From tent to mobile home: Community gives Catoosa woman new home


A Catossa woman getting a good start to the new year.

Tammy Johnson was recently forced to live in a tent in her own front yard for months until a church stepped up and gave her a new place to live.

“I'm looking forward to that hot shower I’ve been missing," said Johnson.

Johnson might have forgotten what it’s like to live in a cozy home.

"There's a real mattress in here, I was in shock," said Johnson.

She's overjoyed to have a new home. You could say she was homeless at home, forced to live in this tent in her own yard after black mold took over her home.

“Somebody sleeping out in this weather it just shouldn’t happen," said Pastor of Beknown Church Caleb Moore. "If we can do something about it, we should."

Word got around about Johnson's situation and Moore quickly rallied folks together to help her.

“We started to ask our congregation to raise funds to buy her a trailer," said Moore. "My wife found one in Arkansas, about 3 hours away."

About $2,000 and hundreds of miles later, Johnson's new home arrives.

The gesture came as a surprise to her.

"There are people out there who care," said Johnson. "I'm truly blessed."

Now she plans to create a new life for herself in her new home.

"It's been very stressful but I'm seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and it's pretty awesome," said Johnson.

All the money raised to help Tammy came from church members, her neighbors and just folks in the community.

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