Local Support Resources

Medical Resources

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Campus Health Center

The Campus Health Center provides walk-in care and health education for the students, faculty, and staff of The W and MSMS, along with their spouses and dependent children over the age of three years. Services for students, faculty, and staff are provided free of charge. Spouses and dependents will be charged a fee of $15 for care. There is a nominal charge to cover the cost of medications, supplies, and complete physical exams for all individuals using the health center.

W Campus
Eckford Hall
424 Serenade Drive
Phone: (662) 329-7289
Website: https://www.muw.edu/centers/healthcenter

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle

2525 5th Street N, Columbus, MS

Phone: (662) 244-1000

Baptist Medical Group

5th Street North, Columbus

(662) 241-6192

Alegro Family Medical

Dutch Lane, Columbus, MS

(662) 329-3808
*open extended hours

Lowry Medical Clinic

362 Park Creek Circle, Columbus, MS

(662) 244-8864

Urgent Team

Hwy 45 North, Columbus, MS

*open extended hours

Weekends Urgent Care

3189 Hwy 45 North, Columbus, MS

(662) 570-4507

Mental Health Resources

Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call 988

Campus Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is available to provide a wide range of services to students currently enrolled at The W.  If a student is experiencing stress, having difficulty adjusting to student life, struggling to create or maintain peer/family relationships, or simply needs an objective point of view regarding a decision or issue in their life, the counseling center staff can help.  The counselors are well-trained mental health professionals who can assist students with any mental health needs, including referral to local outside agencies if necessary. These services are free to all currently enrolled students and all you have to do is come by the Center or call to schedule an appointment.

"The Blue House"
324 11th Street South, Columbus, MS
(662) 329–7748


Baptist Behavioral Health Center

2525 5th Street N, Columbus, MS
(662) 244–1000


Community Counseling Services

(662) 328-9225


Golden Triangle Contact Helpline

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (available 24/7)

Crisis / Warm Line: (662) 328-0200 (available 24/7)


Food Resources

Owl Food Pantry

On The W campus

Website: https://www.muw.edu/foodpantry

Contact: Student Affairs Office
Phone: (662) 329-7129
Email: studentaffairs@muw.edu

The food pantry is available to currently enrolled students at the university. Students must complete a simple intake form before they can access the pantry.

Salvation Army (Columbus)

Contact: Pedre Ramaji (pradeepramji@uss.salvationarmy.org)

Phone: (662) 327-5137

Hours of Operation:
M-TH 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (closed for lunch from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)
Fridays 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM (closed for lunch from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

Webpage: https://salvationarmyalm.org/columbus

United Way of Columbus

Contact: Renae Sanders or Latasha Fryerson

Phone: (662) 370-1922

Webpage: https://ww.uwlc-ms.org

The Assembly Church

Contact: Jody Gerly

Address: 2201 Military Road, Columbus, MS

Phone: (662) 328-6374

On the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month the food pantry is from 10:00 AM to 1:45 PM.

Helping Hands Ministry

Address: 223 22nd Street North, Columbus, MS

Phone: (662) 328-8301

Provides mortgage, rent, prescription medication, utility, and food assistance based on emergency needs.

Living Manna Church

Address: 61 South Eshman Avenue, West Point, MS

Contact: R.H. Brown

Phone: (662) 494-8788

Food pantry is open every 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

*In case of a holiday the distribution is the following Monday after the holiday.

Calvary Baptist Church

Address: 405 North Jackson Street, Starkville, MS

Phone: (662) 323-1448

Regularly distributed food bags to qualifying individuals on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month (Opens at 10:00 AM).

Starkville Church of God (Starkville Residents Only)

Address: 100 Locksley Way, Starkville, MS

Phone: (662) 323-0352 - Option 5

Food pantry is open every 3rd Tuesday of each month from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Beth-El Missionary Baptist Church

Address: 1766 MS Hwy 182 West, Starkville, MS

Must email contact person at rhoward72460@yahoo.com for emergency food assistance only

Housing Resources

Prairie Opportunity, Inc. - Columbus

Temporary funding for housing and utilities for families in need.

501 7th St. North, Columbus, MS
Phone: (662) 328-1669

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Prairie Opportunity, Inc. - Starkville

Temporary funding for housing and utilities for families in need.

501 MS-12, Starkville, MS
Phone: (662) 323-3397

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Salvation Army Shelter - Tupelo

This location will provide 3 free nights of stay then a fee of $5.00 each night after the initial three nights.

527 Carnation Shelter, Tupelo, MS
Phone: (662) 842-9222 or (662) 680-2754

Childcare Resources

Child & Parent Development Center

The Child & Parent Development Center (CPDC) offers a high quality neighborhood preschool on The W's campus that works collaboratively with parents and our University community to ensure every preschooler learns and grows in a nurturing and fun environment, setting the foundation for a lifelong love of education and success in school and life.

Penny Sansing Mansell, Director
(662) 329-7196


Mississippi Department of Human Services Child Care Payment Program

The state of Mississippi has a child care certificate program that can cover up to all of the costs of childcare and after school care for low-income students. Certificates are state wide and could help any Mississippi based student.


La Leche League International


Mississippi Department of Health - Women & Children


Access MS

Apply for SNAP, TANF, Medicaid.