Our cherished, long summer days are coming to a close and everyone is taking their children back to school once again, Tabatha Moore is way ahead of the game, and was able to send these kids back in style. As the mastermind behind both the local mental health agency, Heartfelt Alternatives, Inc, and its annual Back to School Jam community event, Paint the City Pink (PTCP), home town hero Tabatha Moore has been helping plan and conduct this fun-filled, family gathering in Raleigh for over four years now. The purpose of PTCP is to help raise awareness for mental health issues, while simultaneously giving back to the community by providing book bags and school supplies.
This year, the event took place in Chavis Park on Saturday, August 24th to a crowd of several hundred. The number of attendees increased from last year’s PTCP event at the park. With music, food, and fun, PTCP was an ideal summer gathering for the community, and it was as equally relaxing as it was informative. While children were playing games and getting their faces painted, adults could explore the numerous Heartfelt Alternatives information tables scattered about the park, many of which were offering advice, guidance, and referrals to parents in need of mentors and support for their children.
Tabatha Moore’s Heartfelt Alternatives is a mental health agency that provides services to children and adults with mental health diagnoses. A wide array of disorders are covered, such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and even Attention Deficit Disorder, and Heartfelt Alternatives seeks to recommend foster homes, mentors, and other community agencies to parents that best fit their child’s specific needs. No child is left without an answer, thanks to Moore, and she is a hero to many.
In addition to increasing awareness on mental health issues on Saturday, PTCP also gave back to the community by offering gently used clothing to children and school supplies, and there was even a place for children to sign up for tutoring. There is clearly no denying that Moore shares a deep connection with the community’s youth, since she works so actively to improve both mental health awareness and young education conditions. In addition to the hundreds in attendance, both Representatives Rosa Gill and Yvonne Lewis Holley could be found talking with attendees.
In 2012, Moore founded Teens About Being Better Youth (T.A.B.B.Y.), with the purpose of providing resources to teens that could help them in getting a head start on their future. This attracted the attention of the Modern Woodmen of America organization, who, in 2013, granted Moore with the Home Town Hero Award—an honorable achievement, meant only for those who genuinely stand by and support their community.
Moore’s Paint the City Pink event was certainly a success thanks to her initiative with Heartfelt Alternatives, but the event planner, Rhonda C. Hicks, owner of Amazing Grace Event Management along with the Heartfelt Alternatives staff members played a huge role in this community gathering. Both Hicks and the Heartfelt Alternative staff brought Moore’s vision to life, and the kids attending definitely knew that the community was behind them by the time sun set over Chavis Park.