound are a heart breaking reality perpetuating dependency on government assistance, and mercy ministries.
My Cup of Tea, a small business of tea packaging and distribution, started in 2006, has become a social enterprise in Orange Mound and now exists to train women in the 38111 and 38104 zip codes. Marketing over 30 varieties of specialty tea from all over the world, My Cup of Tea, is the only Memphis based tea company, and has a substantial customer base in retail, whole sale and in gift packaging. Operating in an original rehabilitated row house at 823 Semmes, our Vocational Training Center intersects an anemic neighborhood with a viable and proven new industry.