By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Sr. Communications Specialist
Those who gathered for the ribbon-cutting and open house for the new Methodist Senior Services (MSS) assisted living facility in Gulfport will likely recall one particular bright spot of the event for many years to come.
Leona Brenot (purple suit) is all smiles just after cutting the ribbon outside
her new home for seniors.
It was when 89-year-old Leona Brenot slowly made her way before the audience where she was handed a pair of scissors and then slashed a big blue ribbon in two -- officially marking her return home to the Mississippi coast since Hurricane Katrina. The 2005 deadly and destructive storm forced Brenot and more than 200 other seniors from their Methodist Senior Services apartments in Biloxi. Brenot, who relocated to another MSS property in Tupelo, is the first resident of the new Cove Assisted Living Facility at Seashore Highlands.
On this day, seven years later, she stands with her new neighbors, all smiles with few words, "there's no place like home, I'm glad to be back," she said.
A crowd of roughly one hundred toured the new facility and were greeted by staff and board members of Methodist Seniors Services. The MSS mission is to serve older adults in the spirit of Christian love. They have 12 locations in Mississippi and have been awarded the prestigious EAGLE Accreditation by the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries. EAGLE is the only nationally recognized faith-based accreditation for health and welfare ministries.
MSS shares a rich heritage with the Mississippi Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, whose dreams led to its existence more than forty years ago.
Seashore Highlands is currently accepting new residents. For more information and to donate to MSS, which is a not-for-profit organization, call 228-831-7000 or click here.