The doors of Matt’s Emergency Shelter for Women and Children and Brumfield Emergency Shelter for Men are still scheduled to be closed on November 15 unless sustainable funding can be found. These programs assist 650 poverty level individuals each day at no charge.  This closure will result in a loss of 75 available beds a day for the homeless in the Metro Jackson area. The loss would be from the 50 beds designated for men at the Brumfield Shelter and the 25 beds at Matts House for Women and Children. Executive Director Frank Spencer said that the Stewpot Board based their decision on the fact that closing these 2 shelter would impact to the minimum extent possible Stewpot’s feeding programs, its assistance to women and children, and Stewpot’s after school programs for children. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors and the City Council have been contacted about possible assistance and their decisions as to whether they are able to contribute is pending.

Stewpot Community Services needs your help to keep Matt’s Emergency Shelter for Women and Children and Brumfield Emergency Shelter for Men open in 2015. We have requested the Jackson City Council and the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, each, contract with Stewpot for $100,000 to replace lost Federal and United Way grant funds to keep these shelters open. What can you do? Below is a list of the Councilman and Supervisors and their contact information who decides whether this contract will be granted. Please call or e-mail them to tell them you want to keep these shelters open. 

Hinds County Supervisors

District 1 Darrel McQuirter 601-973-5552 2 Robert Graham 601-714-6219 3 Peggy Hobson-Calhoun, 601-968-6768 4 Tony Greer 601-857-2622 5 Kenneth Stokes 601-714-6218 601-973-5525

Jackson City Council

Ward 1 Quentin Whitwell 601-960-2051
Ward 2 Melvin Priester, Jr. 601-960-1091
Ward 3 Larita Cooper-Stokes 601-960-1090
Ward 4 Dekeither Stamps 601-960-2052
Ward 5 Charles Tillman 601-960-1092
Ward 6 Tyrone Hendrix 601-960-1092
Ward 7 Margaret Barrett-Simone 601960-1063

Contact: Frank Spencer
Stewpot Executive Director
(601) 353-2759