PSM is the highway connecting those who have to those who need.
We are the connector. We get it. We give it.
Those who have (funders, individual donors, corporate partners, and foundations) provide the means for PSM to offer programs for the general good of the community.
Those who need (local, national, and global partner agencies as well as individuals) receive this generosity via the various PSM programs.
Home Safe: a permanent supportive housing program partially funded through a HUD grant that provides housing to 60 previously chronic homeless households. The program has served over 300 clients throughout Jacksonville since 2005 by providing safe housing while empowering them with the opportunity to regain control of their lives. We offer case management support & assist them with finding employment or receiving benefits, & when appropriate, and direct them to rehabilitation programs when deemed necessary. In 2019, PSM Home Safe program included 3 families with children. 12 are employed, 22 are receiving SS benefits, 5 are on the PSM's Advisory Board, 2 are currently enrolled in school and 1 volunteers at another local nonprofit.
We gather, sort & redistribute clothing to other nonprofit organizations locally, statewide, nationally, and internationally. Over 138,000 pieces of clothing with a monetary value of over $600,000 are collected, sorted, & dispersed annually. We partner with other agencies that serve different populations including prenatal mothers, individuals coming out of prison looking for employment, college men practicing interviewing skills, health fairs, local clothing giveaways & even a direct partnership with The Giving Closet Project who works within the public school system to stock a clothing closet that guidance counselors & teachers can access when they see a child in need.
Urban Mission Experience
Urban Mission Experience hosts volunteer groups in NE FL. Due to the pandemic facing our country during this most challenging time, this program is on a temporary pause. PSM has hosted high school, college & church youth groups from different states willing to donate their time & energies that evolve into community service trips to our city. PSM has also been the destination for AmeriCorps teams in local storm recovery efforts. The impact they made in our area following Hurricane Irma & other disastrous events was huge. In 2019, we hosted 355 volunteers contributing over 323,000 hours of volunteer service. PSM provides lodging & food. The dorms sleep 42 & boast full showers, laundry facility & full kitchen including WIFI!