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Ju’Coby Pittman has been at the helm as the CEO/President of the Clara White Mission for the past 22 years. Under her leadership, the Clara White Mission has expanded from a soup kitchen with a budget of $295,000 to a budget of $3.1M that transitioned the organization into a one-stop community development center designed to support job training, job creation and housing for veterans, ex-offenders and low-income residents in Jacksonville and at Baker County Correctional Institution. Over 800 students have graduated and received certification, with 65% remaining in employment since graduation.
She was featured on the “Today Show” for developing innovative and cost effective training programs to stabilizing the lives of veterans, ex-offenders, the homeless and low-income individuals.
Since being selected by the board of directors, Pittman continues the 110 year legacy of Dr. Eartha M. M. White. With support from her board, staff and volunteers, together they have implemented a 24-hour transitional housing veteran program, certified job training and job placement in Culinary Arts, Janitorial and Construction Training programs; veteran housing and drop-in day center, while feeding over 500 homeless daily, which is the heart and soul of their program initiatives. Ju’Coby and staff have created additional training that have led to employment for graduates managed through on-site initiatives, at Ashley Street Catering, Riverside North Special Events & Banquet Hall and Project Clean City. In addition, to a hands-on training restaurant in partnership with the 112-year-old, St. John’s Episcopal Church; Clara’s at the Cathedral,” which is operated weekly by students enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program, with the ambience of live entertainment. You don’t want to miss experiencing this for lunch at 256 Church Street with complimentary parking.
With more than three decades of community engagement and advocacy as a servant. Pittman is on a Mission for the Mission, this summer she will open the $3.8M “Beaver Street Veterans Villas and Outreach Center”, which is permanent housing and a commercial space for the Veteran Administration.
White Harvest Farm is the newest program addition and exists as a thriving community farm growing local fresh produce on 14 acres of land, owned by the Clara White Mission located in Northeast Jacksonville. In February she and staff took the White Harvest Farm on the road. By kicking off, the first Farm to Faith Initiative, in partnership with Mayor Lenny Curry and Bethel Baptist Institution. The success was tremendous and has open doors to serve other churches in Health Zone 1 in our community on a quarterly basis.
Ju’Coby received the 2015 Eve Award for Employment, The Tillie Fowler Leadership Award and the Mary McLeod Achievement Award recently. In addition to the FBI Community Leadership Award, Leadership Jacksonville Award, Jessie Ball DuPont Fund Award, Mayor’s Commission on the Statues of Woman, Women of Influence and Gateway Girl Scouts, Women of Distinction. She services on the Board of the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and the Chamber of Commerce Board and a member of Delta Sigma Theta.
Ju’Coby received her AA Degree from Florida Community College at Jacksonville and a BS Degree from Jones College and an Honorary Doctorate from the institution as well. She has 2 children, Alju and Winston.
Her philosophy is “Go out of your comfort zone to make a difference”.