Partner:The UMC, Mississippi Annual Conference
Describe the need affecting the community.
The Mississippi Delta region is one of the poorest areas in the United States and has been described as a ?Third World country in the heart of America.? Delta Revitalization Task Force Report 2007. According to the 2012, U.S. Census, more than 23.2 percent of Mississippians lived in poverty, making the state the poorest in the nation. There are 14 counties that are considered to have critical poverty rates which are at least 50% higher than the state average. The Mississippi Delta region is one of the poorest areas in the United States and has been described as a ?Third World country in the heart of America.? The counties with critical rates of poverty are the following: Bolivar (34.2%) Leflore (39.3%) Claiborne (35.8%) Quitman (37.8%) Coahoma (30.6%) Sharkey (35.8%) Holmes (42.6%) Sunflower (34.7%) Humphreys (41.2%) Washington (23.3%) Issaquena (30.1%) Wilkinson (23.3%) Jefferson (29.6%) Yazoo (34.3%) Eight of these counties are within our area of ministry.
How will this Advance project help to address the need?
We do not address directly their financial needs but we do offer to help them live in a safer and healthier environment. Many homes we work on have rotten floor board in which small children and elder adults have fallen through. Many homes have plumbing issues such as no flushable toilets, or even running water throughout the home. The majority of the homes have leaking roofs which leads to decaying of the rest of the home as well as mold and mildew issues. We are able to work on these homes at no cost to the homeowner to improve their living environment.
Describe the primary goal of the project.
The primary goal of Delta Grace is to bring healing and wholeness to a hurting community. By reaching out in the love of Jesus Christ and to bring together those that are willing to serve. With those that are in need in a way that shows everyone involved that God's light shines on all people and in many different ways.
Describe the change you would like to see in the community as a result of this Advance project.
Our hope is that God will use this ministry to help heal race relations and open the eyes of many who do not see value in all of God's people. In a region where race relations are often strained, Delta Grace shows that God's grace is available to all. It also shows how all Christians help one another regardless of race. We are all God's children and we are here to serve one another.
Budget and Financial Information
Annual Advance Financial Goal
Local Financial Support
Materials for projects
Utilities, insurance, etc
Project manager, janitor & executive director