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The LifeShare Foundation

The LifeShare Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit private operating foundation, and is a registered charity with the Secretary of State of Mississippi. Founded in April of 2000 in Jackson, the LifeShare Foundationís mission is to meet unmet needs in the lives of Mississippiís most at-risk and underprivileged children.

In the Foundationís six years of existence, it has sought to fulfill that mission in the following ways:

  1. Construction and furnishing of The LifeShare House at the Mississippi Schools for the Blind and the Deaf (MSB and MSD). The LifeShare House is an eight-bedroom short-stay facility where family members of MSB and MSD students can stay free of charge while visiting their son or daughter. The LifeShare House also hosts various workshops and events related to the School for the Blind and the School for the Deaf.

  2. Major funding of the University of Southern Mississippiís Deaf/Blind Project in 2001.

  3. Creation of LifeShare Assistive Technology (LAT). Begun in June of 2003, LAT provides computer hardware and software to over seventy profoundly disabled children in Mississippi, as well as providing ongoing technical support to help disabled children communicate, learn and function. (Most of the children who receive assistance through LAT suffer from cerebral palsy or autism. Some are quadriplegic as a result of accidents.)

  4. Creation of LifeShare Community Ministry (LCM). Begun in September of 2003, LCM seeks to bring help and hope to Mississippi families and children in poverty. LCM has provided comfort and relief to over 200 families in which there are nearly 700 children. In addition to helping with groceries and clothing, LCM also provides refrigerators, beds and utility assistance, as well as conducting after-school Bible classes for children in economically-disadvantaged areas of Jackson.

  5. Creation of the LifeShare Scholars program at Mississippi College.

That is a brief description of what we do. The best images for why we do what we do reside in the pages of scripture, in passages that call the people of God to live lives of generous compassion; passages such as Isaiah 58:10, "Offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted," Isaiah 61:1, "The Lord has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted," II Corinthians 8:13, "The one who had much did not have too much, so that the one who had little did not have too little," Titus 3:14, "Devote yourselves to good works in order to meet urgent needs," Matthew 19:14, "Let the children come," and Luke 14:13, "When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the disabled and the blind."

That last verse describes the longings and hopes that compel us in our work. Through our partnership with Mississippi's schools for the blind and deaf, and through the work of LifeShare Assistive Technology and LifeShare Community Ministry, we are trying to set a table with some of lifeís blessings, and to make a place at that table for those who live in poverty or with disability, a table of blessing for those who are blind or deaf or both. And through the LifeShare Scholars program, we are trying to support and encourage young people who may someday set other tables in other places to meet other equally pressing needs.

If you would like to speak with someone at The LifeShare Foundation, below is a listing of the LifeShare Foundation staff. Each person can be reached in The LifeShare office at 601.899.5515.

  • Heather Gibson- Executive Director

  • Bob Crisler- Director of LifeShare Assistive Technology

  • Chuck Poole- Director of LifeShare Community Ministry