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Community Group Creates Transitional Housing for Women and Children

A community development project in Jackson brings two rival banks together.
Through their combined efforts, in partnership with a local church, a homeless shelter for women and children is opening.


Pastor Jennifer Biard, leader of the Jackson Revival Center, cut the ribbon on the community housing project, years in the making.
 
 “We are just beyond ecstatic to have the opportunity to reach more people,” Biard said “These homes will provide a safe space for women who come out of domestic abuse. Where they can obtain gainful employment. Where their children can receive proper educational services. Where we can address behavior health mental health and make sure that they receive healing.”
 
Through the cooperation for global community development, an extension of the Jackson Revival Center, there was a vision for transitional housing. The idea was to create something that will outlive its visionaries and will benefit generations to come.

Evelyn Edwards, with BancorpSouth Bank, is the Vice President, Community Development Grant Specialist, and Mid Mississippi Community Reinvestment Specialist for the organization.

“Everything that she (Jennifer) spoke of over five years ago when I first met with her, this ground hold it. Holds the facilities for it but we had to access dollars to not put the church in a financial strain,” Edwards said.
 
The homes will help people escape abusive domestic situations. This idea was born in response to needs found in the community, and eventually, funding was secured. $4,000 from Bancorp South and $1,000 from Trustmark led to a $20,000 contribution from the Federal Home Bank Of Dallas.
 
  “It’s a great feeling to know that we reached this point in our journey and we celebrate this point, but we know there’s a lot more work to do,” Edwards said.
 
The church provided 143 acres of land for the property. Each home has new roofing, new bathrooms, security systems, and will be gated.
 
 “ We are just so grateful to God,” Biard said. “There’s no way that we could’ve done this by ourselves. When God gives a vision, He provides for the vision, and we are just so grateful to be surrounded by people from the community who believe in what God is doing in who believe in the people of this community and understand that given the right resources everyone can become productive members of our community.
 
The Jackson Revival Center will help with running the facility. If you or someone you know is interested in what they are offering, you can call the church office at 601-948-1874 for more information.

 


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