Changing Lives – Tammy’s Story

October 10th, 2019

“Nowhere else have I been made to feel this good, this worthy.”

Tammy is friendly and outgoing. Her clothes are colorful and her smile is bright. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, a loving family and the kind of physical problems that would fell a lesser person. After ten surgeries in three months, she was put on a permanent feeding tube to try and alleviate her stomach issues. Her two children, one of whom is autistic, have the same inherited disease. Her 16-year-old son has already undergone 27 surgeries. She contends with the constant pain of Fibromyalgia, while caring for her children and her husband, who recently had a kidney transplant after suffering renal failure.

In the middle of all this, she lost her job, fluctuated weight so much that her clothes no longer fit, and provided in-home hospice care for her father-in-law and then her father. To say that her hands are full is the grossest of understatements.

Tammy came to Uncommon Threads feeling very down. She needed to find a job to support her family and pay her medical bills. After scouring every used clothing store in the area, she concluded there were just no appropriate interview clothes to be had in her price range. She was frustrated and worried.

“Coming to Uncommon Threads was amazing,” she says with a big smile. “I just love the work they do for the community. Nowhere else have I been made to feel this good, this worthy. You can tell that the women helping you are doing it because they genuinely care. They helped me find clothes that really looked good on me. I didn’t have to just settle for anything. I got beautiful clothes!

“They really take their time at Uncommon Threads. You get the kind of one-on-one attention you just can’t get anywhere else. You feel cared for and valued. They aren’t looking for ways to say no to you. They just want to help. And getting styled is a lot of fun!”

“Having something nice to wear really boosts your self-esteem. I am so grateful for the help they gave me,” Tammy concludes. So grateful, in fact, that Tammy is volunteering when she can at Uncommon Threads.