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The P.R.E.P.A.R.E. Program (Providing Resources Education and Preparation to Adolescents Reaching Emancipation) is a statewide community-based program that provides preparation for independent living to foster teens ages 14-21. This program includes readiness assessments, skills training groups, retreats, conferences, a transitional apartment living component, and aftercare services for foster teens who have been released from custody until 21 years old.P.R.E.P.A.R.E. is administered through Independent Living Coaches who live in communities throughout the state and are responsible for foster teens in certain geographical areas. These areas are listed below with the mailing address and phone number of the Transitional Care Coach responsible for that area.

 

 

 

P.R.E.P.A.R.E. Staff

Barry Dixon, Division Director P.R.E.P.A.R.E. Program
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Jessica Easterling, Independent Living Coordinator
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DeMario Simmons, Transitional Care Coach
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Natile Thompson, Transitional Care Coach
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860 East River Place, Suite 104
Jackson, MS 39202
Phone (601) 354-0983 / (800) 748-3005
Fax (601) 352-8638



Bennie Smith, Transitional Care Coach
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P.O. Box 80164
Starkville, MS 39759
Phone (662) 324-7689
Fax (662) 324-7690



 
Joycelyn Davis, Transitional Care Coach
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11975 Seaway Road, Suite A220
Gulfport, MS 39503
Phone (228) 896-1228
Fax (228) 896-8887



Charlotte Roberts, Senior Transitional Care Coach
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P.O. Box 1366
101 North 35th Avenue
Hattiesburg, MS 39403
Phone (601) 264-8884
Fax (601) 264-8334



Gregory Murphree, Independent Living Coordinator
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Jessica Norwood, Transitional Care Coach
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109 Hancock Street
Tupelo, MS 38804
Phone (662) 680-9595
Fax (662) 680-9196


Tamekia Pendleton, Transitional Care Coach
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129 South Jackson, Suite H
Brookhaven, MS 39601
Phone (601) 833-8484



Corkeithya White-Sanders, Transitional Care Coach
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P.O. Box 489
Indianola, MS 38751
Phone (662) 452-5140
Fax (662) 452-5142