Meet our newest member of Home of Hope, Tika Murphy!
Tika is our weekend overnight residential advisor. While she comes to us from the human services field, helping people runs through her blood. She first heard about Home of Hope from her mom, a social worker.
“My mom worked as a social worker for Gwinnett County and would take teens to the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter when I was younger,” Tika said. “I attend 12Stone Church and saw their outreach to Home of Hope and decided to look into the services they provide. I like the fact that Home of Hope helps single mothers and realized it was something I needed to be a part of.”
In the short amount of time, Tika has been working here, she has seen how much Home of Hope can make a difference in the lives of the families they serve.
“I have seen moms mature in their character and hold themselves accountable for their actions,” she said. “Some moms have improved and taken control of their finances. I have even seen improvement in how moms parent their children.”
One of her favorite parts of the job? When she gets to work a day shift. She enjoys seeing and interacting with the kids.
“I was talking to one of the little girls who was about four years old, and she was admiring my dress,” Tika said. “She told me how much she loved it. She then proceeded to try to wear my dress even though I was wearing it. It was so funny.”
When Tika is not working, she enjoys traveling, reading, spending time with her younger siblings and parents, and being a mom to a two-year-old Cavachon named Charlie.
“What people might not know about me is that I love smelling new books. Lately, I have been reading self-help books about mental health and moving through life in your twenties,” she said.
Welcome to Home of Hope, Tika! We’re glad to have you on board!