A Gulfport Community Hopes To Change Its Image

Phyllis Kimbell has lived in the L.C. Jones Housing Community since 1972, and she says she has seen a lot over the years that have cast a bad shadow over these North Gulfport streets.

"Fightings, killings, jumping on people, unnecessary stuff that it wasn't even worth doing what they were doing to other people and stuff like that," said Kimbell.

But she, along with the rest of the community, is hoping that will soon change.

A residence council was sworn in for the first time Thursday afternoon in the community's recreational building.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, some residents wanted to change the image and instill hope in the future. They believed a central council could do just that.

"It's to get more residents out, get involved in the community or what have you. I've been here since January, but since I have been here, I said I would like to make a difference in the community," said community president Pamma Buckley.

That difference includes setting up computer classes for the children, as well as getting their parents involved in playing a bigger role in their children's lives. They plan to produce even more success stories from this community.

Phyllis Kimbell can't wait to see it.

"It doesn't make any difference where you stay at to do something with your life," said Kimbell.

Quite a few local dignitaries were on hand for the ceremony including Representative Frances Fredericks, Gulfport Councilwoman Ella Holmes-Hines, and Housing Authority Representative Jesse Billups.