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Clayton, Henry humanitarian honored

Eleyda Jones wins prestigious Trinity Award

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Bless God’s Children Ministry Founder and Executive Director, Eleyda Jones was one of the 11 winners honored with a Trinity Award. There were 28 non-profit organizations nominated to receive a Trinity Award.

Special Photo Bless God’s Children Ministry Founder and Executive Director, Eleyda Jones was one of the 11 winners honored with a Trinity Award. There were 28 non-profit organizations nominated to receive a Trinity Award.

McDONOUGH — The director of Bless God’s Children Ministry Inc., a non-profit organization serving Clayton and Henry counties, has won a Trinity Award.

The Trinity Award honors outstanding individual volunteers, along with the small non-profit organization itself, for “resilient work, passionate commitment, and dedicated service, within their respective community,” said Linda Horton, Executive Director of Trinity Awards.

“I was excited and honored to know that people could see what our public charity is offering and doing for the state of Georgia,” said Eleyda Jones, founder and Executive Director of Bless God’s Children Ministry Inc.

Jones said she learned in July, she was as a finalist in the Charity Award category of the 2012 Trinity Awards.

Jones and her ministry won the award for the numerous programs in the Southern Crescent community.

“The diverse areas Bless God’s Children’s Ministry reaches in the community is what made them stand out,” said Horton. “For example, they provide food, clothing, and paid utility bills for the less fortunate. They assist the elderly, veterans, and the homeless. They provide assistance for pregnant teens and their unborn children. They provide programs for fatherless youths, as well as offer activities for teens, that include young ladies of virtue, and young men of integrity.”

The 2012 Trinity Awards was held Aug. 19, at the Historic Academy of Medicine building, in downtown Atlanta.

“We had our guest to walk the red carpet at 5 p.m., followed by the award ceremony at 6 p.m.,” continued Horton. There were 11 winners out of 28 nominations for the non-profit organization 2012 Trinity Award.

“Our nomination committee is made up of five executive directors of other small non-profit organizations,” said Horton. “The committee read each nomination submission letter to determine the winners.”

Horton said she and her staff are preparing for the 2013 Trinity Awards.

“We consider all small non-profit organizations winners, because of what they do within their communities,” she added.

Jones said she is humbled by winning the Trinity Award.

“Honestly, I didn’t feel like I had done that much to deserve the award,” said Jones. “There are so many homeless people out there, single moms need money to keep their homes, and apartments for their children. They need jobs.”

She said she meets with different agencies, companies and retailers to obtain jobs, but she admits it is a daily struggle.

“Right now, I have several cases where my hands are tied,” explained Jones. “I do not have the finances or a building where I can feed people on a daily basis. Because, I know young people who have been release from foster care at 6:30 a.m., and have no place to go and no food to eat. I try to extend my hands to help, but still it is just not enough.”

Bless God’s Children Ministry Inc. is currently involved in building project fund-raiser designed to help the group purchase a building.

“We are unable to lease, or rent a building, right now, because we do not have the funds. We are a public charity, we depend completely on donations.”

Jones said her non-profit has a plan in place to maintain its overhead costs if they were to acquire a suitable building.

“I know if we have a building of our own, paid off in full, we could meet many of the needs of Henry and Clayton County families,” explained Jones. “We could feed more people if we had a building with a pantry. We need a building with enough room to store clothes for people who need them. We need the space to hold in between activities of our annual programs as well as office space.”

For more information or to make a donation to Bless God’s Children Ministry Inc., call (678) 604-0651 or visit www.blessgodschildren.org.

For more information visit www.nonprofittrinityaward.org.