It was the first day back on the job for the staff of the Families First Resource Center in Pascagoula. Last month the state was going to close the center, and 33 like it, due to a lack of funding.
"They thought they had over committed TANF [Temporary Assistance for Needy Families] funds. They may have, but then they found some other sources of funds they can use to fund these sites," Jackson County Civic Action Committee Director Diann Payne said.
The additional funds will come from the state's tobacco lawsuit settlement. Last week legislators designated $3.4 million of that money to keep the all 34 resource centers open through September 30. The staff at the Pascagoula location say lawmakers did the right thing by keeping the family resource centers open.
"It's very valuable to people who have low income," said social worker Aurelia McNeil. "People who aren't able to go to other places and pay for the service that we offer."
"We don't just provide them with services, we provide them with support," said Brandy Burch, another social worker who works at the Families First Resource Center.
Lawmakers are seeking federal funding to keep the centers open after September 30. In the meantime, staff members say they will pick up where they left off.
"The first thing I could think about was the kids we tutor and how excited they would be to come back," McNeil said.
The center will begin offering services when they reopen to the public on April 12.
Mike Massey says he's been on a mission since he had a spiritual experience. He's using pool and the bible to spread the word through his Gospel Trick Shot Ministry.More >>
The Biloxi Shuckers were coasting under the win column until Pensacola exploded for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to close the gap. Luckily, Biloxi would close the door on the Blue Wahoos rally.More >>
In less than two weeks most schools across the Coast will be back in session and the roads will be filled with school buses. Leading up to the first day of school Harrison County offers training for new bus drivers with the focus on a top priority.More >>
Getting back in the classroom isn't cheap. Parents spend hundreds of dollars to thousands for school supplies, and clothing. But one South Mississippi company is hoping to help with some of the financial burden of back to school season.More >>
A homeless man is now facing a charge of second degree murder for an attack that happened earlier this month in Gulfport. The upgraded charge against 31-year-old James Christopher Woodard comes after the victim died from his injuries.More >>
Documents show that Southaven officers went to the wrong house to serve a warrant on Monday, which resulted in the shooting death of a man who did not have any active warrants out for his arrest.More >>
Marion Police Department is investigating a shooting at a youth services center, near the Crittenden County Courthouse.More >>