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Mural honors woman in Jackson

Posted at 7:33 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 05:34:11-04

LANSING, Mich. — One woman in Jackson has dedicated her life to helping the homeless--and now, she has been immortalized on the side of a downtown Jackson building.

Wanda Beavers, or Mama Tutu said she is thankful and all she wants to do is help people.

"I love people and if it wasn't for God I wouldn't do what I do. I give all the glory to god so long as he puts strength in me I'm going to continue to do what I do," Beavers, owner of Mama Tutu's House said.

Mama Tutu said she was chosen for the mural after she held an Independence Day barbecue for the homeless at her home.

"A lady from Australia called me and she said I need to meet you," Beavers said.

Beavers agreed and artist Claire Foxton flew to Michigan to do the mural for the Bright Walls Festival.

"When it was finished I was like i just give all the glory to God," Beavers said.

Jennifer McNeven said she met Mama Tutu last year at the homeless shelter and is better of now.

"I am doing good since she's helping me, she help me stack up food in my kitchen," McNeven said.

Since the unveiling of the mural, more people have been going to Mama Tutu's house.

"They've been coming in need and I have some people come and bring some hygiene products for the people because this is where they take care of their hygiene and stuff like that," Beavers said.

Mama Tutu hopes this recognition of the community will continue to bring people to her doorstep and others will help too.

Mama Tutu is looking for food donations for the holiday season.

If you're interested in helping her, you can give her a call at 517-787-8408 or 517-414-0932.

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