Jacksonville’s Sulzbacher celebrates 25 years of helping homeless

Beth Reese Cravey
| 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.


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