Overnight park fundraiser brings in thousands but much more need - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

Overnight park fundraiser brings in thousands but much more needed

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - It's less than a week before Stewpot shuts down two homeless shelters due to a lack of resources. One push to help the agency is giving the organization hope but officials say they looking for permanent funding.

Volunteers spent more than 12 hours in freezing temperatures Tuesday night into Wednesday morning at Poindexter Park pleading for the public's assistance.

Mississippi MOVE and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated raised $4,477.00 for the Billy Brumfield House and Matt's House, and more donations are being pledged.

Stewpot Executive Director Reverend Frank Spencer says the organization needs $200,000.00 to keep the doors opened.

The closures are scheduled because the non-profit agency lost funding they had been receiving for 20 years from HUD and the United Way.

The City of Jackson says they provide annual funding to Stewpot and the Mayor is working to expedite that funding.

"Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated Grad Chapter EKK out of Canton has just pledged $500.00 and they are challenging other grad chapters and other men of Omega Psi Phi to donate money," said Mississippi M.O.V.E. President Mac Epps.

"I have a real big hope and expectation that the city and the county are going to grant us some funds through a contract with them to take car of those folks that are homeless," said Stewpot Executive Director Rev. Frank Spencer.

Mississippi M.O.V.E. officials said they have received other pledges and will be extending their collection date until Monday.

The Stewpot board voted to shut down the shelters Tuesday November 25.

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