Delta Hands for Hope

To empower all children to have the education, leadership skills, and abilities to succeed.

Delta Hands for Hope

Delta Hands for Hope is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen and enhance local community assets related to education, spiritual development, health, and recreation of school-aged children in the Mississippi Delta and surrounding areas.


Chiquikta Fountain

Chiquikta Fountain is a native of the MS Delta and has worked in family and community engagement, organizing, and being an advocate for quality public education in MS. She is excited about the opportunity to be a part of Delta Hands for Hope and serving the community of Shaw.

Chiquikta is a graduate of Delta State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Masters of Business Administration. She is Chairperson for the Bolivar County CAN and a member of the P-16 Council for Cleveland School District. She is the mother to one son, who is a Junior in high school.

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Dr. Rev. Jason Coker was born in Shaw, and is the founder of Delta Hands for Hope. He received his undergraduate degree from William Carey University, a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a PhD from Drew University. He currently serves as the Field Coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Mississippi. He and his wife Pam live in Clinton, MS, with their three children.

Dr. Nora Gough-Davis is a the owner and family nurse practitioner of Shaw Family Medical. She and her husband, Tony, are the proud parents of two children. 

Mr. Roger McDowell  lives in Hattiesburg, MS with his wife Lida. They are the parents of four adult daughters who have blessed them with eight grandchildren.  Delta Hands for Hope and the kids of Shaw have become Roger’s extended family. Roger’s numerous trips to Shaw are truly homecomings to visit with family. He is a retired CPA with a career that included ten years in public accounting practice, three years in the highway construction industry and more than thirty five years in the oil and gas business. He currently serves as an expert witness in oil and gas litigation.His home church, University Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, MS shares his passion and commitment to its partnership with Delta Hands for Hope and their sisters and brothers in Shaw.

Reverend Leroy Woods is the pastor of the United Rock of Ages Church in Shaw, MS, where he has served for 19 years. He serves as a board member of Delta Hands for Hope, an organization committed to helping the city of Shaw and surrounding areas move forward in positive ways. He is the chairman of the Shaw Ministerial Association, through which he serves with other pastors in the city in an effort to better the spiritual, social, educational, cultural, and financial conditions in Shaw through prayer, preaching, and the teaching of Godly principles and practices. He currently holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Biblical Studies from The Exodus School of the Bible in Cleveland, MS. Over the years he has served in various capacities: board member of the Bolivar Community Action Agency, Headstart Policy Council Chairman, Site Coordinator for "Keep A Clear Mind" drug, alcohol, and sex abstinenceprogram, Site Coordinator for "YMC" (Youth Movement for Christ) at McEvans Elementary school in Shaw, "PAP" (People Assisting People) of Pace, MS, through which he served as a mentor and counselor to several young men in Bolivar County. Reverend Woods and his wife Glenda, a high school teacher at Shaw High School, live in Sunflower county, MS, and have three children.



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