We are a love-based ministry providing HOPE for our community though meals, resources, connections and education.
Our vision is to create a community where no one is in need.
We are dedicated to our community.
We accept everyone as they are.
We empower people.
We are innovative in how we serve.
We began serving the homeless in January 2016 and became a non-profit April 2017. We originally served the homeless on the streets of Phoenix while developing “A New Beginning”, our culinary job training and mentorship program for the low income and homeless community. While serving in Phoenix we served over 10,000 meals and 2 tons of clothing, toiletries, socks, underwear, shoes, blankets, and dog food to the homeless community.
In September of 2018 our dream of “A New Beginning” became a reality. We partnered with Celtic Properties and Local First Arizona and began renting kitchen space at 659 E Main Street, Mesa, 85203. We then offered free cooking classes and community events for the residents of El Rancho Del Arte.
Chairman of the Board
Ramiro “Ray” Villa is the Executive Director for the Community (Community Alliance Against Family Abuse) CAAFA. Ray has been with the CAAFA for the past 10 months. CAAFA provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Pinal and Eastern Maricopa Counties. Prior to working at CAAFA, Ray was the Community Engagement Division Director for Mesa Police Department for 8 years. Ray has diverse background in the City of Mesa and Police Leadership. Prior to coming to the Mesa Police Department, Ray was the Neighborhood Services Department Director for the City of Mesa where he served for over 3 years. Other positions he has held in the City of Mesa; Code Compliance Director and Neighborhood Outreach Director. He served in the City of Mesa for over 14 years.
Ray has also held other management positions in two other cities. He was the Housing and Revitalization Manager for the City of Fresno, California (3 yrs.) and the Neighborhood Programs Administrator for the City of Chandler, Arizona (1.5 yrs.).
Ray is also a retired Police Lieutenant for the City of Chandler Police Department where he served for 21 years.
Ray attended the University of Phoenix and Northern Arizona University.
Born and raised at the base of Mt. Rainier in Washington state, Tamara Lucero, owner of My Holistic Adventures, moved to Arizona after surviving 10 years of domestic violence, 25 years of drug abuse, and a period of homelessness.
Refusing to be a victim, she turned the tables and allowed her light to shine using the combination of her past, her love of nature and certifications as a Life Coach, Nutrition Coach, and Hypnotherapist.
Today Tamara is pursuing her passion as a nature photographer to showcase the wonders of the Earth one photo at a time.
Additional information can be found at: www.myholisticadventures.com
Dr. Ruth Tam Lim
Board Member at Large
Dr Ruth Tan Lim is a practicing physician in Mesa since 1979. Her medical practice offers integrative medicine encompassing conventional with Homeopathy and natural medicine.
As a Community advocate - her passion is children and families promoting positive societal change ; empowering transformation for a safer and better community.
In 1991, after returning from Operation Desert Storm she setup the children’s Benefit Foundation ( CBF Inc.,) : the mission is to enhance every child’s journey through life . Since 1996, she organizes the annual integrative health fair for the homeless and uninsured, partnering with the Tzu Chi Foundation. Since 1998, the foundation champions a community advocacy event for peace and nonviolence recognizing students who are winners of the peace poster poetry contest – all for a safer community. For the past 3 years, the foundation have awarded scholarships for vocational students and returning veterans at Mesa Community College.
Currently she is on the board of Trustees with the Southwest College of Naturopathic medicine, the Health and Human Services advisory board of Chicano Por La Causa and the Mesa community College Development Board. She has served on the Mesa Arts Center Foundation Board, the I.D.E.A. Museum Board, Parenting Arizona and Health Care Consortium of Arizona.
As a member of the Mesa Sunrise Rotary club for over 20 years, she has served at club and district level committees for polio plus and district grants. She is a major donor and a member of the bequest society.
Her philanthropic support includes Child Help, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Mercy gilbert Medical Center , Chandler Regional Medical Center, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, I.C.A.N., Musical Instrument Museum, Mesa Arts Center , Mesa Community College Performance Arts Center.
She has received many awards including the Hon Kachina, Mesa Woman of the year, and the governor’s Arts award.
Board Member at Large
Heidi Geldis-Young and her family are residents of the Apache Junction area. Originally from downtown Los Angeles. Heidi, along with her younger brother and parents were homeless off and on as a child due to her father’s drug addiction. Her motivation to get out of the area came from her teachers and mentors. As an adult, her and her husband’s goal was to find a city with a small town feel where they could raise their children. They fell in love with Apache Junction and became residents shortly after having their first daughter 14 years ago. Now they have 2 kids, a dog and take care of their elderly parents. Along with being a mother & wife, she has also been with Stryker Sustainability for 11 years as a Pricing Analyst for their national hospital accounts and contracts, a Public Speaking Instructor and Event Coordinator for their Corporate Events. Heidi was most recently the Director of Marketing and Events with the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce and is now in Community Outreach at Hatfield Medical Group who provides “quality compassionate care to every patient, every day.” Most likely you will see her at community events, volunteering or taking advantage of the beautiful parks in the area with her kids. As a board member of Other Side Ministries she looks forward to connecting with people who enjoy helping others and to uplift those that want to take control of their lives.
Alaina Locke Hopkins
Student Graduate Member
Alaina Hopkins is an Arizona native who has lived pretty much all around the state at some point. I'm a mom and a bonus mom to some really amazing kids. I've struggled most of my adult life with homelessness and poverty. Through hard work and the help of some amazing people, I am now living my best life! I was never taught how to cook growing up, and almost everything I know now has been self taught.
I was the first student to be selected for The New Beginnings class. There were so many things that I learned and am thankful for because of that class. I ran a small catering company for a while, however I learned that it wasn't the right fit for me. Now I'm a paraprofessional specialist at a high school for some wonderful kiddos with Special Needs.
Currently in life I'm starting to work with Pampered Chef and will be creating my own cooking channel that will feature some of my favorite recipes in the kitchen. I love to explore all different types of food, and will try almost anything once
Jason Taylor C.D.M.
Reverend Taylor was ordained on Easter Sunday 2014 and is a 30 plus year veteran of the culinary industry. He has an associate degree in Restaurant Management and is a certified Dietary Manger.
I experienced homelessness when I was 21 years old. A Good Samaritan took pity on me. He feed me and paid for me to stay in a kitchenette hotel for three weeks. It was the break I needed to restart my life. I knew this Good Samaritan for a total of about 6 hours, but the things he chose to bless me with, made all the difference in our world.
I started Other Side Ministries as an idea and a Facebook event. I and a handful of others served the homeless in front of Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS). We fed 250 people in minutes and ran out of food. It was the most humbling experience. The elation on everyone's faces reflected their appreciation. I knew I found my purpose.
We have grown from that day, becoming a 501(c)3 nonprofit on May 11, 2017. We have served over 10,000 meals and over 2 tons of clothing. In April of 2019 we began “A New Beginning” providing real world culinary job training. This course seeks to place our graduates in industry jobs and mentor them through the transition. In December of 2019 we began to offer student catering to gain real world experience for our students. In April of 2020 we started HOPE Café and catering company a for-Profit Company that hires our graduates and provides a salary to them.