WellsFest 2014---Hope for the Homeless

     Helping the homeless will be the goal of WellsFest 2014.
     Proceeds of the family festival on September 27 and Art Night on  September 23 will go to Partners to End Homelessness, a coalition of service organizations in  five central Mississippi counties.
     What began as a small group of agencies trying to assist the homeless in 1998 has grown to include more than 40 member organizations and provides a number of direct services to the homeless in Hinds, Madison, Rankin, Warren and Copiah Counties.
     Specifically, WellsFest funds will be used to start a flexible transportation program that will help homeless persons get to and from places they need to be if they're going to be able to move off the streets:  job interviews, jobs, and basic services, including medical care.
     During a community meeting one homeless man noted that getting to job interviews posed a number of problems, especially when the interview was off the city bus routes. 
      If he managed to get to the interview on time by walking,  his chances of getting the job were diminished by his appearance--drenched in sweat--and by the fact that he would not have reliable transportation to get to work.
      The proceeds of WellsFest will be used to purchase two vans to provide that reliable transportation.  Operating funds will come from The City of Jackson, the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, area foundations, local churches, businesses and individuals.
       Among its direct services, PTEH provides permanent housing to homeless women and children with a 15-bed program at an apartment complex with on sight case management staff.
     Additional services rental and utility assistance aimed at providing housing and case management to individuals and families.
     PTEH, Inc. is also currently working toward receiving funding for a Housing First program that would allow for housing to be provided to persons regardless of current emotional, mental or physical status with the focus being on housing stabilization first followed by addressing underlying issues.
    You can learn more about Partners to End Homelessness at  http://ptehms.org


WellsFest Is...

...A family friendly music festival, admission-free, drawing the best groups around.  
Entertainers donate their time and talent to provide continuous music.

...A fun fair for children, featuring easy-to-win games and creative activities
at low, low prices.

...An art auction where you can bid on works donated by prominent Jackson area artists.  

...A silent auction where you can pick up bargains donated
by local merchants,innkeepers and restauranteurs.

...An outdoor coffee house where you can relax with friends
and enjoy fantastic homemade desserts.

...A diner's delight, where you can enjoy fine grilled treats fromWellsFest Chefs.

...A crafts fair, featuring the top artisans from around Mississippi.

...A pet parade and blessing for our leashable friends at 9 a.m.

...A giant plant sale with some living bargains.

...A 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run at 8 a.m.