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We are undergoing an expansion!
We are expanding to the neighboring unit and please be patience with us at this time.
Hosted by: 6 Harmony Foundation
Location: 6323 US 301, Riverview FL 33578 (parking lot)
Point of Contact: Yvonne Shaw – 703-597-1325
All donors will receive a OneBlood Beach Towel and a $20 eGift Card! Plus, a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening!
*Gift items and card amounts are subject to change based on supply.
Appointment Link: https://donor.oneblood.
This month we celebrate Za’Quis from Charlotte, NC
We first met 5-year-old Za’Quis in 2017. His mother shared the story from just two years earlier when the agony of a sickle cell pain crisis required the toddler to receive a blood transfusion. Now 9 years old, Za’Quis remains superhero strong. He loves to play video games and basketball. He still loves fro-yo, and Bojangles makes his favorite chicken. Za’Quis and his family continue to give back to their community through Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency, and tirelessly raise awareness about sickle cell and the importance of blood donors for those battling the disease.
Watch his story HERE.
OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to more than 200 hospital partners and their patients throughout most of Florida, parts of Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina.
We distribute nearly one million blood products annually, employ more than 2,000 people, operate more than 80 donor centers and deploy nearly 200 of our signature Big Red Buses throughout our service area for blood drives.
OneBlood has multiple laboratories, manufacturing and distribution sites strategically located throughout our service area enabling quick response to hospital needs and availability of blood products.
Safety of the blood supply is OneBlood’s top priority. Every unit of blood undergoes more than a dozen tests to ensure it is safe for transfusion. Regardless of where the blood is donated in our service area, all blood samples are delivered via a OneBlood courier to Creative Testing Solutions (CTS), our state-of-the-art testing facility in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The blood center is heavily regulated by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We are required to follow all FDA rules and are subject to planned and unplanned inspections to ensure complete compliance.
Taking professional exams and certifications can be a stressful process, but one Riverview business is here to help.
Guided Life Education Center (GLEC) is an auxiliary unit within Guided Life Care Planning Services. It supports the organization’s strategic efforts to ensure candidates’ success by administering professional exams, certification, licensure exams, numerous agencies, businesses and institutions.
The organization believes in delivering quality and reliability through examinations and certifications that assure not only an individual’s growth but growth of an organization too by having and retaining such skilled employees. Candidates both student and professional alike may take advantage of GLEC’s 275 portfolios of exams.
“We are [an] authorized testing center for BeingCert, Certiport, Kryterion, National Center for Competency Testing and Pearson VUE,” said GLEC’s Anthony Toles Jr. “We are quickly approaching our 500th proctored examination since its inception back in July of 2020. This is big because we are touching the community candidates have traveled from all over Florida and tested with our center. We test all types of various disciplines, including, but not limited to, healthcare, real estate, business, information technology and law enforcement.”
Offering a variety of exams was something GLEC was compelled to do for the community.
“This was started during the pandemic and has helped people grow personally and professionally,” Toles said. “People have been forced to reinvent themselves and start over. We understand because my wife and I have pivoted as well. I hail from an I.T. background, and my wife social services. We are here to help and just want to get the word out.”
AJ84 Holdings is GLEC’s parent company, and through it GLEC was able to offer an abundance of different socially conscious services, such as care/case management, life care planning, vocational evaluations and notary services.
“With our work we utilize all forms of communication,” Toles said. “We also have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, 6 Harmony Foundation Inc., which is utilized for the populations most in need. All of our services work in harmony with one another. Test takers have utilized our notary service on the same day as testing, or we have been given referrals from every area. The foot traffic from one line of business flows into another. Through our connections with AJ84 Holdings and its affiliates, we are able to utilize our connections and resources with several community partners.”
Unity Week will take place November 16-19, 2020, and is a celebration of diversity, opportunity, equity, and collaboration among the leading business organizations that constitute the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC).
Join us for access to exclusive programming focused on building unprecedented success for diverse communities in the United States, and around the globe.
Najiyyah and I (Marc Davenport) launched Power Couples Magazine to feature real couples who understand that true power in relationships has more to do with commitment and virtue than it does status. While each couple is established in their own right they will each offer nuggets of wisdom by way of a brief quote. We invite you to join the movement and get connected. Like and follow the Power Couples Magazine Page on Facebook and on Instagram @powercouplesmagazine.
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Today's beautiful Power Couple hails from Apollo Beach, FL. Meet the Toles... Anthony Toles Jr and Jennifer Toles! Guided Life Care Planning Services www.guidedlifecare.com For more info on the magazine and our brands, we invite you to click on the link below to view the Magazine.
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We find the Empowered Women for our features in several ways. We often spot someone that catches our eye and reach out to her to see if she is open to an interview. Sometimes, someone will nominate a colleague or friend and we dig a little to find out more. Occasionally, a confident woman will reach out to us about herself, and well, you’ve got to love someone who believes in herself and her mission. This is the first time we have ever had a husband nominate his wife, who also happens to be his business partner. The admiration with which Anthony Toles made his case was genuine as he told us of how she is making “a lasting positive impact on our community and society at large” with what she is doing with their business Guided Life Care Planning Services. Well, Anthony. You had us at “very special lady.” We are suckers for love.
ON WHAT DRIVES HER
In order to get to the heart of Jennifer, you really have to go back to the beginning. There are several circumstances in her life that made Jenn feel she was destined to advocate for those in need. Jennifer, recounting how she feels blessed, “When I was born, I was born without knees. The doctor said I would never walk... I would be wheelchair bound for the rest of my life. My parents took me to our church, we were living in New York at the time, and the pastor prayed over my knees. A couple weeks later the doctor was like, ‘Whoa!’...” she slows down and her voice imitates disbelief... ’you’re growing knees! I’ve never... this is very odd! This is weird!’ So that was one thing where I was like, well,” and she straightens in her chair, and the light in her eyes showed me that she was repeating her deepest conviction, “I’ve been ordained to do something. But, we’ve all been ordained to do something.”
The other significant part of Jennifer’s life that influenced her to seek a career advocating for the disabled was watching her mother struggle with her health. She recounted how her mom slowly lost her eyesight due to diabetes. Over time she lost her ability to be a nurse. They finally found resources that taught her the skills to work with different assisted technologies, making it possible for her to learn another job. Unfortunately, she was only able to work for three years before other physical ailments made it impossible to work.
“My big thing was, well, if I can help someone else before this point, you know, before it got there, then that would be a blessing that I can do.”
To break down what Jennifer does for a career into layman's terms, she is a crusader for the people. She takes a look at a disabled patient’s medical history, treatment plan, finances and home environment and carefully helps them or their caregivers plan out their lives. When she was in the corporate setting she was advocating for patients, by working as a liaison between the medical, legal and insurance communities, and helped them navigate through all of the difficulties of life as a disabled citizen. She also conducts vocational evaluations for people that are disabled who think they can’t work for the rest of their lives. “I evaluate what they actually can do, encourage that, and rehabilitate them back to work.”
There really wasn’t any aspect of her corporate career that she didn’t have to overcome adversity. For starters, of the mere less than 600 life care planners in the US (according to the Commission of Healthcare Certification), very few of them are African American women. Jennifer recalled a time that she attended an industry conference. This conference was filled with about 1,000 industry professionals, ranging from life care planners to rehab professionals. There were exactly three other African American women in attendance, and Jennifer recounted how they gravitated toward each other and naturally ended up at the same table. The ladies were getting to know each other when a few of their white colleagues approached to chat. They asked if the ladies were related! She laughed when she told me of how the ladies gave each other the “culture look.”
Read the complete article HERE
Florida Women Magazine, Jen Wead
We are proud to announce that GLCPS will have a new office location in Apollo Beach,FL. Apollo Beach here we come!!!! Details will be available on all of our social media outlets and on our website. Stay tuned …
WHY JOIN US IN PORTLAND?
There is a plethora of learning opportunities for all members: young, wise, new, established, and moving on and networking time with exhibitors and sponsors.
We have developed the schedule to allow for networking, talking, introducing new people to others, gathering new information, seeking knowledge in your field and allowing for an environment to cultivate, bloom and flourish!!
FLOURISH through professional growth as you learn and grow with the IARP Annual Conference and IALCP Symposium. The planning committees have assembled a comprehensive program with attention to all interests for rehabilitation professionals.
BLOOM your business resources by visiting the exhibit hall and connecting with the exhibitors, presenters and other attendees. This year’s keynote will motivate you and get you CHARGED.
CULTIVATE your network of industry leaders and peers during multiple scheduled events as well as impromptu meet-ups.
The IARP Annual Conference and IALCP Symposium are great places to meet with other rehabilitation professionals.
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