Committed to the Cause
Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of KidsAreTrulySpecial.org. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.
CEO & Founder
Hi, I am Tamaya the founder of, "Kids Are Truly Special." In March of 2015, I was faced with the hard decision of entering a women's shelter with my then 2 month old son. I also have an older son that was unable to reside in the shelter with me due to his age. For years, it had always been my older son and I so when unforeseen circumstances occurred, being separated from him was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make.
I lived in this shelter for about four months with my new born while my oldest son stayed with a family member. It was a huge eye opening experience. I was not prepared for how I would be treated. I thought the things I saw in movies were an exaggeration of what living in homeless shelter would be like. until I experienced it all first hand.
My epiphany happened one day at dinner time when a family at the dinner table almost ate raw meat served on molded bread. I grabbed her tray and took it back to the food serving line. When I informed the staff member of the moldy bread, raw meat and that a little girl almost ate it, her response was, "you get what we serve or nothing at all!"
Coming in and out of the shelter, I would see young unaccompanied minors that were clearly homeless. It was tough as that could have been my oldest son. I vowed that once I left the shelter and got back on my feet, I would do something and here we are.