Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Powerhouse of Deliverance Church


Powerhouse of Deliverance Church
1278 Washington St.
Bay St Louis, MS 39520

501 C-3 Non-Profit Organization
Case Manager/PHD

Since joining a few news groups, I have found out there are so many more organizations doing work with the long term recovery efforts. I knew there were, I just couldn't find them when they weren't on the web.

Well, the Powerhouse of Deliverance Church is one of them. And the only reason I found out about them is because Cardia and Joe Williams announced they were moving their efforts over to this church. Wow! Finding new groups, or they finding me, is like Christmas for me.

They are working on building a website, hope for it to be up and functional by January. There is an article with their Pastor Reed contributing heavily to it:
Also - a slide show of work being done at the church to ready it for this new mission they've accepted:

The church is part of the Long Term Recovery effort, and are moving rapidly to becoming a long term recovery center, doing case management, housing volunteers and establishing a very much needed food pantry.

To donate or to request more information about volunteering through them, please contact Cardia at cwillone@mchsi.com

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Flu Shots and Health Screening

Adult Screenings Offered:

Blood Pressure
Glucose(for those adults who have fasted)
Adult screening are offered once a month for Foot Sensation and Stroke screening


Hepatitis B
Pediatric DT
Influenza (seasonal)

* We administer the Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine at the hospital due to the necessity of refrigeration limitations.



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Saturday, November 11, 2006

NY Senator Disses MS

Reply Found In Local MS Paper:
Congressman Rangel,

As a proud Missippian and resident of the Katrina-ravaged Gulf Coast I would be happy to tell you "who in the hell wants to live in Mississippi." I will not waste your time with the litany of world class writers, artists, athletes, entertainers,scientists, surgeons, astronauts, musician, soldiers and statesmen who have called Mississippi home. I will not mention the veterans who retire here nor the snowbirds who flock to our area each year. I will not list the giants in American industry who choose to locate in Mississippi.

Instead, I will tell you of the 93,000 people still housed in FEMA trailers due to the loss of over 10,000 apartment units and over 150,000 homes to Hurricane Katrina. I will tell you of the over 4,000 building permits that have been issued in Biloxi to the owners of homes and businesses destroyed a little over a year ago. I will tell you of the 13,000 casino employees who live here and serve the many who choose to visit here.

Congressman Rangel, these people went through Hell to live in Mississippi!

Wendy Barthe Peavy, Biloxi
NY congressman says no offense intended with Mississippi remark
(You don't want to know what I called him)
JACKSON - A Democratic congressman from New York says he wasn't trying to insult Mississippi in published remarks Thursday, but a Republican colleague from Mississippi says Rep. Charles Rangel should apologize to the state.
Rangel, D-N.Y., was quoted in a Thursday article in The New York Times, saying: "Mississippi gets more than their fair share back in federal money, but who the hell wants to live in Mississippi?"
Rep. Chip Pickering, R-Miss., issued a news release criticizing Rangel's words.
"I hope his remarks are not the kind of insults, slander, and defamation that Mississippians will come to expect from the Democrat leadership in Washington, D.C.," Pickering said.
Elbert Garcia, Rangel's press secretary in New York, said Rangel had received calls Thursday about the Mississippi quote.
Garcia e-mailed The Associated Press a response from Rangel: "I certainly don't mean to offend anyone, I just love New York so much that I can't understand why everyone wouldn't want to live here."
In midterm elections this week, Democrats captured control of the U.S. House and Senate for the first time in a dozen years.
Rangel is the ranking Democrat on Ways and Means, and is in line to become chairman of the powerful tax-writing committee. The New York Times article was about how the New York congressional delegation gained political clout in the midterm elections. Rangel said, among other things, that he wants to direct more federal money to his state.
U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., said he believes Mississippi will be treated fairly by Rangel and other Democratic leaders. As for Pickering's question of whether Democrats could hurt the state, Taylor said: "That's Chip."
Pickering was elected to the House in 1996 and for the first time will be a member of the minority party in Congress.
Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the nation and gets back more from the federal government than it pays for many programs. For example, Mississippi has one of the highest federal matching rates for Medicaid, getting back nearly $3 in federal money for every $1 of state money in the program that helps pay for health care for the needy, aged, blind and disabled, and for low-income families with children.
Mississippi also has received billions of dollars in federal relief since Hurricane Katrina struck on Aug. 29, 2005, destroying tens of thousands of homes and businesses and causing damage more than 150 miles inland.
Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., has been chairman of the Appropriations Committee, but will lose that position as Democrats take over the Senate majority.
Taylor, whose Bay St. Louis home was washed away by Katrina, said Rangel "was particularly helpful in the post-Katrina time" in securing money for Mississippi's recovery.
Taylor laughed as he responded to Rangel's comments about Mississippi. Taylor was stationed in New York when he was a young man in the Coast Guard. He said some New Yorkers "are stuck up about their home."
"You can tell him I want to live in Mississippi and wild elephants and tigers and bears couldn't keep me from living in Mississippi," Taylor said. "Hurricane Katrina couldn't keep me from building back here."
The Sun Herald follows this story in tomorrow's editions.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Great Tile Project

By the Numbers: The Great Tile Project
Biloxi, November 6, 2006--The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art’s Great Tile Project has taken off as its concept of “art for practical use” is reaching youth throughout the Coast. To date, 547 tiles have been fired for over 400 children, according to OOMA potter Sara Miller. In coming weeks, additional projects are planned in Bay St. Louis and Gulfport.

With the project, the students are taught about ceramics and the importance of tile in design as they make individual tiles that can be used as gifts or in school murals—depending on the teacher’s request.

All Great Tile Project experiences are offered free of charge by the museum and are funded through education grants including a recent one from the Packard Foundation through the Foundation for the Mid-South. Educators working with the museum project are Miller; Kathy Bristol; Paul Dubaz; and Charles Comstock.

Classrooms and entire projects have contacted the museum for further information, and the educators foresee scheduling for the project to continue for at least two full school years. Also assisting with the project is Dogwood Ceramics of Gulfport. Recent projects have been held at Ocean Springs High School and D’Iberville High School as well as Michel Middle School in Biloxi.

For more information, call the museum at 228.374.5547 or email Sara Miller at cjjpjd@yahoo.com, or Kathy Bristol at artmom2@msn.com.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Fugitive Sweep in MS

Feds, local police teamed up in sweep
BILOXI - A team of law-enforcement officers from several agencies recently closed in on fugitives in three Mississippi counties, clearing 49 warrants and arresting 30 people.
The raids were part of Operation Falcon III, an undertaking by the U.S. Marshals Service. Suspects were arrested in Jackson, Harrison and Hancock counties on charges related to sex offenses, narcotics and violent crime.
The operation ran from Oct. 22 to 28, said Justin Vickers, a supervisory inspector with the Marshals Service. It included sheriff's deputies from all three counties as well as city police-department members from Waveland, Biloxi, Long Beach and Bay St. Louis.
Vickers said participating local officers were temporarily deputized in the Marshals Service. "This allowed them to operate outside their own jurisdictions," he said.
Of the 30 arrests, Vickers said, 50 percent took place in Jackson County. Forty percent and 10 percent occurred in Harrison and Hancock counties, respectively.
Most of those arrested were wanted on outstanding warrants, although two people in Jackson County were being sought under criminal indictments charging sex offenses with juveniles.
Among those arrested under outstanding warrants, a number had skipped out on bail after being arrested, Vickers said.
"A lot of the warrants were issued on failure to appear for aggravated assault, narcotics and other charges," he said.
Operation Falcon III took place last week throughout the eastern United States. In total, team members east of the Mississippi River arrested 10,773 accused felons. Those included 1,659 alleged sex offenders and 364 documented gang members, the Marshals Service said.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Wachovia Grants For Hancock County

Gulf Coast Community Foundation awards $5.4 million to Non-Profits
Nov 1, 2006, 09:13
Recently, during the Annual Meeting of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, a number of non-profit organizations in Hancock County and throughout the Coast were awarded funding from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation through grants and contributions received from Wachovia Corporation and other donors throughout the country.
Wachovia established the Rebuilding South Mississippi Fund with an $800,000 donation to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation soon after the storm. The fund was established specifically fo non profit organizations to address the mid to long term needs of individuals and communities as they rebuild following Katrina.
"Thanks to the generosity of donors and contributors from throughout the country, the Foundation has been pleased to disburse over $5,419,000 in funds to the Coast Community since Katrina," said Dave Treutel, Jr., president of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and owner of Treute Insurance.
"It is a joy to see these nonprofits get funding they need to fund programs and services that insurance cannot help with. We are thrilled to be the vehicle to help," he said.
"At Wachovia, we are committed to making our communities better places to live and work," said Greg Cronin, South Mississippi Market President for Wachovia. "As members of the gulf coast community, we appreciate all that the non-profit sector is doing every day to rebuilding following Hurrican Katrina. We are proud to play a role in this important work through our partnership with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation.

During the Annual Meeting of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, $528,000 funds were awarded to the following non profits for the programs indicated:
Bethel Lutheran Church, rebuilding homes, $25,000
Hancock Chamber, equipment and furniture, $50,000
Hancock County Food Pantry, provide food and hygiene products, $25,000
Mercy Housing & Human Development, revitalizing homes in PassChristian/D'Iberville, $50,000
Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA, Dare to Dream Program, $10,000
Mississippi Housing Initiative, homebuyer education/financial literacy, $10,000
Visions of Hope, homeowners education program, $20,000

During the same meeting, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation awarded $338,000 dollars to the organizations listed below. This brings the total grants awarded since Katrina to $674,000.

Alice Moseley Folk Art for repair and restorations project, $25,000
Bay Area Youth Soccer, for field restoration, $25,000
Center Stage for repairs, $8,500
Feed My Sheep for repairs and supplies, $25,000
Goodwill Industries of South Mississippi for business computer education school, $15,000
Gulf Coast Women's Center for Non Violence for repairs, $5,199
Hancock County Community Development Foundation for the Bay St. Louis Community Hall Project, $25,000
Hancock County Community Development Foundation for Small Business Development Program, $25,000
Hancock County Food Pantry, to feed the people of Hancock County, $25,000
Hancock County Historical Society, community history restoration, $15,000
Hancock County Human Resources for arts and extracurricular activities,$24,840
Hope Haven Children's Shelter for helping hands, $10,000
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for early childhood exhibition $12,500
Magnolia Community Center for rebuilding recreation facility, $25,000
Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art for Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, $25,000
Pass Christian Public Library for adult educational and career resources, $12,000
St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church for Katrina Relief Efforts, $25,000
The Arts, Hancock County for Arts Alive Studio Tour, $10,000

More grants are expected following the November 30th application deadline.This third round of giving will provide more non profits with the opportunity to procure funds for their organizations. Funds will be awarded to non profits with programs targeting education, community development (such as affordable housing), health and human services, and arts and culture.
The application deadline is November 30th. For specific guidelines go on line to www.mgccf.org or contact the Gulf Coast Community Foundation at 228-575-8380.

Hancock County Members of the Board include: Dave Treutel, Jr, President, Margaret Taylor, Secretary, Dave Geiger, Vice President, and Jon Ritten, Grants Chairman. Chuck Benvenutti, CPA was also elected as a new board member. John Walton of Whitney Bank was elected as the incoming president effective January 1, 2007.
© 2005 Bay St. Louis Newspapers, Inc.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Tape and Texture Sheetrock Classes

Katrina Relief at the City of Waveland will be conducting classes for those interesting in learning how to Tape and Texture their sheetrock. We held our first class on Friday for a group from Phillip Morris - and it was a great success with two homes being completed that day.
There will be another on Wednesday (11/7?).
Contact Waveland City Hall: (228)467-3425.
Class is about an hour and then the group will continue to work with the instructor on a local home. These classes will be held once a week and homeowners are invited to participate.The class will be taught by Mike Smith from the Waveland FireDepartment.
If you were good with Play Dough as a child - Mike says you can learn to Tape and Texture. With the chronic shortage ofvolunteers available to do this finish work - we are offering homeowners the opportunity to learn how to do the work themselves. And -if you're in the class you may find the class being held at your home!
Donut donation required!!!
The volunteers work best high on sugar and coffee!
Kathleen Johnson
Hancock County Long Term Volunteer
Director Katrina Relief / Board Member Waveland Citizens Fund
Waveland City Hall #8,
335 Coleman Ave.,
Waveland, Ms. 39576
Office (228) 467-3425 /