“My family and I have so much to be thankful for during this holiday season and it brings us great joy to give back to what I will always consider my home,” says Monta Ellis.
Jaskson, Mississippi (PRWEB) November 20, 2012
Never wavering from his beloved hometown of Jackson, Mississippi, Monta Ellis’ ME8Foundation extends their outreach by providing Thanksgiving meals to the Stewpot Community Services, women shelters– Matt House (343 Adelle Street), Sims House (1100 W. Capital Street) and Flowers House (35 Livingston Street).
In 1981, representatives from seven churches in Jackson, Mississippi came together across denominational lines, to discuss a problem they all had in common - meeting the consistent requests for food and assistance from downtown Jackson's poor and homeless. These seven churches came together and created what is known today as Stewpot Community Services. In 1983, a survey conducted by social service organizations in Jackson indicated the city's greatest need was shelter for homeless women and children. Stewpot accepted the challenge to provide such a shelter, and opened Sims House, so named in honor of one of its greatest contributors, as a transitional shelter for homeless women and children, followed by the Matt House and Flowers house. The shelters provide the families with the comforts of home as each of them strive to find employment and a permanent residence.
“My family and I have so much to be thankful for during this holiday season and it brings us great joy to give back to what I will always consider my home,” says Monta Ellis. “It is gratifying to provide meals to the families during the Thanksgiving holiday and put smiles on the face of women and children. The Stewpot Community Services is one of Jackson’s greatest gifts and I applaud them on their commitment to the city of Jackson.”
Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, the meals will be delivered on Tuesday, November 20, 2012.
About ME8Foundation - http://www.ME8Foundation.org
The ME8Foundation exists to strengthen the fabric of our community through philanthropic gifts in the areas of public service, education, preventive health, community development as well as broadening the awareness of issues that plague our community.
About the Stewpot Community Services - http://www.stewpot.org
- Provide food, clothing, shelter, and nurturing care to children, elderly, disabled and poor persons in the communities we serve.
- Provide volunteer opportunities to everyone who has a heart and passion for service.
- Recognize the giftedness in everyone who walks through our doors.
- Affirm the value and uniqueness of every person as a child of God.
- Uphold the importance of local ownership and control of our ministries.
- Affirm the importance of inter-faith and ecumenical cooperation.
Matt's House Emergency Shelter for Women and Children provides shelter for homeless women and children who have no other place to go. For over 300 guests a year, Matt's House offers a safe, nurturing environment while staff assists residents in finding housing, employment, or transportation back to their families. The residents receive an evening meal and a light breakfast in addition to a safe place to sleep for the night.
Sims House is a transitional shelter for women and their children. It provides a 90-day stay for its residents and serves over 60 guests a year. While at Sims House, residents must find a job, participate in group and individual therapy with a licensed family counselor, help with chores around the house and learn about financial planning and wise money management. The women are also provided with guidance by a full-time case manager who aids them in finding permanent housing, jobs and GED programs.
Stewpot Community Services