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….
Jacksonville.com excerpt, Article by Beth Reese Cravey – July 2, 2019