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SafeHouse: Help bring the needy holiday cheer 

Posted on December 3, 2012


SafeHouse of Jacksonville, an outreach ministry that serves needy families on the Westside, is seeking holiday donations.

The nonprofit is seeking clothing, toys, food and gift cards, as well as funds for the the year-round Adopt-a-Family program, according to a news release.

The Money Pages coupon magazine contributed to the cause by sponsoring the recent play Another Sign, a musical about homelessness. Proceeds from a silent auction and a portion of ticket sales went to SafeHouse to help 25 needy families during the holidays, according to the release.

In the Adopt-A-Family program, donors pledge $30 a month for three months, which gives needy families two bags of food each month. The short-term program is designed to help families in crisis while they find work or other assistance, according to the SafeHouse website.

After the pledge expires, donors who want to continue working with the nonprofit can "adopt" another family.

To make a pledge, go to All donations are tax exempt

To make a donation or get more information, contact SafeHouse at 540 Owen Ave., Jacksonville 32205; (904) 425-4228 or or go

SafeHouse of Jacksonville was founded in 2001 by Pastor Joe Howell, when he and his wife Lottie began giving out meals and ministering to people on the streets. Ultimately, they raised funds to rent a location to disperse food and clothing.

Courtesy of Beth Carvey's Blog on