Home of Grace uses donations to improve lives

By Doug Walker – bio | email

VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - The Home of Grace sits in the middle of beautiful, quiet country in north Jackson County. One year ago, the recovery center moved into a new $1.8 million state of the art facility, paid for, in part, through donations.

A recent $25,000 donation from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation will make sure the help offered at the Home of Grace will be available to the less fortunate.

"One of our needs is being able to offer scholarships to men and women that have no way to pay for their program," Executive Director Billy Barton said. "That's what we are going to do with this money. That's going to be a great help to us."

Hundreds are helped every year, from all across the country. A push-pin map in the lobby is proof of that.

The home has expanded greatly since its founding in 1965.  Small dining rooms have been transformed into an eating space big enough to feed a small army.  What were crowded bedrooms in the 60s, are now spacious living quarters in 2010.

People who have been through the program are happy to share how it helped them turn their lives around. One of those is F.G. Ware, who oversees the day to day operation of the Home of Grace.

"Fifteen years ago, I myself needed help in my life and was on the wrong road, and the Home of Grace was here for me," Ware remembered. "And it's such a blessing to be in my life now."

Because of donor generosity, those blessings will continue to help the men and women who enter the doors, looking for new hope, and a new life.

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