MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) – By the middle of January, women and children who find themselves suddenly homeless, will have a place to call home. Trinity Outreach plans on opening a temporary shelter in Moss Point.
Before than happens though, a lot of work still needs to be done, and some students are eager to lend a helping hand. They don't mind the hard work, or the break from classes.
Another longtime volunteer, Dewayne Lashley, is donating his unused vacation time to help get the shelter up and running.
"I just care about people and I personally believe that when you have, you should try and help those who are less fortunate than you," Lashley said. "I personally believe that some of us are just one payday away from being in this same situation."
Before the shelter opens, beds will have to be made, and the kitchen will need to be stocked with food and supplies.
Cathy Keeton is the shelter director. Her dream for the shelter will start out small, on a temporary basis.
"If she's homeless and needs a place to stay for the night or food to eat, clothes to wear, needs to have access to social services to assist her the next day, that is what our primary goal will be," Keeton said.
This will not be a walk-in shelter, so women and children will have to be referred from other agencies. But all at Trinity know the need is there, from a new pair of showers to a few creature comforts.
Several Moss Point High School students are getting a good feeling knowing they are helping others in a time of need. They are also gaining valuable skills that will last a lifetime.
"Like when we get on the job site, not to do anything bad or mess up," Steve Patterson said.
By the end of the day, much has been accomplished, and the dream of having a place to stay for homeless women is one step closer to being realized.
Trinity Outreach is a non-profit organization, and is asking for donations to help run the shelter. That can be in the form of cash, food, and bedding supplies. If you'd like more information about how to help, call is (228) 596-1467.