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September 16, 
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week

Upcoming Events


Tuesday, September 17, 2013  9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Planned Approach To Community Health (PATCH), The Glades Initiative, Inc.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Glades Interagency Network (GIN) Meeting, Lutheran Service Center 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Starting A New Business Seminar, Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. Family Central Grand Opening, Family Central Office  

Saturday, September 21, 2013 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. A Night Out for The Soul, Clewiston

Monday, September 23, 2013 5:30 p.m.-7:00p.m. National Family Day- " A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children", Pahokee




Volunteers Needed to Help Teach the Cooking Matters Nutrition Education Classes in the Glades


The Glades Initiative, Inc. , along with our partners helping us to address food security in the Glades, will be implementing the Cooking Matters Nutrition Education program. This is a 6 week cooking class that teaches families how to prepare healthy meals on a low budget, helping families improve the way they shop, cook, and eat. The mission of the program is to empower families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals. The class can be offered to adults, families (parents with children), teens, children, and seniors.

We are looking at the possibility of offering our first 6 week course this October on Sunday's to a group of teens in Belle Glade. However, we are in need of volunteers to fill the following roles:

*Culinary Educators - experience in culinary arts preferred, but not required. 
*Nutrition Educators - experience in nutrition preferred, but not required.
*Class Assistants - to assist with class preparation, organizational skills required.

Volunteer time commitment for each course is two to three hours per week for six weeks.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Carol Rodriguez at the Glades Initiative, Inc. at
 or (561) 996-3310.

The Glades Initiative, Inc. is currently partnering with, the Arc of the Glades, Bridges of Pahokee, Bridges of Belle Glade, CROS Ministries, and FLIPANY to bring Cooking Matters to the Glades. If your organization would like to join this partnership, please contact Carol Rodriguez.  




Planned Approach To Community Health (PATCH)


The Glades PATCH is a program designed to help the community evaluate, plan and implement health education and disease prevention and intervention programs. PATCH helps promote the health of the community to include social, emotional and physical well-being of its citizens. PATCH is a partnership of concerned citizens and organizations. This partnership provides a forum for identifying health problems affecting the community and mobilizing the community to plan, conduct and evaluate intervention services.


WHEN: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 9:00a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


WHERE: Glades Initiative, Inc., 141 SE Ave. C, Belle Glade




Glades Interagency Network (GIN) Meeting



WHEN: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 11:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


WHERE: Lutheran Services Florida/PEPPI Head Start Program, 301 SW 8th Street, Belle Glade


For more information contact Autrie M. Williams at (561) 996-1718; Fax: (561) 996-0287




Starting A New Business  ~ FREE Seminar


It takes much more than a good idea and a desire to be your own boss to launch a successful business. This FREE seminar will talk about what's required to start a new business, outline the work that will be required, compare being an entrepreneur with working for others, and discuss some of the myths and rewards involved. It will help you decide if starting your own business is the right thing for you to do.


WHEN: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


WHERE: Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce, 540 South Main Street, Belle Glade


For information contact Jerry Steinberg: or (561) 833-1672


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Family Central Belle Glade Office Grand Opening


Join us for a grand opening in our Belle Glade Office enjoy complimentary food & refreshments, and activities for kids.


WHEN: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:00 p.m. -  4:00 p.m.


WHERE: Family Central, 401 SE 2nd Street, Belle Glade


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The Christian Supper Club presents: A Night Out for The Soul


This is a Christian dinner show which features entertainment to include a live band, ministries performing song, dance, rap, poetry and comedy with a delicious 3-course meal.  Featured entertainers: Comedian Davell Taylor of Los Angeles, California, poetry by Jasmine Green of Ft Myers, ministry in song by Joseph Lashley and Knavis Richardson of the Glades area, gospel rap by Aaron Brown Royal Palm Beach, praise dance by West Palm Beach's Reginald Valentine, door prizes and much more!! You don't want to miss this!! Tickets on sale now in advance for $20.00 and $25.00 at the door. 18yrs or older to attend, formal to semi formal attire.    


WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2013 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


WHERE: The Harlem Civic Center 7th St., Clewiston

For more information and to purchase ticket contact Angela Carroll-Mcleod: (863) 677-4638 or LaCara Carroll: (561) 983-3142


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Bridges at Pahokee


National Family Day - "A Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children"


Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your ChildrenTM is a national movement launched by CASA in 2001 to remind parents that frequent family Dinners Make A Difference! While there are no silver bullets - substance abuse can strike any family regardless of ethnicity, affluence, age or gender - the parental engagement fostered at the dinner table can be a simple, effective tool to help prevent substance abuse in kids. Join the PES Family, the Bridges team and our new parent coach who will give you some Triple P TIPS for handling "Dinner Time" Routines.


WHEN: Monday, September 23, 2013 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


WHERE: Pahokee Elementary School Café - 560 E. Main Place, Pahokee


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Taste of Hispanic Food


Latin American dishes are prepared with common foods. We invite you to learn about these foods. This workshop, from the PBC Cooperative Extension Service, will show the exotic fruits and vegetable use to prepare some dishes. There will be a healthy Hispanic food demonstration. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Preregister is required.  


 WHEN: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


WHERE: Belle Glade Library, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade


For more information and to register contact Belle Glade Library: (561) 996-3453 


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The Holy Land Experience


From the moment you pass through the gates of our walled city, you will be immersed in ancient Jerusalem. The structures and exhibits characterize the style, architecture, and settings that existed in the Holy Land 2000 years ago. The Garden Tomb, Qumran Dead Sea Caves, Great Temple and Plaza, Jerusalem Model, and Wilderness Tabernacle are all intricately detailed, both inside and out, to provide you with a clearer understanding of their biblical significance. Cost $65 include admission and transportation.


WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 2013 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

WHERE: Orlando


For more information contact Kevin Wright: (561) 261-0717



NewKita Group Thanks Everyone for Their Participation in the 4th Annual Walk For Change


NewKita Group cannot express how thankful we are for everyone that participated in the 4th Annual Walk for Change Event on 9/7/13. Everyone can make a difference! We are continuing to research and plan ways of how the Walk for Change can be a better event and reach more individuals.

NewKita Group and its partners served 168 children totaling 215 individuals overall. Many of the children and their families received FREE School uniforms, shoes, hygiene items, Food, school supplies, book bags and educational information. Walk for Change focus is Education, Job Creation, Crime Prevention, Health and Fitness, Economic Development and Bringing Communities Together. The 2013 "Making A Change" Award winner was Mrs. Estella Pyfrom of Belle Glade. Please click to learn more information about this Brilliant young lady who is making a change.





Center for Child Counseling Fall Workshop


Advanced Practice Play Therapy


This workshop is only for therapists who have completed our 78-hour comprehensive. Refine skills and take your play therapy practice to a higher level! Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding their cases or present a case of their own. 


WHEN: Friday, September 20, 2013 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


WHERE: Center for Child Counseling, 7731 N. Military Trail, Suite 4, Palm Beach Gardens


For more information contact Center for Child Counseling: (561) 244-9499


View link for more details and how to register:


United Way Live United T-Shirt Winner


Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's Traveling T-Shirts Contest.  We received more entries than ever before. This year's winner, Nikolas Mikhael, traveled 8,398 miles to Gunsan, North Jeolia, South Korea to help us spread the word - LIVE UNITED! 


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Free Webinars: Building Respectful School Climates


Making The Holocaust Relevant Through Visual History Testimony 


This webinar will examine how the medium of visual history testimony plays an important role in Holocaust education through an exploration of video clips from Echoes and Reflections, a multimedia Holocaust education program, and Witness, an educational website that compliments Echoes and Reflections with over 1,300 testimonies and interactive learning activities. Visual history testimony adds an essential human side to the study of the Holocaust and provides an opportunity for students to connect with survivors and other witnesses in a personal way.


WHERE: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 4:00 p.m.


The December Dilemma: Navigating Religious Holiday in The Public Schools


Every December, public school teachers, administrators, parents and students face the difficult task of acknowledging the various religious and secular holiday traditions celebrated during that time of year while balancing legal constraints with creating an environment that respects different points of view, religious beliefs and practices. Join us as we explore this issue further with legal and education experts who will provide a detailed analysis and practical strategies for your school.


WHEN: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 4:00 p.m.


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Dispelling the Myths About Non-Profit Organizations


Are you confused about the alphabet soup and sea of regulations surrounding non-profits?  Are you unsure about how to become a non-profit with 501c3, 501c4 or 501c6 status, or why you should choose one instead of the other?  This workshop will help you decide if your passion to get involved in an issue can be transformed into a non-profit that will contribute to the greater good of society, while also paying you a salary for your services.  You will also learn the proper role of non-profit Board members - which is a very important (and usually overlooked) piece of management.  It's not complicated, but it is precise and can be daunting.  Learn the tips to achieve your mission from an expert who has done it. $30.00 In advance, $50 at the door.


WHEN: Wednesday, October 20, 2013 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


WHERE: Keiser University, 2085 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach,


For more information contact Bob Bloom: or (561) 833-1672


View link for more details and how to register: 



Ethics and the New World Order: Culture, Compliance and the Bottom Line


Navigating the "new normal" can be challenging as technology, science, and globalism reshape our world at blinding speeds. Individuals, organizations and communities face an expanding "gray area" of complex ethical dilemmas to resolve, even as our understanding and laws lag behind.  Join us as we frame the global and local impact of ethics on culture, compliance, and the bottom line!


WHEN: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


WHERE: Public Safety Training Center Conference Room, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth Campus, 4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth


View link for more details and how to register:



Celebrate No Kids Hungry Month: Fight Hunger with your Fork


Need dinner plans this Sunday? Why not dine out for No Kid Hungry month and fight hunger with your fork? Now through the end of September, join thousands of other supporters by dining out for No Kid Hungry. It's a nationwide event where nearly 9,000 restaurants help raise funds to end childhood hunger in America.


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Primetime Afterschool Resources ~ Friday Forecast September 13, 2013



Keys Coalition Against Human Trafficking Newsletter



Our Healthy Policy Matters: Obama and Suicide


Previous Postings


Free Legal Service at The Glades Initiative, Inc.


If you are in need of free legal services for issues such as: child support, domestic violence, abuse of children/elders, immigration, fair housing, and other civil matters please call. By appointment only with Mr. Richard Abedon, Esq., Volunteer Attorney. GIlogo


WHEN: Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 S.E. Avenue C, Belle Glade


Please call for an appointment: 561-996-3310



Human Trafficking Training Open to All


This training is open to all interested residents and health and human service providers. The trainer is Patricia Vazquez, Criminal Justice Coordinator from the Florida Department of Children and Families.  Participants will learn how to identify human trafficking victims and what to do when you suspect someone is a victim.  Please register by contacting Sandy De Jean at the Glades Initiative at 561-996-3310 or


WHEN: Monday, September 30, 2013  9:00 a.m.  - 11:30 a.m.


WHERE:  The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade



Living Christmas Tree Rehearsals





WHEN: Saturdays, starting October 5, 2013 9:00 p.m.-12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Community United Methodist Church, 401 SW 1st St  Belle Glade, FL


 For more information contact the Dolly Hand Culture Art Center: (561) 996-1160



Job Opportunities


Workforce Alliance ~ Belle Glade:

The Sun:

Health Care District:

The Area Agency on Aging ~ Victim Advocate:

Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, Inc. ~PQI Monitor:

Young At Art Museum ~ Marketing Manager:




Clinics Can Help Open House and Ribbon Cutting


Clinics Can Help, with the assistance of the ARC of the Glades, has a new lending facility to help those who cannot afford durable medical equipment or supplies. The Lending Closet is the main program of Clinics Can Help. Clinics Can Help is a non-profit organization that is committed to helping the environment and healthcare by the efficient recovery and distribution of medical equipment and supplies to children and adults in need in Palm Beach County. 


WHEN: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.


WHERE: Clinics Can Help, 4250 NW 16th Street, Belle Glade


 For more information contact:  Maureen Huber or Owen O'Neill at 561-640-2995


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The Glades Initiative, Inc. Miami Dolphin Non Profit Day


2013 Miami Dolphins Non Profit Day, join the Miami Dolphins and Glades Initiative at Sun Life Stadium for Non Profit Day. Proceeds from each ticket sold will benefit The Glades Initiative, Inc. 


WHEN: Sunday October 20, 2013 1:00 p.m.


WHERE: Sin Life Stadium, 2269 NW 199th St. Miami Gardens


For more information contact Robert Horvitz: or (305) 943-1523



Volunteers Need for 2013 Angel Tree Registration at Salvation Army
Volunteers are needed to assist the clients in Belle Glade.  We especially need people who can assist us with Spanish and Creole speaking clients. If your are interested an volunteering contact Jennifer Amaro-Cruz or Stacy Pasnon with your name, phone number and which dates will you be available to volunteer.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 1-3, 2013   9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   
WHERE: Boys and Girl Club/Bill Bailey Community Center ,1101 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Belle Glade


For more information contact Jennifer Amaro-Cruz or Stacy Pasnon: (561) 686-3530 x 26266,






Human Trafficking Coalition of The Palm Beaches Presents Death By Chocolate


This event will features 3 fair-trade desserts and chocolate tasting. Freedom definitely tastes better! A screening of NOTFORSALE campaign's the Dark Side of Chocolate documentary will be shown and commentary will be provided by our guest speaker from NOTFORSALE campaign and the Human Trafficking Coalition of The Palm Beaches. Deadline for reservations and payments is Monday, September 23, 2013

WHEN: Saturday, September 28, 2013 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Journey House, 7648 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach
For more information contact Brandy Macaluso:
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The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness and The Recovery Village

Eating disorders very rarely occur on their own. The treatment team is often challenged with the questions:  where to begin, how to prioritize treatment focus, and which came first, the eating disorder or co-existing condition? What can you do to assist someone who seems to have two big issues yet only acknowledges one? What issues are most prevalent with eating disorder clients, and what are best clinical practices?


WHEN: Friday, September 27, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


WHERE: West Palm Beach Event Hall, 2223 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd #101 West Palm Beach


View link for more details and how to register:  



7th Annual Children's Day Luncheon

We are excited to announce Suzanne Boyd from CBS 12 will be our Mistress of Ceremony. Our 7th Annual Children's Day Luncheon. This year's keynote speaker is internationally-known author and child abuse prevention advocate, Gregg Milligan who will discuss his latest book, God Must Be Sleeping. In addition to an art show and musical performance by U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts, we will be presenting the Harriet Goldstein Award to Dena Foman, Esq. for making a difference in the lives of families in our community, and the Betty Bell Scholarship to a local student pursuing their masters in social work.


WHEN: Friday, October 4, 2013 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach


Youth Empowerment Luncheon
Join the Urban League of Palm Beach County NULITES, NextEra Energy and msnbc for the Youth Empowerment Luncheon featuring msnbc's Toure', co-host of "The Cycle" and Tamron Hall, host of "NewsNation".
WHEN: Friday, October 18, 2013 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Boulevard West Palm Beach
For more information contact Kate Alvarado: (561) 833-1461 ext. 3002 or
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Sustainable Authentic Florida Conference

The conference will bring together leaders from Greater Miami and throughout Florida to examine the work in preservation/conservation, arts and culture, green building/sustainability practices, economic development and quality of life.
WHEN: Wednesday,  October 23-25, 2013
WHERE: Miami Beach
For more information contact Denis Russ: (305) 672-4782 or


FREE Developmental Disabilities Screening at Vickers House South  
Community Developmental Screening Clinic do you have concerns about your child's development? We will conduct free developmental screening throughout our services area, which includes Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. This service is critical fro children and families experiencing developmental concerns because early screening leads to early diagnosis and early intervention.     
WHEN: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Vickers House South, 3801 Georgia Avenue West Palm Beach,
For more information and to schedule your child for s screening: (561) 804-4975


Expanded Learning Opportunities Kick-off


Prime Time Palm Beach County will host it next Afterschool Consortium event to introduce the 2013-2014 Expanded Learning Opportunity providers and their offerings to afterschool professionals in the area of Academics, Health & Wellness, Integrated Arts & Creativity, and positive youth development. This will be your first opportunity to select ELOs for your program! Light on Afterschool tool kits will be available, don't miss out!


WHEN: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


WHERE: Children's Service Council of Palm Beach County, 2300 High Ridge Road Boynton Beach, FL


For more information and to RSVP contact Paola Cedeno: (561) 732-8066 ext. 107   


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Communities Joined in Action: Accountable Health Communities Aligning & Implementing Healthcare Reform


Join communities joined in action for our 8th Annual  Accountable Health Communities Aligning & Implementing Healthcare Reform conference and Intensive Workshops featured speakers: Linwood Hollowell,  Kitty Hsu Dana, Kenneth Coburn, and more.



WHEN: Wednesday, October 16-18, 2013 


WHERE: Marriott Charlotte City Center, 100 W Trade St  Charlotte, North Carolina


For more information contact Lindy Vincent: (360) 489.0496


View link for more details and how to register:



An Overview of Income Withholding for Support presented by Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement


Join the educational session with Cindy Holdren, Senior Associate with Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. Participants will have an introduction to Income Withholding Order origins and procedures, best practices and will learn how to complete the Order efficiently and properly. There will also be a session for questions and comments on the new upcoming revised IWO. Training is free and space is limited, reserve your seat today!


WHEN: Thursday, October 24, 2013 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


WHERE: 15th Judicial Circuit Court, 205 N Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach


For more information and to RSVP contact Tart Kranz: (561) 355-1764 or


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If you would like to show your appreciation for the services of The Glades Initiative, Inc., please consider making a tax deductible donation. You can click on the link below or send a check made out to The Glades Initiative, Inc. to 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430. Thank you in advance.





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