Non-Profit Pregnancy Help Center Robbed

Year-round, the PROMISS Center in Gautier offers products and services for soon to be parents.

"They may be single, they may be married. We're just there to provide the education. We have pre-natal education, parenting education and baby and maternity items that we give to the mothers and fathers when they come to visit us," said Rachel Nilsen, Executive Director of PROMISS.

The center has fielded hundreds of phone calls just this month from people needing help, but organization leaders had to make a call they didn't want to make early Friday.  It was a call to the police department, reporting a late night robbery at the center.

"We know that the people who were involved, we have eyewitnesses that described what they looked like and everything. The police do have leads," Nilsen said.

Nilsen says between 9 and 11 p.m. Thursday night, robbers broke into the center and stole three of the center's four computers - two Dells and one Hewlett Packard. But more important to PROMISS leaders, is the information the computers contained.

"We keep up with our clients. We're really dependent on computers today. They're very important to be able to monitor and keep a record of our services that we're doing for these ladies," Nilsen said.

Nilsen finds it hard to believe that anyone would rob a non-profit organization like PROMISS, but says if the computers are returned, there will be no questions asked.

"We are hoping; we're praying still; we're hopeful that the ones that are responsible will return the items. Or someone will call us and give us some information that will lead to the return of the property," Nilsen said.

Absolute Protection, a business in Moss Point, has donated a security system to the PROMISS center.

PROMISS is still looking to replace the three computers that were stolen.

If you'd like to help out, you can call (228) 297- 6477.