Meridian's Wesley House held an open house for the community to have a look at what they do each and everyday. From 2pm until 5:30pm the community got a glimpse of the work the house offers. Staff at the Meridian Wesley house say they are trying to help as many people as they possibly can.
"We have a clearing house at Wesley House and we are serving ten counties as far as the foster care children are concerned," says Ginger Grissom Stevens, the Executive Director of the Meridian Wesley House.
Many of the people the Wesley house is serving have gotten help before.
"You know you've got the people on one end that know where to go to receive assistance. They've done that a lot," explains Stevens.
But, the joblessness and unemployment in the U.S. has changed the face of poverty. Ginger Stevens of the Wesley house says she has seen many of those new faces.
"Then you've got on the other end of the spectrum, people who for the first time, are having to ask. And they have no clue as to how to go about doing that."
Whether or not the Wesley house has seen a face once or twice doesn't matter. Stevens says they are all welcome.
"And their stories are frankly just very heart-warming and heart-wrenching. So, we're trying to help all of the people who came through this year and the children alone the total is going to be somewhere, 2,000 children and some change. That's not counting the foster care children."
Even though the Wesley house has seen the need for assistance nearly double since last year, staff members believe the community will provide the needed help.
"It's really important that everybody do their part. Even the smallest children that come through and they give us the 25 pennies that they've saved or the elderly person who is on a fixed income that just wants to read to a child or just wants to donate some books or maybe a couple of dollars. Everything adds up," says Stevens.
Stevens says she's not worried, just concerned because she knows how many people need a little help.