Second Harvest Thanksgiving Food Drive

As Thanksgiving approaches, the Shepherd Agency has so much to be thankful for. We have quite literally moved up in Jacksonville. As you look out the window in our lobby, taking in the breathtaking view, it is sometimes hard to believe that within your sight, there are countless people going hungry. In 2010, Florida Hunger Data indicated that over 342,000 individuals are considered, “food insecure.” Meaning they face a daily struggle just to find enough food to eat and in some cases, provide for their families.

Yet, the sad truth is there is hunger right in our backyard. One easy way the Shepherd flock can help the hungry in our city is to donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank. The Gate Foundation has teamed up with Second Harvest, and conveniently set up collection boxes in the plaza-level garage walkway and in the hallway of the concourse, near the café.  This way you can easily drop off your contribution on the way into work.

Second Harvest of North Florida’s food donation goal for 2013 is 40 million pounds. Unfortunately, they’ve only collected 24 million pounds, slightly more than half their goal. The fastest growing class facing limited access to food, and federal or state assistance, is the working poor. In the 17 counties assisted by Second Harvest, 140,000 people are in this category. More than 40 percent have households with one or more adults working.

According to Second Harvest, the greatest need is for canned fruits, vegetables, meat, newborn baby diapers, dry rice and dry pasta.

 

Drop your donations in the Second Harvest box located in the hall on Concourse C, before the café.

Drop off your donations in the Second Harvest box located in the hall on Concourse C, before the café.

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Fond memories of Bishopgate

A lot of memories have been made here at Bishopgate. As we prepare to move on, we asked a few folks to share their fondest or favorite memory that occurred at 500 Bishopgate. If you’ve got a memory – good or bad – share it! Photos and videos are welcome!

Shiffy:
My favorite memory is the morning we found the Mercedes Benz in the St. Johns! We found out later that the owner was behind on his payments and tried to make it look like the car had been stolen and then driven into the river by crazed teenagers. Unfortunately for him, he did not realize the river was only 3 feet deep!

That's not a parking spot...

That’s not a parking spot…

Jay:
Mike Barile and I assembled all of the Ikea furniture in the beginning and through the years, and for one of our redesigns (in 2002! I just found my expense report) I built the Japanese-style frames that initially housed our file cabinet “archives” down in the middle section and now have been repurposed to dress up the Fiery/archive machine area upstairs. There were some late nights on all of those projects.

Jay's Expense Report

Jay’s Expense Report from 2002

What are your favorite memories about 500 Bishopgate Lane? Watch Jackie and Nancy tell theirs:

Discounts for Shepherd and more at University Athletic Club

The University Athletic Club in the Riverplace Tower offers more than the usual amenities and packages. During my personal tour, I found the equipment well kept, encountered friendly, approachable staff, and was impressed with the large number of available group exercise classes.

Located on Concourse C, adjacent to the cafeteria, in the rear of the building, the club is well lit, with natural sunlight and windows that offer a gorgeous view of the St. Johns River. Members have access to the locker room and towel and laundry service. While you work out, a staff member can wash, dry and return your clothes to your locker. Massages are reasonably priced, but you get a better deal when you buy a package. Sessions range from 30 minutes to one hour.

As a manager at the Brooks YMCA for more than two years, I’m pretty familiar with sports complexes, exercise programs and equipment. Although the University Athletic Club may not be as big as a YMCA, it’s packed with quality equipment and cardio machines. They even offer TRX suspension training, Zumba and boot camp style classes.  I was surprised to learn it offers 15 group exercise classes throughout the week that are included in your membership. Many health facilities charge extra for group fitness classes. There is a rotating, daily schedule of classes starting at 6:15a.m., Monday through Friday. They also offer spin classes, yoga and cardio driven, “wildcard” sessions. With the “wildcard” program, the instructor has the freedom to address class participants’ specific goals. Group exercise classes are small and intimate compared to other larger facilities, which makes for a more personal, helpful experience. For a class schedule, look below.

But the club’s best offering is the discount membership rate for Shepherd. Membership is normally $43 per month, plus a one-time $45 enrollment fee, but the club is offering Shepherdites a discounted monthly rate of $37 and waiving the sign-up fee. Such a deal! As a comparison, the Brooks YMCA offers a single adult membership for $63 dollars a month, with a $60 dollar sign-up fee. The discounts available could be the tipping point if you’re on the fence about spending extra money. There are even platters with fruit and snacks available to members to snack on while on site. All of these features add up to make for a wonderful workout experience.

If you have questions, I’ll be happy to answer them. Call me at 3172 or just stop by my desk in the PR area.

Fitness Center hours:  Mon. – Fri. 6am – 8pm

Fitness Classes 2013

Cable crossover, dip, pull up and chest fly machines. The chest fly equipment uses the air compression for resistance, that’s why there are no weights visible.

Cable crossover, dip, pull up and chest fly machines. The chest fly equipment uses the air compression for resistance, that’s why there are no weights visible.

These are the only machines that require you to rack your weights. Many of the other machines use air pressure machines to create resistance. All you have to do is dial in the weight you want and do your repetitions. No clinking plates!

These are the only machines that require you to rack your weights. Many of the other machines use air pressure machines to create resistance. All you have to do is dial in the weight you want and do your repetitions. No clinking plates!

Treadmills, ellipticals, high seated stationary bikes and TV setup. God forbid working out without watching television!

Treadmills, ellipticals, high seated stationary bikes and TV setup. God forbid working out without watching television!