2012 Director’s Community Leadership Awards
The Jacksonville Division is pleased to honor Ju’Coby Pittman-Peele, chief executive officer and president of the Clara White Mission, as a recipient of the 2012 Director’s Community leadership Award.
For the past 18 years, Mrs. Pittman-Peele has worked as an advocate for Northwest Florida’s homeless, war veterans, youth, and low-income families. Under her leadership, the Clara White Mission raised enough funds to develop and implement a $2.1 million project that provides transitional housing, job training, a drop-in day center, a daily nutrition program, and athletic programs for inner city youth. In addition, she has developed a separate nonprofit organization for the Eartha M.M. White Historical Museum, which provides educational and historical resources for community use.
In April 2007, Mrs. Pittman-Peele initiated a partnership between the Clara White Mission and St. John’s Episcopal Church to open Clara’s at the Cathedral, a training café where students can enhance their work skills and prepare for a career in the hospitality industry. Mrs. Pittman-Peele is an active member of many organizations and community groups and was appointed by the governor to serve on the state’s homeless commission. She has received many honors for her work, including a Jessie Ball duPont Fund grant, the Leadership Jacksonville award, the JM Family African-American Achievers award, and the Woman of Influence award from the Jacksonville Business Journal.