VIDEO: Humanitarian Pastor Jarvis Wash of R.E.A.L. Church Has Passion For Protecting Families

By  //  July 8, 2017

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Nominations are now open for 2017

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Pastor Jarvis Wash was recognized as a 2016 Central Florida Humanitarian and has a passion for protecting families and at-risk youth and reducing crime in impoverished neighborhoods.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Nominations are now open for 2017 Central Florida Humanitarians. The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida. The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created eight years ago by Space Coast Daily to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world. FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make a nomination for the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Pastor Jarvis Wash knows from first-hand experience the temptations and dangers of life on the streets. His father was a pimp and his mother a prostitute. As a young man, he fell prey to violence.

“I got into a lot of trouble with gangs growing up in a broken home and I ended up in jail,” said Wash, founder of the R.E.A.L. Church at the Emma Jewel Charter Academy in Cocoa.

Wash was fortunate to find mentors who could pull him out of the abyss and has dedicated his life to helping the underrepresented and underserved with their struggles. He has a passion for protecting families and at-risk youth and reducing crime in impoverished neighborhoods.

In his journey, Wash has met much personal tragedy. During the time Wash worked as a youth minister for an Orlando church, his 19-year-old son, Brandon, was shot and killed when he stepped out of the Wash home to confront an assailant brandishing a gun at another individual.

Brandon’s younger sister, Demetria, was by her brother’s side when the murder happened.

“I was trying to save other youths, but I wasn’t able to save my son,” said Wash.

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The R.E.A.L. Church, which stands for Reaching, Equipping, Affecting Lives for Christ, is not just traditional church.

“Our doors and hearts are open to everyone, not just to those who go to church,” said Wash.

Wash is not content with just winning souls for Christ, but also wants to help anyone who seeks him to gain empowerment through education, jobs and better living conditions. Wash not only pastors the R.E.A.L. Church, but he also pastors the entire community.

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The R.E.A.L. Church, which stands for Reaching, Equipping, Affecting Lives for Christ, is not just traditional church. Through the R.E.A.L. Church, Jarvis Wash has launched initiatives such as the SPOT, or Special Place for Teens, where youth in crisis are provided a safe haven where they can be mentored, tutored and receive life skills training.

SPECIAL PLACE FOR TEENS

Through the R.E.A.L. Church, Wash has launched initiatives such as the SPOT, or Special Place for Teens, where youth in crisis are provided a safe haven where they can be mentored, tutored and receive life skills training.

On Friday nights during the summer, Wash scheduled special events at the Joe E. Lee Community Center, located at one of the county’s biggest pockets of poverty.

Dances and basketball tourneys, coupled with a hearty dinner, kept the kids on track and away from the streets. The program has evolved into an afternoon program that provides mentoring, tutoring in a home-away-from-home atmosphere. The program was replicated in September at Gardendale Elementary.

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Pastor Jarvis Wash knows from first-hand experience the temptations and dangers of life on the streets. His father was a pimp and his mother a prostitute. As a young man, he fell prey to violence.

He sits on boards that include Brevard Juvenile Re-entry, Youth Promise and “Stop the Killing and Start Living” movement in Cocoa and is a certified chaplain through the Department of Juvenile Justice and Goodwill Industries International.

The Central Florida Humanitarian honor is only one of many for Wash, who received the Criminal Justice Award from the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency and was one of the Four Under 40 Award honorees from LEAD Brevard.

Pastor Wash’s reach goes well beyond the scope of a couple of programs. He is a pre-and post HIV counselor who has formed partnerships with local doctors and local HIV and AIDS testing centers.

“We don’t want to be just a community, but rather, we want to be the church for the community,” he said.

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make a nomination for the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarians have been announced and include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities. Also announced today was the honoree for the Lifetime Achievement.

ABOVE: 2016 CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIANS. The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarians will once again include outstanding individuals and organizations from the medical, business, education and governmental communities.

Recognizing Outstanding Individuals & Organizations Who Dedicate Their Time, Talent and Treasure

CENTRAL FLORIDA, USA – Nominations are now open for 2017 Central Florida Humanitarians Awardees.

The Central Florida Humanitarian honorees will be recognized during a Gala event on Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards were created eight years ago by Space Coast Daily to recognize outstanding individuals and organizations that dedicate their time, talent or treasure to help people in need locally – and around the world.

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All Humanitarian alumni are presented a specially commissioned medallion.

TIME: In this category consider candidates who have selflessly and consistently devoted their time as volunteers at hospitals and nursing homes, in activities for the less fortunate and as organizers, administrators or operatives in the many other altruistic endeavors in our community.
TALENT: In this category give consideration to those who have volunteered their special talents and expertise to address specific circumstances in which the lives of those in need are improved.
TREASURE: The humanitarians in this category will include those who have generously shared their monetary good fortune and/or volunteered their time and efforts in fund raising for the advancement of a philanthropic cause.

All 2017 honorees will be featured in the Oct/Nov 2017 edition of Space Coast Daily magazine and online at SpaceCoastDaily.com.  The magazine will be available the first week of October in both print and digital editions, which will also be available on SpaceCoastDaily.com.

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2016 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Sponsors

ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS SELECTED TO BE HONORED in 2016 INCLUDED:

• 211 Brevard
• Advocates For Aging
• Rusty Buchanan
• Steve Bunker
• Cape Canaveral Ladies
• Stop the Bleed Team
• Junior League of South Brevard
• Space Coast Iceplex Disabled Sled Hockey
• AJ Hiers
• Sharon James
• Keep Brevard Beautiful
• Janet Marks
• Paws and Stripes College
• Port Canaveral Commission
• Col. Danny McKnight
• Rolling Readers Space Coast
• Leo Roselip
• Space Coast Health Foundation
• Space Coast Paratroopers
• Central Florida Animal Refuge
• BCSO Chief Deputy Doug Waller
• Jarvis Wash
• Dr. Carlos Woodward
• The 2016 Central Florida Humanitarian Lifetime Achievement honoree is Bernie Simpkins.

HONORING SELFLESS VOLUNTEERISM

As always, the Central Florida Humanitarian committee will also honor hospital and hospice volunteers from Health First Hospice, the Dr. Jey Pillai Center for Hospice Care at Wasdin Woods, VITAS, Hospice of St. Francis, Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital, Health First Viera Hospital, Health First Holmes Regional Medical Center, Health First Palm Bay Hospital, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Melbourne, Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge, the VA Clinic in Viera, and Sebastian River Medical Center. 

Dr. Jim Palermo

Dr. Jim Palermo

“Over the years, our editorial team has had the distinct honor and pleasure of identifying and featuring the many members of our community who give back so much and are dedicated to reaching out and helping others, here and throughout the world, in a multitude of ways,” said Space Coast Daily Editor-In-Chief Dr. Jim Palermo.

“For the eighth consecutive year, we will once again produce the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards Gala on the first Thursday of November. This year, more than 30 deserving humanitarians will be honored during the Gala.”

The Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will be part of Space Coast Saily Week, a comprehensive series of health, business and educational events produced by Space Coast Daily.

JOIN US FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL EVENING

This inspiring and compelling event is sponsored by SOAR, BioCellular Therapies, First Choice Medical Group, Clear Choice Health Care, Community Credit Union, Brevard Geriatrics, Dr. Mark Pinsky, Space Coast Daily magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com. Each honoree or organization will be presented the Central Florida Humanitarian Crystal Globe.

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“We would like to thank our long list of sponsors who support the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards and who make this wonderful event possible,” said Giles Malone, a partner with Space Coast Daily, which annually produce all the events of Space Coast Medicine Week.

COMPELLING MULTIMEDIA TRIBUTE VIDEOS & STORIES

Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily magazine and SpaceCoastDaily.com for exclusive and comprehensive multimedia coverage of each honoree as we present their compelling stories.

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Tom Palermo

“Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 2 to celebrate and be inspired by these incredible individuals and groups,” said Space Coast Daily President & Publisher Tom Palermo. 

“In the meantime, please click the link below that showcases the distinguished Central Florida Humanitarian Alumni.”

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CENTRAL FLORIDA HUMANITARIAN ALUMNI

FOR MORE INFORMATION or to make a nomination for the Central Florida Humanitarian Awards call 321-323-4460 or 321-615-8111 or e-mail Contact@SpaceCoastDaily.com

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ABOVE MAP: The 2017 Central Florida Humanitarian Awards will take place Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, located at 200 Rialto Place in Melbourne, Florida.


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