“Two years ago, January, she and Amy Ortiz were going to meet at First United Methodist Church. Tammy was going to show Amy what they do with Backpack Buddies,” said Mays. “That meeting of those two ladies, turned into 27-to-29 people who showed up [at the church], when they got Paula Robinson of the Parker County Center of Hope, in Weatherford, to speak.”
Mays was there, along with City Manager Lance Howerton, Mayor Mike Allen and other community officials.
The goal of the center, like the one on Parker County, is to use education, empowerment and teaching self worth to people needing a hand up and their family, Lovell told the Index in February 2011.
"It was the right message at the right moment for Mineral Wells. More and more of us wanting to come together and do more, get invested in their lives, find out who they are and what they need and get tools they need to make a better life for themselves,” Mays noted.
“By the end of the meeting, Tammy asked the question, ‘Do any of you feel this is something we need – take the same concept and do the same thing in Palo Pinto?’” he added.
“I barely knew her; we had met before,” he said, adding that he spent the night after the meeting researching what could be done. “I took the information to her at Freeze Carpets, this was the second week in January 2011. Within three months, she and I were sitting on the board of this organization.”
“Everyone has been extremely supportive and wants to get involved,” he added of the new center, which opened in the spring of 2011 and had an action fair at Mineral Wells High School soon afterwards, according to Gary Lovell.
“It’s been neat to see it all come together,” Mays said of the Center of Life.