Community


community-questionAt the Center for Spiritual Living Jacksonville, we support our community!  We invite everyone to participate in ‘creating a world that works for everyone’ by getting involved in your community!  PAY IT FORWARD is our idea of reaching out to the neighbors and neighborhoods around us and seeing if someone needs a need. No gift of love or time or attention is too small…  When we take time to PAY IT FORWARD,  we consciously bless our own good and acknowledge that right now, right where we are, we have more than enough to give and to share with others.

 

Following are some of the programs we sponsor:



So many people came to support the students at the University!

University of North Florida  Food Pantry Drives

September – “Reach For The Fruit”…canned/packaged fruit
October – “Dare To Care”…snacks/convenience foods

November – “Meat The Need”…canned meats/proteins
December – “Fill Our Cups With Season’s Good Cheer”…hot & cold beverages/drink mixes

The Pantry is staffed by UNF students for UNF students; dedicated to serving the basic needs of the students at the University. Items may include food and hygienic supplies, and are provided anonymously and at no cost to the student. Through this service we help foster continued academic success and increase retention for students in need.



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Elizabeth and Max serving up breakfast at Camp I Am Special!

Camp I Am Special

During the summer months, the Camp provides a 6-day, traditional and recreational overnight camp experience for children, teenagers, and young adults challenged by physical, emotional and mental disabilities. They offer special day and weekend programs during the year.  This is a wonderful opportunity to have fun and give back in a loving, caring, and camping environment!

 

We will be joining campers and buddies, serving up food and beverages so those campers can have a fun-filled day!



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All smiles as we deliver gifts from the community to the girls at PACE!

PACE Center for Girls Jacksonville is located in Duval County and was founded in 1985. Since opening, PACE Jacksonville has served over 3,000 girls through three distinct components: Academic, Social Services and Transition Services.

Fast Facts about PACE Jacksonville

How many girls served annually? Approximately 182
What is the average age? 15
Why do girls attend PACE Jacksonville? Girls attend PACE to get appropriate counseling and education in a nurturing environment. To become enrolled, they must be between 12 to 17 years old, at least one year behind in school, and have 4 or more risk factors.
What are risk factors? Risk factors are the underlying issues that lead girls to academic underachievement. These are issues such as: foster home placement, substance abuse (by girl or family member), domestic violence, incarceration of a family member, neglect, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, grief, emotional health concerns, low income, and more.
Think about these statistics…
65% of our girls were failing one or more classes prior to coming to PACE
37% of our girls had a prior arrest before coming to PACE
29% of our girls used drugs and alcohol prior coming to PACE
What kind of success do girls have after leaving PACE?
93% had no involvement with Juvenile Justice within a year of leaving PACE!
91% were in school or employed three years after leaving PACE!
86% improved their academic performance!



BEAM – Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry– In early 2016, BEAM partnered with

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Our gifts of food are overflowing as we share with our beaches community!

Feeding Northeast Florida to establish the Beaches Community Food Bank. This distribution facility not only serves BEAM’s two food pantry operations (in Jacksonville Beach and Mayport) but also provides food, free of charge, to other agencies and organizations who operate feeing programs.

 

 

We love finding personal ways to get involved in our communities.  Please share with us how you’d like to get involved!