About C.O.A.T.

COAT is comprised of Board Members with backgrounds and expertise in the areas to which the organization places focus. There are disparaging statistics for those less privileged and under-served including but not limited to the need for workforce development training/employment opportunities, affordable housing, entrepreneurial development, better healthcare and advancement of educational needs. There is a huge disconnect in resources available and how distressed families should navigate the system. With crime rates and drug addiction plaguing the Jackson Metropolitan Area, the communities within the capitol city and the surrounding areas are directly affected. Families that are apart of these communities reflect the issues that are not being addressed with solutions that reach beyond a temporary fix. Bringing together key influencers, decision makers and fundraising efforts while educating the targeted region will bring awareness. Awareness should be the catalyst for change. Change will provide an opportunity for growth.

                                                                                                  Jackson, Mississippi Data & Facts

  • 28.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Jackson, MS (47.3k out of 164k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%.

  • The overall crime rate in Jackson is 86% higher than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 14.06 daily crimes that occur in Jackson. Jackson is safer than 7% of the cities in the United States. In Jackson you have a 1 in 20 chance of becoming a victim of any crime.

  • In 2016, universities in Jackson, MS awarded 3,203 degrees. The student population of Jackson, MS is skewed towards women, with 5,806 male students and 11,407 female students.

  • The ethnic composition of the population of Jackson, MS is composed of 139k Black or African American Alone residents (81.4%), 27.9k White Alone residents (16.4%), 1.94k Hispanic or Latino residents (1.14%), 951 Two or More Races residents (0.558%), 656 Asian Alone residents (0.385%), 108 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0634%), 85 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander residents (0.0499%), and 5 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.00293%).

Alone we can do so little;

Together we can do so much.


Core Values


Respect for one another begins in our communities to make a difference



Self Sufficiency is vital to creating a strong family dynamic



Providing the available tools and resources lies at the core of Empowering families and communities



Empathy is a driving force to motivate key influencers to assist the underserved



Compassion for one another bridges the socioeconomic and societal gaps



Integrity plays a key component to securing what is needed for those who are actually in need



Accountability provides the checks and balances for the best results

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