Sulzbacher Village is a permanent low-income housing community dedicated to empowering women and families. Their focus extends beyond providing housing, as they also prioritize economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, and character and leadership development for their residents, ultimately guiding them towards self-sufficiency over time.
Sulzbacher Center, established in 1995, is the largest homeless provider in Northeast Florida. Annually, they offer over 70,000 nights of shelter, serve 472,000 healthy meals, and connect more than 7,000 individuals to crucial medical services. The operational costs for their multiple campuses can be substantial. By implementing energy-efficient technology, such as solar panels, Sulzbacher Village, their campus serving women and families, aims to not only sustain their facilities but also allocate additional funding directly to Sulzbacher's services for Jacksonville's homeless population.
Sulzbacher Village, which opened in 2018, encompasses various essential facilities, including a Pediatric Clinic, the Crawford Early Learning Center, a comprehensive Children's Program, and short-term Transitional Units. Recognized as a HUD EnVision Center in 2019, the Village serves as a community hub committed to helping individuals achieve self-sufficiency. The comprehensive programming offered by Sulzbacher Village contributed to its designation as an EnVision Center.
To support the community and maximize the abundant Florida sun, a 49.8 kW solar energy system will be installed at Sulzbacher Village. This solar power system will not only provide sustainable energy for the community's needs over the next 25 years but also harness the potential of the great Florida sun.
By embracing solar energy, Sulzbacher Village takes a significant step towards sustainability, cost reduction, and furthering their mission of empowering women and families in need. This solar project will not only benefit the residents of Sulzbacher Village but also inspire others to embrace renewable energy and make a positive impact on their communities.
Cindy Funkhouser, President, and CEO of Sulzbacher, expresses the significance of transitioning to energy efficiency, stating, "By adopting energy-efficient practices and harnessing the power of solar energy, we can redirect funds towards essential services like providing meals and healthcare to those in desperate need. Not only does this save money, but it also enables us to make a tangible difference in reducing our carbon footprint."
THANK YOU to individuals and organizations who have made contributions to help bring solar to Sulzbacher Village!
Special Thanks to....
Anonymous Donor, Abigail Newhouse, Adam & Kimberley Salem, Alain Valette, Brigid Warmerdam, Brion Hurley, David Ellis, Ellen Macneale, Emmett Miranker, Joshua Zelinsky, Kathryn Cryts, Krishnan Eswaran, Mark Berria, Mark Kozubal, Martin Griffith, MaryAnne McCartht, Michael Chejlava, Michael Kraft, Michelle Fong, Regina Trimble, Rich Marino, Sravant Lavu, Stacey Thornberry, Stephanie Flear, Thomas Welman.