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BankPlus Presents Red Beans & Rice for Stewpot ~ A Success

A Huge “Thank You” to all who came out and supported this year’s BankPlus Presents Red Beans and Rice for Stewpot! Without you, the wonderful festival day we had would not have been possible. Stewpot would like to say a special thanks to our 2017 Sponsors, especially BankPlus our title Sponsor! We truly thank you for your leadership in the community and your support of Stewpot. We also appreciate the major contributions of The Clarion Ledger, WLBT/FOX 40, Ergon, Inc, Nix Tann, Brunini Law Firm, Adams & Reese, The Caldwell Foundation, Bradley Arant, Visit Ridgeland, Capital City Beverage, Cspire, The Renaissance, Tire Engineers, The Bottrell Agency, IHeart Media family of Radio Stations, and Taylor Power Systems. Thank you to all of our contestants and volunteers. And to some of the BADDEST bands in the land who performed, “You Rocked” literally.

Information regarding the 2018 BankPlus Presents Red Beans for Stewpot Festival will be posted on the website soon so keep checking by visiting the Red Beans & Rice website at www.redbeansandrice.org. Stewpot Special Events Coordinator, Michelle Bingham, can be reached at 601-353-2759 ext. 18 or by email at mbingham@stewpot.org.

St. Dominic, thanks for being such great partners. We look forward to working with you again next year!

Information regarding registration for the 2018 Magnolia Meltdown run can be obtained at www.magnoliameltdown.racesonline.com.

The People have spoken and the 2017 People’s Choice Winners are:

Bill’s Creole and Steak Depot ~ Grand Champion

The Holy Smokers of Saint Andrews ~ 2nd Place

Stewpot Community Services ~ Most Honorable Mention

 

 

BankPlus, with total assets of more than $2.6 billion, has over 57 locations in 33 Mississippi communities. BankPlus is the largest certified Community Development Financial Institution in the United States. BankPlus offices are located in Belzoni, [...]

Continuum of Care (CoC) Coordinator Position Avaialable

The Continuum of Care Coordinator is responsible for executing the agreement between the Central Mississippi 500 Continuum of Care (CoC) and Stewpot Community Services, who is the Collaborative Applicant for the CoC. This includes providing year-round CoC planning, support to the CoC Consortium, technical assistance, and oversight of all CoC-related committees and the Board’s adopted Action Plan to End Homelessness activities.

Essential Functions:

Provide staff support, technical assistance, reporting and policy guidance to the CoC Board and its’ active committees and the membership
Develop and conduct an annual performance assessment process that is aligned with the HEARTH Act and Action Plan to End Homelessness and that includes agency site visits, random case file interviews, and analysis of HMIS and financial management data
Identify and/or respond to program requests for technical assistance or program refinement that will result in enhanced performance
Lead the annual Point In Time (PIT) count and Housing Inventory, informed by best practice standards and HUD requirements
Support implementation of the HEARTH Act by sharing all relevant information, offering technical assistance and support to all CoC and ESG funded programs
Provide annual gaps analysis and performance information to the district Cities and Counties and provide recommendations and support to the City for the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funding process
Provide at least annual assessments of the community’s progress in reducing homelessness and systems-level analysis
With input and assistance from the CoC and its Governing Council, develop and manage a coordinated assessment process that helps identify appropriate interventions for all individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the designated Counties
Develop and submit the community’s application for funding under the Continuum of Care program as the Collaborative Applicant, and coordinate the submission of program applications by [...]

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    Recipients Fear Cuts to Food Stamps and Disability Aid in Trump Budget

Recipients Fear Cuts to Food Stamps and Disability Aid in Trump Budget

Stewpot is a beacon of hope for the 650 clients whom we serve each and every day. Our primary goal is to provide men, women and children with hot meals, groceries, clothing, shelter, childcare, mentoring and other programs to nurture them and help them get back on their feet. And even though we help, more assistance is needed to bridge the gaps that we cannot fill.   

Recently, Stewpot client and friend Hoyt Cantrell was interviewed by the New York Times. Check out his perspective on the upcoming governmental cuts and shortcomings.

 
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/us/politics/food-stamps-disability-benefits-trump-budget.html?_r=3
 

Summer Camp 2017— Sponsor a Child, Change a life

The next time you open a web browser on your phone or computer, try this experiment: type “Summer Learning Loss” into the search box. In about one second, millions of articles, stories, videos, and images will show up in your results. Over the past few years, much has been written about the impact that summer learning loss has on students…and, especially on students from low-income households. Research has shown that whatever gains students may make over the school year, students from low-income households lose their advantages over the summer, when they have less access to important resources to help them practice and hone their skills.

Here at Stewpot’s Summer Camp, we understand the critical need for quality summer programming for the kids and teenagers in our care. For the past 25 years, we have offered a safe and nurturing place for at-risk kids to spend their summer days. We have intentionally made it a fun place to escape from the stresses of their lives. But, as our understanding of the unique challenges faced by our kids has deepened, we have also evolved to help combat the “summer slide” as well.

For example, last summer our teenagers studied biomes. After learning about biomes from retired science teacher Ms. Derrick (who is also a very faithful volunteer), each teen built a biome using milk cartons, sand, seeds and other materials; these projects stayed on display throughout summer camp. The teenagers followed this activity with field research at the Jackson Zoo, where they identified animals from each biome. Finally, they wrapped up the unit by teaching our K-5th graders kids what they had learned.

Meanwhile, the K-5th graders were focused on summer reading. Using strong curriculum provided by Mississippi Public [...]

Taste of MS 2017 — Oh What A Night!

Thank you to all who joined us to make this year’s Blue Cross & Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi fundraiser a wonderful success. The weather, atmosphere, food and crowd couldn’t have been better! The annual Stewpot fundraiser bringing together the best of the best Jackson-area restaurateurs competing for a title filled the air with excitement and fun.

Winners of the 30th Annual Blue Cross & Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi Fundraiser

Best Appetizer — Jaco’s Taco’s

Best Entree — The Manship

Best Dessert — That Special Touch

Best Presentation — Holy Smoker’s

Thank you all for your support of this amazing event!!!

Thanks to all of our sponsors. And a special thanks to Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi for their title sponsorship of this great event. Stewpot appreciates the support you give to help us continue our ministries!

Whole Foods’ 5% Day supports Stewpot

On Monday, April 4th, Whole Foods Market in Jackson, Mississippi will donate 5% of their net profit to Stewpot Community Services. Whole Foods supports a different, local non-profit each month with 5% Day.

How can you help? Shop and eat at Whole Foods on Monday, April 4th and part of what you pay will go to Stewpot to help feed, shelter and clothe those in our city who cannot provide these things for themselves. If you have time, stop and visit with the Stewpot representative on site at Whole Foods between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have about Stewpot and our 17 ministries.

We are proud to have Whole Foods as a partner in ending homelessness and poverty in the Jackson area.

Sponsor Appreciation Party wets taste buds for main event

If the Taste of Mississippi Sponsor Appreciation Party is any indication, this year’s Taste of Mississippi is going to be one of the best. Sponsors and guests were excited to get a first glimpse of the signature art piece by Billy Solitario out of New Orleans and food samplings from last year’s restaurant winners left everyone ready for more.

This will be the 29th annual Blue Cross & Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi – a Benefit for Stewpot Community Services: Homegrown Hunger Relief, and will bring together dozens of Mississippi chefs and fine restaurateurs to share their culinary favorites on Monday, April 4th, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Highland Village.

The event is a Jackson-area favorite and has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. Taste of Mississippi is a night for party-goers and business men and women to mingle and network, sample some of Mississippi’s finest cuisine, purchase silent auction items and artwork, and dance the night away to live music!

Give a book, get a book at Stewpot

Follow the link to read about Stewpot’s new Little Free Library that soon will be located outside our Community Center. Whether you’re dropping off a book or picking one up to read, everyone in the community is welcome to enjoy the new addition to Stewpot! The children love it!

Give a book, get a book at Stewpot/clarionledger.com

Blue Cross Blue Shield 29th annual Taste of Mississippi

There’s something in the air. The clock is ticking as restaurateurs plan their fair for stiff competition. Soon they’ll vying to be the best of the best at Taste of Mississippi 2016 – all in support of Stewpot Community Services. Get your palate ready for culinary creations that will delight your senses.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield 29th annual Taste of Mississippi hits Highland Village Monday, April 4, 7-10 p.m.

Taste of Mississippi, named a top 20 Event by the Southeastern Tourism Society, brings together more than 40 Jackson metro area restaurants, 10 local beverage distributers, live music, a silent auction and a chance to bid on an original painting by New Orleans artist Billy Solitario.

The 24”x24” oil on canvas piece called “LA Oysters, Bright Lights,” created in 2015, hales from Solitario’s “From Our Shallow Waters: Still-Lives from the Coast of New Orleans” exhibit at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans.

“LA Oysters, Bright Lights” has been valued in excess of $2000.

Solitario, born in Manhattan Beach, California and raised in Gautier, Mississippi, moved to New Orleans after receiving his B.F.A. in painting from University of South Florida. He attended the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art and then received a M.F.A. in painting from Tulane University.

He can be found working on site and at his Magazine Street Studio in New Orleans. He shows primarily in Mississippi, Florida, and Louisiana.

Don’t miss the chance to bid on “LA Oysters, Bright Lights,” taste tempting treats, dance to your heart’s content and enjoy a night of food, fun and friends.

In 2015, Taste of Mississippi raised $130,000 to help keep Stewpot’s 17 ministries up and running. Let’s beat that number this year. We’ll see you there!

Get Taste of Mississippi tickets at www.tasteofms.org. Advance tickets are [...]

Making Moves

By Lesley F. Collins

Stewpot’s Madison Jones knows that strategic moves and the ability to shout “checkmate” are what make the game of chess so much fun. The hours spent perfecting one’s game can mean the difference between winning and losing.

On February 19 Madison, a fourth-grader at Johnson Elementary, had the opportunity to participate in the JPS Open Doors Chess Tournament, coming away from the citywide event with two wins, two draws and two losses.

Madison has been attending Stewpot’s After-school Program and Summer Camp since kindergarten. Her older sister was a former camper and currently both Madison and her younger brother, Noah, attend. Madison is very focused on academics as well. She has consistently made the honor roll for the last 3 years while attending Stewpot.

At the Chess Tournament, she had the opportunity to compete against fellow JPS students from Davis, Casey and North Jackson Elementary Schools. We want to CONGRATULATE Madison on a successful tournament and wish her the best of luck in her future chess and academic endeavors!