For the first time anyone in the Oxford Exchange Club can remember, the club gave out two Book of Golden Deeds awards last night at a special dinner meeting. This year’s awards went to Jean Shaw — leader of the LOU Homeless Task Force and the Alpha Mu chapter of the Kappa Delta Sorority. (May 6, 2011, Page 1A)
Ole Miss students Bowman Hitchens and Rob Treppendahl are planning a 60-day journey down the Mississippi River this summer to raise $50,000 for Interfaith Compassion Ministries in Oxford. Watch a video about the duo’s journey here.
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)
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)
Jean M. Shaw writes, on behalf of the L-O-U Homeless Task Force, to thank members of the community for helping make “Chili Bowl for the Soul” a success. (February 11, 2011, Page 4A)
The Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow, or LOFT, donated more than $20,000 in grant money to several area nonprofit organizations. Each year, LOFT can distribute 4 to 5 percent of its endowment in grants.
Some of this year’s recipients include: Oxford Medical Ministries; Interfaith Compassion Ministry; The Leap Frog Program; and Yoknapatawpha Arts Council. (December 9, 2010, Page 1)
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)
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)
Randy Yates writes about his time in Oxford and his impressions of the local bar and restaurant scene, asking why Sunday should be treated any differently than the other six days of the week, while the L-O-U Homeless Task Force writes to thank the City of Oxford for supporting the Interfaith Compassion Ministry. (August 17, 2010, Page 4)
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)