Know Your 19: Featuring the agencies of United Way for Jackson & George Counties

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“Our Lives Begin to End The Day We Become Silent About Things That Matter.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rape is a violent crime in which the rapist expresses power, anger, rage, and aggression. Nearly one in five women has been raped, and still more have endured other forms of sexual violence or abuse. Often, crimes of sexual assault have tremendous effect on young people; women between the ages of 16 and 24 are at greatest risk of rape and sexual assault, and many victims, male and female, first experience abuse during childhood (National Sexual Violence Resource Center, nsvrc.org).

Without treatment, sexual assault victims may suffer prolonged psychological effects and continue to experience problems that include fear and phobic anxiety years after the assault. Some victims may be diagnosed with Rape-Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (RR-PTSD). According to the National Women’s Study, nearly one-third of all rape victims develop RR-PTSD sometime during their lifetimes (National Center for Victims of Crime, ncvc.org). PTSD is a mental health disorder primarily characterized by chronic anxiety, depression, and flashbacks which develop after experiencing significant trauma such as combat, natural disaster, or violent crime victimization.

Immediate contact with sexual assault victims is imperative for their psychological recovery. Center staff or trained volunteers provide 24/7 emergency crisis response to victims at local hospitals through established protocols. Hospital emergency room staffs have been provided with training and have sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) on staff. This greatly increases the ability of a hospital to meet the needs of the sexual assault victim, and emergency rooms notify the Center as soon as a victim of sexual assault is admitted.

Counseling is also extremely important for the victims of sexual assault. Studies indicate that victims who do not receive counseling within six months following their assault may never recover. Additionally, victims who receive assistance and support are more likely to report their sexual assault and to follow through with the criminal justice process.

Sexual assault exemplifies one of the most personal forms of violence that a person can experience. Therefore, the Center works to meet the immediate and long-lasting needs of adults and children who have experienced sexual violence. Funding from the United Way of Jackson & George Counties allows the Center to continue providing the comprehensive array of specialized services and enhanced victims’ rights to adult and child victims of sexual assault in Jackson and George counties.

The Center’s Rape Crisis Program provides crisis response to victims of sexual assault 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. These services are available for men, women, and children.

Sexual assault advocates are available to assist victims undergoing examination or treatment in local area hospitals. Our advocates may stay with victims to help them through the examination process, offer support, and provide information on follow-up counseling and services.

We offer confidential, nonjudgmental, emotional support and services to victims of rape, whether it happened ten minutes or ten years ago. Services include:

  • 24-hour Emergency Response
  • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Training
  • Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART)
  • Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Free Civil Legal Services
  • Court Advocacy & Accompaniment
  • Information/Referral

If you’d like more information on the Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence’s Rape Crisis Program or are in need of services, please call us at 228-435-1968.

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East Central Men’s Club Works to Give Back to Community

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The East Central Men’s Club was formed in 2012 by a group of approximately 15 men in the East Central area of Jackson County as a way to bring local men together to improve the community through service and financial contributions. Since its inception, the ECMC has given back more than $50,000 to the community.

According to Eddie Anderson, current president of the club, one of the charter members, Lamar Gordon, had received help from the community during a time of need, and he wanted to use the club to return the favor.

 

“Our main purpose in this club is to give back all of the funds that we raise to those in need and the children of our community,” Anderson said.

The club’s primary fundraising events include a drawdown in March and a golf tournament in September.

“These have become popular events in our community that help to raise much-needed funds and to provide a great time for all the participants,” Anderson said. “Our fundraising goes far and wide in our community.”

Through this fundraising, the club is able to provide four scholarships to graduates from East Central High School each year as well as adopt up to five families during the holidays to shop and buy gifts for. Anderson said they also provide financial assistance on a monthly and emergency basis to those who may have a loss in the family or an illness.

Club members also provide service at a variety of annual events including cooking for the Sheriff’s Rodeo in Vancleave in May, cooking for the Law Enforcement Appreciation Dinner, and hosting a Veteran’s Day recognition dinner in November, which Anderson said has grown into a “great tribute to our local veterans.” The group also provides physical labor for those in need.

“We are constantly in touch with the needs of the community,” he said.

The East Central Men’s Club currently has 20 active members and meets once a month to discuss opportunities. They occasionally have speakers as well.

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Under the Sea Super Saturday Set This Weekend

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The Pascagoula-Gautier School District will host its Under the Sea Super Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Aaron Jones Family Interactive Center. The event is open free to the public, rain or shine. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Featured exhibitors will be the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, USM Marine Education Center, Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, Mississippi Coast Fly Fisher, The Nature Conservancy, Pascagoula Recreation Center, Girl Scouts and Excel by 5.

All of the themed rooms will be open for play including Wetland Animals, Pirate Ship, Main Street, Toddler Town, block room, virtual reality, flight simulator room, planetarium, iMac lab, miniature golf and the playground.

The center is located at 1415 Skip St., Pascagoula. For more information, call Kelli McCorkle, at 228-938-6418.

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FABLAB Summer Camp Dates Are Set!

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A FABLAB consists of a suite of digital fabrication and rapid prototyping machines, including a large computer numerical control (CNC) router (the ShopBot), a vinyl cutter, a laser engraver, an electronics work bench, a 3D printer, and the accompanying computers and software for design, programming, and machine communications. This equipment allows students to use computer-aided design to make almost anything they can imagine.

The FABLAB Jackson County in Vancleave will be putting on events throughout the summer for kids of all ages. Please check out the flyer to see what they’ve got coming up.

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Singing River Health System Congratulates Keesler Medical Center on USAF Hospital of the Year Award

Singing River Health System leadership group salutes Keesler Medical Center for their USAF Hospital of the Year Award.

Ocean Springs, MS –   With a keen appreciation for their dedication and skill, caregivers at Singing River Health System are sending kudos to their neighbors and colleagues at Keesler Medical Center for their recent award as Hospital of the Year for the US Air Force.

 “We commend our colleagues at Keesler for this outstanding achievement and are proud to partner with them on a number of clinical initiatives,” said Chief Operating Officer Lee Bond. “We work hand in hand with the Keesler Team to deliver care to area veterans, and have recruited a number of outstanding clinicians to join our team after completing their Air Force service at Keesler Medical Center.”

Physicians and staff at Singing River have posted a banner at their hospitals recognizing Keesler’s award. “We’ve known for a long time that Keesler shares our commitment to the highest quality care, and are thrilled for them to be recognized as this year’s top USAF Hospital,” said Bond.

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JaxCoHome Turns One: Celebrating Birthdays Across Jackson County

To celebrate JaxCoHome’s first birthday, we decided to honor the people who make birthdays happen in Jackson County. We visited both Singing River Hospital in Ocean Springs and Pascagoula with birthday cake for the labor and delivery staff, as well as baby-friendly gifts for expecting mothers. JaxCoHome team members Tessa and Lina, along with helper and Lina’s stepdaughter, Brielle, met with the SRHS Marketing Team and Chief Nursing Officer to pull off the surprise. The birthday cakes came from Rouses Market in Ocean Springs and the gifts from Marina Cottage Soap Co.
“We are honored JaxCoHome chose to celebrate its first birthday with us! It’s amazing what they have accomplished in one year, giving a voice to the positive things happening in our area. Recently, we have shared the publication with recruits and new staff members from other regions. It has become such a great resource to everyone on the coast and we’re excited to partner with them more in the future,” said Sarah Duffey, Singing River Health System Marketing Manager.
 
Singing River Health System is vital to our community. We cannot thank the staff members enough for the wonderful work they do each and every day, and can’t imagine a better way to have celebrated JaxCoHome’s first birthday. We are proud that the men and women of SRHS call Jackson County Home!
 
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Huntington Ingalls Industries Awarded $94 Million Advance Procurement Contract For A 10th National Security Cutter

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division received a $94 million fixed-price contract from the U.S. Coast Guard today to purchase long-lead materials for a 10th National Security Cutter (NSC).

“National Security Cutters continue to be extremely important assets for the coastal defense of our homeland,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “These ships are enabling the Coast Guard’s missions in not only defending our shores, but also in the detection and interdiction of drugs and other contraband. Our shipbuilders in Mississippi look forward to continuing this hot production line and producing additional high-quality, state-of-the-art cutters for the men and women of the Coast Guard.”

 

Photos of HII-built NSCs.

The advance procurement funds will be used to purchase major components for NSC 10, such as steel, the main propulsion systems, generators, electrical switchboards and major castings.

Ingalls has delivered six NSCs, the flagship of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, designed to replace the 12 Hamilton-class high-endurance cutters that entered service in the 1960s. Ingalls’ seventh NSC, Kimball (WMSL 756), is scheduled to be delivered to the Coast Guard later this year. Midgett(WMSL 757), is scheduled to start builder’s trials in the fourth quarter, and Stone (WMSL 758) is scheduled to launch this summer.

NSCs are 418 feet long with a 54-foot beam and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 120.

The Legend-class NSC is capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs required of the high-endurance cutter. The cutter includes an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats and a flight deck to accommodate a range of manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft. It is the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutter in the U.S. Coast Guard, with robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense missions. This class of cutters plays an important role in enhancing the Coast Guard’s operational readiness, capacity and effectiveness at a time when the demand for their services has never been greater.

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Integrated Mission Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs nearly 38,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit www.huntingtoningalls.com.

 

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Walk MS: Uniting Communities to Create a World Free of Multiple Sclerosis

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Andy Bell, President of National Multiple Sclerosis Society Alabama-Mississippi and Lt. Doug Adams of the Pascagoula Police Dept. at the Walk Kick-Off Luncheon at Aunt Jenny’s Restaurant in Ocean Springs.

Hundreds of local walkers raised money at Walk MS: Mississippi Gulf Coast last Saturday at Fort Maurepas Park in Ocean Springs. Walk MS is an opportunity for people to come together with friends, loved ones and co-workers to fundraise, connect and advocate for people affected by MS. Each dollar raised is one step closer to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s goal – a world free of MS. Since its inception in 1988, Walk MS has cumulatively raised more than $1 billion. Saturday’s walk was expected to raise more than $25,000.

“Walk MS is all about community – people coming together to raise money and show support for loved ones, colleagues and friends,” said Cyndi Zagieboylo, President and CEO of the National MS Society. “Funds raised have a direct impact in this community, for example – our MS Navigator program. MS Navigators are highly-skilled, compassionate professionals available to connect each person affected by MS to the resources and information they need to live their best lives.”

Multiple sclerosis attacks the brain and spinal cord, and it is the most common neurological disease leading to disability in young adults. The National MS Society is a gathering place for people with MS, their family and loved ones, healthcare providers, volunteers, donors, fundraisers, advocates, community leaders and all those that seek a world free of MS.

Sanofi Genzyme is the premier national sponsor of Walk MS. Biogen, Genentech and Novartis are also national sponsors of Walk MS.

Walk MS helps fuel groundbreaking MS research and provide life-changing services to those affected by MS through creating a supportive community of friends, families, and loved ones who fundraise and connect. To get involved you can visit walkMS.org, call (855) 372-1331, or email fundraisingsupport@nmss.org. For more information about multiple sclerosis and the National MS Society, visit nationalMSsociety.org or call (800) 344-4867.

About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide.

 

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Scholarship Program Honors Top Ten Percent of Graduating Seniors in Jackson County

EOE-2017-Winners Scholarship Program Honors Top Ten Percent of Graduating Seniors in Jackson County

This year’s 28th Annual Explosion of Excellence will be held in May at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County Campus. This program honors the academic achievements of the graduating high school seniors who are in the top ten percent of their classes in all area high schools in Jackson County (including the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science). The Explosion of Excellence is a program jointly sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and all high schools in Jackson County. It is a fund of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

The public is encouraged to consider a $250, $1,000 or $5,000 scholarship—all of which are 100 percent tax deductible. These scholarships are donated by the public to encourage these students to consider employment in Jackson County when their education is finished. The public can help honor these students by writing a check to the “Gulf Coast Community Foundation/Explosion of Excellence” and mailing it to “Explosion of Excellence, Post Office Box 480, Pascagoula, MS 39568-0480.”

EOE-2017-Winners Scholarship Program Honors Top Ten Percent of Graduating Seniors in Jackson County

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The Chairman of this year’s Explosion of Excellence is Pat Descher of the McDonald’s Descher Organization, and the Co-Chairman is Dr. Bill Descher. The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Kimberly Cox Rasmussen.

For more information, please call the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 228-762-3391 or email Valerie Dedeaux, Administrative Assistant, at Chamber@jcchamber.com.

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Success at the 29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show

With an estimated attendance of around 1,500 people, the 29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show was a great success. The one-day event provides an opportunity for members of the Jackson County business and industrial communities to connect and build professional networks. It is this valuable opportunity that keeps many vendors coming back to the Trade Show year after year.

Unknown Success at the 29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show

Business Development Specialist Melanie Landsiedel of Chevron was Chairwoman for the event, and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias was the keynote speaker. Cuccias spoke about Ingalls’ commitment to strong partnerships throughout Jackson County and the Gulf Coast, from industrial suppliers to local businesses and community organizations.

Carla Todd Voda, President and CEO of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, was pleased with this year’s event.

“This year’s 29th Annual Jackson County Industrial Trade Show was a huge success,” said Voda. “The attendance was steady throughout the day, and the majority of the attendees from industries, purchasing departments and industrial suppliers were the decision makers of their companies. Mr. Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding President, shared some very interesting and encouraging news during the ribbon cutting ceremony. Our exhibitors look forward to being a part of all of the wonderful things that are in store for Jackson County in the upcoming months.” 

The Jackson County Industrial Trade Show is one of many examples of economic and community support in the area throughout the year under the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, the Jackson County Industrial Suppliers Association (ISA) meets every other month at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. The ISA is sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber’s Small Business Issue Manager Group. Programs are designed to provide ideas and information that give business people additional resource knowledge and new business opportunities.

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