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Resource Center opens on the Coast

PASS CHRISTIAN — On Aug. 29, another landmark was reached in the Gulf Coast’s recovery from Hurrcane Katrina. The grand opening of the Marsha Barbour Resource Center took place at 2 p.m. and the center began offering its services to the community.

The Marsha Barbour Community Resource Center, which will provide healthcare, education and recreation facilities for adults and children on the Gulf Coast. Some of the services offered will include swimming classes, child development classes, after school programming, health assessment, GED completion and senior activities.

The Pass Christian/DeLisle Community Center, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization formed to build and operate the Marsha Barbour Community Resource Center, commissioned JBHM Architects to design the project. The project was initiated by a number of volunteers including Rev. Rosemary Williams, Pastor of the Mount Zion United Methodist Church, and members of the board including Cholene Espinoza and Ellen Ratner, who came to assist the citizens of the Gulf Coast after Katrina. Espinoza and Ratner have since raised funds for the community center through the sale of two books, “Through the Eye of the Storm” and “Ready, Set, Talk,” as well as grants and donations.

“Knowing how to swim or not knowing how to swim was sometimes the difference between being a survivor or a victim of Katrina, and the Resource Center will residents with this and other educational opportunities” Espinoza said.

“We’re thrilled and honored to have been a part of this project, which will enhance the lives of so many affected by Hurricane Katrina,” said Glenn Currie, principal in JBHM’s Biloxi Design office.

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