Tommie moved to Tacoma in the late 1950’s from Arkansas after her stepfather was stationed at Fort Lewis. She was still a teenager, and leaving her friends behind and starting over at Stadium High School was hard. Little by little she made one friend at a time and found her community.
Over the years in Hilltop she’s been married, raised children- and now lives in the same home her parents bought when they moved to Tacoma. She’s completed nursing school, joined the military, and been deployed to a warzone during the first Gulf War.
Helping people in Hilltop and being a good neighbor is Tommie’s passion in life. “I love the work that I do for others. I love my home, and I love my community. I wish that everyone could feel the same way that I do about their community.”
Tommie is passionate about her community and is committed to being involved with her church where her husband Alan is a pastor. “I have a lot of memories in it, that memory is what keeps me there,” says Tommie. “I get my spiritual needs met, my husband is an associate minister, I sing in the choir, I’m a deaconess.”
Alan shares about how he loves Hilltop, and how he and Tommie try to embody the values he was raised with as a child. “ We were raised by a neighborhood, by a village. We knew every person in the neighborhood. We shared whatever we had with people who needed something.”
Tommie’s advice for being a good neighbor:
- Respect yourself
- Cut your grass, cut your bushes, trim your trees
- If you see something happening in the neighborhood, let your neighbor know
- Put the top down on your garbage can
- Meet your neighbor, introduce yourself, and give them your phone number
- Treat your neighbor like you would like to be treated
What happens when you meet your neighbors? How can we increase the feeling of connection between members of our community and their neighbors? Over the past few months we here at Windermere Professional Partners have set out to answer those questions. Based on recommendations from our REALTORS® we set out with a camera crew to speak to our neighbors from the heart about what it means to be a neighbor, to live life fully, and to connect with our community.
Produced by Gabriel Ng