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South Santa Rosa receives award for disability inclusion, independence

South Santa Rosa receives award for disability inclusion, independence

It started around a cafeteria lunch table. Years ago, a handful of parents of children with physical, developmental and intellectual disabilities in south Santa Rosa County conferred together at Navarre High School, united by concern for the future.   Read the full article in the Aug. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Opening day for Miracle League play

Opening day for Miracle League play

Braves, Angels, Cubs, Pirates, Mets and Red Sox lined up Saturday for opening day of the Miracle League in Tiger Point Park. A total of 12 teams, with somewhere around 100 players, will play their inaugural a six-week spring schedule on a newly constructed adaptive baseball field in Gulf Breeze. Read the full article in […]

Miracle League ready for first pitch

Miracle League ready for first pitch

The field is prepped, buddies have been trained and opening day is set. Now all Miracle League of Santa Rosa County needs is players. The nonprofit formed in July 2017 with the goal of allowing individuals of all abilities to participate in baseball. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. […]

South Santa Rosa Arc celebrates one year

South Santa Rosa Arc celebrates one year

The Arc Gateway’s south Santa Rosa program celebrated their first anniversary Tuesday, commemorating the expansion of services for an underserved population. The facility at 5668 Gulf Breeze Parkway offers south Santa Rosa’s first day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read the full article in the April 11 issue of Navarre Press. Visit […]

100 Women Who Care about Miracle League

100 Women Who Care about Miracle League

Local philanthropic group 100 Women Who Care Emerald Coast presented a grant to The Miracle League of Santa Rosa County to help in creating an all-inclusive sports field and baseball program in Tiger Point. Members of the board for the Miracle League knew a check was coming but did not know the amount. Read the […]

Miracle League ball field to open next year

Miracle League ball field to open next year

If all goes according to plan, America’s pastime will be a lot more inclusive in south Santa Rosa County starting next spring. Tiger Point Park is set to receive the county’s first Miracle League baseball field following approval by Santa Rosa County commissioners May 10. Read the full article in the May 17 issue of […]

South Santa Rosa opens first special needs day center

South Santa Rosa opens first special needs day center

Arc of South Santa Rosa officially opened its doors to dozens of special needs adults seeking services in Navarre and Gulf Breeze with a ribbon cutting ceremony May 2. The event last week came seven months after Arc Gateway announced the decision to open south Santa Rosa County’s first day center for adults with intellectual […]

Thursday Respite Program says farewell

Thursday Respite Program says farewell

It started as five parents with a common need: support for their special-needs young adults who had aged out of high school. They were faced with providing 24/7 care for their adult children in an area where resources were nonexistent. To find a place for their children, they would have to travel to Milton, Fort […]

Night to Shine coming for year two

Night to Shine coming for year two

Instead of quiet church pews, Community Life United Methodist Church in Gulf Breeze will be packed with sparkling dresses, tailored tuxedos and dancing people Feb. 9, 2018, for the second annual Night to Shine. Night to Shine is a national event created by the Tim Tebow Foundation. These dances, offered at roughly 500 church locations […]

Casino Beach fundraiser benefits Thursday Respite program

Casino Beach fundraiser benefits Thursday Respite program

Casino Beach Bar and Grill in Pensacola stepped up to help their neighbors in Navarre July 19 through the Thursday Respite Fundraiser. During the event 20 percent of all drink and food sales made at the restaurant and bar were donated to the respite program. Owner Matt LaFon said it was the least he could […]

Prayer labyrinth

Prayer labyrinth

They tread silently, one foot in front of the other. Only crickets and the occasional laughter of a child can be heard. The path winds left then right, then right and left in a seemingly endless circuit as the walkers give prayers and thanks. This is a tradition thousands of years old: a prayer labyrinth. […]

Santa Rosa’s exceptional adults meet one exceptional turtle

Santa Rosa’s exceptional adults meet one exceptional turtle

The Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center invited participants in the Thursday Respite Program, a group dedicated to support and engagement for exceptional adults, for a special tour and opportunity to meet their resident loggerhead sea turtle Gigi. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for […]