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Author: Catherine Kennedy

Early misfortune didn’t stop Jacksonville mom from finding hope and success

“One in every three people have been affected or received services from United Way. And I love to tell people that you’re looking at one of those people.”

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Mental Wellness: Resources to Help You Thrive

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and our team at United Way of Northeast Florida and mental-health expert Dr. Kal Kseib, consultant for Baptist Health, would like to help mark this important awareness effort with a list of accessible resources available all year long.

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How Mother Pearl Became the Matriarch of A. Philip Randolph Blvd.

In the late 1960s, Pearl Graham, affectionately known OutEast as “Mother Pearl,” was an 18-year old fleeing an abusive home. Her heart was set on moving to Atlanta, Georgia, but her spirit led her to East Jacksonville.

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Stories from the call lines: Meet Darius

Darius joined United Way’s 211 team two years ago. As a resource specialist, Darius spends most of his time working with veterans in the community as part of United Way of Northeast Florida’s Mission United initiative, newly established in 2019. When veterans reach out to 211 for assistance, Darius works to connect them to vital social services resources available.

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Stories from the call lines: Meet Tressie

Tressie joined United Way’s 211 team in October 2019. As a community resource specialist, she answers calls from Northeast Florida residents seeking assistance with things others might take for granted, such as food, clothing and medical care. She assists callers who are facing eviction, foreclosure and utility disconnections.

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Stories from the call lines: Meet Lavon

Every year, United Ways across the world celebrate Feb. 11 as 211 Day to raise awareness about the 24/7 information and referral hotline — and the incredible teams that power it. This year, United Way of Northeast Florida is highlighting United Way 211 team members all month long, sharing how their dedication is making a difference in the lives of families and individuals in our community.

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From ‘hello’ to help, United Way 211 is here

United Way 211 is Northeast Florida’s vital, life-saving helpline that connects anyone in need to available community resources. Our database includes a vast list of organizations and resources like food pantries, shelters, mental-health clinics, financial management services, child-care resources, crisis assistance, employment services and much more. And it’s all free and all available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Jacksonville Announces Launch of Free Financial Navigator Service to Help Residents Tackle COVID-19 Financial Challenges

In partnership with national nonprofit organization the Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE Fund), today Jacksonville announced the launch of a free Financial Navigators program to help residents navigate critical financial issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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United Way of Northeast Florida opens community needs survey

United Way of Northeast Florida has launched a 2021 Community Needs Survey to assess the needs of the community- especially in light of the economic effects of COVID-19.

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