Ju’Coby Pittman, Clara White Mission

To the Publisher of the Resident Community News:
I’d like to thank The Resident Community News for being a big champion and supporter of Clara White Mission and its services during the 26 years I’ve been at the mission. I especially appreciate the coverage you have given us during this time of COVID-19. It’s been very hard to share the needs and challenges of the Clara White Mission during this crisis, and it is our hope that we can continue to serve our breakfasts-to-go during this time.Thanks to the article by Marcia Hodgson that ran in the April edition of The Resident News and was shared with your readers throughout Jacksonville’s historic communities, the Clara White Mission was able to get a gift from the Jaguars, an abundance of food from First Watch, in addition to furniture from the Haskell Company, which it can offer its client base once we are open again. Because of the support of Resident News readers, we will be able to offer several more breakfasts at this time. Each day, we feed anywhere from 295 to 320 people, and those individuals count on us for a hot meal.Also, the article talked about the front-line staff that is still serving the homeless, and through the Resident’s coverage we were able to get some more volunteers to help at the mission. Most of the volunteers we have are usually seniors, but because of the article, we were able to get some younger volunteers to come, and this will enable us to continue our 116-year service to the community.I salute the Resident News for keeping our community in touch by printing good and challenging articles that assist organizations and nonprofits like the Clara White Mission, so that we can continue to do all the good that we can, in all the ways that we can, to all the people we can, while we can.I also salute the Resident News for keeping the community abreast of the many organizations that continue to do good in our community. I just want to say that I really, really appreciate that your staff are hands on in downtown and all around. I appreciate that you take the initiative to reach outside of your comfort zone, and I love that you are willing to cover topics that are sensitive and relatable. Not only does your paper talk about the good things and the successful things, but you also talk about the challenges with a twist, and I really appreciate that because your paper really is a game-changer in the community.Most sincerely,