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Stewpot restores sanctuary for services

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Hundreds of outcast and homeless Jackson residents turn to Stewpot Communities Services daily for help. You might say Stewpot's plate is full and the future is brighter.

The church sanctuary will be transformed into a new dining and community room. The space within the former Central Presbyterian Church will also be a performing arts room for children. A symbolic groundbreaking was held Tuesday on the grounds of Stewpot's location. Ironically, a giant spoon was used to shovel the dirt.

"It's a place where you can come and kind of feel free. To try to learn how to do the right things for one. And they feed us very nourishing meals and we appreciate stewpot," said Ethel Brown, a homeless woman who was outside trying to talk to anyone who would listen.

Ethel says she's from Clarksdale and depends on Stewpot for support and meals. She said she got in this situation because of drugs and now wants to stay clean and get a job cleaning houses.

It was an emotional moment for longtime supporter Bill Cook.

"We never envisioned it would grow to be this kind of an operation and serve so many people in the community and in so many different ways," said Cook. 

Bill Cook is a board member and has been involved with Stewpot for 31 years. In fact, he named the community kitchen when food was once served to the homeless across the street.

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