Even before Hurricane Katrina, The Wesley House has offered a helping hand for those in need. Now, with more people than ever asking for help, Wesley House needs donations of every kind.
Recently, several schools held a canned food drive and collected nearly 10,000 items. This may sound like a lot, but most likely, the food will be gone well before Thanksgiving.
"You know, a bag of food only lasts two or three days at the most," said Grissom. "And these people have nothing. They don't even have homes. Many of them are in hotels. They're everywhere."
The Wesley House is also in need of volunteers to help with various tasks. More importantly, it needs doctors and nurses to volunteer their time to the health clinic.
"We are open Tuesday and Thursday nights and we need nurse practitioners, nurses, and doctors," said Grissom. "And we would appreciate their help."
More importantly, The Wesley House is in need of monetary donations. Every month this year, except for one, it has fallen short of its budget needs by $8,000 to $10,000. Additional money is also needed to repair a roof, which was damaged by the hurricane.
"I think the spirit of giving is in Meridian and this area. I just think there have been so many disasters this year that people have had to give to," said Grissom. "But I do know that people will respond. I will say that they have never let me down in the 39 years I've been here."
Because of the roof damage, The Wesley House is not able to accept donations of clothing at this time. But you are encouraged to hang on to those clothes until they can accept them.