Melissa Ross: Portraits of Hope

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The Jacksonville group Compassionate Families, Inc. is working with local artists on its "Portraits of Hope" project to reach out to those who’ve been affected by this area’s high homicide rate. Melissa Ross spoke with Jacklyn Overby, project coordinator with Compassionate Families, and portrait artist Kaytee Esser on First Coast Connect, after the jump.

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Starring Melissa Ross, Jacklyn Overby and Kaytee Esser
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About Portraits of Hope:
In 1995, Ed Massey and Bernie Massey founded Portraits of Hope, continuing their utilization of art and poignant visual imagery for large-scale projects of social consequence.
Developed initially for seriously ill and physically disabled children, the 501 (c)(3) program conceives and develops one-of-a-kind motivational art projects that merge the production of dynamic public art works with creative therapy for hospitalized children and civic education for students of all ages.

About Compassionate Families
Compassionate Families, Inc. (CFI), is a Northeast Florida 501(c)3, Non-Profit Organization, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, comprised of homicide survivors, formed to serve and assist those within our community, who have lost loved ones through a violent act, with immediate and long-term support, grief recovery assistance, and life rebuilding skills founded on a unique peer support and counseling program.

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Call: (904) 549-2937 (Note: This line is only active during the program, 9:00-10:00 a.m.)
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Melissa Ross photo by Toni Smailagic