National Health Corps Florida Blog

"As a first time disaster responder, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but I certainly wasn’t ready for the reality of the storms once we arrived to the Sunshine Acres Trailer Park (where most of the damage had taken place). Cars were overturned, trees were ripped out of the ground, and homes were destroyed. As I scanned my eyes over the rubble, I couldn’t help but wonder what went through the minds of the families that once lived here."
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"In October, the members of National Health Corps Florida welcomed Dustin Arceneaux as our new Program Director. It’s been several months since he’s stepped into the shoes left by former director Jennifer Larramore, so we decided to check in with Mr. Arceneaux and see how he is liking the new position."
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"Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy demonstrates the impact a single voice for justice can have in the lives of all that follow in their footsteps. We feel incredibly inspired to carry that legacy forward with our shared voices."
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"As a NHC Florida AmeriCorps member, I hope to reinforce these same ideas and values with every client I serve -- to provide them with motivation to return to school/work, to push them to follow through with helpful decision making strategies, and to assist them with securing both physical and mental health support."
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"We opened the day with a simple but powerful demonstration. As our workshop leader explained that approximately 1 in 5 children have mental health conditions that have a severe impact on their everyday life"
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"aside from the myriad sights, sounds, and smells of Jax, perhaps the best community I have found is among my fellow AmeriCorps members who have been experiencing the ins and outs of the city in different capacities and can share them with me. Having the AmeriFam here to take in this new city brings great comfort and loads of fun."
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"Miguel looked at us with so much appreciation in his eyes and kept saying, “You ladies are my angels. Do you use your angel wings to fly home at night? I really can’t even begin to thank you enough for everything you are doing!”
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"I am very proud to have the experience to serve at a host site like Barnabas as their National Health Corps AmeriCorps member. This service experience truly motivates me even more to pursue medicine so I can better serve those that need it most."
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