Lufkin woman trying best to hold onto dream after tornado

By Whitney Grunder - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Rhonda Loomer opened Kids in Motion in October, and it's been a difficult battle to keep the business alive. And the tornado which did damage to her studio is only one aspect of her struggle.

"You gotta have a dream because if you don't have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?" said Rhonda Loomer.

Loomer spent her entire life savings to make her dream a reality. Her husband even quit his own job to help build it.

"I spent a lot of time and a lot of blood, sweat and tears really," said Ronnie McCreary.

Although Loomer has about 30 students, it's not enough to cover the expenses.

"I'm not gonna let this business fail so every dime that I get I'm putting back into this business," said Loomer.

When she's not here, she's helping with Red Cross and Godtel, but for Loomer, giving back means having nothing left over.

"When I go help the homeless I do that with a full heart because I myself am homeless," said Loomer.

Some days she sleeps in her car, other days she stays with friends. But she refuses to let her situation bring her down. Even after the tornado damaged her studio.

"In the middle of that I had to continue to teach because I couldn't afford to refund money for classes so I stayed open all through the Christmas holidays," Loomer said.

Although the structural damage is repaired, there are still obstacles to overcome.

"Some days I have electricity somedays I don't," said Loomer.

Loomer also says her studio and passion for teaching means overcoming past wounds. Years ago, she was a victim of abuse.

"Somebody told you, you would never be anything again, somebody told me that so many times I believed it but that's not true," said Loomer.

Loomer says quitting is not an option, and she's hopeful more children will walk through her doors.

Since the storm hit, Rhonda says her studio phone has not been working. But to contact her, you can reach her at 936-404-9750 or drop by the studio located at 1530 Chestnut Street, in Lufkin.

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