CLIMB CDC Family Enrichment Center Coming to Gulfport

The old PAL Center in Gaston Point is getting new life. What was once the building that housed an afterschool tutoring and exercise program for third to eighth graders will now be turned into the Climb CDC Family Enrichment Center. 

Gulfport Police Department Chief Leonard Papania said, “What we wanted to do is gravitate away from duplication of service and go into those areas we haven’t been working with.”

The Family Enrichment Center will not only provide programs for children, but also programs for adults such as parenting and nutritional classes. Climb CDC CEO Lori West said, “We try to take a holistic approach to families and communities and what they need. We feel like if you’re only targeting one age group of a family, then you may be missing a broader range.”

Climb CDC hopes partnering with the police department, as well as the city, will foster a healthy environment for families and affect the entire community in a positive way. “The large impact that we’re trying to make is that we’re trying to reduce crime in low income communities and we’re trying to break the cycle of generational poverty,” said West. 

Chief Papania tells News 25 when dealing with what he calls a ‘criminal subculture’ here in Gulfport, one way of combating it is finding the root of criminal actions. “We can investigate a crime, but if we look back at where things originated, and it really originates in the home, the family and the breakdowns there,” said Chief Papania.
Climb CDC and the police department plan on developing programs to address needs as they see them.

The city is inviting the public to come celebrate the opening of what is seen as a great need for this community. The Ribbon Cutting will take place Tuesday, July 28th, 8:30am-9:30am at 5001 Old Pass Road. 

Climb CDC officials tells News 25 they hope by August they will have a full list of programs and services the Family Enrichment Center will offer. Katarina Luketich WXXV News 25

This week the Gulfport City Council extended a resolution of gratitude to Bobbye Carraway, on behalf of the Gulfport Galleria of Fine Art, for the loan of The Heron In Flight carving to be displayed in City Hall.

The flight of the Heron carving is a never-before-seen piece by Marlin Miller (from his private collection.) 

Accepting the resolution:

Ms. Bobbye Carraway
Mary Ann Barkley
Crocket Lindsey
Andi Oustalet
Laurie Toups
Chris Vignes


City of Gulfport Intern Spotlight:

Kayla Payton was born and raised in Gulfport and is interning in our Finance and Administration Department for the Summer. She is described by colleagues as "very outgoing, respectful, and hardworking young lady who manages to keep a smile on her face at all times!" 

She graduated from Gulfport High School in 2012 and after graduation enrolled at Mississippi State University where she currently studies Psychology and Business Administration. Going into her senior year Kayla looks forward to the upcoming football season for the Mississippi State Bulldogs... especially since she has a new job as a Bulldog Suites Ambassador! 

We wish her luck and are very thankful for her internship with the City of Gulfport!

Gulfport Police Department Officer Shawn Williams suffered a stroke and an aneurysm while off duty and is now hospitalized in the ICU at Memorial Hospital. He is stable and aware of his surroundings but is very tired.

In order to help raise funds for Shawn's medical expenses, Papa John's in Gulfport (520 East Pass Rd and Crossroads Pkwy) are teaming up to help with a July 23rd fundraiser. Both stores will donate 20% of all sales to Shawn. Also, anyone that purchases food the TODAY, July 23rd, will be entered to win free pizza for a year. You can increase your chances of winning by purchasing additional tickets at either Papa John's location starting today. Tickets are $5.00 each or 3 tickets for $10.00.

Thank you to Jordan and Vicki at the Papa John's store on East Pass Rd for their assistance by spearheading this fundraiser!

Due to the bad weather last Friday's Cinema By The Shore, we have rescheduled the showing of Big Hero 6 to this Friday evening! 

We hope that you all can make it out and are hopeful for clear skies!

USM needs volunteers for Special Olympics' Area Games

(WLOX) - Volunteers are needed to help with the Special Olympics Mississippi Area Three Games scheduled for Saturday, August 8 at the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Park Campus in Long Beach.

Volunteers will be used to assist with around 100 athletes who will participate in the games. The area three games will include four events: softball, soccer, horse shoes and croquet.

All games will take place near USM's Technology Learning Center. Set up for the event will start at 7 a.m.

Click here to view a map of the Gulf Park campus:

These games are the precursor to the Special Olympics of Mississippi's Gall Games which will take place in October.

For more information or to sign up to become a volunteer, contact the Southern Miss Institute for Disability Studies at 228.214.3400 or email WLOX-TV
Save the Date....Gulfport's Back to School: Health and Wellness Fair!

Saturday, August 1st 
Barksdale Pavilion - Jones Park

Over 45 different organizations participating!

Our FREE Event will include:
· Bicycle Safety Course  
· Imagination Playground
· Tennis Sport Court
· Humane Society Pet adoptions
· Human bubble demonstrations
· Popcorn/refreshments
· FREE school supplies such as binders, pencils, rulers, folders, etc.
· Children can visit 7 stations then receive a FREE Gulfport drawstring backpack
· Fun Train rides
· Live performances from Lynn Meadows!
· Pictures with Smokey the Bear!
· Tons of Games/activities
· FREE health screenings
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