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Stewpot's Ministries back up and running

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The Opportunity Center, and Sims House, a shelter for women and children, both had to close for a week. The Opportunity Center, and Sims House, a shelter for women and children, both had to close for a week.
Stewpot has 16 ministries, used by 650 people in the Jackson area. Stewpot has 16 ministries, used by 650 people in the Jackson area.
Stewpot has been a part of Earl Clayton's life for the past few years. Stewpot has been a part of Earl Clayton's life for the past few years.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Stewpot has been a part of Earl Clayton's life for the past few years. First, he needed the charity's counseling and services.

"I am a recovering addict, over two years clean now," Clayton tells us.

Now, he's a full-time employee at The Opportunity Center, a daytime shelter.

"I enter everybody that comes through the door into the computer. Laundry I enter, showers I enter, and I also search them," he says.

And last week when The Opportunity Center had to shut its doors, Clayton was there anyway, volunteering for three hours a day so the people that use the services didn't have to skip a beat.

The Opportunity Center, and Sims House, a shelter for women and children, both had to close for a week. The funds keeping them afloat finally dried up, as the result of a theft of about $120,000 worth of donation checks at Christmas last year.

"Our mail was diverted to another box because a group of identity thieves changed Stewpot's address," said Rev. Frank Spencer, Stewpot Executive Director. "We were about $80-$90,000 short as we came through the year. That money is very valuable to us for cash flow."

Spencer says an onslaught of private donations, as well as fund raisers like Top of the Hops Beer Festival in Jackson over the weekend, made the difference for the roughly 125 people who need the two ministries.

"It was from the heart and we really really appreciate it," Clayton says.

Stewpot has 16 ministries, used by 650 people in the Jackson area. 

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