Meridian's Wesley House aims to bring positivity and assistance to those who need it most. But this year, different circumstances have made new challenges.
"This year has been a very challenging year because of the economy and the variety of the people that are coming in to ask for assistance," says Stevens.
Ginger Stevens, the Executive Director at Meridian's Wesley House ,says every donation the house gets is greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, the donations and the number of people that need them don't match up.
"So the donations are down, but the number of people that are really needing help is up," explains Stevens.
Stevens says, these individuals truly are needy.
"Someone the other day asked me, 'Out of all of those people, though, how many are really needy?'. And my answer was all."
And Stevens along with the rest of the Wesley House staff plan to attend to all who ask for help. It doeesn't matter to the Wesley house, what your situation may be.
"Because whether or not they are in the category of takers, I know that's uncomfortable, but everybody talks about takers in our society, we have to help them in a other ways, they need to be shown how to receive help towards being productive. And then you've got the people on the other end of the spectrum, that are needy and that have never had to ask before and they have no clue as to how to go about it."
Every person asking for assitance has a different story. Some seem more tragic than others, but for Stevens the message is clear...no matter what your story, the Wesley house will try to help.
"I had a young lady yesterday who is a young mom. Turns out she's got leukemia, she's had a pacemaker she can't receive treatment by any other form than by pills and that. She has nothing for her children. She's doing well to keep a roof over their heads. She was cold. She received a lot of services yesterday," says Stevens.
For Stevens, it's stories like these that make the hard work and donations worth it.