Gateway Rescue Mission social services and assistance.

Hinds County families that are homeless or very low income may be able to get help from Gateway Rescue Mission. The faith based charity organization is focused on helping people of all backgrounds and situations that are very low income or are struggling. As resources allow, help may be for victims of a disaster, domestic violence, the homeless, and others. Basic needs such as food, shelter, meals, and referrals are all offered by the charity.

An Emergency, Overnight Shelter is for struggling people from the community. It will give them a safe environment to live in, and is available on a first come/first served basis. While men will have a place to stay, the goal is to guide guests of the center into permanent, low income housing or apartments.

The Gateway Rescue Mission Family Assistance Program offers helps and support to individuals in the county who are victims of fire, a natural disaster or domestic violence. The main goal of this particular service is to provide clients with access to basic necessities. This will help them start over when that approach is needed.

Families may receive basic needs such as clothing, furniture, appliances, and other items. They can get referrals to emergency shelters or security deposit programs to pay the fees on a new home or apartment. Most of this is offered in partnership with the Gateway Rescue Mission Pearl Thrift Store.

When found to be qualified for help, individuals and families will receive donated items on the same day of their appointment and their approved application. The Family Assistance program is offered, by appointment, only through the distribution center as well as the Pearl Thrift Store warehouse.

A program focused on women from the area is Ruth´s Refuge. This is a transitional resource, including housing, for women from Hinds County and Jackson that are seeking restoration back into society. Clients of the program are strongly encouraged to find educational advancement or jobs, and they are supported in that activity. All women will be accepted into the program on a limited, case-by-case basis. The faith based Gateway Rescue Mission will also provide them the tools to become self-sufficient.

There are many beds and other programs available on site for the clients. Some of the places that the charity receives referrals from are transitional housing programs, shelters, Alcohol and Drug treatment facilities, hospitals, and regional anti eviction or homeless service providers. The Ruth´s Refuge can lead to transitional housing for those that find employment in the community.




Also during this program, clients will learn to budget and save their money on a weekly basis. They will also be receiving ongoing case management, social work, and general counseling. There are life skills classes that address issues such as job readiness, self-esteem, mental health, credit repair, money management, and even budgeting.

Another resource is the New Life Program, which is for those from the community that are battling addiction. It can last up to one year, and attendees will receive Personal Development, Nutrition, Marriage and Family, Job Placement Referrals, and other support.

Food and meals are offered at the Gateway Café. The location will serve up to three free, hot meals per day to the poor and less fortunate. This can include lunches for anyone that is hungry, including low income and homeless families in Hinds County. There is also a breakfast and dinner served on most days as well. There will be quality and free nutritious meals served to those that need help.

Thrift stores are open for the general public as well. They are located across the region, including in Clinton, Pearl and Magee Mississippi. The stores will sell gently used, donated items such as furniture, clothing, school supplies, household items, and much more.

Anyone can shop at the Gateway Thrift stores in Hinds County. All proceeds from the sale or sale of goods goes to fund programs for the homeless. So funds are used wisely. The locations of Gateway and the Thrift Stores are as follows.

  • 2850 Highway 80 East, Pearl, Mississippi 39208, dial 601-932-1668
  • Gateway Thrift Store in Clinton. Address is 216-B Clinton Blvd., Clinton, MS 39056, call 601-924-8426
  • 114 Simpson Highway 149, Magee, MS 39111, call 601-849-5821
  • 749 Ridgewood Rd., Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157, address is 601-957-8838




The main location for their shelter, referrals, and social services is as follows. Staff from Gateway are ready to help the poor and homeless. The office is at 328 South Gallatin Street, Jackson, Mississippi 39203, call (601) 353-5864.


By Jon McNamara

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