Project 25 ministry hosts cookout at Field House for the Homeless

Project 25 ministry hosts cookout at Field House for the Homeless

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some people in the Hattiesburg area who've been down on their luck were given an uplifting experience this weekend, thanks to a new Christian ministry.

Volunteers with Project 25, visited Hattiesburg's Field House for the Homeless Saturday.

They grilled hamburgers and hotdogs for the clients and also handed out clothing, blankets and other items.

Isaac Lee, of New Orleans, was one of the people helped.

"I wasn't expecting this," Lee said. "I'm thankful for that. God bless them for this."

The ministry was co-founded by Hattiesburg firefighter Matt Patterson and his friend, Wes DeClement.  About one dozen other people volunteered to help with the event.

"Everyone who has volunteered is having a great time, I think the clients here are having a great time and we just feel lucky to be here," said Patterson.

"I'm not sure who the blessing is more for, for (the clients) or us," said DeClement. "It's been unbelievable, the weather is beautiful and the atmosphere is just unbelievable."

The administrators of the Field House for the Homeless said they appreciated the outreach efforts of Project 25 and look forward to working with the organization in the future.

"We're excited about Project 25," said Cynthia Young, co-founder of the Field House for the Homeless. "We thank God for them and we just see big things and we just see a friendship and a sister-brother ministry."

Next month, the volunteers at Project 25 will work on apartment and home starter kits for the homeless. And they said they will soon begin a new prison ministry.