Mississippian's traveling to Jackson for cancer treatment will soon have a place to stay free of charge. The American Cancer Society recently announced plans to open its first Hope Lodge in the state. Hope Lodge will be located on the grounds of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Kelly Doss, Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society Mid-South Division, says the facility will make a significant imprint on Mississippi. The nearly $11-million project is expected to begin construction in late summer. MPB's Lawayne Childrey got more information from Amanda Patton of the American Cancer Society.
Mississippians in the so-called Medicaid Coverage Gap make up nearly forty-percent of the state's uninsured population according to a new study. M-P-B's Jeffrey Hess reports two online petitions to expand the program in Mississippi have received more than two-thousand signatures.
For over 40 years volunteers at Contact the Crisis Line have been at the phones - 24 hours a day - seven days a week. They answer all sorts of calls on issues ranging from loneliness to suicide and everything in between. But 40 years is a long shift, and they split it up between lots of dedicated volunteers who are extensively trained in the art of lending a listening ear. Dorothy Triplet is with the Crisis Line. She talks with us about how you can be trained, starting this week.
And of course, if you ever feel like you need someone to talk to about anything at all, Contact the Crisis Line is there at 601-713-HELP (4357).