Homeless Get New Start with New Year

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Residents at one house in Thomasville have especially high hopes for the new year.

One resident advises, "Find this place because they're doing great things here."

The Mustard Seed House provides apartment-style living for homeless veterans and church-sponsored homeless in the area, pays for meals and clothing, and takes care of any other bills the residents might incur during their stay.

The program was started under the Jack Reid Memorial Foundation, and Executive Director Hazel Moon says her interaction with residents at the house has completely changed her perspective:

"It's just remarkable to get to know these guys, and see that they have hopes and dreams and talents just like the rest of us."

Residents say they've left 2010 in the dust - and look forward to a new year full of hope.

Anthony Walton moved in to the Mustard Seed House about a month ago, and says his future is brighter than ever:

"Now that this program is going to help me out and open some doors up for me now, and I'm looking for great things to happen, you know, because they did great things for me here."

Moon says private donations are vital to keeping the program alive - especially now that funding they were expecting from Veterans Affairs won't be arriving for at least another year.

She says in addition to monetary donations, the house itself is still in need of renovations, and anyone who has skills such as a plumbing, painting, or building they could donate would be greatly appreciated. She says each resident costs about $300 per month to house, feed, and clothe.

Despite a few setbacks, residents and directors alike say they are confident the Mustard Seed House is on its way to putting down deep roots in the community.

To donate to the Mustard Seed House, visit the Jack Reid Memorial Foundation's website at jackreid.org. All donations are tax deductible.

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