New Place to Call Home

Just over two weeks ago, we learned that an elderly Toomsuba man had been living in a tool shed since his house burned a few months ago.

Thanks to the generosity of many, 71-year-old Alex Guillen has a new place to call home.

Guillen said he is elated about getting a FEMA trailer that has three beds, complete kitchen, and best of all, a bathroom.

"I had to go to my friend's house almost every other week to take a bath. Here, I can take a bath right here," said Guillen.

"We will be working with him to get additional services for him to get additional benefits so that he can become totally stable," said Letha Dunn of MCCSA. "This was the biggest part of it."

Officials with Multi-County Community Service Agency say donations to make this possible came from all numerous locations, some from as far away as Arkansas, as well as different parts of Alabama and east Mississippi.

Now that Guillen is a client for MCCSA, officials they say they hope to have all services that are available for him, such as energy assistance and healthcare service in place by July.

Though Guillen's trailer has been paid for, there are still ways to help local fire victims. You may make a donation to the local Red Cross Disaster Fund 1820 23rd Avenue, Meridian, MS, 39301, and get more information at 601-485-5151.

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  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Apr 30, 2012 at 02:59 PM
    So happy for this elderly citizen, and so many thanks to all the people involved who made this possible. Reason that Wesley House didn't do anything is because Wesley House is crooked as a snake----many of the contributions that they receive are used for their own personal purposes. Remember when they were trying to become accredited---and how that turned out? Think back, people----I know that my contributions will go anywhere but Wesley House----
  • by what? Location: meridian on Apr 28, 2012 at 02:16 AM
    happy for mr. guillen great story if everybody cared and helped the elderly and people that really need help. it would great place to be. some people are more worried about the next gen I phone than helping people that lost every thing
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2012 at 05:26 PM
    So glad he got help. I have supported wesley house. Thought that was their calling. Where have they been through all this or do they just do other things now?
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      by citizen on Apr 28, 2012 at 02:32 PM in reply to
      Think about the THOUSANDS of needs in this area. I support Wesley House as well, but they simply cannot meet 100% of all the needs in Meridian and Lauderdale County. Just a thought.
  • by Jeannie Location: Louisville on Apr 27, 2012 at 03:33 PM
    So glad to hear this....perfect solution. I prayed for him to be able to stay where he wanted to be.
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