Jonestown Family Center for Education and Wellness
A Place of Hope and Happiness


The purpose of the Jonestown Family Center is to improve the general welfare of people in Jonestown and the surrounding area. The Family Center strives to increase educational and health opportunities through its programs.

The Jonestown Family Center follows a Christian philosophy, focusing on respect for each person as a child of God. All programs strive for the full development of the human person. We believe that education must be holistic -- mind, body and spirit.

The Jonestown Family Center for Education and Wellness is a separately incorporated sponsored ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

Thanks to all of you who help us during the year! Gratefully, Sr. Teresa and the staff at the Jonestown Family Center.

Jonestown Family Center Staff at Montessori Graduation

Jonestown Family Center Staff at "Wearing the Green and Singing the Blues" Fundraiser


Dear Friends,

Hello from the Jonestown Family Center! Spring is definitely here! The daffodil bulbs the children planted in January are now blossoming and the days are getting longer. I love to be greeted by the mockingbirds and cardinals on my morning jog.

For those of you who shop on Amazon, the Family Center is now a designated charity on Amazon Smile. Amazon donates 5% of the purchase price of eligible products. Just go to, list the Jonestown Family Center as your charity,and shop away!

Our “Wearing the Green and Singing the Blues” fundraiser at Ground Zero in March was a resounding success, thanks to Bill Luckett, owner, organizers Mac Crank and Shelley Ricker, musicians Stan Street, the Tutwiler Community Education Center’s blues students, Watermelon Slim, and all the local people and volunteers who came out to support us. We were thrilled to have Holy Names University students from Oakland and Academy of the Holy Names students from Tampa at our event. They had been volunteering in Tutwiler and Jonestown , respectively, during spring break.

I wish all of you could have been in the Montessori Children’s House in May for the Montessori graduation. The children recited poems, showed parents what they have learned, and sang some wonderful songs. It was a grand event! Our Weight Watchers 10-week program was a great success—15 participants lost a total of 22.8 pounds! Thanks to the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi for helping us with the program.

May you be blessed with the joy and peace of Christ’s Resurrection.

Gratefully, in Christ,

Sister Teresa Shields and staff of the Jonestown Family Center

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