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Rethreaded founder Kristin Keen in the nonprofit's Barnett Street warehouse.
Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Aug. 3, 201612:00 PM EST

Nonprofit news: Rethreaded throwing a party for its fifth birthday

by: Max Marbut Associate Editor

Rethreaded will celebrate five years of service from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the nonprofit’s warehouse at 820 Barnett St.

The community is invited to celebrate helping the organization assist former victims of the sex trade for the past five years.

The event includes live music by Canary in the Coalmine and Tom & Natalie, food from What’s Smokin’ BBQ, beer from Engine 15 Brewing Co. and Bold City Brewery, iced coffee from Social Grounds and a wine tasting from Wine Decadence.

In addition, guests will get a sneak peek at the new fall product line.

Rethreaded started with a simple idea and passion from founder Kristin Keen.

Beginning by forming relationships with women on the street and those in prison, Keen knew the most critical need was for a safe, supportive work environment where they could earn money while learning a skill and healing.

Working with the City Rescue Mission, Rethreaded hired its first full-time worker in November 2012. It employs 10 survivors and plans to hire two more by January.

Rethreaded expanded its product offering and revenue strategy by launching a corporate gift line. “Gifts of Hope: Corporate Collection” includes sports towels, key fobs, lanyards and holiday ornaments.

To learn more, visit

Southeastern Grocers donating $2M to veterans

For the second consecutive year, Southeastern Grocers will donate more than $2 million to support veterans and service members.

The money comes through customer and vendor donations and all profits earned July 4 at Bi-Lo, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores.

This year, the grocer partnered with Hope For The Warriors, which is celebrating 10 years of service.

Since its inception, the national nonprofit has served about 10,000 people through programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources.

The organization’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 151 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors.

This year’s campaign represents the single largest donation Hope For The Warriors has received since it was founded in 2006 and will help serve more than 2,000 service members and their families.

For more information, visit

Chamber employees volunteer at Trinity

JAX Chamber employees volunteered last week at Trinity Rescue Mission’s Downtown facility as part of the organization's quarterly day of service.

Chamber staff worked on a variety of projects, including prepping and cooking the day’s meal that was served to men, women and children in the nonprofit’s programs.

Volunteers helped sort food donations and refurbished the computer and job resource lab with a fresh coat of paint.

They also organized clothing, housewares, toiletries and other donations to ensure the items would be ready to give to families in need served through the nonprofit’s programs.

Trinity Rescue Mission was started in 1962 as an outreach of the Trinity Baptist Church.

The organization operates a mission center, a women’s and children’s center, a men’s alcohol and drug recovery program facility in St. Johns County and housing properties for men transitioning out of homelessness and into the workforce.

Challenge grant for Volunteers in Medicine

Philanthropist Delores Barr Weaver awarded a $100,000 challenge grant for a new Volunteers in Medicine-Jacksonville program.

Funds generated from the grant will support the P.E.A.C.E. Project (Patient Education, Advocacy and Community Engagement).

The organization’s Downtown free clinic serves a culturally diverse population of patients, many of whom speak English as a second language.

The group’s board of directors saw a need for a more customized approach to patient education, acquisition and community engagement.

Volunteers in Medicine was founded in 2003. Its full service clinic sees patients five days a week, including Saturdays, and is funded by grants and private and individual donations. The clinic receives no federal funding.

It has more than 230 medical and non-clinical healthcare professionals who volunteer their time, which results in more than $1.2 million in free healthcare services provided to Jacksonville’s working, low-income uninsured people.

For more information, visit or call (904) 399-2766.

Realtors helping get students ready for school

Supporting Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry’s goal to ensure school-age children start the school year with a new backpack and the basics for classroom work and attire has been for many years an annual event for Ponte Vedra Beach-based Berry & Co. Real Estate.

Back to School with BEAM is Saturday at Beach Church in Jacksonville Beach.

Donations of clothing for students and school supplies also are collected at Berry & Co.’s office at The Shoppes of Ponte Vedra, near Underwood Jewelers and Talbot’s.

The power of a dime at Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market Jacksonville is partnering with Epic Animals Outreach for the quarterly Donate Your Dime Campaign, taking place through Sept. 26.

The initiative — which donates 10 cents per bag to customers who re-use their own shopping bags for their groceries — will benefit Epic Animals Outreach.

The group inspires compassion through humane education outreach, rescue and service to create a more compassionate world for people, animals and the environment.

Customers who participate have the choice to accept the 10 cents as a discount on their grocery bill or donate the cash to the nonprofit or to Whole Planet Foundation.

Epic Animals Outreach will use the donations to fund after-school programs, participation in classroom activities at public and private schools and summer camps, as well as free library educational events.

Programs include Kindness to Animals, Save Our Planet and Marine Life Awareness.

Donate Your Dime has been an ongoing initiative for Whole Foods Market Florida since 1997.

Nonprofits interested in partnering with Whole Foods Market for the initiative may submit applications online at

City Rescue Mission golf tournament Aug. 22

City Rescue Mission is hosting its eighth annual golf tournament Aug. 22 at Dye’s Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass.

The funds raised each year support services assisting homeless people in Northeast Florida.

In 2015, the mission served 252,104 meals, provided 85,297 bed nights, 1,481 free medical evaluations and 488 free dental services to its clients.

Registration is $2,000 per foursome and space is limited.  Call (904) 421-5183 or go to to register online.

JCCI wants to know what’s on your mind

Jacksonville Community Council Inc. is conducting an online “situation assessment” and is seeking input from the community.

The organization is beginning a comprehensive planning process and wants to know what people think Northeast Florida needs and what they think about JCCI, said President and CEO Clayton Davis.

The deadline to submit opinions is 5 p.m. Friday at

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and individual responses will remain confidential.

The information will be used to plan future studies by the organization, Davis said.

Annual book sale to benefit public library

Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library will host a book sale Aug. 26-28 at the group’s warehouse at the University Park Library at 3435 University Blvd. N., near Jacksonville University.

Shoppers can leave with a paper grocery bag full of books, CDs and DVDs for $15.

Those who purchase two bags can fill a third bag free, said Friends’ President Sylvia Wren.

Members of the organization will get first pick of the materials and a discount at a preview sale from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 26 when bags will cost $11.25. Those who buy one bag will get one free and new members may join the organization at the preview for $10.

The sale will be open to the public 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 27 and noon-5 p.m. Aug. 28.

Revenue will be used to enhance library programs. For more information, visit

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