Continuum of Care Application Process

Monitoring and Rating of Applying Agencies
Agencies wishing to apply for funding in the 2016 Continuum of Care NOFA may do so by submitting a letter of intent by July 29, 2016. Once submitted, agencies may apply for funding by submitting an Exhibit 2 application in e-snaps at Exhibit 2’s must be submitted by Aug 14, 2016.

Agencies requesting funding must also complete a monitoring process conducted by the COC’s Monitoring Committee. Funded agencies that submitted letters of intent will be contacted by this committee to set up a time for monitoring. A copy of the monitoring tool will be emailed to your agency. A copy can also be requested by emailing the Collaborative Applicant at  Monitoring of the projects must be complete by August 24, 2016. The Rating and Ranking Committee will use both the monitoring committee’s findings and the rating criteria to determine the order of priority for applying agencies.  A copy of the rating criteria will be emailed to each applying agency. A copy can also be requested by emailing Agencies will receive a letter notifying them of their ranking priority and inclusion of their project in the 2016 collaborative application by August 30, 2016. A priority list of ranked projects will be available at

Stewpot new lead for Continuum of Care

Notice of Funding Availability:
HUD has recently announced that the Notice of Funding Availability for the 2016 CoC Program Competition is now open. Any agency interested in applying should first visit this link:

Deadline for letters of intent is July 29 and should be emailed to Louis Armstrong at

After letters of intent are submitted, the Monitoring Committee will contact each applying agency to supply information and set up a date for monitoring visits.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact Heather Ivery at

Giving Grid makes it easy to send a child to camp

Summer Camp is just days away. Help us make sure every child that needs a safe, loving place to spend the summer is able. Check out our Giving Grid – it’s easy, safe, fast and fun. Whether you give $25 or more, every dollar counts toward keeping a child off the streets this summer, offering them an opportunity to broaden their experiences.
If each Stewpot supporter were to donate just $25 we would be able to make sure all 200 kids who are signed up to attend summer camp will be able. Click on the link below and consider making a donation. Thank you!
Stewpot Giving Grid

Stewpot thanks Whole Foods for 5% Day

Whole Foods Market in Jackson donated 5% of their Monday, April 4 net profit sales to Stewpot Community Services. Whole Foods supports a different, local nonprofit each month on 5% Day. We are proud to have Whole Foods as a partner in ending homelessness in the Jackson area.
Because you shopped at their Jackson location on April 4, Whole Foods will be awarding Stewpot with a check for $2,500.
Thank you Whole Foods and thank you shoppers!

Summer Camps coming — sponsor a child, change a life

t was 80 degrees at 7:30 on a summer morning and the steps of the old church that houses Stewpot Community Services were packed with at least 60 children and more were arriving every minute. Summer camp doesn’t actually start for another half hour, but the buzz of the children’s excitement couldn’t be contained. Soon the air was filled with camp songs: Spring Up Oh Well; Pharaoh, Pharaoh; Boom Chicca Boom; all sung as loudly as their voices could sing. As the morning ritual of singing, checking in with counselors and prayer came to an end, happy children bounced down the stairs eager to participate in whatever new and exciting experience awaited them that day.

This scene replays itself at Stewpot every summer. Inner city children from the west Jackson area attend Summer Camp where we provide a safe, nurturing environment so they can learn, having fun at the same time. The Summer Camp program enhances our Afterschool Program by encouraging the diverse interests of our students through the STEAM model (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). STEAM teaches our children how these different subjects overlap and how they are used in their everyday lives by connecting them to sports, the arts, gardening, environmental responsibility and regular field trips.

Former Stewpot program participant Diva Whalen, a Tougaloo College graduate, is now in the Cancer Research Program at Baylor University. She says Stewpot encouraged her love of science.

“(Summer Camp) not only gave me the confidence to do well (especially during our black history quiz bowls and sports) but also Stewpot Summer Camp gave me a sense of responsibility. They gave me my first job as a junior camp counselor and have led me on the path I have taken, which is to be an undergraduate college professor and researcher.”

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Taste of MS — what a night!

Thank you to all who joined us to make this year’s Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi 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.

The 2015 Taste of Mississippi winners are —

Best Appetizer – Lou’s Full-Serv
Best Entree’ – The Holy Smokers of Saint Andrews
Best Dessert – Crazy Cat Bakers
Best Presentation – Walnut Hills/The Nogales House

Special thanks to all our sponsors. As always, 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!

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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!

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