About Thomas & James
Thomas, an innovative entrepreneur with a brilliant business mind, strong-will, kind eyes, and unmatched determination, also known by many other names, my favorite being “Papa.” I was just three when he passed, although I remember the last time I kissed his sweet face and the very fond memories of picking Werther’s Originals and butter-rum lifesavers from his candy dish while sitting in his lap. Stories, pictures, and one very nice drawing, fill my heart with dreams of what his restaurants and cab services may have been like. He was diligent, selfless, had impeccable work ethic, wise, strong, fearless, bigger than life, a visionary, and loved Jesus.
We hold on to memories of his soul, full of wonderful characteristics, his strength and his candy dish. His legacy is an inspiration that lives within the hearts of those who loved him.
James, is known globally for his heroic life-saving act in 1967 known as the Kiss of Life. Some know him as James, JD, Jim, and then there’s the one I like best- my “Popa.”
Growing up, my Popa would take us out on his boat, fish with us off the dock, make the best ribs a girl could dream of, and every year without fail he would get that birthday card in the mail- no matter where we lived. Popa is a fair and honest man. He’s genuine, sweet, smart, quick-witted, a great story teller, a phenomenal golfer, an incredibly hard worker, a family man, a historian, a weather-lover, and an avid neighborhood Christmas lights competitor. He’s the man we all aspire to be. Thanks for being my hero and removing the fiddler crabs from the pool and letting me beat you on that one hole that ONE time. Thanks for being everyone's airport chauffeur and always being there for your daughters & son in laws, grandkids, and great grandkids.
We love you, Popa T.
Thomas & James was founded on the characters of these men and also Biblical morals and ethics of what a business should be. Good character, creates a good life for you and others, but knowing Christ as your Savior creates an everlasting life. As an organization who aspires to do good and be good, we also aspire to lead others to the true character we wish to resemble- our Lord, Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” -Ephesians 4:32
“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good until all men...” -Galatians 6:10
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” -Matthew 5:14
Thomas & James is a program of Altruistic Inc, and a vocational training opportunity for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.