The Rapid Rehousing Movement and Transportation Initiative organized by Mission House of Jacksonville Beach is supported by a $30,000 grant from the Beaches Community Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. The grant is being used to provide transportation opportunities for clients as part of the Mission House Rapid Rehousing Movement. $5,000 of the grant is specifically being used for transportation.
“Thanks to this grant, we have been able to purchase daily bus passes enabling patrons to conduct job searches, visit CareerSource for SNAP assistance, travel to and from medical appointments, and pursue housing opportunities. Overall, equipping residents with resources to become re-established,” according to Mission House’s Executive Director, Lori Anderson.
After attaining employment, clients are provided with budget planning and financial training services, leading them to save for purchases necessary in achieving independence and freedom.
Mission House has been sustained and supported by the generosity of the community with the Community Foundation For Northeast Florida as the most recent contributor. The Foundation works to stimulate philanthropy in order to build a better community by helping donors invest wisely, nonprofits serve effectively, and by fostering relationships to make the community a better place.
With the help of local donors and community foundations, in 2016 alone, Mission House has been able to house 79 clients, saving the community $325,000 in potential arrests costs, provide 26,342 meals to clients, and see 259 medical patients who would have needlessly visited an emergency room.