*For Immediate Release*
Families First For Mississippi/Jackson Cash & Carry Ribbon Cutting
Our main goal for Families First for Mississippi is to impact the entire family by connecting the dots between all of the Mississippi family services.
JACKSON CASH & CARRY, MS (MAY 18, 2018 ) – The Mississippi Community Education Center (MCEC) and Family Resource Center of North Mississippi (FRC) is proud to announce the grand opening of the Families First Resource Center-Jackson Cash & Carry. It is designed to stimulate employment through job readiness, support family financial stability, promote literacy, and increase graduation rates while continuing to support positive youth development, decreasing teen pregnancy rates, promoting positive father involvement, parenting education and parenting skills development. Components of the new center include a toy lending library, education and career development computer lab, hands-on skill development, parenting and fatherhood training programs, etc. The grand opening of the center will be held on Friday, May 18th at Jackson Cash & Carry Whole Sale Grocery, 3520 Terry Road, Jackson, MS 39212. The Open House will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 11:00 a.m. The Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce will present the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 10:00 a.m. There will be multiple guest speakers at the event including: Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, Dr. Nancy New (Executive Director of MCEC), Jason Duren (Ambassador of Greater Jackson Chamber) and Mr. Greg Price (Owner of Cash & Carry Whole Sale Grocery).
Families First provides statewide assistance to Mississippi families on the journey towards prosperity by: 1). closing the opportunity gaps in education, job readiness and workforce development; and 2). connecting the paths between the needs of each family member and services available.
Families First has dual roles under the gen (+) framework, serving as a direct-service-provider and a program-navigator. Services and navigation do not focus simply on the barrier of a family member, such as childcare or transportation. Every identified barrier must be addressed, such as literacy, parenting skills, and resume writing. The programs and services offered are routinely accessible within schools, community centers, churches, and state agency offices-and are designed to empower families in the quest for success.
Families First for Mississippi is excited to announce our partnership site inside of the Jackson Cash & Carry Whole Sale Grocery. Mr. Gregory Price, the proud owner of Jackson Cash & Carry, explains "This partnership will help us make a difference in the community, which is what we are after. The professional training that Families First will offer is going to help us in our mission to turn South Jackson around." His daughter, Ms. Ferrin Price-Compton, plans to spread the word in the community about the new resource center. She stated, "I feel that this partnership with Families First will strengthen the community. These programs will help give people the necessary tools they need to live their best lives and be successful."
Dr. Nancy New, The Mississippi Community Education Center Executive Director, and Mr. John Davis, Mississippi Department of Human Services Executive Director, visit our new parter-site at the Jackson Cash & Carry!
Families First-Jackson Cash & Carry location will be offering scheduled classes including: Tuesday and Friday workforce & job readiness classes (1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) The doors are open throughout the day for resume building .
Families First for Mississippi is a statewide, multi-generational outreach organization designed to empower and stabilize individual family units. Organized into five pillars of care and services (education, literacy, parenting, job readiness and workforce development, and youth development) the organization strives to establish or reestablish strong foundations for the whole family unit, from grandparents to grandchildren. The organization serves all 82 Mississippi counties and offers its services free of charge.