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Clara White Mission Operates Cafe for JTA Employees

The Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority (JTA) has entered into a partnership with the Clara White Mission through which mission employees will provide quick breakfast and lunch service to JTA employees and ­contractors.

JTA and the mission commemorated the opening of “Clara’s ­Canteen” at a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony at the agency’s Myrtle Avenue Campus.

“We are excited to partner with the Clara White Mission to provide our employees the opportunity to purchase homemade meals at a convenient location,” said JTA Chief Executive Officer Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “This ceremony marks the beginning of a partnership that will also benefit individuals with on-the-job training.”

Since 2003, the mission has provided training in culinary arts and has been licensed by the Florida Department of Education. To date, more than 900 people have graduated from the program and 70 percent remain employed.

The canteen operates weekdays. All proceeds benefit the culinary arts training program.

“Clara White’s multifaceted services are designed to transition our students and graduates into independence in a service learning environment,” said Ju’Coby Pittman, chief executive officer/president of the Clara White Mission. “Our seamless continuum will generate qualified employees for Jacksonville’s workforce in the hospitality industry. This initiative with JTA will allow real people with real issues an opportunity to begin experiencing the quality of life of a new chance, a new choice and hope.”

The Clara White Mission was founded by Dr. Eartha M.M. White, whose compassion for humanity moved her to action. The mission has existed for more than 100 years, dedicated to serving the needs of the less fortunate in the community.

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Cutting the ribbon at “Clara’s Canteen” at the Clara White Mission, from left: Clara White Mission CEO/President Ju’Coby Pittman, JTA CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., Miss Jacksonville Corporate America Karen Britt and JTA Vice President of Administration Cleveland Ferguson.

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