Child Welfare and Food Security
Clay Youth Connection - Children in foster care can find themselves in a tragic case of “Mind the Gap” if they turn 18 before completing high school. With no financial support to finish their Senior Year of high school, plans for college or other post-secondary training or employment can go up in virtual smoke. Connie worked with local leaders to form Clay Youth Connection, linking Orange Park’s Moosehaven Retirement Community and the North Florida Youth Crisis Center to establish supervised housing so that these youth can get through high school without fear of homelessness or want, ready to tackle life’s challenges as adults.
Food for Clay County – With Connie’s background in disaster preparedness, she quickly identified the persistent food crisis gripping many families in Clay County as Covid-19 began sweeping across the nation. Connie facilitated a joint effort between the Clay County Emergency Management office and the non-profit Impact Clay to begin formalizing a system for sustained food distribution throughout the County. Food for Clay County was formed and is now bridging the gap to make sure struggling families have ready access to sufficient supplemental food sources.