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Lena Wiley

Items being accepted for homeless backpacks

Margaret King is asking the LOU community to help her provide backpacks filled with food and toiletries to the homeless. (June 9, 2011, Page 2)

ICM could get county help

The Lafayette County Board of Supervisors discussed several topics at their regular meeting on Monday at the Lafayette County Chancery Building that included getting help for Interfaith Compassion Ministry through legislation; receiving a bus stretcher conversion kits to help transport several people at one time during a catastrophic event, and an update on the Winchester Centerfire plant. (March 8, 2011, Page 5)

More help for the homeless

Homeless Task Force met on Sunday to discuss continued goals and projects already in place and plan for future projects aimed at helping reduce the amount of homeless and displaced persons in Lafayette County. (February 28, 2011, Page 1)

Showing our appreciation to those who help others

Thanksgiving is a time when most of us reflect on, and appreciate all that we have without dwelling on what we don’t have. Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg writes that perhaps we need to spend a bit more time thinking about others who aren’t as fortunate and consider helping those who help others. She suggests, in particular, considering helping the local Interfaith Compassion Ministry. (November 25, 2010, Page 4A)

Fish fry puts dent in homeless hotel bill

Interfaith Compassion Ministry Director Lena Wiley wasn’t sure how much money was brought in from Tuesday’s fish fry fundraiser as of this morning, but one thing she did know for certain — people ate a lot of fish.

“We ran out of fish,” she said this morning. “I think it went really well. I hope it went well.”

The fish fry, held at First Baptist Church’s Family life center, served cat fish and chicken tenders for $10 a plate from 11 to 1 p.m. and then again from 4 to 7 p.m. All the proceeds will go toward ICM, particularly to help pay an outstanding $10,500 hotel bill that ICM owes to the Ole Miss Motel, which works with ICM all year to help house homeless and displaced persons temporarily. (October 20, 2010, Page 1)

Growing homeless problem discussed Sunday

A growing homeless problem is evident in a $10,500 hotel bill racked up by the Interfaith Compassion Ministries which works with the Ole Miss Motel to house displaced persons temporarily.  On Thursday, ICM paid out more than $1,100 toward unpaid rent to help keep families in their home.

A Home Task Force meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday in the conference room at the Oxford Police Department. Anyone wishing to help find solutions is asked to attend the meeting. (October 8, 2010, Page 1A)

Shelters, Pantry receive grant money

Four local organizations that offer emergency food and shelter have been awarded grant money by the local Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board that is made up of local representatives from several nonprofit agencies. (June 18, 2010, Page 1A)

Letters to the Editor

Clark Hunt was pleased with the turnout at the recent Homeless Task Force meeting, but wants to make sure local government officials and members of the community remain aware of the needs of the Interfaith Compassion Ministry which offers most of the assistance now. (March 5, 2010, Page 4A)

Groups aim to address homeless problem in Oxford

About 60 people from a range of agencies and interests attended a meeting held Sunday by the Oxford Homeless Task Force to address the growing homeless population in Oxford. Now they’re going to be working in committees aimed at six issues: awareness, fundraising, statistics, shelter needs, immediate response and governmental relations. (February 22, 2010, Page 1)

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