JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - You may have driven by the fenced in green house on the corner of Northside Drive and Manhattan Road, but few realize the lives that are being changed inside.
"It's a support group and it does become a second family. It's a home away from home," said Deniese Bourgeois. She has been staying at Hope House for the past few weeks while receiving treatment for stage two throat cancer. Bourgeois could not afford the gas to drive to Jackson from McComb several times a week for radiation.
"It's the financial burden. We live off my husband's social security. I don't know how I would do it. There's no way. I don't even want to think about it because there is no way it could be done," said Bourgeois.
Bourgeois is one of approximately 200 people helped annually at the Hope House of Hospitality. "It's always been a home of love for patients with cancers and debilitating diseases that live outside of Jackson," said Assistant Direct Mia Martin.
The last 25 years has not been a easy for the Christian ministry. It relies on community support, volunteers and monetary donations to keep its doors open. Hope House has moved to three locations. While constructing the first building at Northside Drive they dealt with repeated break ins and thefts.
"This journey that we've been on has been a faith walk, truly a faith walk," said Martin.
Today there are enough resources to house and feed 30 people. Plus, there is additional land and possible plans to build a third unit to accommodate up to 20 more. For more information on Hope House go to http://hopehouseofhospitality.org/. You can also call Hope House at 601-981-1260.
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