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Wingard Home Ministry

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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

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Brent B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Wingards are the best!They're love for God and hurting people is without measure.I have known them for over twenty-five years and highly recommend them and the ministry they so faithfully Administer.I was blessed by them many times in my youth and am a better man today because they cared. If you are compelled by your heart to Bless this ministry then be assured that any assistance you give will be used faithfully to assist and restore some of our most neglected and deserving people who need a helping hand.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I are involved in a ministry that helps incarcerated men that have been released to assimilate back into society. The Wingard House is the first place we call if one of the men need a place to stay. They have always been more than helpful!

2 Jason F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the wingard home in July of 2011. I was homeless, on medicine for anxiety and scared to death. But by the love of God and his son Jesus working through Roy and Charlotte wingard I found salvation. They truly provide for the lost and hurting, not only through shelter and a second chance at life but provide the most important element to life: a new life in Christ Jesus. This is a God breathed God ordained ministry. And they are his humble and obedient servants.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Oh what a wonderful ministry that truly shows they are the hands and feet of Jesus!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This ministry has helped so many people. When my son and his family lost everything they had and I was unable to help them the Wingard home took them in helped them get jobs showed them how to budget their money and showed them that God will always be there no matter the situation. They stayed at the Wingard home for awhile until they were able to move out and then the Wingard home assisted them with a descient place to move and helped them furnish it and set them up with groceries. They were so instrumental with saving my sons family it kept them off the street and they never went hungry. I’m not sure what might have happened if the Wingard home had not been there. I know they have helped so many people through the years it’s just mind boggling all the good that has come from that ministry
I love them. Ever since this I have volunteered with any thing that is needed

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I found Wingard Home Ministry in September 2015, I was lost, broken, homeless & scared. Immediately upon entering, I felt at home. Shortly afterwards, my son Benjamin, then 6 yrs old, was legally taken away from me by his father. Ms. Charlotte helped me to find a wonderful attorney, who took me pro-bono & thankfully, I got my son back in August of 2016. She helped me find a job. She helped me to budget my money & eventually I was able to pay off of my fines & get my Drivers License back. Today, my son & I are doing great. I am finally free of all mind altering substances. I honestly do not know where I would be had God not placed this amazing woman, Charlotte Wingard, & The Wingard Ministry in my path!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've worked with Wingard as a volunteer for several years. I still keep up with them and after all these years, they continue to help the homeless and those who are going through rough times in their lives to get on their feet, be self supporting again and get their lives turned around. They have lead many to a saving knowledge in Christ who gives comfort, peace and hope in times of trouble and despair. Roy and Charlotte understand where the recipients of their help come from, so are able to minister to people in ways others don't understand. It angers me to see posts where people don't like the fact that they ask people to do chores, etc. because that is part of life. At their Home Ministry, it takes everyone working together to get things done, because many live there and there is a lot to be done! I want to honor them for the work they do. They are on the job 24/7 and have helped a lot of people get their lives turned around. Many rewards in Heaven are stored up for them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Royce Caswell Sr. - I learned about the Wingard Home when i got out of jail. After spending 1 month in jail my family went homeless. We were in threat of losing our kids while we slept on a living room floor at a friend's house. Their landlord found out and we had to get out. We called every shelter in the state. They all wanted to split up my family and as adults we would have had only 2 weeks of shelter and then move to another. Well, when i called the Wingard Home i felt like God had delivered us from certain doom. The Wingard Home is the only place that would take in my entire family and not split us up. And we could stay as long as needed. Now, this wasnt just a shelter. This was a home. A home with family and friends. All of whom helped us find gainful employment. Helped my wife better her education. Helped us save money and manage it properly. We learned how God had this plan and we didnt need to worry about worldly needs. God provided all that so we could just learn and advance our selves. After 3 months we were finally above water. We had employment. We had a renewed spiritual understanding. We left the Wingard Home and started our journey in a new life. As far as i am concerned the Wingard Home saved my life and saved family's life as a family unit. We are doing great now and since leaving the Wingard Home we have been able to take in people and even families and help them get back on their feet. And we continue to do so now. We have a family of 4 that is expecting their 3rd child. We helped them find services and he now has a job and in a month will be moving out. We do this because that is what God taught us through the Wingard Home. God bless the Wingard family. God bless their ministry and God bless America!!!

2 Josh K.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I were addicts, homeless and had lost all hope. Mrs. Charlotte and Mr. Roy took us in and began restoring hope immediately. They helped us to rebuild our lives in Christ, as well as our physical lives. We both have been completely clean and sober for three years; have good jobs and are active in our church. The Wingard Home changed our lives forever and we are truly grateful.

2 Lindsey30

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Lindsey mike I was at the wingers home from prison and had nothing but the outfit I had on they welcomed me with open arms and I stayed for two years got a job a car and married the chef # best thing I ever did we had a baby named Charlotte grace and of course named her after mrs charlotte because she became our family this place asks for not a dime while you are there and loves you and teaches you to save money and to work hard to get on your feet all while preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ I love this ministry still and I owe them everything I would recommend this place to anyone any day what an awesome place to help the community

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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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Jean Compton G.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learned about Wingard Home Ministry several years ago from a local newspaper article. I was most impressed to learn that they live in the same home with the people they are serving. They work hard to provide a family lifestyle, such as outings for the children, & holidays are special for them, as they should be. Unlike many charities, I've never heard anything negative about Wingard. I appreciate that they try to keep families together, encourage adults to learn a trade, & try to help them find employment. Wingard is first on my charity donation list.

2 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.

1 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.

4 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.

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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.

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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.

4 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.

5 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.

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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!