Community Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, Food Pantry, Sims House Transitional Shelter, Matt's House Emergency Shelter, Billy Brumfield Shelter, Virginia's Playhouse, Personal Care Home Ministry, Clothing Closet, Legal Clinic, Neighborhood Children's Programs, Library and Learning Center, Family Counseling, Bratton Street Project, Chapel, Opportunity Center & Flowers Transitional Shelter for Women and Children.
The noon meal is how Stewpot got started in Jackson and is still the center of their day and philosophy. Over a nourishing meal, rich and poor alike come together as one community. More than 200 people are fed each weekday and 175 each day on weekends, 365 days a year, both physically and spiritually. Our executive chef prepares the meals during the week, while volunteer groups provide the weekend meals.
Meals on Wheels
Each week day, volunteers make plate lunches for over 50 elderly, ill and disabled people who cannot get to Stewpot. A team of neighborhood volunteers delivers the lunches. Often, this is the only human contact these recipients enjoy, and for some this is the only hot meal they will eat each day.
The Food Pantry
The Food Pantry is a mini-grocery store that provides a four-day supply of food for carefully screened applicants. It is open from 9 to 11 a.m., Monday-Friday. Volunteers from local congregations staff the pantry. They sort, stack and bag groceries for each family who comes to Stewpot for assistance. We keep our pantry stocked through generous donations from individuals and business supporters and from our partnership with the Mississippi Food Network. Some food items, however, such as sugar, canned fruit, cereal, and peanut butter, are in constant demand and occasionally we have to purchase these items. During Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, our Food Pantry prepares special baskets with turkeys, hams and other holiday food items for screened recipients.
Sims House offers a three-month intensive program for women who desire a transition from either an abusive or homeless condition to a stable living situation. The program can accommodate up to six women and 15 children at one time.
Matt's House Emergency Shelter for Women
Matt's House, named for former Stewpot Executive Director Matt Devenney, provides emergency shelter for homeless women. For up to 30 women a night, Matt's House offers safe, nurturing environment while staff members assist residents in finding housing, employment and transportation. During their stay at Matt's House, clients are also offered regular classes in parenting, self-esteem, job searching, and household finances.
Billy Brumfiled Homeless Shelter
The Billy Brumfield Shelter is an emergency shelter for homeless men. In addition, the shelter offers two special programs: (1) for those participants who actively abuse alcohol and drugs and who wish to work to achieve sobriety and begin to put their lives back in order; (2) for men who are medically disabled. The shelter can accommodate between 50 and 60 men on any one night.
Flowers Transitional Shelter for Women and Children
After years of dreaming, the Flowers Shelter for women and children became reality in 2007. Stewpot purchased the property located at the intersection of West and Livingston Street on February 15th, 2007, and it is now known as the Rev. Donnell Flowers Transitional Shelter for Women and Children. This facility needed only minor repairs and remodeling work to become a fully functional emergency shelter for homeless women with their children for stays up to 30 days. This facility is necessary because of a desire to seperate homeless children (and their mothers) from Matt's House clients that are chronically homeless women whom more frequently are victims of mental disease and/or are chemically dependant on different susbstances.