Missouri Gov. Mike Parson toured Watered Gardens ministry in Joplin Friday morning.
The Governor said he was impressed by the story of a once homeless woman identified as “Jocelyn” who told her story.
She received help from Watered Gardens and now is free of government assistance, including food stamps.
“That’s the thing we’re doing everyday is trying to get people so they’re not dependent on government,” he said.
“We wanted to come and see these programs and how successful they are and what they can do without government” Parson continued.”One thing we are encouraging is for the churches to get involved of waiting for government to solve the problem.”
Governor Parson said Jocelyn worried she would be homeless again when she learned she’d have to give up food stamps. But, in the end, she became independent.
“When you see facilities like this and talk to people who have gone through the program and, more importantly, the ones who get into the workforce it’s is one of the initiatives main initiatives we have,” the Governor commented.