Some Other Place

The less fortunate in Beaumont rely heavily on the many programs Some Other Place has to offer. Founded in 1968 by the local religious community to address the unmet emergency needs of local residents, Some Other Place was created to give people looking for assistance somewhere to turn when they were told by other entities to go to “some other place” for relief.

Now, Some Other Place will turn to the community for help at the 15th annual A Tasting for Some Other Place fundraiser Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 5-7 p.m.

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Southeast Texas summers can be brutal, and triple-digit heat indexes are not uncommon with high humidity causing sweltering conditions across the region.

Medical experts warn that in conditions like these, discomfort can rapidly turn to danger. Mayo Clinic staffers warn that “prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures” could lead to heatstroke, the “most serious form of heat injury,” a condition that could occur when one’s body temperature “rises to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.”

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Officers Haley Morrow and Todd Jackson

“Our hero!”

Shouts from volunteers at Some Other Place, who were handing out gifts to local family’s during the charity’s Christmas Giving Program Dec. 22, rang out as Officer Todd Jackson of the Beaumont Police Department walked through the door of the nonprofit’s storage warehouse after he found and returned 13 bicycles that had been stolen from the facility overnight.

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"Our hero!"

Shouts of volunteers of Some Other Place, who were handing out gifts to local family's during the charity's Christmas giveaway Dec. 22, rang out as Officer Todd Jackson of the Beaumont Police Department (BPD) walked through the door of the non-profit's storage warehouse after he found and returned 13 bicycles that had been stolen from the facility overnight. 

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Edward James Jr. is 56 years old. He has no permanent address and lives in a tent in the woods. James says he is lucky to have the tent, the only steady roof he has had over his head for the last two years after he lost his job in construction. He does not stay in the tent city located in a separate area of Beaumont because he prefers his solitude, but the mosquitoes cause him some discomfort at his hidden campsite, as do the heat and his medical issues.

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The 14th annual Saint Joseph’s Day Spaghetti Lunch will take place on Friday, March 18, at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica Center at 700 Jefferson Street in downtown Beaumont. Donations of $12 per meal will be collected at the door for dine-in lunches and to-go lunches.

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Kelly students weed tomatoes at The Giving Field, an organic garden in Beaumont
At the field, students picked pounds of fava beans, planted beans and corn, and

Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School students visited 38 sites across Southeast Texas and performed various types of community service during their annual “Kelly Springs Into Action” endeavor Friday, April 17.

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Gage Barker and Dr. Harold Steward, 32nd-degree Masons of Beaumont Masonic Lodge No. 286, and their fraternity brothers accepted a mission three years ago – a mission to feed the hungry in Southeast Texas. Twice each year ever since, they have taken it upon themselves to provide barbecue chicken dinners complete with “all the fixings” to the local soup kitchen at Some Other Place (SOP) in Beaumont.

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I clearly remember interviewing Paula O’Neal the first time for an article on Some Other Place in Beaumont when I arrived in Texas. Paula told me how the name came to be and I have always remembered that story. She said when people who needed help in the area applied to various agencies, they would be told that the particular help they needed was not available for them through that means.

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