Tyra “Ty” Thomas works hard as a Parking Enforcement Associate, but that hard work doesn’t end when his shift is over. Ty feels passionately about giving back to the community and does so through his involvement with the House of Judah Church in Baltimore City. Three or more nights a week, Ty will go to the House of Judah after work to assist the church in any way he can. About the only night you would not see Ty at church is Thursday, when he participates in the TU Faculty/Staff bowling league!
Ty has been an active member at the House of Judah for many years and regularly organizes and participates in clothing drives to assist the homeless. After gathering the clothing, Ty and other House of Judah members distribute the items to individuals in the surrounding neighborhoods.
“When you hand a coat to a small child and see their face light up, it reminds you how important doing this is,” he said.
Another church function that Ty is actively involved in is holiday dinners. The House of Judah regularly conducts fundraisers to support the holiday dinners and Ty is a key member of the church’s fundraising committee. He also volunteers his time at the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday dinners that serve individuals from local halfway houses looking to make a fresh start.
Ty’s involvement at the House of Judah doesn’t stop there! He’s often referred to as the House of Judah’s resident “Minister of Maintenance” as he frequently conducts plumbing, roofing, drywall, and other repairs at the church. After evening bible study sessions, Ty regularly walks ladies to their cars to ensure they get home safely.
Just about the only thing Ty doesn’t do is sing in the church choir. Even though singing is one of his favorite things to do at church, Ty isn’t allowed to sing in the choir because his voice is so deep! This does not stop him from belting out the sweet notes from the audience, though.
“The church is huge part of my life,” Ty said.
It is clear that Ty uses his connection to the House of Judah to be a huge part in other people’s lives as well. Parking Services and the Administration and Finance Division is lucky to call such a giving employee one of their own!