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Causes: Food, Food Programs, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment

Mission: Our mission is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through actions and involvement in the lives of folks who are homeless, battered, displaced, abandoned, run-a-way, or throw-a-way. Our services include housing, food, re-education on budgeting and job ethics, counseling, clothing, personal care items, & group Christian meetings four times a week. Their stay at our campus is determined by their rate of "growth" and desire to change for the better. They must be willing to find and secure full-time employment and follow rules.

Target demographics: homeless families, battered women, run-a-ways, and parents (with children) who need to get back on their feet. Our average population is 42 folks (usually a quarter of those are children). We house, feed, clothe, and counsel the folks who live at the home

Direct beneficiaries per year: literally hundreds of homeless folks and families to get back on their feet.

Geographic areas served: the State of Mississippi, but take referrals from anywhere on the planet

Programs: shelter, clothing, food, personal items, resume service, employment help, budgeting classes, GED classes, transportation, and educational opportunities.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I want to say thank you to the ministry known as The Wingard Home. Four weeks ago, my daughter and I came upon a young mother and her two baby girls, who were in a desperate situation. They were homeless, hungry and tired. All they had were the clothes they were wearing and an empty diaper bag. Their needs were met that night and 2 days later my daughter was told about the Wingard Home and took the young family to talk with Mrs. Wingard. Mrs. Wingard immediately accepted the family and gave them a home. I visited the home later that week and saw smiles on the babies faces and hope in Kayla's eyes. What a ministry this family has! God is using them to provide for His children in need. I must also say thank you to the MISS 103 radio listeners who responded in such a heartwarming way. GOD'S HANDS WERE ALL OVER THIS SITUATION. Thank you, Lord, for your blessings on me......."For I was hungry, and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you took me in, I was naked and you clothed me........when you've done it to the least of my children, you have done it for Me". Matthew 25:35-40

Paul A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wingard Home has an evidence- base model of homeless prevention and re-housing. More than a sandwich and a blanket, the desperate and broken need hope and healing—a new way to live—a changed mind and a changed heart. Wingard Home is anchored in a belief that the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ—is critical to moving people from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Without places such as this, many desperate people would be left without hope and a future.
FOR THOSE ADULTS WHO ENTER THIS PROGRAM SEEKING CHANGE - the guidelines set forth at Wingard Home are the “hands up” approach to escaping homelessness that many well-meaning programs are missing. People can be given free housing, free this and free that but they still have to take themselves with them wherever they go and in raising the next generation. If nothing changes, then nothing changes. They must be taught a new way to live.
One of the many things that sets this place apart and makes it so unique is what most of us would consider the end of a long work day, The Wingard’s don’t get in their private cars to go to their private homes and live their private lives. This IS their home, Their room is literally adjacent to the dining room and kitchen where so many have been served. They eat the same food at the same tables under the same roof as the ones who God has called them to serve. Roy and Charlotte have raised their children among some folks that many people would want to keep their children away from. This is a 24/7 front-line assignment for them. There are many wonderful non-profits doing many wonderful things , but you’ll be hard-pressed to find few who have devoted every hour of every day of their entire lives to the cause - this IS their personal life!
This ministry has empowered many families to succeed so they do not experience homelessness ever again. It is a privilege to commend the Wingard’s for their 27 years of selfless service.
Thanks to this ministry I'll never be the same."Changed lives" prove a mission.

Mary228

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the wonderful pleasure of working with Wingard Home Ministry through my Sunday School class at Colonial Heights. I enjoyed meeting the people at the home and Charlotte and Roy. I was amazed at how Charlotte kept things going - keeping up with all the schedules of all the different individuals and all. I have some wonderful memories spending some sweet time at Christmas Festivals, delivering Christmas stockings to the Home, visiting with the Wingard family. I love them all and so grateful for the time I got to spend with them before I moved to Starkville. Their heart is filled with God's love for others and their desire is only to build His Kingdom and see lives changed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Charlotte and Roy Wingard at Wingard Home through our Sunday School class about 20 years ago. We volunteered for years to supply the laundry detergent for the home, which I delivered to them monthly (5 five-gallon buckets of powder from Sam's). Over the years, they have been just as steadfast helping those in need as they are today. They house children that have been removed from their home, they house families and single adults who have become homeless for one reason or another - helping find them training, jobs, and helping them get what they need to get back on their feet. They also have a huge Christmas Festival for over 200 needy children (I have helped as a volunteer in the past and it was a life-changing experience) - each child is given Christmas presents from a list of the child's wants, and the family is ministered to in every way from spiritual to physical needs. The hands reaching out from The Wingard Home go far and beyond many I've been in contact with and with far less help than most (they do have many that help, though). Years ago, my Sunday school class would visit and attend chapel service occasionally on the propery and meet their residents. That was always a tremendous blessing. But they have continually shown a stand firm faith and God has honored that by providing over the years in miraculous ways. I deeply hope they are recognized. I live out of town now, but I still keep in touch.

1 Bruce P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can honestly without a doubt say that the Wingard Home is the only reason I am alive & drug free today. I was one of those special idiots that not only failed there once but twice. Thing is, when I was finally exhausted, fed up & truly ready to get serious not only with myself but more importantly with my relationship with my Lord & Savior. All the things that I had been taught & told by Mrs C, Mr Roy & Mr James were exactly the things that put my life in a place that I never imagined possible again! Thank you so much to every single Wingard that touched my life! Each of you placed different bread crumbs on my path to lead me to where I am today! I love the Wingard Home & it is one of the few places I have ever been to where you can actually feel the presence of the Holy Spirit as soon as you walk through the gate.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I arrived at Wingard Home during a really difficult time in my life. It was a challenge at first but because I was already in the Kingdom I had an understanding of how to follow the rules of some one else's home. One thing that really helped me was seeing the love that they really had for people. They never stopped showing that love no matter what my actions were....true love. I eventually became part of the staff and that was one of the greatest learning experiences of my life. I was there for about 4 or 5 years and the relationships that were formed while I was there I still cherish to this day. I know they have grown tremendously and I can't wait to go visit and see just how much. If I had to sum it all up in just a few words....these people know love.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I stayed at the winged home for 3 years it's a blessing for people in need of a helping hand up instead of a hand out. The ministry has helped me getting my life straight it's a true blessing for Charlotte and Roy wingard . To help all the people

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Client Served

Rating: 5

i was stranded on interstate 20 hitch hikeing from my home state of arizona. i called mrs charolette and asked her for help i explained my sutiation .after a few minutes speaking to her she told me she would be happy to help me.i told her where i was at and mrs charolette wingard sent a man to pick me up .the ministry took me in and helped me with my dehydration . i have been here for a year and a half and i love it here .i had the best christmas here in my intire life and im 46 .this ministrt does more then the goverment has ever done . the golden rule at this ministry is to learn about jesus as i have done and to find work where you keep your money to get on your feet . this ministry does not ask you for a dime . alls they ask is to follow the rules and to work on getting on your feet . i am now the chef here at this ministry .and cook for every one here . it is a wonderful place and mr roy wingard and mrs charolette wingard are true heroes to me in my book . they truly a blessing to those in need.

2 Kylene Etheridge H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Even though my time there was shorter then some, I can say that if wasn’t for them I never would have been able to find myself again and the lord and finally become the person and mother I should be. I am forever grateful for everything the did for me

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love, if I could use one adjective describe The Wingard Home, it would be that one word. It’s what you’re shown when you first arrive, it’s how you’re treated and the type of Love that is respectful, but tough. You’re met with love, not only from them, but the love of God that shows through them. I couldn’t think of a better place that displays the love of Christ.

2 Fred Williams S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Coming to Wingard home what's the best thing to ever happen to me. Pop Mom, treating me just like one of their own. I was a 14 year old kid from Columbus Mississippi. But they didn't see that. They saw a kid who needed to be loved. That is what I got. If I did good I got praised. If I did bad I got punished. They treated all the kids that came from their home the same as their own. I am now 36 years old married with a 5 year old. Pops and Mom adore my family and the love is reciprocated. We as humans, tend not take responsibility for our actions. When someone calls us out we get defensive, but we wanted their help and we don't get the answer we want we get upset. Being in the position that they are they can't be your friend. They have to tell you what's right and you might not like it, but it is what's best for you. They teach the love of Jesus Christ and how he will come and change your life if you just let him in. It is up to you to receive him. I love them with all my. Whenever I can I go back to visit and give it back for what was given to me. I thank the Lord for putting Roy and Charlotte Wingard in my life. It was the best thing to ever happen to me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Charlotte Wingard picked me up one Saturday night at the Greyhound bus station. I was lost and broken and thought I knew it all. After listening to Roy and Charlotte and Mandy, 3 months later I became a born-again believer in Christ as my Savior and believe He rose from the dead. That was in 1999. I watched their children grow up and become wonderful adults. I love this family and how our Father uses them to help the broken people like I was. In 2017, I still visit and enjoy everyone who lives there. Special people!

Lindsey30

Client Served

Rating: 5

This ministry helped me when I got out of prison and only had the clothes on my back I got a job met my husband and we had a baby the Wingards are my family now I spent two years there getting my life streight and they were there every step of the way I love them so very much and I couldn’t have gotten this far without them I also learned about Jesus and I follow him to this day I’m thankful for all God and the wingard family has done for me I would love to tell the whole world about them they take people in no matter race ethnicity or what they look like they are so special and are truley Gods angels

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been at this ministry for almost 2 years I came from prison with nothing but the clothes on my back I now have a husband, a job, vehicle and a baby on the way I am so grateful for this ministry without them I don't know where I would be they ask nothing of you accept get a job and get on your feet thank you Mrs Charlotte and Mr Roy for all you do and thank God for putting you in my path

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Charlotte and Roy in Lawrenceville Ga. They became involved with the Homeless Ministry. Learned all they could,until God called them to Mississippi to help people who needed guidance and supervision to get back on their feet.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Wingard home open it doors and hearts to me and my family in march of 2017. The day myself and my four children walked into the Wingard home changed our lives forever. We were met with love and open arms. Step by step has we work to rebuild our lives Mrs. Charlotte has held our hands and our hearts the entire time she has also been willing to give a push in the back to help jump start the motion of moving forward. They have taken my broken and battered heart and placed their Christ guided hand all over it and our my children.. I thank the Lord everyday for their willingness to follow JESUS and love GOD'S children.

1 Johnathan L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am blessed to have met Reverends Roy and Charlotte Wingard in 1992. They have been a shining beacon in a dark city. Thank you for all you have done, all that you continue to do, and all you will do all in the name of Christ Jesus. Thank you for the Godly work you do feeding and housing those without hope and giving them words of hope and instruction. More importantly, thank you for being the Godly example we need to get back on our feet dust ourselves off and continue through life with new hope and perspectives.

Volunteer

Rating: 1

Wingards list themselves as a domestic violence shelter, they are a work house. They are unscrupulous and underhanded. A few years ago a domestic violence victim and her son were sent there. Directly from a hospital in Tuple, with recent injuries of a massive beating the demanded she work or get out because they do not like lazy people. They hold on to the ones that can work and will not complain of the ridiculous unchristian like rules...if you are a domestic violence victim or a person that is ill do not go there. You must be a mute work horse to get help from them or they humiliate you.

2 Avery4

Donor

Rating: 5

The Wingard Home in Jackson MS is a great opportunity for the homeless and those who have hit rock bottom. They are loved emotionally and physically feed spiritually and physically and are taken in as family to help with kids clothing needs medical needs and most importantly start over or rebuild. I proudly support the Wingard Home due to the fact they receive no assistance as a ministry from the state or goverment!!! Charolotte and Roy want to make sure that those that are working get what assistance or any they can!!!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just recently discovered their Facebook page and have communicated with Ms. Wingard about donating some furniture and miscellaneous items they need. Their organization is exactly what Jackson needs-- they serve one of the, if not the, most vulnerable groups-- the homeless. I was so touched by them recently taking in a precious teenage mother who was expecting her second child. They truly seem to invest in "their people" and set them up for future success. We all obviously can't house the homeless but we all can certainly do our part to support ministries like this one that not only share the gospel but also meet people exactly where they are.

3 Beverly

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Living at Wingard Home changed my life. I learned to be responsible and accountable. It was there that I was able to rebuild my life and began to seek God's will for my life. I can't say enough good about this wonderful ministry. I'll always be grateful for Charlotte and Roy Wingard and their family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have lived at Wingard Home for 8 months and this has been the most rewarding and wonderful experience of my life. I was helpless, hopeless and homeless and the Wingard family invited me to live in their home and become part of their family. I had no hope and I did not know where to turn. I have learned how to be responsible and trustworthy. I have a wonderful relationship with Jesus and I am not the person who arrived here last year. I have a fantastic job and I have been so blessed. There are rules and they are not difficult to follow. It is all about trusting God and learning to seek His will for our lives. It is beyond me how anyone could say anything negative about this Ministry or the Wingard Family. Anyone who comes here is treated with respect and kindness. They provide spiritual guidance, a warm, clean, comfortable place to live, excellent food. Many people are so abundantly blessed by coming here. The ones that I have seen be ask to leave are people who are not willing to follow a few simple rules. If you are serious about getting on your feet this is an awesome opportunity. Anyone who gives a negative review for the Wingard Home needs to search their hearts and be honest with themselves and try to change the negative and lazy habits that prevent them from following rules and better themselves. I thank God daily for Wingard Home. My family is grateful for the change in me and my life. God has restored broken relationships in my life since I have been here. Charlotte has always been open and honest with me and has always encouraged me to reach for goals that I felt were not obtainable for me. I have a deep personal relationship with Jesus and I have a purpose and hope. I know that God loves me and is working in me and my life. I am a completely different person today....Praise God!! Thank you Charlotte, Roy and the entire Wingard family. You all do an awesome work for God and your love shows in all that you do. You all have taught me so much and I appreciate being given a new life throught Jesus Christ.

1 Dorothy19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have visited the Wingard Ministry. There have been many success stories people that have come to need the help of the Ministry. The love that is shown to anyone of life, home and God is extraordinary. I have tried to donate when I can but there is always a need for help.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

my name is lindsey mike . i came to the wingard home from prison with the clothes on BACK NO SHOES NO MONEY NO NOTHING . I ENDED UP GETTING A JOB WHICH IM STILL AT 3 YEARS LATER , GETTING MARRIED TO LOUIS MIKE HAVING A BABY GETTING MY OWN HOUSE AND I COULD NOT HAVE DONE Any of this without the skills I LEARNED YOU PAY NOTHING TO LIVE THERE YOU EAT SLEEP AND GET CLOTHED FOR FREE ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS WORK AND DO A CHOIR NOT HARD THEY ARE THE KINDEST MOST LOVING TWO PEOPLE I HAVE EVER MET MRS CHARLOTTE AND MR ROY WINGARD OPEN THERE HOME TO PEOPLE THEY DONT EVEN KNOW AND GIVE THEM AN OPPERTUNITY TO SERVE GOD KNOW GOD AND FEEL MOST OF ALL LIKE FAMILY. I MISS THEM EACH AND EVERDAY I JUST WEANT TO THANK THEM FOR SERVING GOD AND BEING THERE FOR ME AND SO MANY MORE LOVE YOU BOTH

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the Wingard Home last January, straight from the hospital. I was welcomed with open arms and provided with everything I needed and then some!! Charlotte Wingard literally changed the way I looked at life, as I knew it. She spent a great deal of time answering questions I had about God and spirituality itself. I know God put me in that HOLY place at the precise time He wanted me there. Little did I know that not only would my relationship with the Lord become stronger than it has ever been, but I was also blessed to meet the man I'm spending the rest of my life with...a Godly man, who's continued to teach me the Bible and to love me unconditionally. Mrs Charlotte Wingard is a special kind of Godly warrior and I'm so grateful and thankful for her and her family. Today, I'm a hard working and proud Christian, productive member of society. Adam and I have been in our own place for over a year now!! All GLORY goes to God first!! However, without the help of the Wingard Home, I'd probably still be homeless and searching for someone to believe in!! God bless this sweet family today and always...Pamela M. Ruffin