March 15, 2021

Beaches Habitat and Oceanside Rotary Partner to Build Shelter for After School Program Students

Atlantic Beach, Florida: Beaches Habitat for Humanity and Oceanside Rotary have partnered to construct a covered shelter at the Jordan Community Center in Atlantic Beach. The Jordan Community Center is home to Beaches Habitat’s Education Program, where children of Beaches Habitat for Humanity homeowners and children within the surrounding community can participate in afterschool tutoring and mentorship. Community volunteers provide reading and mathematics tutoring to support instruction received during the regular school day.

Curtis Ford, President and CEO of Beaches Habitat and member of Oceanside Rotary, is leading the project. He said the shelter is a way to help the center and provide a service for the families in the area. The shelter will be used by students participating in programs at the Jordan Center and their families as a waiting area in inclement weather.

“The Jordan Center provides neighborhood children with a safe place to play, study and socialize. It’s a hub for local students and their families,” said Ford.

Oceanside Rotary was awarded a matching grant from Rotary District 6970 to fund the project. District grants are competitive and are awarded for short-term, smaller projects that directly benefit the community. Ford said there are two requirements for Rotary grants, and this project met both.

“First, Rotarians have to have an active role in the project. We don’t just make a donation and leave all the work for someone else,” he said. “Second, the project has to be sustainable. The shelter will continue to serve the community once Rotary’s work is done with minimal upkeep. We’re blessed to have a great partnership with the City of Atlantic Beach and their park service staff will take over regular maintenance.”

A construction crew from Beaches Habitat built the frame of the shelter with Rotarians painting and landscaping. Romano Brothers Roofing provided the shelter’s roof.


Mary Anne Christensen
(904) 595-5794

About Rotary Club of Jacksonville Oceanside
The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Oceanside Rotary Club of Jacksonville-Oceanside (“Oceanside Rotary”) engages in service projects throughout the Beaches communities. Projects are funded in large part by the club’s flag project and other fundraisers. Oceanside Rotary meets at the Jacksonville Beach Golf Club on Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. For more information about Oceanside Rotary and its projects, see

About Beaches Habitat for Humanity
Beaches Habitat for Humanity is your local Habitat, serving Eastern Duval County including the three Jacksonville Beaches communities. We work in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International towards our shared vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Beaches Habitat to build or improve a place they can call home. Beaches Habitat also offers educational programs to promote academic achievement and excellence among our homeowners and their families. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit

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