Better Families expands into Jacksonville

 

Hello, Jacksonville!

Mellissa Foster talks with members of Bold City Church
Better Together Engagement Director Mellissa Foster talks with members of Bold City Church on August 29, 2021.

We’re expanding our Better Families program to Clay, Duval and Nassau counties.

We first arrived in the Bold City area with our Better Jobs program in 2016. That’s when we started partnering with Jacksonville-area churches, including The Church of Eleven22, The Ville, Christian Family Chapel and Awaken. In 2018, we held our very first second-chance job fair, which included a coalition of community partners, such as Operation New Hope and the Clara White Mission.

Now we’re working with churches, volunteers and local organizations to bring about our Better Families program to prevent the need for foster care by coming alongside families in crisis and supporting them by offering short-term hosting for their children and resources to help parents help themselves, whether that’s an addiction recovery program, therapy, employment or other needs.

Our program is completely voluntary, funded with private dollars, and our team of child welfare professionals support the process the entire way.

We are grateful to have more than 20 churches partnering with us in Northeast Florida and dozens of volunteers taking the first step to get involved.

“We are excited to partner with Better Together and are looking forward to seeing what God will do,” says Andrew Roberts, pastor for Awaken Church. “When you read the scripture, God has such heart for the poor, for the needy, for the orphans, for those families who truly are struggling. Why would we not want to partner with an organization like this to love kids, love families and turn the whole foster care system around in our state via love and the church?”

“To hear the impact that Better Together has had in other cities — the families they’ve been able to help, and how not only did they impact the city but also strengthen the church — it just makes perfect sense to have them in our city,” says Jason Masters, lead pastor for Bold City Church. “To be able to make sure that they get established here and that they exist here is huge to us.”

We are on track to serve the tri-county region by year’s end.

Churches interested in more information or becoming a Better Together partner are encouraged to email mellissa@bettertogetherus.org. Individuals can request to learn more about the program or apply to volunteer directly on our Volunteer page.

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Dawson Jordan
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Dawson is an exciting addition to the Better Together Team. Since graduating college in 2015 from Florida Gulf Coast University with his bachelor’s degree in Business Management he has managed to create a successful career for himself as a self-employed freelance videographer/photographer. He has recently relocated back to his hometown in SWFL and is excited to join the team as the Creative Director to help us tell the Better Together story. Dawson is passionate about telling stories through a creative lens, especially when it comes to seeing families stay together and for individuals to thrive and become the best version of themselves. When Dawson is not in the office he likes to hang out with his friends, workout, and watch sports.