Bay Springs, Miss. (WDAM) – New businesses are starting up every day, but Jasper County’s latest business is one of a kind.
On July 8, Annie’s Angels opened along State Route 15 in Bay Springs. It’s a daycare, an adult daycare – the first in Jasper County.
“If you just need a break or if you’re just tired and, you know, caring for your parents or even a disabled child,” said Catherine Mays, owner of Annie’s Angels. “You can just bring them here, and we’ll take care of them.”
Mays opened the adult daycare with her husband, Richard Mays, and sister, Linda Allen.
District Attorney Chris Hennis (Jasper, Simpson and Smith Counties), Smith County Sheriff Joel Houston and Bay Springs Mayor Donald Brown attended the grand opening to show their support , as well as other community leaders.
“A business like this is very important because our seniors have so many needs that it’s hard for a family member to meet them, ranging from day-to-day care,” Brown said.
Mays said the facility will have several trained people on staff, such as a registered nurse, a licensed social worker and an activity therapist.
Raleigh Mayor Angela Pickering said this type of business would help many people in the Pine Belt area.
“We’re from Raleigh, and it’s not far, about fifteen miles down the road,” Pickering said. “So if we need any help here, it would be great for Raleigh to come down the Bay Springs road to get the help they need. It would just be happy. You have old people everywhere, and they all need attention.
The owners said it wasn’t about the money. They saw a need and they wanted to help. Each brings something unique to the table that will help their patients.
“So basically we are servants,” said Richard Mays. “And, I’ve served in the church all my life, 53 years since I’ve been on this earth. This is therefore the heart of our care.
Annie’s Angels does not accept cash donations. However, they accept donations of activities like board games and puzzles.
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