Clara White Mission needs funds to continue

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Every morning, seven days a week, the Clara White Mission feeds the homeless breakfast. But the Mission did not receive their $82,000 public service grant in next year's budget, putting the program in jeopardy.

Mission CEO Ju'Coby Pittman says without the money they will have to cut back to 2-3 days a week serving breakfast.

"It is very uncertain and we know that we need to raise money in the next 30 days for our program to continue," Pittman said.

Former NFL player Marcus Adair, who now lives and works in Jacksonville, gave $10,000 Friday morning from his foundation to help out, and he is challenging the community to step forward and help replace the money.

"It is too big to fail, and what I mean is too important to our city, too important to Jacksonville for these people to not be able to get the things they need to survive," Adair said.

Kaleem Gibson has been eating here for six months and would hate to see the program cut back.

"It would mean a few hungry days out of the week to be quite honest. There are days I would not have eaten if it weren't for Clara White. It is an asset to our community," said Gibson.

"People can't barely survive as it is, this lady has been helping people for years," said Ronald Williams, a homeless veteran.

Pittman is calling on people in Jacksonville to step up and assist in their time of need.

"At this point we need everybody to join in our efforts because I think the Clara White Mission has proven what our agency can do to help the community," Pittman said.

So the mission is hoping somehow, someway they raise the $82,000 and can keep this program going every morning.


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