The Ordinary People Society

                       We are just Ordinary People helping Ordinary People do Extra-Ordinary things,
by no will of our own, but by the power of God.

T.O.P.S. is an innovative, faith-based community program founded in 1999.  T.O.P.S offers hope and creates an environment that provides a continuum of unconditional acceptance and care to individuals and their families who suffer the effects of drug addiction, mass-incarceration, homelessness, poverty, unemployment, hunger and illness-without regard to race, sex, creed, color, religion or social status.

 T.O.P.S. helps restore people holistically, i.e., spiritually, physically, emotionally and mentally.  It works with the most disenfranchised members of our community that others exclude.

WELCOME TO

The Ordinary People Society

403 West Powell St.

Dothan, AL 36303

Phone/Fax: (334) 671-2882

Email: TopsSociety@yahoo.com

sister website: www.WeAreTops.org


PASTOR KENNETH GLASGOW

NATIONAL PRESIDENT


T.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and a member of the Dothan Chamber of Commerce

Your Donations Are Appreciated!


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T.O.P.S is Always Looking for Volunteers

                                     Office hours 9am-4pm Monday- Thursday  334-671-2882 

WE ARE ALL BELIEVERS IN THIS FIGHT FOR JUSTICE

Catherine Thomas, Jackie Massey Shunta Daughtery and Rachel Smith speaks at the Formerly Incarcerated People and Family Assembly  Aug 26 Dothan Ala starting at 10am  Training, presentations, Mothers and Families, Free Alabama Movement, Project South, AME National Pastors, Regional Leaders, National Leaders , Missionary Baptist Convention, Primitive Baptist Convention, SOS over 100 organizations  Come and be a part.  Hear the Mothers of those slain by the Police speak. #ENDPRISONSLAVERY16 

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Story Contributed by Callie Giersberg

In 1994, Tina Glasgow, now known by many as 'Mama Tina', received a letter from her son who was in prison at the time. His letter explained a dream he wanted to see accomplished when he got home. In 2001, Kenneth Glasgow wanted to help people get off the streets and off drugs. He wanted to focus on the crowd that he was involved in before he went to jail. He bought a tent, and in downtown Dothan, a dream came true.  For two years, Mama Tina and Kenneth set up the tent day in and day out. After serving the community in rain, shine, heat and humidity, they finally purchased a house to host their soup kitchen. Kenneth always told his mama that he would name a soup kitchen after her, which is how the start of Mama Tina’s Soup Kitchen came about.
Today while we talked, Mama Tina told me a story behind why her heart is so big for feeding the homeless in our area. “When Kenneth was involved in the wrong crowd, they would come to my house during the day to think of other ways to get into trouble. Apparently, I was the only mother not home because I worked full time. I knew they came to my house during the day, and you know how I knew it? [Because] when I would get home from work, they would be asleep on the couch. It’s all because I left food on the stove. I always left food on the stove because I knew it would make them sleepy. I knew that food kept them out of trouble. This is why we have the soup kitchen.”
My favorite story I heard while at Mama Tina’s office was a story about Ann. Ann was an addict living on the streets. She lived from one high to the next. She was searching for purpose and love. One night, Ann ended up in the hospital, and the first people to come were Mama Tina and her son, Pastor Kenneth. Ann had lost her voice in her accident, so she could only write that night, and Mama Tina had an idea... 
“I watched her have a pity party and knew I had to do something to get this girl out of this mess. I had been receiving letters from the inmates in prison asking for prayers, wisdom and love. I went home and bagged all the letters I’d received, a Bible and two pens, and I headed back to the hospital to get Ann on writing these letters.” 
Ann walked in the room as Mama Tina is telling me her story. 
Ann began telling me all about how dark her life was before Mama Tina stepped in, but she told me something else that stuck. “When I started writing those letters to people, I was giving them hope...and that gave me hope. I stopped being an addict. I’ve been clean for 12 years now, and I have been working with Mama Tina and Pastor Kenneth since.” 
Being a breast cancer survivor and an advocate for Dothan's homeless, Mama Tina is nothing short of an angel. We are thankful to have her in our city spreading good vibes. Thank you, Mama Tina, for all you do for so many!




 Pastor Kenneth Glasgow
 Founder, National President
 The Ordinary People Society (TOPS)Phone: 334-671-2882 Office, 334-791-2433 cell
 West Powell St. Dothan, AL 36303


 

Dr. Walters-Sleyon is here visiting from Liberia engaging with prison Chaplin's in Alabama to  learn about how they deal with Anger, Dying and Death in the prison.

 

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LETS KNOCK OUT HUNGER TOGETHER

We are excited about the expansion of our soup kitchen. We are now able to sit, sup and fellowship with anyone coming through our doors. Thank God. As you know we cannot do this alone or without financial help, your donations is what keep us able to serve those in need. 

We are presently in need of:

Utensils

Plates

Cleaning Supplies

FOOD FOOD FOOD   

Sack Lunch 12-1

Hot Meal 5-6



FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL:

T.O.P.S OFFICE…………………....(334) 671-2882

 MOMA TINA MISSION HOUSE. (334) 699-6886

 MOMA TINA…………………. ( 334) 714-3482


Our Goal as a 501c 3, Nonprofit Organization, is to create, build, promote and maintain a better humanity by addressing needs of the people in our society. We do this by caring for those in need and building a movement for justice. SOMEBODY SAY “ RESTORE”

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                Help Us EMPOWER OUR YOUTH through our:
After School Programs 4pm-6pm
Early Intervention and Mentoring
Drug Prevention/Counseling
Homework and Tutoring Assistance
Home Economics, Hygiene, and Health Care
Etiquette Classes
Feeding and Serving

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Dear Friend,

As you know, The Ordinary People Society is making a difference every day by Feeding and Clothing the Homeless, Providing Rehabilitation to Repeat Offenders, Mentoring Youth and Providing Support to the Low-Income Community of Dothan. Our Mission is creating a continuum of hope to Individuals and Families who suffer the effects of Drug Addiction, Incarceration, Homelessness, Unemployment, Hunger, and Illness. Your generous support means the world to the Community we serve now more than ever.

Join us on February 6th, 2013 along with 17 other Organizations who are in need of your support. We are excited to join hands with a small group of Non-Profit Organizations for Houston County Gives Day.

Houston County Gives Day led by a Coalition of Organizations will be hosting their first Gives Day in the Wiregrass Area. This day is intended to provide support to Non-Profit Organizations such as The Ordinary People Society, in the means of generous donations.

The Ordinary People Society has faced many challenges this year, however together we have overcame these obstacles with support from people like you. Highlights of the past year includes:

  • Feeding over 55,000 People on a Constant Basis

  • Clothing over 40,000 People on a Constant Basis

  • Providing Educational Services to over 500 Continuing Education Students

  • Rehabilitating over 350 people with Everlasting Results

  • Giving hope to over 200 Families on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

  • Provided Permanent housing to the Homeless through the ARCH Program

In order to continue these great works we are asking for your maximum support. This will allow The Ordinary People Society to start off year 2013 successfully. If you are interested in matching the donations received by Houston County Gives Day please contact Executive Director: Tina Glasgow at(334) 671-2882.

Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/TOPS-The-Ordinary-Peoples-Society-Southeastern-Region or http://houstoncountygives.blogspot.com so you can share in the excitement of the giving day and remember to give February 6th, 2013. If you would like to donate please visit us at www.theordinarypeoplesociety.com.


Sincerely,

Kenneth Glasgow

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VOTING FOR PEOPLE WITH CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS

 

 

THE NEXT PHASE OF THE VOTING RIGHTS MOVEMENT: SECURING THE VOTE FOR PEOPLEE WITH CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS

 

Securing the right to vote for people with felony convictions is widely recognized as the next phase of the voting rights movement.  Incredibly, although Blacks comprise only 25% of Alabama?s overall population, they represent 50% of the 262,000 Alabamians who have lost their voting tights because of a felony conviction.  A striking one in three African- American men in Alabama has been denied their voting rights.

 

However, Alabama does not disqualify all people convicted of criminal convictions from voting.  Indeed, Alabama?s courts, the State Attorney General, and the Alabama Board of Patrons and Parolees have made it clear that people convicted of felony offenses ?not involving moral turpitude? are eligible to register to vote.  Unfortunately, too many Alabamians with criminal convictions who are eligible to vote don?t know it.

 

This informational flyer and the work of The Ordinary People?s Society (TOPS), led by Reverend Kenneth Glasgow, seek to clear up that confusion.

 

  

REGISTRATION FOR PEOPLE WITH A CRIMINAL CONVICTION

 

YOU CAN REGISTER TO VOTE, if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor offense.  If you are serving a sentence of incarceration for a misdemeanor conviction, you can vote by requesting an absentee ballot.

 

                YOU CAN REGISTER TO VOTE, EVEN IF YOU ARE INCARCERATED, if you have been convicted of the following felonies:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Violation of liquor laws
  • Possession (but not sale) of drugs
  • Doing business without a license
  • Speeding
  • Trespass
  • Aiding a prisoner to escape

 

These felonies, which do not involve ?moral turpitude,? do not disqualify you from voting.  If you are serving a sentence of incarceration for one of these felonies, you can vote by requesting an absentee ballot.

 

If you have been convicted of a felony involving ?moral turpitude,? like burglary, robbery, theft, or sale of controlled substances, you must apply to the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles at 334.671.2882. or 334.791.2433 for restoration of your voting rights.

 

 

For Immediate Release

Date: September 15, 2012

Media Contacts:

WHAT: Southern, multi-racial, regional group of over 15 social justice groups lead the ?We All Count? campaign to combat historic levels of voter suppression and disenfranchisement. Groups are building on the legacy of the Southern voting rights struggle by educating and activating ?unlikely? voters -particularly African-American voters; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender voters; young voters; voters displaced by foreclosure and disaster; and Latino voters.

WHERE: Across the Southern United States: VA, NC, SC, TN, KY, GA, MS, AL, LA, AR, TX

WHEN: Summer and Fall 2012

WHO: Project South (www.projectsouth.org); Southerners On New Ground (www.southernersonnewground.org); The Ordinary People?s Society (www.topssociety.org); Moving Forward Gulf Coast (www.movingforwardgc.org); Georgia Citizens? Coalition on Hunger; Kindred Collective; The Arkansas Women?s Project; Alternate ROOTS (www.alternateroots.org); Spark Reproductive Justice (www.sparkrj.org); Women Watch Afrika; Southwest Workers? Union (www.swunion.org); and others.

Atlanta, GA ? More than 30 million people will be discouraged or prevented from voting in this election. ?This is the highest number since the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965. We know that many of those people are African-Americans, LGBT people, people displaced by foreclosure or disaster, and young people?we are working to bring these communities together, and to say that we will not be erased,? says Emery Wright, Co-Director of Project South in Atlanta, GA.

While the Democratic and Republican parties fight for the votesof people across the country, 15 grassroots Southern groups working for social justice are taking a different approach through an effort called the ?We All Count? campaign.

The 2008 election, which many considered a decisive victory, was decided by 9.5 million votes. The 2004 election was decided by 3 million votes. If even a fraction of the voters who are discouraged or prevented from voting were able to vote this year, the blue-red map could look very different.

While the media and many national organizations abandon the South during election years, these 15 groups representing over 25,000 people have established 25 action sites around the South. Instead of playing beltway politics, more than 300 organizers are engaging ?unlikely? voters - inviting them to join with other communities, to participate, and to be counted.

?Working with the ?We All Count? campaign has changed my life,? says Shaquita Bell, a 22 year-old college student atAlabama State University in Montgomery, AL. ?I have learned so much about how to engage my community and stay involved beyond the election, when our organizations are needed the most.?

150 people will gather in Lowndes County, Alabama on September 22 to represent their communities and vote on a plan of action for the People?s First 100 Days. Lowndes County is the historic site of Tent City on the trail of the Selma to Montgomery March that organized for voting rights almost forty years ago. While other groups focus on how to target individual voter groups around narrow individual interests, the We All Count campaign is working to shine a light on how different groups of ?unlikely? voters have similar interests but are often marginalized from the democratic process.

This movement in the US South is bringing together people whoare often dismissed as non-voters or as people without political power. But as history shows us, the power of a multiracial, multi-generational coalition represents a significant powerbase that can respond locally, regionally, and nationally to the attacks on immigrants, youth, women, and families living on the frontlines of poverty.

?Many people ask me why ex-felons and formerly incarcerated people would be spending time building with immigrants, gays, and youth,? states Rev. Kenneth Glasgow, a formerly incarcerated person who leads The Ordinary People?s Society (TOPS) in Dothan Alabama. ?The answer is simple: our issues are connected, and the disenfranchisement of any person threatens the whole democracy.? More than three million people who have served their time are still excluded from voting every election. ?If we look at the economics of disenfranchisement, in Alabama alone the cost of housing inmates is approaching 30k per year. It makes good moral sense and sound economic sense to ensure public participation and reduce recidivism. We all need and deserve good schools, good jobs, and basic safety?we need to come together to make our voices heard.?

For more information, please see the contacts above.

Pastor Kenneth Glasgow

Founder, National President

 

 

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  Movement of Ten Million

 "Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted Peoples Movement" 

                             on Feb. 28 - Mar. 2 in Montgomery, Alabama

                                              Join Us if you care! 

 

Schedule:

 

Sunday, Feb. 27

Noon – 7pm: Participants arrive in Montgomery, AL Regional Airport

            TOPS will arrange for transport to Clarion Hotel, 120 Madison Avenue, Montgomery;

            Also: Montgomery Transit

3pm  Registration Opens @ Clarion 

5-8pm Light H’oederves @ Clarion Hotel in lobby 1-800-230-4134

LOGISTICAL QUESTIONS:  Pastor Kenny Glasgow, TOPS, (334) 791-2433; AllabamaAlliance@yahoo.com

 

Monday, Feb. 28

8am Breakfast @ Clarion Hotel

9am Welcome Message (Pastor Kenny Glasgow and …)

10-12  Discussion 1 – Movement Building IWhere We’ve Been, Where We’re At

           Allies Discussion 1-

12-1 Lunch @ Clarion Hotel

1-3pm Discussion 2- Movement Building IITactics, Fundraising, Barriers, Information, Press Release

           Allies Discussion 2-

3-5pm Discussion 3- Laying Out the Road Ahead – Tasks, Committees, Report Out

           Allies Discussion 3-

7pm Dinner @ Clarion Hotel

           

Tuesday, March 1

8am Breakfast @ Clarion Hotel

9am- Bus to Selma, AL

10am Visit Alternative School

11:30-12:30 Voting Rights Museum

1pm  March over the Petus Bridge

2pm Lunch @ Selma Baptist Church, Pastor David Perry

4-5pm- Return to Montgomery

6pm- Dinner meeting with legislators @ Clarion Hotel

 

Wednesday, March 2

8am Breakfast @ Clarion Hotel

9 - 11am Lobby at Montgomery Statehouse

Noon- Press Conference @ Montgomery Statehouse

1pm-3pm– Arrange Travel to Airport

Be there and help make a difference!

 

 

Financial Classes

Here is the Global Finance School website link for T.O.P.S. http://www.globalfinanceschool.com/af/tops

Members and friends can purchase any Financial Education course (Including: STOCK MARKET, FINANCE, ACCOUNTING, ECONOMICS & MORE) for the discounted price of $9.00 for 90 days. This is at a 90% discount.  Enter TOPS (no periods) in the COUPON CODE  field and they will get the discount.

 Each time a $9.00 purchase is made from the link at the T.O.P.S. website, T.O.P.S. will receive $3.00.

At the end of 90 days all GFS Finance Education prices will go back to regular price. At that point, T.O.P.S. will receive 40% of the proceeds from GFS for any GFS products purchased through the link on the T.O.P.S. website.

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