“It was just my momma, sisters and me,” Tamera recalls. “We moved ten times in nine years. For us, things were always changing.”

But when Tamera joined By The Hand, she finally got a sense of stability. She began a friendship with a volunteer who later became her trusted mentor, Miss Brooke. “She was always there for my family and me. And she introduced me to Jesus Christ!”

“I remember Tamera carefully turning the pages of her Following Jesus Bible for the first time,” Brooke said. “I will treasure that memory and all of the other times we had together.”

Inspired by her grandfather who was in the military, Tamera enlisted in the Army as a rising senior. And as Brooke drove Tamera to Iowa for boot camp, the laughter and encouragement helped settle Tamera’s nerves.

Once there, Tamera held fast to her life verse—the one she had chosen at By The Hand. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.

“When you go into the Army, you have to be into it. And I definitely wasn’t ready for it.” But every night before the lights went out, Tamera read her Bible, telling herself… “Be strong. Be strong.”

“When I graduated from basic training, I never experienced anything like that in my life. I felt overwhelming happiness.”

“I wouldn’t have made it without By The Hand Club. They were with me every step of the way.

They believed in me and invested in me. And now I want to pass that along to others.”

Tamera is currently in the Army Reserve, attending Taylor University on a full scholarship, and wants to pursue her dream of being a military police officer upon graduation.

She is the Power of One, and volunteers make it possible.