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The Wingard Home helps Jackson's homeless feel at home

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

There's a place in Jackson called the "Wingard Home." Many might call it a hidden treasure because it's a place that's taken in the homeless for years, but it's never received much outside attention.

When they walk into their home, married couple Jessica and Michael Griffin are like many newlyweds. They enjoy reading devotionals and spending time talking.

However, what makes their relationship unique is the fact that they don't have a permanent home.

"When he lost his job we spent all our money on trying to pay the rent until we could find another job and neither one of us found one" said Jessica Griffin.

The Griffin's live in one bedroom inside of a multi-building property known as the Wingard Home. It's located on West Street in Jackson.

Since 1990, Reverends Roy and Charlotte Wingard have opened up the home to homeless families working or looking for work.

"We started the ministry because we were actually homeless" said Rev. Charlotte Wingard.

The Wingards, their children and just over thirty homeless individuals live at the Wingard Home.

In order to live at the Wingard Home, residents have responsibilities including cooking and saving their money.

"It's a home you just feel like part of the family" said Wingard resident Beverly Burns. "Everybody gets in here and does their part and it's a place where you can heal from whatever problems you had."

All of the food eaten at the Wingard Home is donated from the public. Also, all of the utilities like lights, heat and water are paid for on a monthly basis through monetary contributions.

Bikes and Christmas gift contributions at the Wingard Home have come from the public too. Wingard residents will actually hand them out to needy children on Friday.

While gifts are nice to receive on Christmas, Griffin says that's not her main concern.    

"I just feel like it's going to be a good one because we got somewhere to call home," says Griffin.

The Wingard Home operates solely on public donations. If you can help contact the Wingard Home at 601-355-9589.

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