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Brown asks faith-based community for support
Mayor Alvin Brown welcomes more than 500 attendees of Friday’s Inaugural Mayor Brown’s Interfaith Celebration breakfast. He stressed the need for cooperation to end homelessness and provide assistance to homeless veterans.
A chorus composed of Southside Baptist Church, Southside Church of God in Christ and The Potter’s House International Ministries performs during Friday’s event.
Former Jacksonville Jaguars player Donovin Darius stands in praise of a song performed by the joint chorus during Friday’s breakfast.
Mayor Alvin Brown asked the religious community Friday to join him to end homelessness, especially for veterans, and influence positive change throughout Jacksonville.

“Put your talents to work to improve the quality of life for all in our city,” Brown said during an inaugural event aimed to unite the faith-based community.

“We have a challenge,” he told the more than 500 attendees of the Inaugural Mayor Brown Interfaith Celebration breakfast at the Osborn Center.

Brown said the purpose of the event was to “better connect how we can work together to build solidarity” in assisting the less fortunate.

More than a dozen members of area religious houses spent a few minutes each speaking on topics ranging from Brown’s leadership to a vision for a better Jacksonville through unity, tolerance, faith and hope.

“Continue to push for greatness, never settle, always do more because Jacksonville needs our help,” Brown said.

William H. Gray III, a former congressman and former United Negro College Fund president, was the keynote speaker of the event.

Later Friday, Brown announced a public-private partnership to assist military veterans.

The “Jobs for Veterans” program through the City will connect veterans with educational opportunities and job leads at employers.

The City has established a website with information at www.coj.net/jobsforvets for veterans and employers to learn more.

The partnership is at no cost to the City and is built on existing web infrastructure in partnership with the Jacksonville Military Veterans Coalition, according to a news release.

“In today’s economy, companies need confidence and a strong work ethic. They could use that never-give-up attitude and sense of ingenuity that so many of our returning veterans can offer,” Brown said in the release.

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