About Us

The House Tuscaloosa was started by two pastors who intentionally left traditional local church ministry to serve the forgotten and an educator with a lifelong dream of opening a used bookstore. In our local community, the forgotten take a variety of forms: individuals who live with a disadvantage because of gender, race or a past mistake, those who have lost loved ones to death, and people who are not comfortable in beautiful church buildings but are longing for a sense of belonging and purpose. We combined our ideas under the broader definition of literacy, competence or knowledge in a specific area, and founded a literacy center and used bookstore.

Leadership Team

  • Rev. Lori Maxey, Founder & Executive Director
  • Pastor Amber Howard Aills, Founder, President & Program Manager
  • Dr. Darlene Atkins, Board Member
  • Theo Bruinton, Board Member
  • Brianna Byrd, Board Member
  • Que Chandler, Board Member
  • Alexus Cumbie, Board Member
  • Quin Kelly, Board Member
  • Dr. Andrew Maxey, Founder & Vice-President
  • Brad Newman, Board Member
  • Martha Pate, Treasurer
  • Mary Porter, Board Member
  • Mary Joyce Price, Secretary

Business Plan

Click here to read about out programs, goals and leadership team.

The House Tuscaloosa is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.