D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The lagging economy has left millions of middle class Americans out of work, and often times out of options. A local organization is doing it's part to help those citizens who are trying to help themselves, but now that group is also facing financial hardship.
At first glance, the home on 136 Pine Grove Avenue seems like any other Biloxi residence, but it's actually a home that's made life a little easier for many struggling citizens.
"When families come here, the parents continue to work, the kids go to the school, and that stabilizes their lives. Gives them a chance to save their money and move forward," said Father Steve Wilson-Vice President, Board of Directors.
The issue at hand for the group known for helping so many others, is facing hardships of its own, as financial strains jeopardize the organization's ability to function.
"Churches are having a hard time like everybody else, grants are not as plentiful as they used to be, and frankly right now we're looking at closing our doors," Father Steve Wilson explained.
Last year alone, Rebekah's house helped 33 families get back on their feet. Jacqueline Gainer relocated to the Coast from Michigan while working with the mortgage industry. After falling on hard times, she said Rebekah's House was a Godsend.
"There are so many families out there, that just need something like this to just help them get back on their feet. Even if it's just for a few days, a month or more," Jacqueline said.
This organization has undoubtedly helped numerous families, but if they don't receive the funding they need their doors may never open for another struggling family again.
With just over $300 in the organization's account, leaders said they are hopeful for a miracle to help them bounce back.
"This is, if you will, a full coast-wide May-Day. We're asking for help. We're in financial harms way, we need help to secure a home for homeless moms and dads with kids," said Todd Colter, President of the Board for Rebekah's House.
If you're interested in helping, call the house at 228-388-3061 or stop by Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Donations can be mailed to :
P.O. box 8562
Biloxi MS 39535