By Desiree Jones – With the growing number of people out of work due to the pandemic, food distributions across Duval County are still in effect for those in need. In the Washington Heights area on Moncrief Road, Step-by-Step 4 Help Health Services and Foundation coordinated with Tuf Luv Inc. and Feeding Northeast Florida for a day of volunteer efforts to distribute food to residents in the area. Many Washington Heights residents are living at or below the poverty level. The neighborhood developed in the early 60s had not had another neighborhood sign marking its entry since its inception. The agencies also purchased a new entry marker for the residents.
In addition to the food distribution, the agencies plan to collaborate on mentoring, literacy programs, family engagement to help build relationships, counseling, groups, workshops, conferences, and training to address mental illness and debunk the mental health myths and stigmas that plaque urban neighborhoods.