Gov.’s gala aids The Welcome House
MAXIE – Stacey Miller, the new director and associate pastor of The Welcome House, has been working for the past six months to improve the quality of life for all residents of the shelter.
Miller, who began teaching Bible study classes at the shelter about two years ago, is now volunteering her time and talents on a full-time basis.
Miller explained that there is a zero tolerance drug policy on the facility.
“Residents are only allowed non-narcotic medications. If they have been prescribed a narcotic medication, we work with their physicians and pharmacists to substitute a non-narcotic medication,” said Miller.
Additionally, drug rehabilitation courses are taught on site. Should a resident have a more significant addiction which cannot be addressed at the facility, they are recommended for further treatment elsewhere.
When asked about the length of time in which individual residents will be allowed to remain at the shelter, Miller provided an explanation.
“Change does not come overnight. True rehabilitation takes time. We want our residents to heal and not return to the shelter. This is not a temporary fix,” said Miller.
“As long as residents are improving and striving to reach goals, which we set together, we want them to stay.”
Miller commended the community for their generous donations to help the needy. She emphasized that many times there are children at the facility who would not get a meal if not for the generosity of others.
The Community Outreach Corporation, who instituted the project to build the shelter which now houses 60-65 people nightly, has joined efforts with former Governor Edwin Edwards as an ongoing effort to aid the homeless. The gala will be held Saturday, March 10, 2012, in Le Grand Hall at The Grand Opera House of the South. Tickets to the event are $250 per person and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Clay LeJeune at 337-788-1505 for more information.