New Directions Warming and Cooling Center for the homeless held its Church Choir Jamboree on Sunday, November 6, from 3-5 p.m. at Grace Methodist Church. There was a free will offering for those who attended and enjoyed this evening of song and dance.
The event was held to kick off Homeless Awareness Month in November. Through the vision and hard work of Executive Director Vanessa Tyus, the New Directions Warming and Cooling Center opened its doors on February 2, 2011. To date, the shelter has housed 3,500 adults and 525 children (totaling over 78,000 shelter bed nights) and logged over 52,000 volunteer hours. The shelter and its volunteers provide clothing, meals, and a place to sleep, shower and do laundry. Meals are provided by 46 volunteer groups. New Directions offers a program, New Directions with a Vision, that helps families and individuals become self-supporting members of the community. New Directions provides these services through local donations with the help of the surrounding community. For the past year, it has provided these services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This is done without state or federal government funding. New Directions is proud to say it can serve up to 30 guests for $84 a day.
As winter approaches, please consider a tax-deductible donation to New Directions. Your gift will directly impact the lives of the adults and children we serve.
Upcoming event to help support New Directions:
Sunday, November 20 at 3 p.m.: Mile Walk/Run Through Homelessness. Walk through the causes of homelessness! Begins at the Wells Center and ends at New Directions, 100 S. Fayette St., Jacksonville. T-Shirts $15, registration $10 or a donation of paper items, cleaning supplies, bottled water, laundry soap, and other personal care items. For more information and for registration please visit https://goo.gl/forms/V1GRLr0K6MXcqOYJ3.
Tuesday, November 22 at 5 p.m.: Thank You Feast at Grace Methodist Church.