Poverty

Local duo lays groundwork for Togo mission

Local duo lays groundwork for Togo mission

It took 24 hours and four layovers for Navarre First Assembly of God missionaries Rachel Coggins and Becky Fleury to make their way to the impoverished regions of the African nation of Togo. The women were on a mission Jan. 16-25 to lay the foundations for future missions. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

Peru mission brings love, tears

Peru mission brings love, tears

Peru is a country of contradictory life styles. While the city of Lima continues to see less rampant poverty and exports of minerals help to drive the economy, outside the city limits the country tells a different story. Read the full article in the Aug. 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription […]

First Baptist brings VBS to Haiti

First Baptist brings VBS to Haiti

On March 18, a group from First Baptist Church of Navarre will leave the comforts of air conditioning and plumbing, load onto a plane and make their way to the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. The missionaries will be in the island nation of Haiti for six days. Read the full article in the […]

Volunteers needed for tally of homeless

Volunteers needed for tally of homeless

On the evening of Jan. 24, thousands of volunteers across the nation will take to the streets with pens in hand to count the nation’s homeless in shelters and camps, beneath highway overpasses, in wooded areas and more as part of the 2018 HUD Point in Time Count (PIT). The goal is to get a […]

SADD and MADD want your shoes

SADD and MADD want your shoes

Whether the sneakers are too small, too big, too dirty or too stinky, Navarre High School SADD wants those shoes to help those impacted by drunken driving. SADD stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions. This national organization has chapters at middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country all working to provide peer-to-peer education […]

OneStop reaches out to help needy in south Santa Rosa

OneStop reaches out to help needy in south Santa Rosa

It is time consuming to be in poverty. There are agencies and organizations that assist with applying for food stamps and Medicaid. There are teams of experts dedicated to helping people find worthwhile jobs and careers. Local colleges offer incentives and programs for students looking to better themselves. There are even offices solely dedicated to […]

Not in my neighborhood

Not in my neighborhood

Not in my neighborhood. It is the common refrain when new construction comes to Navarre. The idea that this or that might be built near my castle is an insult. We have heard it discussed before with officials on everything from signage for apartments, a wildlife refuge to private schools. But the cry was loudest […]

Push for charter school growth puts district funding in jeopardy

Push for charter school growth puts district funding in jeopardy

State dollars dedicated to helping Florida’s highest poverty schools achieve academic success could have to stretch a little farther thanks to legislation passed by the Florida House of Representatives last week. The new legislation, HB 7101, would require the district to allocate a larger percentage of Title I dollars directly to a larger number of […]

Navarre women bring medical aid, economic opportunity to Nicaragua

Navarre women bring medical aid, economic opportunity to Nicaragua

Throughout the world 147 million children are orphans. In the United States there are programs in place for these children, but in countries like Uganda and Nicaragua where poverty is rampant there is little in the way of support. Founded in 2008, Project Hope Worldwide provides aid and aims to change culture in impoverished and […]

Navarre students still face homelessness

Navarre students still face homelessness

Poverty in Santa Rosa County schools has hit an all-time high and the number of homeless students this year is expected to rise. Of the 28,233 students in the county 47 percent qualify for free or reduced lunches, and last year the number of students reported homeless or unaccompanied, meaning they are without a parent […]

Teaching pastors south of the equator

Teaching pastors south of the equator

Early Monday morning, Aug. 15, First Baptist Church of Navarre’s pastor, the Rev. Jensen Petersen loaded up his suitcases, boarded an airplane and traveled down to Central America to the small coastal country of El Salvador for a six-day mission trip. Petersen will be leading a group of five from his church to join with […]

Locals bring aid, gospel to poverty-stricken Nicaragua

Locals bring aid, gospel to poverty-stricken Nicaragua

Tomorrow morning, Navarre locals Doug, Deborah and Paul Gilmore will wake with the sun in the heart of rural Nicaragua to begin a long day of feeding, building and preaching to the impoverished locals. The Gilmore family is on their eighth mission trip to Nicaragua as part of Light and Life Missions program, a group […]

Group effort used to battle homelessness in school district

Group effort used to battle homelessness in school district

The Santa Rosa County School District isn’t simply trying to help the homeless students in its schools. Its goal is to break the cycle and end the problem. “Our goal is to provide students the resources and support to graduate from high school and transition to college and a career,” said Dr. Karen Barber, the […]