Women of Worth Tea helps homeless women

Women of Worth Tea to help homeless women
Women of Worth Tea to help homeless women
Posted at 6:00 PM, May 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-18 14:43:32-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Friday, homeless and at-risk women got free clothes, toiletries, and a warm meal thanks to the Chelsea House. 

The organization has been putting on the Women of Worth Tea Outreach event monthly for the past 12 years.

It's all about giving homeless women in the community the basic things they need, while helping them find jobs and living arrangements.

Nearly 100 people showed up to what they say is the highlight of their month.

"I'm trying to get back to the situation I was in before I ended up being incarcerated. A lot of the things the ladies talk about here I have also went through myself. So, you know, I just come here to get away," said Polly Austin, who attended Woman of Worth. "I tell my friends about it. It's free food, free clothes, free everything. So, you know, it's just one of the places that helps me get off the streets to better myself."  

Austin says, getting out of the homeless shelter and being surrounded with women fighting the same battle as her brings hope.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee woman who has experienced homelessness is trying to help others without a home.

WTXL ABC 27'S Jada Williams was live in Tallahassee on Friday morning with details on an event.

Patricia McCray is inviting homeless women to the Wow Tea - wow standing for Women of Worth - Friday, where they will get a hot meal, toiletries and a sympathetic ear.

For the past four years, McCray has been hosting this tea biannually.

McCray started the Butterfly Life Journeys as a way to help women going through hard times, be it homelessness, serving prison time, or struggling to adjust to life after a prison sentence.

She says this means the world to her because she was once in their shoes.

"Well, at one time, I too was homeless and I didn't have," she said. "So I made an agreement with myself that once things changed in my life and I could give back, I did."

McCray also mentors and teaches women every week at the Federal Prison here and once a month at the Marianna Prison where she was once incarcerated.

McCray is welcoming all to join her or donate. It all starts at 11 a.m. at Christian Heritage Church.