Annual Appeal

Support Our Participants Like Jarrett!

Dear Friends,

As an organization that has focused on serving individuals with intellectual and developmental differences (IDD) for more than 70 years, we are dedicated to continuing efforts for better care, more skill-based programs, and community connection to enhance the lives of those we serve.

You may have heard about Pine Castle’s Pathways to Possibilities Campaign – a campaign in which Pine Castle embarked on a two-year journey to renovate every space on campus, develop new curriculum, launch the Pine Castle Academy, and make Pine Castle a debt-free agency. All of this was accomplished just a few weeks ago, and we couldn’t be more grateful! As we celebrate 70 years of service here in Northeast Florida, we are reminded that we can’t do it alone and must rely on the support from community-minded individuals like you.

For those of you that made a restricted gift towards our campaign, THANK YOU! I hope you will also consider an end-of-year gift to help Pine Castle with its operational needs. Typically, your holiday gifts help Pine Castle provide the best services and opportunities for individuals like Jarett, whom you’ll read about shortly. It’s because of loyal supporters like you that we can help Jarett on his journey to community employment and help him achieve his goals.

You Can Help Adults With IDD Reach Their Personal Goals.

Let us introduce you to Jarett. Jarett began attending Pine Castle about six years ago. Since then, he has learned how to obtain transportation, interview for jobs, cook, and many other things. The programs at Pine Castle have inspired him to be the best he can be. He learned about the Wood Shop from a friend and has received all the training he needs to be an excellent worker. He also works at Publix, where he was recognized for his hard work. In his own words, his job at Publix has “changed his life.” When not working, Jarett likes to shoot hoops on the basketball court with his friends from the Wood Shop. He hopes to someday be able to compete in a tournament, but in the meantime, he is happy to practice with his friends. The Special Olympics program at Pine Castle helps Jarett to learn teamwork and much more.

You Can Be Part of Jarett’s Support.

Jarett is one of 75 participants who are working to reach their employment goals through Pine Castle’s Pathway to Community Employment. He and many others have the opportunity to work with our Community Employment staff and receive services like resume writing; application; and interview support; workplace accessibility and adaptations; and on-the-job skills training with regular follow-up.

Your Support Is Vital to Helping Pine Castle Participants Like Jarett Achieve Their Career Goals.

As we enter the holiday season, we THANK YOU in advance for your generous support and trust. Without community members like YOU, our programs would not be possible, and participants like Jarett would not have access to the resources we offer to enrich their lives, reach their goals, and keep them independent. If you believe, as we do, that people with IDD should have the opportunity to pursue their own pathway to success, please support Pine Castle’s life-changing mission. Your financial investment is essential for us to continue to help Pine Castle participants learn, work, and connect.

How Can You Be Part of the Vision?

Your one-time or monthly gift to Pine Castle makes life-changing differences in the lives of adults with IDD. By committing to a monthly gift, you are providing Pine Castle with sustainable funding we can rely on to continue our pattern of innovation as we fulfill our mission. When we have regular, committed funds, we are better able to plan for our participants and ensure we are spending every dollar more effectively. This ensures we will be able to continue serving the Jacksonville community for years to come.


Your unrestricted gift to Pine Castle will support our mission and participants like Jarret. Impact examples include:

  • $10 per month – Provides life enrichment programs like Special Olympics
  • $25 per month – Provides opportunities to build community connections
  • $50 per month – Provides job readiness training

Will you take advantage of this great opportunity?

We look forward to seeing the amazing difference you can make by becoming a Friend of Pine Castle!

Monthly-Giving Benefits:

  • A hassle-free way to give. Your donation will occur automatically every month. You can change the amount or cancel your monthly gift at any time.
  • Friends of Pine Castle listing on our website.
  • Regular updates on the impact of your gift.
  • Invitation to an annual Friends of Pine Castle event.
  • You make an impact all year long.

Most gratefully,

Lori Ann Whittington

Lori Ann Whittington
Chief Executive Officer

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