| Florida Times-Union
Irwin Wright once lived under Jacksonville’s Main Street bridge.
Now he works on top of the same bridge — working the controls of the lift span — and credits Jacksonville nonprofit Sulzbacher and its homelessness prevention programs for helping him find a new path.
“If not for Sulzbacher, I’d probably still be up under that bridge,” he said. “I’d lost all hope. I give thanks to them every day. … Sulzbacher has been like that bridge to me, [taking me] from being homeless to having independence.”
Wright’s story was one of the highlights for Sulzbacher’s annual Transformations fundraiser Wednesday, which also celebrated its 25th anniversary. Normally planned as a nighttime gala, the 2020 event was streamed at lunchtime Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic.
About $405,000 of the $425,000 fundraising goal had already been raised. An additional $20,597 was donated during the event.