2018 1st Quarter Bags for Change Nominees – Neptune Beach
Mission House’s mission is to empower individuals affected by homelessness in the Beaches area by providing food, clothing medical care, and support services with an avenue to self-sufficiency. Transportation to and from work is a huge issue for their clients. They assist an average for 33 new clients with bike transportation each month. They are able obtain free bikes but locks and lights are needed to go along with each bike. It is the law to have a front and back light on your bike at night for safety here in Jacksonville Beach. Bike locks cost $12 and a set of lights for each bike is $9. Donations raised will go to support the purchase of bike locks and lights for client’s bikes
Sisters of Hope House
Sisters of Hope House is a sober living environment for women, located on the Westside of Jacksonville. Our Mission is to Uplift, Inspire, & Empower women recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. Donation Purpose: Sisters of Hope House assists women to get back into society and become responsible and productive citizens. Sisters of Hope House offers a safe environment and provides basic utilities and assists with bus passes, laundry supplies/facilities, household items including clothing, food, cleaning supplies and paper products, and recovery literature. They also provide computer and internet access in order to seek employment, medical assistance, and overall wellness benefits for themselves. While the residents are required to obtain gainful employment, their rent is minimal, so that their focus can be on recovery. With two locations which house up to 19 women, it costs Sisters of Hope House approximately $261.00 monthly to house and care for each resident.
Yoga 4 Change
Yoga 4 Change is a non-profit organization that achieves meaningful change for veterans, incarcerated individuals, vulnerable youth, and those dealing with substance abuse through a purpose-driven yoga program. Our program heals and empowers these underserved populations, creating a healthier and safer community one class at a time. Yoga 4 Change teaches able-bodied veterans, veterans struggling with PTSD and military sexual trauma (MST), veterans struggling with anxiety and depression, and veterans diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Our program teaches our students ways to decrease their anxiety and stress, while also allowing them to learn techniques to help with the effects of their trauma such as insomnia and triggers. Our twice weekly classes offered at the VA cost our organization $15,000 a year in supplies such as mats, straps, blocks, blankets, teaching materials and more. Over 11,000 students benefit from the yoga classes.
Mental Health Resource Center
Mental Health Resource Center (MHRC) helps people improve their well-being and achieve their goals by providing comprehensive behavioral healthcare and social services. The MHRC Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit provides inpatient care to youth who are experiencing emotional crises, mental illness or substance abuse disorders. MHRC will use this donation to purchase books for teens to read while they are receiving treatment in our Crisis Stabilization Unit. Admission to the Crisis Stabilization Unit occurs when a youth is determined to be suicidal and/or a danger to others. We run a group each day that can either be to snuggle up with a book or write in a journal. Oftentimes, their inpatient stay is the first time they have been without their electronic devices, and sitting down with an actual book is a new experience for them. It is a great escape for them and they usually end up loving it. We will purchase books that are positive and focus on healthy life choices and/or lessons. They really love the books about self-esteem or how to handle bullying. Over the past year, MHRC provided crisis stabilization treatment to approximately 1,200 adolescents (age 10-17). $1,500 will allow them to purchase a library of books and journals for them to use during their treatment.
Pine Castle’s mission is to empower adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through opportunities to learn, work and connect. The Adult Day Training Program provides opportunities for individuals with severe to profound disabilities to achieve their greatest levels of independence through a continuum of services that include: vocational training, on-site job opportunities, athletic & recreational opportunities, a Seniors Program, and a Life Enrichment Program. Currently, Pine Castle has 281 individuals enrolled in the program. The Adult Day Training program focuses on helping the individuals achieve greater independence, new life skills and promote self-esteem. Though Medicaid Waiver funding helps to pay an individual’s fees, donations raised would go to supplement the fees which range from $100-$500 per person, per week.