Starfish Cafe will help those wanting to transform their life - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Starfish Cafe will help those wanting to transform their life

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

Work is underway to turn an old shop on Main Street in Bay St. Louis into the Starfish Café, a non profit café and lifestyle resiliency center. The work in progress is a dream come true for Di Fillhart who came up with the concept three years ago.

"We spent the entire Christmas holiday working on defining what a resiliency lifestyle center would look like to provide community education, family life skills, life skills for people, disaster readiness and all of that," Fillhart said.

The program will be geared for 18 to 30-year-olds who are unemployed or underemployed or having trouble getting back on their feet after a drug or alcohol addiction.

"Giving people hope and an opportunity to turn their life and go in another direction," Fillhart said.

In between cooking, serving and cleaning, students will learn financial literacy, how to deal with stress, or other life skills. There will also be an opportunity for those wanting to get their GED.

"It doesn't matter why you are. Where you are? It matters that you don't want to stay there and you want to go somewhere else," Fillhart said.

The doors are not even open yet, but the Starfish Café is already getting the attention of the community.

Artist Lori Gordon said, "The Starfish Café is a wonderful, wonderful concept and I want to be a part of it."

Gordon is hosting collage workshops and the artwork created will be up for auction to raise money for the café.

"I think Katrina taught us all something really important. That we might have known a little bit before, but it's the importance of community," Gordon said.

The hope is others will get involved too and support the café in helping those struggling.

Fillhart said, "It can break some of that models, some of difficulties and challenges that they faced. Then they can bring their children into a much more positive environment and be a much better role model for them and that to me transforms communities."

Click here to see the artwork up for auction or to take one of the collage classes.

Copyright 2012 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Officials identify veteran killed in Gulfport fire

    Officials identify veteran killed in Gulfport fire

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 1:00 PM EDT2018-07-17 17:00:55 GMT
    Afternoon showers did not make it any easier to fight the flames coming from the trailer (Source: WLOX)Afternoon showers did not make it any easier to fight the flames coming from the trailer (Source: WLOX)
    Afternoon showers did not make it any easier to fight the flames coming from the trailer (Source: WLOX)Afternoon showers did not make it any easier to fight the flames coming from the trailer (Source: WLOX)

    We now know the identity of the Marine Corp veteran killed in a mobile home fire Sunday in Gulfport.

    More >>

    We now know the identity of the Marine Corp veteran killed in a mobile home fire Sunday in Gulfport.

    More >>
  • MS National Guard's 155th take charge of Operation Spartan Shield

    MS National Guard's 155th take charge of Operation Spartan Shield

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 12:08 PM EDT2018-07-17 16:08:08 GMT
    155th Armored Brigade Combat Team commander, Col. Doug Ferguson, and senior enlisted advisor Cmd. Sgt. Maj. John Beasley, uncase the brigade colors at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 15. (Photo source: Sgt. Brittany Johnson/155th Armored Brigade Combat Team)155th Armored Brigade Combat Team commander, Col. Doug Ferguson, and senior enlisted advisor Cmd. Sgt. Maj. John Beasley, uncase the brigade colors at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 15. (Photo source: Sgt. Brittany Johnson/155th Armored Brigade Combat Team)
    155th Armored Brigade Combat Team commander, Col. Doug Ferguson, and senior enlisted advisor Cmd. Sgt. Maj. John Beasley, uncase the brigade colors at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 15. (Photo source: Sgt. Brittany Johnson/155th Armored Brigade Combat Team)155th Armored Brigade Combat Team commander, Col. Doug Ferguson, and senior enlisted advisor Cmd. Sgt. Maj. John Beasley, uncase the brigade colors at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, July 15. (Photo source: Sgt. Brittany Johnson/155th Armored Brigade Combat Team)

    The Mississippi National Guard's 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team is now in charge of Operation Spartan Shield at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. And they're making history as the first National Guard BCT to ever have this mission. 

    More >>

    The Mississippi National Guard's 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team is now in charge of Operation Spartan Shield at Camp Buehring, Kuwait. And they're making history as the first National Guard BCT to ever have this mission. 

    More >>
  • Seabee Base security training sounds, feels like a real emergency

    Seabee Base security training sounds, feels like a real emergency

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:37 AM EDT2018-07-17 15:37:03 GMT
    Gulfport Seabee Base security forces were put into a situation only being told that it was going to be training. Then they had to respond as if it were the real deal. (Photo source: WLOX)Gulfport Seabee Base security forces were put into a situation only being told that it was going to be training. Then they had to respond as if it were the real deal. (Photo source: WLOX)
    Gulfport Seabee Base security forces were put into a situation only being told that it was going to be training. Then they had to respond as if it were the real deal. (Photo source: WLOX)Gulfport Seabee Base security forces were put into a situation only being told that it was going to be training. Then they had to respond as if it were the real deal. (Photo source: WLOX)

    Gulfport Seabee Base security forces were put into a situation only being told that it was going to be training. Then they had to respond as if it were the real deal.

    More >>

    Gulfport Seabee Base security forces were put into a situation only being told that it was going to be training. Then they had to respond as if it were the real deal.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly