The House Tuscaloosa was started by two pastors who intentionally left traditional local church ministry to serve the forgotten and an educator with a lifelong dream of opening a used bookstore. In our local community, the forgotten take a variety of forms: individuals who live with a disadvantage because of gender, race or a past mistake, those who have lost loved ones to death, and people who are not comfortable in beautiful church buildings but are longing for a sense of belonging and purpose. When the three of us combined our ideas, we realized that every program we could offer falls under the broader definition of literacy: competence or knowledge in a specific area. These thoughts came together around this big idea – we can create a literacy center and a used bookstore.
The House Tuscaloosa exists to promote and develop literacy in The West End Community in three areas: Educational, Musical & Spiritual. We also operate a used bookstore to provide books at a reduced price for the community and funding for the organization.
“Third Space” is a term used in sociology that identifies a place of community. If your first space is your home, and your second space is your work, then your third space is a place where you find community with others, a place that shapes and inspires you. We seek to become a Third Space for those who need one.
Rev. Lori Maxey, Executive Director
Pastor Amber Howard, Board President & Spiritual Program Manager
Theo Bruinton, Board Member
Diva Hall, PR Coordinator
Quinvarlio S. Kelly, Jr., Board Member
Dr. Andrew Maxey, Board Vice-President
Martha Pate, Board Treasurer
Mary Wells-Porter, Board Member
Mary Joyce Price, Board Secretary