JACKSONVILLE, FL. (EWU) – A health and well-being Company’s Florida team awarded Edward Waters University a $15,000 grant to help expand important resources and support community relationships in Jacksonville. 

Humana Healthy Horizons, the Medical business of leading health and well-being company Humana, awarded Edward Waters University’s Schell-Sweet Community Resource Center with this grant on Wednesday, March 1, 2022.

The company has collaborated with the community center for years and wants continue to support the programs offered by Schell-Sweet that benefit seniors in the Jacksonville area.

“Supporting organizations like Schell-Sweet that share our passion for taking care of a person’s overall mental and physical health, including social needs, are important to Humana Healthy Horizons,” said Jocelyn Chisholm Carter, J.D., Regional President-Florida Medicaid and Long Term Care at Humana. “We’re excited to help expand the important services the center provides to the area seniors.”  

The Schell-Sweet Community Resource Center, named after community activists Schell, a family physician, and educator William DeVaughn Sweet, opened in 1995 as a wellness center for seniors and has been an integral part of the Jacksonville community. From fitness classes, health screenings and services and a range of other activities, the community center has proven to be a source of support to many.

“This substantial donation from Humana Healthy Horizon will help support all the programs and services we offer at the center,” said Marie Heath, Center Director of the Schell-Sweet Community Resource Center.  “It will also help promote the remote learning program we’re developing. We will be able to purchase handheld devices to support our homebound seniors and use it for training in the virtual learning center.”

One member of the center, who has been attending for over a decade, said the funds will not only help the center and community, but will also help the members personally.

“The center has been very beneficial to me and my family over the years and this money will be able to help add more classes, more computers, and more trips for us. During this pandemic, many of us have had more health issues and had to stay home. The trips will be a great way for everyone to come out again and get back to doing things we were doing before,” said center member Caroline Sutton.

Officials at the center say the center is open to the community and they look forward to providing more resources and programs with the funds.


About Edward Waters University: Emerging Eminence

Edward Waters University is distinctively the state of Florida’s first independent institution of higher learning as well as Florida’s first institution established for the education of African-Americans. With a distinguished higher education lineage spanning over 150 years, EWU is primed to continue its Emerging Eminence as a premier urban, private, Christian, historically black, liberal arts university offering high quality degrees and preparing students holistically to advance in a global society through the provision of intellectually stimulating academic programs of study. The University offers a close-knit, collegial, intellectual community that draws students and scholars from around the world. For more information, visit www.ewc.edu.