Challenge Accepted: Challenge Enterprises Joins the COVID-19 Response

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Challenge Enterprises of Clay County, retooled its sewing operation to make face masks in response to a COVID-19 community need. Challenge Enterprises is partnering with several businesses and organizations to fulfill orders for face masks as they safeguard their employees in a pandemic economy. In fact, the …

JAX Chamber ‘opening up opportunities’ for people with intellectual and developmental differences

This story appeared on the front page of the Florida Times-Union on March 1, 2020. Click here for the original feature article. By Beth Reese Cravey Connectable, founded in 2017 by Jacksonville philanthropist Delores Barr Weaver, will help 20 in 20 companies identify and customize positions and interview candidates, as well as provide job coaching …

Mark Woods: A specialty coffee roast, 50 years in the making

This story appeared in the Florida Times-Union on November 12, 2019. Click here for the original feature article. By Mark Woods When he turned 18, Willie Deas couldn’t count to 10. But Fred Martin, founder of Martin Coffee Co., gave him a chance, hiring him to do some odd jobs. Fifty years later, he’s still …

Wolfson High School Freshman Has a Football Season to Remember

Wolfson High School student, Michael Weidle emerged from his football season with some statewide victories, countywide recognition, and a team of new friends who weathered the ups and downs in a hard-fought football season. Only it wasn’t a typical football team or an everyday honor, and Michael Weidle isn’t your everyday player. Michael Weidle bypassed the …

Working Toward Plans for Employment at DSAJ

Peyton Miller has been waiting for this moment since her first day on the job at Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville. Five enthusiastic students opened their notebooks and began to take notes about resume writing, how to dress for success, and interview skills. It was their first class of the DSAJ Career Solution Training Academy and …