The City Rescue Mission’s New Life Inn shelter hosted a Thanksgiving feast Wednesday for Jacksonville’s homeless. Between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., more than 1,000 people were expected to be fed. Around 100 volunteers from all over Jacksonville worked to provide the meals. Some even cooked the turkeys over the weekend. “We are privileged to get to serve what we call our ‘invisible neighbors’ on the street,” said City Rescue Mission Executive Director Penny Kievet. “About 120 turkeys, actually 123 to be exact, were cooked for today.” Among the volunteers dishing out mashed potatoes, rolls and green beans were members of the Jacksonville Armada, Sharks, and recently named Jumbo Shrimp. Mayor Lenny Curry and his family also helped. The mayor said he’s grateful to everyone lending a hand. “It just speaks to the giving spirit of the people and volunteers of Jacksonville, you know? The lights and cameras are here today because it’s Thanksgiving, but these volunteers, many of these volunteers,
The Jacksonville non-profit Rethreaded is issuing a challenge for shoppers: Support survivors of human trafficking with your purchases this holiday season.
The 11 candidates hoping to join the Florida Supreme Court present a stark contrast to Justice James E.C. Perry, who is stepping down after seven years on the court due to a constitutionally mandated retirement.
Although it’s still early in the negotiation process, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry’s pension proposals are being met with steadfast opposition from employee unions. The city’s police union Wednesday rejected the mayor’s plan to move new hires into private retirement accounts. It was a day after the firefighters’ union rejected the same plan. Leaders of Duval County’s Fraternal Order of Police, which also represents court bailiffs and corrections officers, are calling for new recruits to be enrolled in the Florida Retirement System as a condition of closing their pension plans to new hires. But city negotiators told them Curry thinks it’s too risky to hand over pension control to Tallahassee because that could change the plan’s terms from year to year with each new session of the Legislature. FOP leader Steve Zona isn’t buying that argument, though. “There’s very little risk in [the] Florida Retirement System. Over the last 17 years, the employer contribution, meaning the city, has
Jacksonville is set to open what’s called a mental-health “central receiving system” next July. It’s a way to divert people with mental illness from jail, and it will give people in crisis a short-term treatment option. But the project still needs $1.5 million dollars in local funding before it can become a reality.
Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we heard about the state of mental health care in Northeast Florida with Mental Health America of Northeast Florida President and CEO Denise Marzullo. Legacy Trust Director Marty Flack and relationship manager Holly Tyrrell joined the show to talk about the do’s and don’ts of holiday spending and what we can expect with the stock market next year under President-elect Donald Trump. Dr. Paul Clark spoke about Jacksonville’s new Lung Cancer Support Network. And cast members of Stage Aurora’s “Dreamgirls,” Patrick Johnson, Ebony Murray and Darryl Reuben Hall joined guest host Jessica Palombo and performed in studio.
The federal government will be studying Jacksonville residents’ health habits. The National Institutes of Health has chosen Duval as one of the 15 counties nationwide that will participate in its annual survey.
Jacksonville’s Women’s Giving Alliance recently awarded more than $400,000 to mental health providers.
A Jacksonville community group that meets weekly to sing hymns in a Riverside bar is asking for help putting together lunches for people working on Thanksgiving. Tim Kerr and his wife started a Beers and Hymns night at the bar The Silver Cow more than…
An adoptive Jacksonville mother is asking the community for help making the holiday season brighter for her daughter with special needs. Katie Rice said her 2-year-old daughter, Ansley, has a host of disabilities including microcephaly, cerebral palsy and seizures. She continues to defy odds, hitting milestones like her first birthday that doctors never thought she would. To keep that momentum going, the family is hoping to buy a wheelchair accessible van to make sure Ansley makes it to her procedures. “We call it a ‘fancy’ van,” Rice said. “It allows her to move freely through life, allows us to make appointments and therapies. We have five to 10 appointments and therapies a week. It just allows us to do these things with so much more ease.” Rice has set up a GoFundMe account to raise $20,000 for a down payment on a van that could cost up to $65,000. Rice said she was unaware of Ansley’s conditions when she was first born, but knowing what she does now, she wouldn’t have changed her