Homelessness Increasing, Loaves and Fishes Leaders Say - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Homelessness Increasing, Loaves and Fishes Leaders Say

While many people were at home with family and friends, Peter Sobaszek spent Christmas morning serving people at Loaves and Fishes. Even though he didn't know many of the people he served, he know's where they've been.

"I've been homeless myself. That's why it's important to me. I know what it's what it's all about," he said.

Peter says he's just now getting back on his feet, and wants to help others. Loaves and Fishes leaders say the need is greater than ever before.

"There's a lot more people here. There's a lot of people. Since Hurricane Katrina, everything's changed. We're seeing a lot of people that we've never seen before. A lot of the Asian community, the Hispanic community. The need is just so much greater than what it used to be. A lot of people lost so much. A lot of people lost their jobs that have always worked," said Rita Baldwin, Director of Loaves and Fishes. 

Baldwin says the number of homeless people in the area has doubled since the storm.

"People coming out of FEMA trailers, people that were housed after the storm, a lot of them lost their FEMA trailers, a lot of people spent their money on whatever, and they're out or money and so, even if you have money, you have to have a lot of money to rent a place around here," she said.

Loaves and Fishes is providing more services than ever before, thanks to businesses and individuals who are stepping up to the plate.

Loaves and Fishes is always in need of bread.

If you'd like to give bread, volunteer or make a donation to help out, you can call Loaves and Fishes at (228) 436-6172.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Peralta strikes out nine in debut, Shuckers fall 7-3 in extras

    Peralta strikes out nine in debut, Shuckers fall 7-3 in extras

    Sunday, June 25 2017 11:35 PM EDT2017-06-26 03:35:20 GMT
    Freddy Peralta prepares to pitch for the Biloxi Shuckers at MGM ParkFreddy Peralta prepares to pitch for the Biloxi Shuckers at MGM Park

    The Biloxi Shuckers had late-inning opportunities but fell 7-3 to the Mississippi Braves in 10 innings on Sunday night. The Shuckers loss sets up a rubber game in the series finale on Monday night. Freddy Peralta started for the Shuckers in his Double-A debut, and showed why he earned a promotion from Carolina out of the All-Star break.

    More >>

    The Biloxi Shuckers had late-inning opportunities but fell 7-3 to the Mississippi Braves in 10 innings on Sunday night. The Shuckers loss sets up a rubber game in the series finale on Monday night. Freddy Peralta started for the Shuckers in his Double-A debut, and showed why he earned a promotion from Carolina out of the All-Star break.

    More >>
  • TNT recovery ranch opens doors to new facility

    TNT recovery ranch opens doors to new facility

    Sunday, June 25 2017 10:52 PM EDT2017-06-26 02:52:10 GMT

    Bible verses and words of affirmation line the walls of the brand new TNT Recovery Ranch dormitory. 

    More >>

    Bible verses and words of affirmation line the walls of the brand new TNT Recovery Ranch dormitory.

    More >>
  • Vibrio patient thanks Hancock Medical staff for saving his life

    Vibrio patient thanks Hancock Medical staff for saving his life

    Sunday, June 25 2017 10:35 PM EDT2017-06-26 02:35:33 GMT

    Dick Empson is standing tall again - all 6 feet, four inches of him. And he’s back to thank Hancock Medical Center staff that got him back on two legs. “I told them that I was not coming back by to visit until I could walk in,” he said. He and his family have been vacationing in Pass Christian for 25 years. Last year, was one that won’t soon be forgotten. That's when he contracted vibrio. He lost his leg and nearly lost his life.

    More >>

    Dick Empson is standing tall again - all 6 feet, four inches of him. And he’s back to thank Hancock Medical Center staff that got him back on two legs. “I told them that I was not coming back by to visit until I could walk in,” he said. He and his family have been vacationing in Pass Christian for 25 years. Last year, was one that won’t soon be forgotten. That's when he contracted vibrio. He lost his leg and nearly lost his life.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly