Crime Grant Opens Fresh New World for Urban Community

Shown L-R are floral classmates, Nikita Barbee, Elwanda Carter, Karen Lewis, McKenzie Lane, Frenchy Bryant, Community Members, Dr Shanna Carter, Whitley Collins (seated).

Thanks to a crime reduction grant from the City of Jacksonville, a local community center is enabling citizens alternative activities in a community plagued by violence and crime. Located off Moncrief Road, the Simonds Johnson Community Center operated by Krumpin 4 Success nonprofit, is offering free creative, stimulating workshops throughout the summer.

The center recently hosted a ‘Floral Arrangement,’ class bringing the classic art created by fresh flowers to the heart of urban Jacksonville. The workshop was led by Whitley Collins of Whit Collins Studio, bringing together community members to learn the art of floral design. Whitley shared her personal journey, explaining how she started creating floral arrangements at home to improve her mental health. She emphasized the positive impact of surrounding oneself with fresh flowers at home and at the office. The workshop was filled with questions fostering a lively and engaging atmosphere. Participants learned how they could grow their own flora in addition to selecting local flowers right in their midst.

“By the end of the session, everyone was excited for the next workshop,” said organizer Dr. Shanna Carter.  To her knowledge, the class had not been previously offered.

“When we were awarded the contract to manage this center, we set out to make it a full-service community center, catering to every age and various social demographics in this community. We want people all around Jacksonville to be excited to come to Simonds Johnson Park.” To sign up for this workshop and explore other opportunities at the Community Center, visit


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