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November 27, 2017
Just one week before Thanksgiving, FlourishNow partnered with St. Joseph United Methodist Church to host a small, intimate hiring event for the surrounding Eastside neighborhood. We served 24 people in 2 hours and, of those, 15 were hired on the spot! Our purpose was to come alongside St. Joseph and to love this community well, … Continued
October 16, 2017
For eight weeks, from August to October, we partnered with Redemption Church and Cru Inner City to support a job club on Jacksonville’s west side. Over the course of those eight weeks, seventeen job seekers came to sessions on overcoming barriers, utilizing a network to find hidden jobs, planning out a way to start a career … Continued
October 12, 2017
Hurricanes, penalties from overdue child support payments, transportation limitations, past mistakes, long gaps in employment, layoffs, and limited English skills are among the challenges facing job seekers I, and our dedicated volunteers met on Saturday at our collaborative job fair with CrossRoad United Methodist Church. Some may assume these situations are nearly hopeless; the mountains … Continued
September 12, 2017
Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma on Southwest Florida, our September 22nd job fair in Fort Myers is canceled. We are working to reschedule this event and will post updated information as soon as possible. Please keep our staff, volunteers, and the people of Southwest Florida in your prayers as they rebuild.
September 5, 2017
Be safe, be prepared! The safety of those we serve and our staff is of utmost importance to us. If you are currently in Southwest Florida and need to seek shelter, below is a list of local public shelters. We strongly encourage you to check shelter availability before planning to head to one and follow … Continued
August 29, 2017
FlourishNow job fairs, taking place with the local church, are opportunities for the people of God to serve others. They are places where prayer spontaneously happens and where futures and families are transformed through five-minute interactions. Each person who walks through the doors at our job fairs has a story uniquely theirs; each person worthy … Continued
July 25, 2017
The job fair had ended. Employers had all but packed up and filed out. One, in particular, lingered for a bit. I figured they were likely just wrapping up after interacting with over two hundred hopeful job seekers. An older woman sat near the church sound booth, quietly humming to the worship music being broadcast … Continued
July 20, 2017
When I arrived in Jacksonville, one of my first meetings was with Marc Nettleton, from 2nd Mile Ministries. We met on a rainy November day, at Uptown Café, and I listened as he explained that their ministry adopted the community of Brentwood, on Jacksonville’s Northside, as their home and mission field. Why Brentwood? Quite simply, … Continued
June 2, 2017
Our Safe Families staff is often asked about the different ways in which a volunteer can serve in this ministry. Not everyone can host a child in their home or give a lot of time and resources, but there are still several ways to make a huge impact in a child’s life through Safe Families … Continued
April 20, 2017
During the month of April, we have a goal to add 30 new host families here in Southwest Florida to help us meet the increasing need for volunteers to host and care for children in crisis. Our host families are the heart of all we do. They’re volunteers, unpaid, sacrificial servants who open their homes … Continued