Sluggish federal funding hampers Jacksonville nonprofit’s efforts to help at-risk kids, families

Beth Reese Cravey | March 11, 2019

Sluggish federal funding hampers Jacksonville nonprofit’s efforts to help at-risk kids, families
On a white canvas, a middle schooler named Karmen had painted bright green grass, blue skies and purple balloons. She painted red hearts fluttering above the grass. And she wrote a hopeful, inspiring phrase. “It may be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever.” Art therapy is among the methods used at the Child Guidance Center to help children in crisis and their families. Karmen’s painting was one the client art works showcased at a recent fundraiser and now hangs in the center auditorium. Fundraisers are increasingly necessary at the 68-year-old Jacksonville nonprofit, where a staff of 124 shepherd children through a variety of behavioral and mental health issues, from anxiety, depression and attention-deficit disorders to low self-esteem and sexual, physical or emotional abuse. At five locations they annually serve about 6,000 children.

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