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  The Many Caring People Newsletter


In This Issue:
Miami Fire Fighters Visit
HR "Open Desk"
Wellness Program
Nursing Update
Hurricane Preparedness
Community Drum
Braddock News - Sailing With Diamond
Raul's Farewell
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Volume III - July 2011

LLLP Get's a Visit From Miami Fire Fighters


In early June in honor of safety prevention week, the Life Long Learning Program received a visit from some real Miami Fire Fighters.  They came with all the bells and whistles for their presentation and some of our individuals even got some real hands on experience.  The fire fighters included in their presentation some basic fire safety tips, what to do in an emergency, and how fire fighters use their equipment and skills to fight fires.



Our individuals got quite a kick out of the event and enhanced their knowledge about community helpers in this exciting exercise. It is our hope to repeat this thrilling activity/theme again and perhaps include a presentation from the Miami Police Department next time around.  But all in all, it was a terrific assembly and worth repeating again.


"Open Desk" at MCPRS


The Human Resources Department held its first Open Desk Forum at all of the facilities on April 7th, 2011 during the first and second shifts. Employees were greeted by the HR Team and were encouraged to meet with the HR Director and voice their opinions and concerns confidentially.


For the most part the feedback received was very positive and we are working hard to make improvements where necessary. All of the information received was brought to the executive director who in conjunction with human resources and administrators/directors worked on a plan of action to address the concerns of the staff. The Open Desk Forums will be conducted periodically by the human resources department in order to maintain open lines of communication between employees and the organization.



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Weight Watchers At MCPRS

From Human Resources


On May 10th 2011, the Weight Watchers group ended the first 12 weeks and lost a total of 273 pounds. Our biggest loser Yader Flores shedding a total of 37lbs, made it so worthwhile and our weight loss just confirmed that we needed to go on with the program. Irene Kapur our mentor, states that she truly enjoys coming to our sessions due to the motivation and the encouragement we all give to each other. We couldn't have lost 273 pounds without being proactive, some exercise, change in lifestyle and motivation from our families.


Yader Flores states, "As a Weight Watcher program member, I want to say that the program is great. For me it has been a blessing especially when you do it at work. I know a lot of people think about the money, but it is worth it. I'm talking about my experience and you will love it as much as I do. I encourage all of you to take the next step. Now my life has changed completely.  I have more energy; and I guarantee you won't regret it".


Continuing to walk the talk is how we hope to inspire more employees to join us and take the plunge into achieving a healthier lifestyle.  Employees wishing to join should contact human resources for more information.


Yader Flores, Environmental Services Technician


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Nursing Department Update   


It is with great enthusiasm that I am pleased to announce the recently approved changes and promotions to the MCPRS nursing department.  I am certain that these changes and internal promotions will support the department's operations, strengthen and enhance the growth, standardization and quality of nursing care that MCPRS is accustomed to deliver to the individuals we serve.


Ms. Gertrudis Hong, RN, has been promoted to the ADON position.  Gertrudis' knowledge in the medical field and her nursing education has been an important factor of her successful career here at MCPRS.  Her dedication to the individuals we serve has been evident throughout her years of service in different positions and most recently, as the HCC for the NW 2nd St. facility, as well as to other facilities which she has covered throughout her extensive tenure as a Health Care Coordinator.      Read More 


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Hurricane Preparedness

Well, believe it or not hurricane season is here.  The 2011 hurricane season started June 1st and runs through November 30th, 2011.  AccuWeather Hurricane Center meteorologists and Hurricane forecaster Paul Pastelok are predicting an active season for 2011 with more impact on the U.S. coastline than last year.  The team is forecasting a total of 15 named tropical storms, eight of which will attain hurricane status and four of which will attain major hurricane status (Category 3 or higher).  In a normal year, there are 10 tropical storms, six of which become hurricanes and two of which become major hurricanes, or attain winds that exceed 110 mph.    Read More


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Community Drum


Like many other Cuban Americans, Carmen Velozo fled Cuba to meet up with her daughter, Josefa and son, Elio, after being released from jail due to her opposition to the communist regime.  She was held for six years of a thirty year sentence, but always kept her passion for fabrics and furniture.  When she finally arrived in Miami in February of 1973, she was able to open Granda Upholstery and followed her love of fabrics and furniture.  She became fascinated with different types of fabric, antique applications of cross-stitch and different kinds of leather. One day, she discovered some exceptional leather and put it aside to have a special outfit made for her.     Read More  


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Braddock News - Sailing With Diamonddiamond


Sailing.  Sounds exciting, fun, and relaxing, and living in Miami, one would think routine and commonplace.  But, it can be challenging for a person with a disability and surprisingly, is something that many Miami residents with developmental and physical disabilities have never experienced.  In April 2011, I had the opportunity to share this wonderful experience with Diamond Garland, a Braddock resident, her friend, Matthew Ryan, the nutritional therapist, Elaine Lanaris, and her husband.  This sailing activity took place at Shake-A-Leg in beautiful Coconut Grove.   Read More 


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Raul's Farewell


Please join the operations department in wishing Raul Mut, a happy and long retirement. Raul has been employed with Miami Cerebral Palsy since November 1, 2004 as a driver in the transportation department. We want to wish him the best of luck and thank him for 7 years of hard work and dedication.


Raul will be missed by all his peers, co-workers and the individuals we serve. The level of service that Raul provided cannot be duplicated. Raul was always a true professional whether it was coming in early for a medical appointment or staying late to help rescue a broken down van on the side of the road.


I would like everyone to join me in wishing Raul a happy and successful retirement. He will be missed by everyone but not forgotten.


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