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Jacksonville Domestic Violence Shelter Receives $1M Donation Pledge

Hubbard House, a Jacksonville-based domestic violence center that serves survivors and their families in Duval and Baker counties, has received a pledge donation of $1 million.


The gift comes from the Michael Ward and Jennifer Glock Foundation. The couple have been involved in the Hubbard House for years, and Ward serves as the president of the Hubbard House Foundation, which offers support to the Hubbard House.


Their pledge includes $250,000 this year, and $250,000 each of the next three years. Their foundation also contributed $500,000 to Hubbard House last year.


Hubbard House CEO Gail Patin said the gift will help sustain the group’s services through the pandemic and beyond. 


”It’s going to be able to help us continue to provide services to victims of domestic violence and their families, and also be able to help us ultimately with what we're in the business of doing, saving lives and changing lives,” she said.


According to Patin, the Hubbard House’s financial situation was already in good shape, but the donation helped ease fears about possible fundraising deficits in the future as COVID-19 remains a pressing issue in Florida and the country. 


“I would encourage the public to take Michael Ward and Jennifer Glock’s lead and know that during this pandemic our doors are open, they’ve remained open to provide services,” Patin said. “Now more than ever, we need that support so that we can continue to do the good work, the life saving work that we've done for the past 45 years.”


The Hubbard House operates a 24-hour shelter, and encourages anyone facing the threat or who knows someone facing the threat of domestic violence to call or text their helpline to get up-to-date information on when the Hubbard House’s outreach center is open so they can get assistance.


Hubbard House’s 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at (904) 354-3114 or through its textline at (904) 210-3698.

Raymon Troncoso can be reached at, 904-358-6319 or on Twitter at @RayTroncoso.