Grand Casino Gulfport Refurbishes The Nourishing Place

The woods off Railroad Street in Gulfport is not where you normally find casino employees like Stanley Marchand.

"I'm in security," the Grand Casino Gulfport worker said as he painted trim. "Normally I would be walking the floor and doing my security work."

But on his day off, Marchand joined many of his Grand Casino Gulfport colleagues at the Nourishing Place. They put on old clothes and working gloves, and fixed up the Gulfport property.

Cheryl Lowell had a handful of leaves in her hands when she said, "I think that's what we're all called to. To bring service to other people, provide services to people that need assistance in the community."

Grand adopted the Nourishing Place so Jane Stanley's agency could help more children. "What's going through my mind is this is a dream come true," Stanley said.

Her Nourishing Place works with as many as 400 Gulfport children who live near Searle Avenue. If a child needs school supplies, help with school work, or a place to learn basic manners or basic skills, Stanley and her volunteers offer that assistance.

"It's great to see a concentrated effort on the behalf of the children in this community," she said. "We're just thrilled."

Thanks to the Grand volunteers, Nourishing Place cabins now have bunk beds and doors. The property also has a cleaner trail for hiking and horseback riding.

"These women are remakable," Cheryl Lowell said. "That's the reason we chose to help them. Because they're giving something back to the community. And we can give something back through them."

Austin Miller is a Grand Casino Gulfport executive. He's also a new member of the Nourishing Place board of directors.

"I told our operating committee this was probably one of the best feel good projects that they'll do all year long," he said.

Grand Casino Gulfport also donated $5,000 to the Nourishing Place, so volunteers could buy more supplies, and help more children.