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Groundbreaking, Poverty Cycle “We want every child and adult to lead a healthy, purposeful life”

Published Monday 21 November 2022 5:45 am

The Sulfur Christian Community Coalition (SC3) celebrated the start of work on its Keystone Center, Backyard Learning Space and Crimson Cottage on Friday with a special groundbreaking ceremony.

“What is the Keystone Center? I think that’s the most asked question lately,” said Joanne Coleman, director of empowerment programs at SC3. “To understand, one must understand SC3’s vision – to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty that plagues our community. We want every child and adult to lead a healthy and purposeful life. We want our neighborhoods to be safe and vibrant, a place where people live and learn, worship, engage and serve.”

The Keystone Center will be one of the properties where SC3 will make this possible.

Not long ago, SC3 purchased the hurricane-damaged historic Calcasieu Marine Bank in downtown Sulfur, on the southeast corner of Ruth and Napoleon streets. They renamed this building the Keystone Center. Practical learning opportunities for young people, a computer laboratory and a cultural center with a stage are planned. Families are empowered through engaging activities and events, Coleman said.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation donated $250,000 to equip the Keystone Center.

“It is our mission at the Blue Cross Foundation to help improve the health and wellbeing of communities in Louisiana, and we can think of no better example than what we have here,” said Chloe Wiley, BCBS Foundation.

For the past 25 years, the foundation’s Angel Awards have recognized outstanding advocates for children across the state. Paula Taylor, SC3 Founder and Director, was honored in 2015, which made her eligible to apply for the foundation’s $250,000 Angels of Change grant.

Citgo also donated $15,000 to SC3 for the project.

“I have had the privilege of attending a number of SC3 events over the past few months. Her website begins with “love changes everything”. That’s exactly what you’re doing,” said Sterling Neblett, VP and General Manager of Citgo.

Entergy Customer Service Specialist Lorena Caesar presented SC3 with a check for $1,500 on Entergy’s behalf.

Rev. Sean Barron is Outreach Coordinator for SC3 and Associate Pastor of ROC Church in Sulfur. He became involved with SC3 when he realized that the goals of ROC and SC3 were similar – to empower and love people where they are and to get the community to work together regardless of their religious affiliation, not just around the poor to help, but to help in a way that transforms lives and outcomes.