Naomi was a long-time resident of Phoenix. She graduated from West High in 1976 and from there, her life unfolded in a colorful path that eventually led her on a mission of service and love. She was a champion of people, always concerned for the welfare of others and they didn’t have to be related by blood to fall into her care. If they showed up at her front door they were welcome. In fact, for many years there was rarely a time when her house was “empty” because there was almost always another soul or two (or several) who were given shelter in the home Naomi shared with her best friend and husband of 32 years, Albert “TC” Potter.
In 2000, Naomi and TC started the “Sand Dollar Discovery House,” a residential program for women that provides a therapeutic environment offering Cognitive Behavior Treatment to heal the mind, body and spirit from alcohol, substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health conditions. They eventually invested in three homes surrounding their own to provide safe living conditions for the women in their program, opened up the “Sand Dollar Discovery” thrift store and also provided a concessions booth at local events to generate more income for the program as well as give the women an opportunity to work.
Naomi left this life knowing several graduates of their program have experienced life-changing results through the teachings, examples, and insight she and TC gave to them. Her life has impacted the lives of many and the outpouring of love she was shown by people from all walks of life was amazing. Each one of us are different, perhaps even a little better, for having known her.
She is survived by her soul mate and partner, TC, sons BJ and Kenny Potter, her father, Kenji Yabe and his wife, Jan; sisters Sharlene and Karma Yabe. Naomi’s extended family includes four grandchildren and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by the women of Sand Dollar Discovery House-past and present- to whom she was a mentor, ally, confidant, and friend.
Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at Creative Living Fellowship, 6530 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ (on the west side of 7th street, south of Glendale and just north of Maryland).
In lieu of flowers the family requests your continued support with donations to Naomi and TC’s passion, the “Sand Dollar Discovery House.” Please mail donations to:
Sand Dollar Discovery House
5049 W. Campbell Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85031
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