Earlier this semester, SBSK gained the newest member of our crew, Tonya Moore, and she is absolutely incredible! Her past experiences serving the youth and her steadfast relationship with Christ are beyond inspiring, and she has fit into our organization beautifully.
Tonya and her family moved to Austin a few months ago from Omaha, Nebraska. Back in Omaha, she worked for another youth nonprofit for more than 11 years, during which time she served in a variety of roles with children of all ages, including elementary, middle, and high schoolers. When she arrived in Austin, Tonya knew she wanted to continue serving the youth, and God led her straight to us.
“When I came here, I was looking for something that would still keep me working with the youth, and that’s how I found Side by Side. I just looked online for non-profit groups serving kiddos, and it popped up! And it was faith-based. My faith is important.”
When asked about the largest differences between SBSK and her previous job, Tonya spoke a lot about transitioning from a secular work environment to a faith-based one.
“You can pray in the middle of the day, you know? It’s almost surreal. The first meeting I went to, they started out in prayer, and I was like a deer in headlights almost because you condition yourself to not do it at work. Even though people know you’re a Christian and you have faith, you can’t talk about it because it’s against the rules. So that was a huge, huge change – just being able to embrace it and know that it’s okay to pull out my Bible if I want or look at some verses. That was a switch. A good switch!”
Since arriving here, Tonya has jumped headfirst into her role as Site Coordinator and excelled at everything that has come her way. When asked, she said her biggest challenge has been learning to navigate the city of Austin geographically. However, she loves the people, the culture, and even the weather, believe it or not!
In her free time, Tonya enjoys shopping and spending time with her family, including her 17-month old grandbaby.
Tonya has already brought so much to our team! Her infectious joy and heart of service are visible in all of her interactions, and we can’t wait to see the amazing things God has in store for her and the students at Webb Elementary School.
If you’d like to work with incredible people like Tonya, apply now to #JoinOurCrew! We would love to have you.