Nonprofit CEO Showcase: Mark Landschoot

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Executive Director, Family Promise of Jacksonville Inc.

Jacksonville congregations working together to empower homeless families to achieve lasting self-sufficiency. Family Promise is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is affiliated with more than 171 interfaith hospitality networks nationwide. We provide shelter, meals and intensive case management for families without homes by partnering with local churches, professional service organizations and hundreds of volunteers. Local churches in our network provide much of our support, infrastructure and volunteers.

Serving Jacksonville
We started serving families in Jacksonville in 2006. We are Jacksonville-based. The national office is in Summit, N.J.

Those served
We serve families in Duval County. We serve about 20 families a year in the network with direct services; 80 percent of these families will find employment and regular housing. We provide an additional 250 families a year with indirect services: case management, food, clothing, furniture and so on.

Biggest challenge
Raising funds in this economy. With more families in crisis, finding funding to serve them is more difficult.

Biggest satisfaction
Seeing homeless families move into their own home.

Burlington, Wis.

First experience with community service
Working as volunteer coordinator at my church, Crossroad United Methodist Church.

Your job before Family Promise of Jacksonville Inc.
Sales professional for Nystrom, a division of Herff Jones Inc.

Upcoming events
Nov. 11-12: Cardboard City, 4 p.m. to 8 a.m., CrossRoad Church, 10005 Gate Parkway. Raise awareness of homelessness and raise funds for Family Promise of Jacksonville. Commit to spend the night in a cardboard box, a simple tent or your car. Family Promise will pro-vide a Chick-fil-A meal, games, entertainment and prizes. Boxes can be purchased at any area U-Haul or office supply store or ask for one from an area appliance retailer. We are asking participants to set a goal of collecting $100 in donations to participate. For registration and information, visit

Contact information
[email protected]