Local non-profit helping hundreds, struggling to make ends meet during pandemic

Local non-profit helping hundreds, struggling to make ends meet during pandemic

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Volunteers at Mission House said they’re dishing up more daily meals even though they’re getting less assistance because of coronavirus.

Executive Director Carina Saladino told Action News Jax, “We have a lot of new clients coming in. We think a lot of that is based on this pandemic. People are losing their jobs, and they’re losing their homes, and they want to get back on their feet but they need assistance.”

The Jacksonville Beach non-profit’s list of more than 400 clients looking for help with food, clothing, housing, and reemployment is growing.

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“On average we usually don’t intake more than 25-30 and we’re averaging 40-55,” Saladino explained.

She said it takes at least 12 volunteers daily to run the kitchen, clothes donation closet, and clinic.

The executive director added, “We really need physician volunteers. So, if there are any physician volunteers who are willing to spend a few hours here that’s our biggest need.”

She said the cancellation of their annual soiree was a $100,000+ hit to their budget.

According to Saladino any amount of money, apparel, volunteer time or food donations will help Jacksonville families struggling through the pandemic.

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