Convo Around the Cove: Providing Shelter with The Vineyard

This month's episode explains Ordinance O-09-2020, which added Emergency Shelters to the City Land Development Code, and features Planning and Zoning Director Mike Daniels and special guests John Sanders and Joseph Smith of The Vineyard Transitional Center, and Pastor David Jackson of First UMC. All three play a role with The Vineyard, a community organization started by John Sanders to assist homeless families and individuals in Clay County. Sanders has been partnering with other local organizations and churches in Clay County to open a transitional shelter. Once he found a location for the center in Green Cove Springs, that's when he reached out to Planning and Zoning Director Mike Daniels to ask about zoning and use for that location. That discussion sparked the Emergency Shelter Ordinance, which was approved to be part of City Code by the City Council in mid-August. Listen to the episode for more details about this partnership and the organizations Sanders is bringing together for this transitional housing center in Green Cove Springs. For more information about The Vineyard or to donate, go to
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