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03/30/16: Eureka Garden; 'Boundless' Arts Gala; Advocate App; Meals On Wheels


Eureka Garden

Federal housing officials are ordering the owners of Jacksonville’s troubled Eureka Garden public housing complex to either fix the problems there, or sell them.

Everything from roaches to dangerous mold in the units has plagued tenants there for years.

Community activist Denise Hunt has been working for some time now to raise awareness about the problems at Eureka Garden. She joins us to discuss the situation.


"Boundless," Jacksonville's premier arts and culture gala, will be held at the TPC Sawgrass Benefactor Tent and will feature forty of the city's icons who have demonstrated continuous support of arts and culture in our community.

We preview the event with Tony Allegretti, executive director, and Ryan Ali, resource development manager, of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. Local philanthropist Helen Lane also joins us.

Advocate App

The new app Advocate App aims to empower everyday Americans to support causes they care about.

We learn more about the app from creator Chris Markl, a Social Entrepreneur in Residence in Florida State University's Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement.

Meals on Wheels

The month of March is marked by the national March for Meals campaign, where hundreds of local Meals on Wheels programs across the country reach out to their communities to build support to enable them to deliver nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks to America’s seniors all year long.

Supporting Aging True’s Meals on Wheels program ensures the seniors in our area can live more healthy, happy and independent lives at home, where they want to be.

Tourea Robinson, Director of Development for Aging True, joins us with more.

Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.