SHINDIG: Celebrating 30 Years of Hope

October 6, 2022

Join us for the SHINDIG, celebrating 30 years of hope! Thursday, Oct 6, 2022.

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Thursday, October 6, 2022
6 to 9 PM
Brick & Beam
1101 North Main Street
Jacksonville, FL 32206

This year’s theme, Celebrating 30 Years of Hope, highlights the Sanctuary's thirtieth anniversary as an organization. We will be celebrating this milestone at Brick & Beam, a venue in the heart of Historic Springfield. Shindig offers a casual atmosphere for guests to catch up over food and drink provided by local businesses, participate in a silent auction, and learn about what has been happening at the Sanctuary over the past year, as well as what's to come. We hope to see you there!


Avondale 5K Classic


Thank you to all the runners, walkers, volunteers, and friends of the Sanctuary who came out to the Avondale 5K Classic on March 19th, 2022! We welcomed nearly 500 participants of all ages for the 5K and one-mile run, and raised over $20,000 to support our youth programs. Please check back for more information on the 2023 run.

Target Shopping Experience

 Target Shopping Experience

Wednesday, December 14, 2022. 3:00-5:00 PM.

Target at 6331 Roosevelt Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32244.

We are always looking for volunteer chaperones to walk Sanctuary students around Target for a holiday shopping experience.

This event is such a happy time for the children on 8th Street!

Please contact if you are interested in volunteering.

A donation of $100 will sponsor a child for this event. Donations of any amount can be made online or by check mailed to P.O. Box 3301, Jacksonville, FL, 32206.

Summer In Sanctuary

Join us at Shindig to benefit the Sanctuary on 8th Street

To benefit the Sanctuary on 8th Street
Written and Performed by Al Letson, Storyteller
Directed by Rob Urbinati
Music by Willie Evans Jr.

Summer in Sanctuary is a solo show by performance poet, playwright, actor and public radio host Al Letson. Letson chronicles his summer working as a creative writing teacher at the Sanctuary on 8th Street, a nonprofit serving children in Springfield. Funny, poignant and ultimately inspiring, Summer in Sanctuary will take you into the heart of a community and leave you with a better understanding of the world.
Told through monologue, poetry, song and sound-rich reporting, Summer in Sanctuary takes you beyond the statistics to reveal the unseen challenges and complexities facing students in underserved communities across the country.

About Al Letson
Al Letson is a playwright, performance poet, actor, public radio host and executive producer whose soul-stirring, interdisciplinary work has received national recognition and built a devoted fan base. In 2008, Letson created, hosted, and executive produced State of the Re:Union. The show received critical acclaim and numerous awards, including a Peabody Award (2014) and three consecutive National Edward R. Murrow Awards (2012, 2013, 2014). Letson later joined the Center for Investigative Reporting to help launch and host public radio’s first investigative journalism show, Reveal. The show’s pilot, “The VA’s Opiate Overload,” won a Peabody Award (2013).

A true renaissance man, Letson got his start on stage as a performance poet where he established himself in the Poetry Slam community. This background seamlessly weaves spoken word into the fabric of his theater work. His plays and poetry have been performed on stages and TV screens across the country.

While his interests are varied, they are all aspects of who Al Letson is — a storyteller.

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Save the Dates

October 6, 2022
Target Holiday Shopping
December 14, 2022

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in exploring sponsorship opportunities for any of our events, please reach out to Executive Director Rick Cartlidge,