ABOUT THREE GRAINSOF RICE MISSIONS

ED AND STACEY PEREZ

“I have never forgotten the painfulness of poverty, homelessness and violence I experienced as a young boy. I have also never forgotten the feeling of hope and peacefulness when “unexpected strangers” provided a helping hand that gave me the drive to carry on.” — Ed Perez, President, CEO

These words are the inspiration for creating Three Grains of Rice Missions. Ed and Stacey have always had a passion for helping those who have fallen upon hard times and are struggling to maintain their day-to-day life. After countless hours working in the community and going on many internal mission trips, we discovered there was a need for a different kind of community outreach and support.

We will create an army of “unexpected strangers” that will energize the hearts of those in need and provide them with that same hope and healing that Ed personally experienced.  We will reach out to the children experiencing homelessness or who are living in poverty and provide them with an opportunity to have the same experiences as other children.  We will help organizations caring for these individuals maintain their facilities so they can to continue to focus on providing recovery for those in their care. We are committed to sharing God’s love and mercy with everyone we encounter and leave them with a smile and a full heart.  We will build strong relationships with the homeless community, families in need, organizations that help those in need and individuals who want to reach out and serve.

OUR MISSION. OUR PASSION

Three Grains of Rice Missions is a 501(c)(3) corporation that was created in July 2016 by Ed and Stacey Perez to cultivate lifelong relationships between society and non-profit organizations by connecting people to volunteer opportunities. Our mission is to energize society to embrace social responsibility and personal accountability for the well-being of those in need. Our passion is ending homelessness, empowering women and nurturing our youth through awareness, volunteerism, education, personal interaction and the organization of projects and activities within our local community and abroad.

OUR FOUNDERS

ED PEREZ

President/CEO
We started Three Grains of Rice Missions because I have never forgotten the painfulness of poverty, homelessness and violence. I have also never forgotten the feeling of hope and peacefulness when unexpected strangers provided a helping hand that gave me the drive to carry on. Our goal is to create an army of “unexpected strangers” that will energize the hearts of those in need and provide them with that same hope and healing that I personally experienced.

STACEY PEREZ

Operations and Outreach
I made mistakes. I stumbled. I fell. More than once. My family was always there to pick me up, dust me off and get me back on my feet. I realized there are so many people going through tough times who don’t have anyone to turn to. We created Three Grains of Rice Missions with the purpose of gathering volunteers who share our passion and are willing to be that someone for those who have no one.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Debbie Bittner

Chair
AVP, CSX Corporation

A.J. Vaughn

Vice Chair
My purpose is to provide experiences, opportunities, and inspirations to others helping lead to their happiness and success in life.
Darren DeMatas

Darren DeMatas

Marketing
My mission is to help families break out of the cycle of poverty and violence through education and community outreach.

Mark Kuca, CPA

Treasurer
Mark is the owner and managing member of Safe Harbour Tax and Accounting Services. Mark is a licensed Florida CPA with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from UNF. He has held various accounting and finance roles with Ernst & Young, GE Capital and Bank of America.

Greg Toloczko

Secretary
My goal is to try and live Christ like with a servant heart. Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Signature Consultants

Jay Johnson

Director
Entrepreneur, CEO SlapDash Productions

Suzanne Egan

Director
CEO, PSO Solutions

Shannon Scott

Senior Director
CSX

Catherine Saenz

Director
Dr. Catherine Saenz is an Assistant Professor at Jacksonville University. She specializes and holds licenses/certifications in both exercise and nutrition and their role in supporting a healthy lifestyle

Advisory Board Members

Mac Heavener

President
Trinity Baptist College

Jerry Mallot

Retired President
JAXUSA

Damon Olinto

Division President and CEO
Synovus Bank