Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Community Notebook; Ministries Gains National Certification

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Community Notebook; Ministries Gains National Certification

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Byline: Sandy Strickland, Staff writer

Trinity Rescue Ministries has become one of 48 missions in the United States to be certified by the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions.

To attain certification, Trinity went through a self-study process that required a comprehensive examination of its facilities, operations, financial management, programs and staffing, said Karen Gaudry, Trinity's development director.

The mission had to demonstrate that it met or exceeded health and safety criteria established by the association. It also had to verify that it's adequately staffed, its financial affairs are in good order and its programs are well conceived and managed, Gaudry said.

Founded in 1913, the association's membership includes 300 Christian organizations. It provides leadership training, educational programs, an information network and resources to start new missions or expand existing programs.

The mission is a ministry of Trinity Baptist Church on Hammond Boulevard. Trinity has plans to build an emergency shelter for women and children adjacent to the men's center at 622 W. Union St.

-- Two Jacksonville-area residents took the unusual step of reaching a milestone together. Harold Green and Mike Booker donated their 50th gallon of blood to the Florida Georgia Blood Alliance at the same time last month, doing the honors at the Southside Donor Center, 8013 Beach Blvd.

Green, who lives in Bayard, and Booker, who lives in St. Johns County, have known each other only a few months. They met when both were donating one day and started talking about how they would soon reach the 50-gallon level, said John Helgren, the alliance's marketing and public relations coordinator.

Both donate every two weeks, saying they enjoy the time they spend at the Southside center and that staff members make them feel like they're family. Besides, they said, they are helping save lives.

In another irony, both began donating blood when they were in the Army, Green in 1963 and Booker in 1962. …

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