We are thrilled to introduce you to a passionate new member of our staff, Tia Rice.
One of the first things Tia told us is that she changes her hair style very often. And that has proved true. In two short months, we have seen at least three different hair styles already.
We welcomed Tia to our staff in December 2017 as our Operations Manager for The Elizabeth House. Tia had not been familiar with Care Net or The Elizabeth House. She was drawn to this ministry, when she saw the job posting, by her heart for the population that we serve.
Tia has always worked for non-profits. She has a passion to serve people, especially youth and young adults. She has a Bachelor of Science in finance. Although this may sound like an unusual degree for someone who works with underserved populations, her background in finance helps Tia to do her job at a higher level.
What does she find the most rewarding part of her job? “Supporting the residents of The Elizabeth House as they work toward reaching their goals in parenting, housing, career and spiritual growth,” Tia said. “And,” she adds, “Of course, seeing the babies every day.”
Tia is pro-abundant life because God created us. “We are uniquely and wonderfully made. God has given each of us a unique purpose and talents to use for His glory.”
When asked what she enjoys outside of work, Tia replied, “I love my husband, Vincent.” Tia and Vincent are now empty-nesters and are enjoying that life. They have two adult children. They are spending more time with each other and getting to know each other again. Tia’s face beamed with excitement as she told about the newest addition to their family, their first grandchild, Erik, who was born in November 2017.
Tia and Vincent do a lot together. They serve together at church. They both like to read and they love jazz music. “In the summer, you will often find us at an outdoor jazz concert.”
Tia and Vincent are a part of Mount Zion Baptist Church. They both serve in the marriage ministry and the homeless ministry.
Tia is in a book club with other women who are all from different African countries. “I’m the only one from the United States,” she said. “I really like learning about different cultures. And they’re the best cooks!”
Tia has always believed that it’s in her to give back and to care for others. She enjoys providing moral support, encouragement and edification with youth. “They all can be great. If they fall, it’s okay. We all fall. They just have to know how to get back up. I’m here to help them get back up.”
We are glad to have Tia with us to support, encourage and equip the women of The Elizabeth House. And to help our moms get back up when they fall and always keep going as they grow into “oaks of righteousness.”