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Volume 1905• Issue 48• May 2019
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Re-Entry and Open House at Church Street in Tupelo

An Open House at the Family Resource Center of North Mississippi (FRC) took place today (May 31st) at 507 South Church Street in Tupelo to kick off Re-Entry Awareness Month. SuperTalk Radio was onsite with scheduled interviews with various FRC professionals and local dignitaries who provided insight into the program, other agency interaction with the program and how individuals are being guided to the steps they need to re-enter the workforce and live more meaningful lives.

As the day progressed, many revered and distinguished guests stopped by to offer their support to the Re-Entry Program implemented this year.  FRC is grateful to each and every organization represented and every single individual that stopped by to offer their support.  There were so many present that it is impossible to offer thanks to each on a social media platform but we are posting an album that will give insight into the success of our Re-Entry Kickoff Month.

All were welcomed to the recently renovated 507 S. Church building that will provide greatly expanded classrooms, gathering space for coalitions and for client family events.

Visit www.frcnms.org to get a glimpse of the FRC services, including the Families First for Mississippi (FFFM) program that covers the state of Mississippi in partnership with MCEC headquartered in Jackson.  See the programs of FFFM at www.familiesfirstforms.org.


Director of Mississippi Corridor Consortium Dr. Marion Tutor joins J.T. Williamson of SuperTalk broadcast a discussion about workforce and job readiness preparation classes as a part of the re-entry program.

Christi Webb, Executive Director of The Family Resource Center of North Mississippi and Co-Director of Families First for Mississippi with FRC Chairman of Re-Entry Committee Mitch Caver talk with J.T. about the various sub-programs that fall under the Re-Entry platform.


Anti-Bullying presented at NEMCC during NEMFCA

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Toyota Learning Clients honor a student with shower


Sandra Carrillo was honored with a baby shower to celebrate her new baby boy expected to make his appearance in July. The shower was hosted by her classmates at The Family Resource Center.   She has been in the ESL/GED and Toyota Family Learning program for three years.  Her son Jake is in the literacy program and receives help with school work weekly.

Events, like this shower and this community building, are encouraged by the Toyota Family Learning program. 

Building your community… building your TRIBE… is important for many reasons.  Your group supports you when things are not so great.  They share your happiness when things are wonderful.  You learn from each other and they challenge you to be the best you can be!

Many clients of The Family Resource Center in Tupelo have experienced this “community” and the friendship that has grown as individuals have sought to become their best. 

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The Desoto County Social Services Coalition meets the 4th Thursday of each month.  
Christi McCafferty, Abby McDonald, and Laura Dunning were in attendance with 23 others who meet together to help serve those in need in the area.  

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The Family Resource Center in Hernando recently partnered with Molina Healthcare on their Farm to Table Initiative. Farm to Table aimed to provide fresh produce to Molina members in the DeSoto County region. With an excess of food to share, the Family Resource Center and Molina representatives were able to pass out produce to families in need visiting the FRC, Economic Assistance office and the Hernando Health Department. After the program was over, the Family Resource Center directed the leftover food to Fish-N-Loaves Feeding Ministry Director, Austin Avery. Austin is currently collaborating with FRC, City of Hernando and local churches and organizations to start up the Feeding Hernando initiative. This operation aims to provide free access to nutritious and sustainable food to communities in need.

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Mommie and Me series at Horn Lake Library (DeSoto County ) graduated seventh class


Family Resource Center Field Educator, Marta Smally, just graduated her seventh Mommy and Me class at the Horn Lake Library! Mommy and Me serves as a time when young mothers can relax, make lifelong friends and learn new parenting skills. Mommy and Me also allows young children to play and build skills needed to be successful in school.   "This is a group of wonderful children with a bright future. We at FRC are privileged to be a part of the training and building of the future of America!" - Marta Smally

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Northeast Mississippi Football Association All-Star Banquet

Northeast Mississippi Football Association All-Star Banquet was held at Booneville High school for players and parents from the North/South NEMFCA All-Star Team on May 14th.  The Family Resource Center of North Mississippi (FRC) sponsored the banquet and brought in Johnie Cooks to speak to those assembled.


In an inspiration speech, Cooks talked about life in general and he also discussed how he left home in the Delta headed to Mississippi State with only five dollars in his pocket and he also talked about failure not being an option.

Cooks is a former professional American football player who played for Mississippi State University and then played for the Colts, New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.  He was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

A seminar was held on May 15th with Shelia David of FRC as presenter for those attending the event.  FRC also had a table set up to make families aware of the resources that FRC has to offer.  She also did a team building exercise with the players.

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Safety Day in Tupelo brings in partners who also serve the community with safety and other services

The Tupelo Campus of The Family Resource Center of North Mississippi once a year takes the opportunity to show gratitude to their clients and gives them a “Safety Day.”  While this day starts with this group, it is also open to the public in general.  At this event, they serve refreshments, have games and have drawings for prizes for the children (bicycles provided by the Children’s Advocacy Center). 


Also on board are many other organizations that also provide services to better the community who bring treats for the little ones and lots of valuable information for the visitors.   All present were there to reach out to visitors with “safety” information: car seats, well-being checkups, vaccinations, bicycling and other fun activities, dental and other health care, family training and much more.

Magnolia Health, North Mississippi Primary Health Care, Lifecore, Catch Kids, Boys & Girls Club, United Health, Mississippi State Department of Health, Tupelo Aquatic Center and others were on hand to work together to improve family life and community concerns.

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FRC presents scholarship to Charlie Gautier

The Family Resource Center of North Mississippi (FRC) presented a $1000 scholarship to Charlie Gautier on May 22nd.  The scholarship is funded through the Ann Neal-Moore Scholarship grant, the fourth annual grant for this scholarship.


Charlie Gautier will begin classes at Mississippi State University in the fall.  He is a recent graduate of Jackson Academy, a college preparatory school in Jackson, Mississippi.  He is the grandson of Ann Neal-Moore.


Ann Neal-Moore is the former Executive Director of His Way, Inc., a Ridgeland-based nonprofit organization that generates revenue from Magnolia Bingo in Tupelo.  Grants from these proceeds have been directed in part to the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), a program through FRC that coordinates a multidisciplinary team for forensic interviews and case management of children where there are allegations of abuse.  “They basically helped us to design the CAC,” said Christi Webb, Executive Director of FRC.  “Ann has played an important role in the success of the FRC.”


His-Way, Inc., has also been the grantor for other needs of FRC during the past decade.  Contributions over the years have been hundreds of thousands funding building and parking needs, in addition to the CAC and other programs.


Sharing some social media posts

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Messages Family Resource gets from their clients

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