by Shelby Durden
Jacksonville University Intern
Caitlan Chorbak is an Army veteran with a huge heart. Caitlan has a way of empowering and motivating others to do what they never before imagined. She found her passion working with the homeless of Jacksonville. With just a small team, she hits the streets multiple times a week to provide needed items, and helps them set long term goals to get into a more stable situation.
She also gives many hours to The Mission Continues to help with a variety of projects such as painting schools, building playgrounds, replacing fences, serving meals and mentoring veterans going through the transition process. The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life after the military to find purpose through civic action. They deploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their legacy will be one of leadership and service.
The Mission Continues has helped thousands of post-9/11 veterans reintegrate successfully by focusing their talents and energy on tackling challenges in their communities. The Jacksonville service platoon has spent many hours providing boots on the ground support for organizations across Jacksonville who may have a need but don’t always have the staff or volunteers to make it happen.
Last year Caitlan gave over 150 hours and provided meals and cold weather gear to the homeless, assisted homeless in coming off the streets, advocated for veterans benefits, built a fence at the Florida Baptist Children’s Home, slept in a cardboard box for homelessness awareness and led multiple homelessness forums. She has made a lasting impact on the lives of many people in our community. We are honored to have such an amazing volunteer working in our community!
HandsOn Jacksonville is hosting the Celebrate GOOD Festival on Sunday, April 17th from 2-6 at Friendship Fountain. Come out and celebrate Caitlan and other volunteers who are making a difference in our community. Register for your free admission at celebrategood.org.