Groundbreaking set for homeless shelter

By Troy MacNeill | gargoyle@flagler.edu It was just a dream seven or eight years ago. Now it’s becoming a reality. A non-profit organization plans to break ground on a new shelter for the homeless in St. Johns County. The groundbreaking ceremony is set for 10…

It’s Happening: Homeless One-Stop Center in St. Augustine

After months of planning, Home Again St. Johns has began fundraising and organizing the development of the one-stop center for the homeless on State Road 207. The facility will eventually be home to six, 5,000 sq./ft. buildings providing housing, healthcare, job training, mental health, substance abuse and basic education services.

Home Again St. John’s began as a local non-profit in 2009 with staff support from United Way of St. John’s County. Their goal is to redefine how the county deals with homelessness as well as open doors to more services.

St. Francis Director helps homeless through tough love

By Alexa Epitropoulos | gargoyle@flagler.edu

Upon first glance, the St. Francis House, a light green, two-story townhouse bursting at the seams with color, appears more like a bed and breakfast than a refuge for the homeless. The differences aren’t only skin deep.
Director Renee Morris, like the St. Francis House, proves that appearances can be deceiving. A petite, well-dressed woman with an assertive, to-the-point demeanor, Morris can be intimidating to a stranger. Closer examination reveals an individual with a profound passion for helping others.

SIFE hits home with new project

By Matthew Boyle and Caroline Young | gargoyle@flagler.edu
Graphic illustration by Katie Davis
Video by Shannon Rose Greene

Flagler College’s Students In Free Enterprise team will be hosting Cardboard Campout on the West Lawn on Friday, April 2 to raise awareness and money for its newest project, “Containers for a Cause.”

With “Containers for a Cause,” SIFE plans to build homeless transitional housing facilities from about 15 to 20 old railroad shipping containers. SIFE has already received one 40-foot shipping container, a donation from former St. Augustine mayor George Gardner.

Flagler grows ‘greener’ with Hunger Initiative

By Caroline Young | cyoung1@flagler.edu
Photo by Matthew Boyle

PHOTO CAPTION: Chuck Riffenburg created the proposal for a Flagler College Hunger Initiative. The initiative will grow food for the hungry and homeless in St. Augustine.

Riffenburg is First Chair of Student Government Association’s Green Committee. Along with friend Joshua Currie, Riffenburg created the Flagler College Hunger Initiative. He is also an intern for CitySprout and is helping build the garden boxes in Lincolnville.