Health

United Way improves and promotes the physical and mental health of our community. We strive to increase the number of healthy youth and adults and have them avoid risky behaviors. Thirty-five percent of United Way of Southeast Mississippi’s overall community investment is devoted to health-related programs.
 

Community Investment Partners in this area include:

 
The Arc (Association for Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities)
The Arc provides many services to individuals with mental retardation and other disabilities and their families.
 
Children’s Center for Communication and Development
The Children’s Center at Southern Miss provides early childhood education and family support for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers who have communication and developmental disabilities.
Edward's Street Fellowship Center
The Fellowship Health Clinic at Edward's Street Fellowship Center is providing free health, dental, and pharmaceutical care for the uninsured and underinsured of Forrest and Lamar counties.
The Family YMCA
The Family YMCA's programs emphasize physical fitness and healthy lifestyles.
Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center
Advocacy services provide children with tools necessary to heal from their trauma and move forward through the criminal justice system feeling supported. 
Pinebelt Association for Families
This organization offers health, nutrition, recreational and support programs for families in which grandparents or other relatives are raising grandchildren.
 
Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention
The Shafer Center provides support, counseling and referral for victims of sexual violence, homicide and families of suicide victims.
 
South Mississippi Children’s Center
This shelter offers temporary housing and support for abused, neglected, runaway and homeless children.