To foster positive relationships between families, communities, and organizations in order to bring awareness to and eradicate the consequences of poverty.
In a pancake house in East Tampa, the future founder of JTEP and her date dreamt together that one day they would help countless families. Five years later, they were married, expecting their 3rd child, and launching what is now Joining Together Eliminating Poverty, Inc.
They started by giving diapers and clothes. Now, the charity has grown to be multiple community programs, classes, and a national movement.
The members of JTEP's leadership team wear many hats. Father, husband, son, brother, mother, sister, wife, daughter, and grandmother. We place high importance on the strength of families and won't offer any services we wouldn't use ourselves.
Melody is a mother of 5 and grandmother of 28. She is a longtime community leader and volunteer, a retiree from the City of Tampa, a dedicated church member, and the best of Super Grandmas.