BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A mission for the homeless in Biloxi moved into a downtown building over the summer, but there is still work to be done on the facility. Now, the mission's pastor is asking for help in a unique way.
The Seashore Mission opened its doors to downtown Biloxi at the beginning of the summer. In addition to weekly church services, the mission provides the homeless with a place to go during the day. They are able to take showers, use computers and get fed.
"What we are not able to do right now is cook our meals," said the Rev. Judy Longo.
Right now, Longo prepares 200 meals a day, but her kitchen just isn't cutting it. When she moved into this downtown location, she had a goal to build a new kitchen and clothing store.
Now, she has run out of resources to complete the job. That's where her story takes a radical turn.
"I am going to be living on the streets with the homeless," said Longo.
She will be staying in a cardboard box just behind her building until $10,000 can be raised. That's how much she says it will take to get the job done.
"I'm really hoping that I won't be on the streets very long, but the homeless will be taking care of me, and they're very protective," said Longo.
One of those is Dale McInnis.
"She will get the funds. I guarantee it," said McInnis.
He has known Longo for about two years and holds a great deal of respect for her.
"She's helped me, and she's helped a whole bunch of other people, and will continue to do so," said McInnis.
Longo said helping those in need has been her drive to keep the mission's doors open. She looks forward to a time when a new industrial kitchen will help provide for countless more.
"Seashore Mission is all about hope for the hopeless, peace for the weary and refuge for all, and that is our dream here," said Longo.
She has set up a Seashore Mission Building Fund at Hancock Bank where you can donate. She also has other options for giving online.
If you are interested, please visit the Seashore Mission Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/seashoremission.