A Message from Mayor Stimpson - December 17
Dec 17th, 2020
It is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, and I am writing to give you an update from the City of Mobile.
Today, the Mobile County Health Department reports 22,944 COVID-19 cases, an increase of 181 cases. To review MCHD's detailed report, click here.
This morning I was honored to speak at a groundbreaking event for the first phase of an addiction and mental health treatment center for veterans in our community. Veterans Recovery Resources — a “by veteran, for veteran” non-profit — is renovating the Raphael Semmes School on Springhill Ave. to create a space that will offer medically supervised and non-medical detoxification programs and other specialized services for persons dealing with trauma, especially returning veterans.
The City of Mobile has already partnered with VRR for similar support services offered to our first responders, but I believe this new facility will be a force multiplier in the mission to help Veterans in this community. So far, VRR has raised $388,000 to cover the first phase of this project, with a goal reaching $2.1 million to complete the renovations. These services are one of many ways we can repay the debt we owe our Veterans, and with approval of the Mobile City Council, we intend to contribute $200,000.
Today, the Mobile Police Department named Jabin Goldstein as its Officer of the Month for November 2020. Goldstein, who has been on the force for a little over two years, is assigned to work patrol in the Third Precinct. Last month, he was recognized for getting dangerous drugs off the streets, resuscitating a man who experienced a medical emergency while driving and for quickly apprehending a theft suspect.
During the month of November, Officer Goldstein answered 96 calls for service and provided backing on an additional 52 calls. I’d like to thank Officer Goldstein for being an asset to MPD and to our city.
The City of Mobile is fortunate to have first responders and service veterans who are willing to go above and beyond to serve others. When I think about veterans, the verse John 15:13 comes to mind. It reads”
"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one`s life for one’s friends.”
Many veterans and first responders have given the ultimate sacrifice, while others have faced great trauma and survived with wounds… some seen and some unseen. It is important for us as individuals and as a community to support these men and women and their families. We owe them that much and more.
Together we can offer them a most powerful medicine...hope and compassion.