Climb CDC, Gulfport PD cut ribbon at Family Enrichment Center - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Climb CDC, Gulfport PD cut ribbon at Family Enrichment Center

A Gulfport building that's been sitting unused for more than six months is getting new life as the Family Enrichment Center. (Photo source: Climb CDC) A Gulfport building that's been sitting unused for more than six months is getting new life as the Family Enrichment Center. (Photo source: Climb CDC)
The facility that used to house the Police Athletic League will now serve a different purpose for the community. (Photo source: WLOX) The facility that used to house the Police Athletic League will now serve a different purpose for the community. (Photo source: WLOX)
In addition to culinary classes, Climb CDC will be able to offer classes like parenting, and food and nutrition. (Photo source: WLOX) In addition to culinary classes, Climb CDC will be able to offer classes like parenting, and food and nutrition. (Photo source: WLOX)
The center's hours of operation should be finalized within the next month or two. (Photo source: WLOX) The center's hours of operation should be finalized within the next month or two. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A Gulfport building that's been sitting unused for more than six months is getting new life. The facility that used to house the Police Athletic League will now serve a different purpose for the community. City leaders, and residents celebrated a ribbon cutting at the building in Gaston Point Tuesday morning.

It's in the heart of Gaston Point and many in the surrounding neighborhoods are glad to see this day come.

"I am so excited about this facility. I have been watching and observing," said longtime resident Ruby Adams.

Now, the building bears a new title: The Family Enrichment Center. The organizations responsible for reopening these doors say it's a way to get the community involved again. 

"This is an effort in the area of prevention," said Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania. The Gulfport Police Department has partnered with Climb CDC to make the center possible. 

Chief Papania said it's all about providing a central location where families can learn together. He thinks Climb CDC helps offer that service to families who might not otherwise have the opportunity.

"Climb CDC is such a proven group and their efforts aren't just lip-service. They're really turning people around," said Papania.

Climb CDC CEO Lori West said this effort will simply expand the work that's already happening at Climb's downtown location.

"We'll be able to bring families together and continue doing what we're doing across the board," she said.

According to West, this project is made possible by a Community Impact Initiative Planning Grant from the United Way. In addition to culinary classes, West said Climb CDC will be able to offer classes like parenting, and food and nutrition. It's something similar to what West says the organization used to offer.

"We really feel like we're getting back to some of our roots at being able to make sure that we identify what makes a family whole," said West.

For Climb graduate and Gaston Point resident Tytiunna Jefferson, this is exactly what the area needed.

"I think this is a great step in the community. This is going to get more people involved and keep kids out of trouble," said Jefferson.

She knows, firsthand, that the people at Climb CDC can give people the hope they need to succeed.

"A lot of positive over negative. I know that for sure," she said.

According to West, the hours of operation should be finalized within the next month or two. She plans to hold a back-to-school dinner at the 8200 square foot facility once school is back in session.

Copyright 2015 WLOX. All rights reserved. 

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Survivor recounts boat accident that killed 9 family members

    Survivor recounts boat accident that killed 9 family members

    Saturday, July 21 2018 12:18 AM EDT2018-07-21 04:18:54 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 9:14 PM EDT2018-07-22 01:14:32 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.

    More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.

    More >>

    More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.

    More >>
  • Gunman barricaded inside California Trader Joe's

    Gunman barricaded inside California Trader Joe's

    Saturday, July 21 2018 7:44 PM EDT2018-07-21 23:44:18 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 9:19 PM EDT2018-07-22 01:19:43 GMT

    Police confirm the suspect shot his grandmother and girlfriend at another location, then took his grandmother's car. He also took his wounded girlfriend with him.

    More >>

    Police confirm the suspect shot his grandmother and girlfriend at another location, then took his grandmother's car. He also took his wounded girlfriend with him.

    More >>
  • SC dentist has ladies flocking for teeth cleanings after 'In My Fillings' challenge

    SC dentist has ladies flocking for teeth cleanings after 'In My Fillings' challenge

    Friday, July 20 2018 1:53 PM EDT2018-07-20 17:53:18 GMT
    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)
    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)

    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately.  

    More >>

    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly