Welcome Tara Philyaw-Administrative Assistant

We are excited to announce that our long-time book keeper, and administrative assistant, Tara Philyaw, has joined the Unsheltered family in a full-time capacity. Tara has been my assistant for the last seven years and is one of the few people who have been involved with our organization since the very beginning.

Along with Tim and Adrienne Barbee, and my family, Tara has been a part of every facet of unsheltered since 2011 helping to grow the ministry in many ways. She began with us during our response to the deadly tornadoes of 2011 when we, along with our home church, Temple Baptist, (and many others) spent two long weeks serving our community of Cullman, AL. It was there that she earned the nickname “Shadow” because she filled a big need by following me around and helping with anything I needed during those challenging times.

Tara and her husband Shane live in Cullman and are members of Temple Baptist Church. They have two sons, Jaiden and Sylar. Jaiden has recently graduated high school and Sylar is in sixth grade. Tara has taken a big step of faith to leave the job she has held for the past nineteen years. Please pray for her as she begins this new and exciting chapter in her life.

Here is what Tara has to say in her own words about her joining Unsheltered in this capacity.


I feel that the Lord has gifted me with a servant’s heart. I get great satisfaction out of helping and assisting others. Whether it be helping someone on the street that is homeless or helping Travis in an office weekly. Unsheltered has been a big part of my life for the past seven years. I have prayed for the past several years that the Lord would provide a way for me to be able to be a full time employee with Unsheltered. I receive much blessings from assisting Travis and “taking the load” off of his and April’s shoulders of directing this ministry. I feel anything that I can do to take just one more thing from him to do, hopefully relieve a small burden from them. I am beyond overjoyed that the Lord has provided and that I will be able to devote more time and effort towards HIS ministry! 


Tara can be reached at tara@unsheltered.org or at 256-737-0112 ext 180 Tuesday-Thursday or 256-841-5225 on Mondays. Her first full day will be April 1st.