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Making A Difference: Vicksburg Family Shelter

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VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Lifting Lives Family Shelter in Vicksburg is on the verge of opening its doors to begin Making A Difference in the lives of whole families who need a turning point. And the shelter itself could use a little help so pay attention and see if you can lend a hand.

It’s housed in an old motel at the corner of Highway 80 and Highway 27 in east Vicksburg. The rooms are being fixed up and furnished so they will be capable of housing families who are in need of an emergency place to stay.

There are men’s shelters and women’s shelters and places for children in the state, but there are only four other shelters where whole families can go.

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs sees this is as a needed addition to his city. As a matter of fact, the city just awarded 10 thousand dollars to the shelter to help get it up and running.

"Hopefully in the future we can put more because we know the importance of being able to serve the whole community and the whole family," said Flaggs.

Joel Dimmette is the executive director of the ministry and says we’d be surprised the need for whole family shelters.

"There’s a tremendous need," said Dimmette. "Right now, as it stands, if a family is burned out and they don’t have insurance, they are waiting on insurance money. If they have a crisis like their child has medical bills that can’t be paid or a car motor blows up or they lose their job, there’s no place for a whole family to go."

"Many people are just one pay check away form being homeless anyway," said board member Willie Nettle. "So if they are not managing their money right or they incur a crisis, it’s easy to be out on the street."

"I’m a retired school teacher," said Bobbie Heads, another board member. "I’ve seen some children at school, so I know the need is there. They don’t talk about it. A lot of them live in their cars."

"I had been hearing about the ministry being developed and you know, I said, I have a lot of blessings and there’s a lot of people that need help, How can I not help?" said board member Stan Woodson.

Lifting Lives Family Shelter itself could use some help, too.

"Well we need operating money right now," said board member Nellie Caldwell. "The shelter is just about finished, you know renovating. But operating money to pay the bills..."

Lifting Lives Family Shelter will be just the 5th family shelter in the state, and stands to be in a position to Make A great deal of Difference.

If you or your Sunday School class or business would like to help with the ongoing expenses of the Lifting Lives Family Shelter, get more information at their web site

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