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Volunteers give Stewpot an "Extreme Makeover"

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - An organization that helps the needy received a much-needed facelift Wednesday. Dozens of volunteers from the Home Depot and United Way spent the day giving Stewpot Community Services a facelift.

The one-day makeover blitz was about more than brightening the building, according to organizers. It was about boosting morale for those who go to Stewpot everyday.

"I love it. It looks real good to me. And, I mean, me myself, it's basically going to make a better spot for me to be," said Willie Morris, a Stewpot volunteer and former client.

The renovations were made possible by a $6,000 grant secured by HeARTWorks, an art ministry that works with Stewpot's clients every Tuesday.

"Our inspiration was really one out of need," said Stacy Underwood, founder of HeARTWorks. "We needed a place to lock up our art supplies so we weren't toting them to and from Stewpot every week."

The grant covers more than new cabinets for art supplies. Volunteers also landscaped the garden, built picnic tables, and built new shelving in the library, and painted the cafeteria and library.

"Things have not changed here in years, and the colors are a little drab and I think the bright fresh paint will really just add a totally new feel to the room, a good one. I think people will be real excited," said Underwood.

Stewpot has been hit by tough economic times, and wouldn't have been able to undergo a transformation like this without help, said CEO Frank Spencer.

Nicole Edwards, Human Resources district manager for Home Depot added, "my heart broke when I saw things that needed to be done."

"It really is a blessing to us. Because everything we get, we take it into stride," said Morris.

"I think [Stewpot's clients] will feel appreciated and cared for when you come in and change a place where they come everyday and you care enough to give them a brand new place," added Underwood.

Home Depot volunteers will install new flooring next Wednesday to complete the makeover.

During the renovations, art work created by Stewpot clients is on sale inside the building.

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