Making a Difference

Combatting Human Trafficking in Mississippi: The Net is Widening

HT-Pic-678x1024This year, four Biloxi men were arrested for selling a child into sexual servitude. A Biloxi couple faces prison for forcing a women into prostitution. A Jackson man is serving 23 years in prison for selling a 4-year-old child into prostitution. A Meridian man is serving 50 years for kidnapping and drugging a Hattiesburg teen and forcing her into prostitution. Two teenagers were rescued from a Ridgeland hotel where they were sold by a couple for sex acts to patrons and transported to other locations for the purposes of prostitution. A New Orleans woman was convicted of prostituting several teenagers from her home where she kept them locked up and battered. (more…)

26th Annual Mississippi Coastal Cleanup

MCC-Logo-WebSet your calendars to give back and make a difference on Saturday, October 18th. The celebration will be at 52 sites all along the coast and your help is desperately needed to make this year’s event a success.
You can choose to make our coast, wetlands, and islands more beautiful by participating in this labor of love. Volunteers from across the coast will share in the responsibility as they cleanup marshes, barrier islands, beaches, wetlands, and tidal areas before being treated to a very special lunch. All those registered to participate will receive a lunch ticket from the area coordinator in charge when they pick up their supplies for the day. (more…)

HOME OF GRACE 2014 RIDE & FESTIVAL With Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant

The Home of Grace needs you! The wonderful people that work diligently to help those with various addictions now need your help. By supporting their valiant efforts you will be investing in the lives of those in your community and beyond.
This year’s Home of Grace Ride is presented by Ingalls Shipbuilding and will have the governor of the great state of Mississippi Phil Bryant and his wife, Deborah, leading the way! All proceeds will benefit the Home of Grace Addiction Recovery Scholarship Program.
We contacted Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, the HOG Ride founder, to get his views on this year’s ride, Home of Grace and to get his view on what this ride and festival means to him. Here is what the governor had to say:

Q. You must get hundreds of requests for your participation in events. Why do you, a busy public servant, choose to take the time to be a part of this event? Q. How did your office come to be involved with the Home of Grace and this event?
I believe in the work that Home of Grace does and have participated in the HOG ride before. In fact, I rode in the inaugural HOG ride in 2010 when I was Lieutenant Governor and had Gov. Mike Huckabee join me. I also rode in last year’s HOG ride. (more…)

Twice as Nice Kids Resale Event At the D’Iberville Civic Center

10168144_858725684143180_186245430257395724_nIt’s time to clean out your closets and make some money without a lot of hassle. The Twice as Nice Kids Resale Event is gearing up for a fabulous week long party that can net you some hard cash and help you find just what you’ve been looking for in the way of children’s items.
As a consigner, you have the opportunity to sell your gently used children’s, infants, maternity items and clothing receiving 65% of your selling price for those items. Event Coordinators and Directors, Becki Baron and Angie Hamric will also accept new items to sell. That means more opportunities for you to clean out your clutter and make more money! Consignors also get the opportunity to shop at pre-sales before the public shops!
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Start the Summer Happy and Well!

dwbhm_banner_2013In last month’s edition of Go To Places, you heard about Mississippi’s journey toward more mental health and wellness for its citizens. Good news! June is the perfect time to get started on your own plan to stay happy and well! What better time than the beginning of summer to not only learn some new ways to reduce stress and help your family stay strong, but also have an evening of good-hearted fun. (more…)

Center Stage Arts & Crafts Show – 2014 Saturday, May 17th

img-promo-artShow-178x275Spring is here and Center Stage is ready to bring the community the best of all the arts have to offer. To kick off the fundraising season, Center Stage is presenting their Arts and Crafts Show on Saturday, May 17th from 9am to 5 pm, with tons of vendors showcasing the talents of local potters, painters, jewelry makers and many others that create unique items.
Center Stage Event Planner, Carol Thomas said, “Theater pulls the community together. Many people don’t realize how much money it takes to keep our doors open. We rely on our generous sponsors who provide our endeavors with the funds needed to bring the community quality entertainment.” (more…)