Suzanne Wilkin, a volunteer for Interfaith Compassion Ministry, said the number of people who have lost their homes in Oxford seems to be rising considering the number of clients who have sought help at ICM.
Wilkin, who moved to Oxford from Maryland with her husband in 1996, has spent more than 10 years volunteering with ICM, an association of 36 area churches who work together to help community members in need.
ICM officials say a growing population of Hispanic residents and the under-employed, coupled with a decline in donations, has left the charitable group in need of help. To help ICM continue to meet the needs of our community, Oxford Floral will be holding a tent sale Saturday at its location on Jefferson Avenue. (August 15, 2014, Page 3A)
The LOU Homeless Initiative is taking steps to move forward to creating Lafayette County’s first homeless shelter. (March 21, 2014, Page 1A, 12A)
From 2012 to 2013 the homeless numbers are down but still a costly effort for local nonprofits. (June 20, 2013, Page 1)
Interfaith Compassion Ministry Executive Director Lena Wiley said she is trying to help more people facing being homeless in recent months, but donations are down. (October 19, 2012, Page 1A, 5A)
The Oxford-Ole Miss Rotary and Interfaith Compassion Ministry are teaming up to hold this year’s Christmas Store aimed at providing two toys and a book to local children who might otherwise not get anything for Christmas. (October 18, 2012, Page 1)
Ceramic plates painted by local government leaders, University of Mississippi officials, business owners and local artists will be auctioned off Thursday during the first Plates to End Poverty event, sponsored by the UM Homeless Outreach. (November 16, 2011, Page 1)
Organizers of this year’s Christmas Store, the nonprofit operation that gives toys to children from low-income homes, are asking for the community’s support, both finanicaly and through volunteerism. (November 7, 2011, Page 3A)
The first 250 people to show up at Interfaith Compassion Ministry between 2 and 6 p.m. Thursday will receive a free flu shot. (October 19, 2011, Page 12)
Three men braved the Mighty Mississippi this summer, kayaking the entire 2,300 miles of the river, raising more than $20,00o for Interfaith Compassion Ministry in Oxford. Read about their adventure in today’s EAGLE. (September 8, 2011, Page 1)