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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jeff Nesbit, executive director of Climate Nexus and author of This Is The Way The World Ends: How Droughts and Die-offs, Heat Wave and Hurricanes are Converging on America (01:14).

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A Jacksonville housing development set to open this week blends temporary crisis and permanent low-income housing — mostly for women.

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with WJCT’s business analyst John Burr about the future of CSX in the wake of the death of CEO Hunter Harrison (00:55).

We discussed urban renewal in Jacksonville and the upcoming LISC awards with LISC Jacksonville CEO Janet Owens and City Councilman and LISC Community Development Awards Committee Chair Greg Anderson (12:49).   

The latest segment of Moveable Feast featured Kelly Mabry who owns a number of Tropical Smoothies in town (33:26).

Sulzbacher Center CEO Cindy Funkhouser and Sweet Pete’s founder Peter Behringer told us about their partnership to produce and ship Sulzbacher Sweets (37:01).

927 Events owner Paul Sifton told us about a contest they are holding in connection to the Art Republic Festival (46:00).  


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APR Energy and the John and Suzanne Campion Foundation are donating a total of $15,000 to the Sulzbacher Center and the Children’s Home Society just in time for the holidays.

Tuesday and Wednesday the energy company and nonprofit foundation are presenting the checks to the two organizations to help them accomplish their missions during the holidays.

The Children’s Home Society is a child welfare organization that provides counseling and health services to kids and teens, connects foster parents to children in need, and runs food pantries, among other things.


Friday on “First Coast Connect,” we had our weekly Media Roundtable.  David Bauerlein from The Florida Times Union, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Timothy Gibbons (01:46) took part.

We heard about the upcoming Sulzbacher Center’s “Transformations” event with co-chair Darnell Smith and Sulzbacher Chief Development Officer Eileen Briggs (40:41)  

We also spoke with the editor in chief of the new local publication, Salty at Heart, Kirstin Thompson (47:25).  

 

  Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with Baptist Health CEO Hugh Greene about the Mental Health First Aid initiative. Florida Coastal School of Law professor Kara Roberts and student Lance Francis talked about Saturday’s Citizenship Day and Sulzbacher Center CEO Cindy Funkhouser and Board Chair Pam Chally told us about Thursday’s groundbreaking of Sulzbacher Village. 


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A memorial service was held in Jacksonville on Wednesday to remember two dozen homeless men and women who died in 2016.

Doug Orange, 51, works as a certified recovery peer specialist at the Sulzbacher Center, which provides shelter and services to Jacksonville’s homeless.  Orange was homeless for five years in his 20s. He said remembering those who died is important.

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Jacksonville’s Ability Housing and the Sulzbacher Center are formally partnering to better help the city’s chronically homeless.

Ability Housing provides apartments and affordable homes to nearly 300 homeless or disabled people in Jacksonville.  

Our Media Roundtable Friday featured David Bauerlein from the Florida Times-Union; A.G. Gancarski of Folio Weekly; former Examiner reporter Fred Matthews and Jacksonville Business Journal editor Tim Gibbons. We also heard from Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless CEO Cindy Funkhouser about its upcoming annual “Transformations” event. The Performers Academy’s Director of Development JaMario Stills discussed this weekend’s TPA Fest and longtime Reggae artist, composer and producer Ras Midas stopped by to talk about his new album. 


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Jacksonville’s Sulzbacher Center homeless shelter is helping students start the school year with a new wardrobe.

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A program is helping reduce chronic homelessness in Northeast Florida while saving taxpayers money.


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An army of kids and volunteers from the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida are harvesting greens to donate to other local nonprofits for their Thanksgiving dinner.

Organizers say the project is just the beginning for the club’s new farm in Arlington.


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A proposed $18.5 million community for the homeless being planned by the Sulzbacher Homeless Center will be the subject of a public discussion tonight.

The project is called Sulzbacher Village, and it’s supposed to house up to 340 people, the Times-Union reported in October.

 


We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Andrew Pantazi, Florida Times-Union reporter; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; and Matt Shaw, Folio Weekly editor.

Topics include Mayor Lenny Curry asking for all members of the JEA board to resign, the first lawsuit against the company that owned the missing cargo ship El Faro, and more.


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More than 100 of Jacksonville’s homeless children were treated to a morning of back-to-school shopping Tuesday.

The Sulzbacher Center has been holding the event for six years. Money for the event came thanks to the Sulzbacher Center’s “Cool for School” campaign.

“This is helping a lot of people in need and people that are low on certain kind of funds that help their kids get what they really need right now,” said Timothy Laster, father of three who was with his kids shopping for new clothes at Old Navy.

All the kids who receive services from the downtown center got a $50 gift card. Sulzbacher spokeswoman Linda Hemphill says the kids and their parents were bussed to the Northside’s River City Marketplace.

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