Clara White Mission considers cutting meal, job programs due to funding shortage

A 115-year-old Jacksonville nonprofit faces drastic cuts in services if an emergency funding appeal fails to bring in about $425,000 by Aug. 30.

The Clara White Mission, which provides meals, job training and other programs for the homeless, has been hit with a 45 percent funding drop, with demand for its services increasing. Without a financial infusion, the mission may have to cut services from five days a week to three, only three months after cutting them from seven days a week to five, CEO Ju’Coby Pittman said at a Tuesday news conference.

The potential cuts would mean breakfast for the needy only three days a week, she said, and possibly no new job training classes.

“They depend on us … They are trying to get their lives back,” she said. “The cuts keep us from helping those clients who need, depend [on] and trust us as a safety-net. … We will have to reduce program services to keep the doors open. Grant awards are still coming in, but the levels have been drastically reduced…. excerpt, Article by Beth Reese Cravey – July 2, 2019

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