Our Mission & Vision
Our vision and mission is to help connect people to faith
Mission & Purpose
Our mission is to mobilize volunteers and entities-government, faith, health, business and the community at large to partner with us in filling the gaps that exists in the delivery of fundamental social services to the elderly and disabled citizen.
The Elderly Care Program
The Elderly Care Program operates primarily from referrals. Therefore, the process for the elderly begin when a referral agency refers the elderly to our agency and likewise, this is where the services ends for referring agency. For example, the food bank will refer and elderly senior to Bridge The Gap when he/she requires home delivery. Bridge The Gap ends the service when the delivery is made or when Meals-On-Wheels accepts the elderly senior. Agencies that refer elderly include 211, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Second Harvest Food Bank, City Rescue Mission, Adult Community Centers, Mayor Disable Division, Children and Families, Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, River Agency, River Region, I.M. Sulzbacher Center, Hospitals and Faith based Organizations.
- Food Including Commodities
- Personal hygiene products
- Household items
- Sponsor-A- Grandparent
- Deliver Meals to Household Items
- Provide Food to the Senior Citizens Community Centers (13 Centers)
- Provide needed services to Grandparents who now are parenting (Grandchildren)
- Telephone Assurance.
In addition to providing direct services such as transportation to and from medical appointment, the cleaning of the elderly homes and providing food and hygiene products for their well-being.
Bridge The Gap program has two major events during the year;
Catherine H. McNair Senior Health Month (July) during this time we ask
• Businesses and individuals to donate toothpaste, deodorant, bath powder, cologne, slippers and other toiletries that are distributed among the clients.
Senior Gift Giving Day (December), this event revolves around providing the elderly and person with disabilities with food bags, and clothing; including grandparents as parents to get them through the holiday season.
Cynthia Small and Christine Hughes of the Greather Refuge Temple 1317 Rowe Avenue Jacksonville, FL 32208 helping gather supplies for the homebound food delivery service provided by Bridge the Gap Jacksonville.
CATHERINE H. MCNAIR COMMUNITY FARM
TO ADDRESS FOOD DESERTS AND HEALTH DISPARITY
PILLARS OF THE PROJECT
- Improve physical health
- Transform doctor’s into healers
- Sustainability: Teacher’s teach teacher’s/science
- Improve mental health
- Spread farm throughout city
- 15 acre’s of land
- Bridging the generation gap
THE FARM WILL BRING
- Picnic and Recreation
- A community Day once a year, promoting a healthy community and city.
- Restore respect back to the community and neighbors helping one another,
- Gang members will be part of this transformation.
- Will reform those who has been incarcerated back into society
- The farm will bring beauty to the Community and City of Jacksonville
Bridge The Gap Partners
Bridge The Gap interacts with many organization and individuals within the community in the provision of services to the elderly.
These partners include (past) : Greater Refuge Temple (birth of BTG) Insurance, Transportation Service Financial Support, Kingdom/Pastor Steve Hall= transportation Service, Jacksonville Housing Authority Activities to seniors, City of Jacksonville/Mary Adams=Services to homebound, City of Jacksonville=Transportation for elderly outing, Krispy Kreme Donuts=Donuts, Volunteer Jacksonville=Qualified Volunteers, Jacksonville Sheriff Officers +Manpower and service to all event, Faith In Action/Zelma Dickerson=Qualified Volunteer.
Present Partnership Include: Greater Refuge Temple/Pastor’s: Apostle Gentle Lee Groover and Bishop Kenneth Groover/Financial Support, Health Smart Holistic (UF Gainesville), Pastor Tony Lane, Word of Life Empowerment Center, First Coast Black Nursing Association, National Caucus Black Association, United Way Of Northeast Florida Covid-19 Relief Fund, UF/IFAS Extension Urban Garden, AmeriCorps Vista Community Engagement, Duval County COAD, United Way 2-1-1, Community Impact, United Way of Northeast Florida Volunteer and Community, Baptist Medical Center, City of Jacksonville Park and Recreation, Council On Elder Affairs, Northeast Florida Area Health Education Center, Farm Share, Feeding Northeast Florida, Jacksonville Housing Authority, Dr. James Moore, MD, Dr, James Clower, MD, Dr. Charles Farr, MD, Stay Well (Sunshine).
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