All That We Let In


By Rachel Gunter Shapard

In recent weeks, I have seen firsthand one way in which the winds of the Spirit are blowing in Jacksonville, Florida.

In a community on the north side of town that was hit by the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma eight months ago, an entire neighborhood is striving to get back into their homes that were flooded by waist-high water. Many of their belongings were destroyed except those stored up high in closets and upper cabinets. They lost most everything, including their privacy, for in order to remain in their homes, the drywall had to be stripped out at least two thirds of the way up to stop mold from making its home within their walls. The people who live on and around Ken Knight Drive have either left their uninhabitable homes to sleep on a family member’s or friend’s couch, or those who had nowhere…

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