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Crime subsidy opens up a fresh new world for urban communities

By meerna Jul11,2024
Crime subsidy opens up a fresh new world for urban communities

Pictured from left: 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 providing residents with alternative activities in a community plagued by violence and crime. Located on Moncrief Road, the Simonds Johnson Community Center, run by the nonprofit Krumpin 4 Success, offers free, creative, stimulating workshops all summer long.

The Center recently hosted a “Floral Arrangement” class that brought the classic art of 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 story, explaining how she began creating floral arrangements at home to improve her mental health. She emphasized the positive impact of surrounding yourself with fresh flowers at home and in the office. The workshop was filled with questions that created a lively and engaging atmosphere. Participants learned how they can grow their own flora, as well as select local flowers in their own neighborhoods.

“By the end of the session, everyone was excited about the next workshop,” said organizer Dr. Shanna Carter, who she knew had never been offered before.

“When we were awarded the contract to manage this center, we set out to make it a full-blown community center that would cater to all ages and demographics in the community. We want people all over Jacksonville to be excited about coming to Simonds Johnson Park.” To sign up for workshops and learn about other opportunities at the Community Center, visit bit.ly/SJMonthlyCalendar.

By meerna

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