Week of    
September 23, 
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week

Upcoming Events

Tuesday September 24, 2013 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.   Clinics Can Help Open House and Ribbon Cutting, Belle Glade

Tuesday September 24, 2013 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.   Crossroads Academy Open House and SAC, Crossroads Academy

Wednesday September, 25 2013 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.   Taste of Hispanic Food, Belle Glade Library 

Monday September 30, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Human Trafficking Training Open to All, The Glades Initiative




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




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



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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Crossroads Academy Open House and SAC


Crossroads Academy Open House and SAC


WHEN: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 


WHERE: Crossroads Academy Cafeteria, 225 NW 12 Dr.  Belle Glade




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 Salvation Army Is signing up Families for Christmas Assistance: Program ANGEL TREE
The Salvation Army Is signing up Families with children 12 and under for Christmas assistance through their program called ANGEL TREE. Applicants are LIMITED.  
WHEN: Tuesday, October 1-2, 2013   9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   
WHERE: Boys and Girl Club/Bill Bailey Community Center,1101 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,  Belle Glade


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



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



Elements of a Good Business Plan FREE Workshop


Every business should have a written business plan, but it is clear that most do not.  This lunchtime workshop will provide you with specific ideas as to how to develop your business plan and what it should contain. Bring your lunch and enjoy a productive hour.


WHEN: Wednesday October 16, 2013 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


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


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Palm Beach County Department  of Economic Sustainability: County Awards Federal HOME Funding to Rehab Covenant Villas in Belle Glade


First, there was Hurricane Wilma in 2005, and then the economic downturn -- two major factors in the gradual deterioration of apartments at Covenant Villas, a 144-unit rental apartment community in Belle Glade. But thanks to the recent award of $500,000 in federal funding by the Board of County Commissioners, major renovations can now get underway. The rehabilitation project was selected to receive U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development HOME Investment Partnerships Program loan financing through a competitive bid process issued by the Department of Economic Sustainability. Owner, manager and developer of the project is NOAH Development Corp., a nonprofit organization with a 25-year history of helping to provide decent, affordable rental homes to low-income residents of Belle Glade, including residents with special needs, farm workers, and the elderly.


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Palm Beach State College offers space for Classroom and Meetings


Do you need a classroom or meeting space in Belle Glade? Palm Beach State College can help.


For more information contact Heather Love: (561) 993-1126


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Belle Glade Personal Injury Law Firm Has Office Space for Rent


Established Belle Glade Personal Injury law firm has office space for rent in the firm's Downtown Belle Glade office which is centrally located on Main Street.  Full kitchen, bathroom, high speed internet, multi-car parking lot adjacent to the building, and use of copier/scanner. Looking for another attorney in non-PI practice to rent the space. Please email or call 561-533-7800 and ask for Shannon, if interested.



Family Central: Updates from Family Central



Job Opportunities


CPG (Glades Area):

Girl Scout of Southeast Florida ~ Development Manager, Area 1&2:

CROS Ministries ~ Pantry Manger:

Workforce Alliance(Job Opportunities):

America Cancer Society:

The Sun:





FREE Developmental Disabilities Screening at Vickers House South  
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


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


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The Palm Beach County Community Action Agency's  Advisory Board


 The Palm Beach County Community Action Agency's (CAA) mission is to remove barriers and create opportunities for low income individuals and families that will enable them to become more self-sufficient.


WHEN: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


WHERE: AUDIO Conference ONLY Call one of the following Numbers: USA Toll-Free: 888-270-9936 or USA Caller Paid/International Toll: 602-333-0032 When prompted enter ACCESS CODE: 4508509 #


For more information contact James Green:  or (561) 313-1146.

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


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Vickers House South Offering Computer Classes in Spanish


Want to learn how to use a computer to improve your workforce skills. Basic computer training in Spanish with software in English- The use of the mouse, the keyboard, basic typing on the computer, use of the internet, e-mail, introduction to Word and Excel, etc. No experience necessary.

Registration & Enrollment: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m. -11 a.m. classes are offered every Friday $40 for 8 week class


WHEN: Friday, September 27, 2013 - Friday, November 15, 2013


WHERE: Vickers House South, 3801 Georgia Avenue, West Palm Beach  


For more information contact the Vickers House South: (561) 804-4975


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2013 Palm Beach County College and Career Fair Orientation Meeting
This orientation meeting will prepare high school students and their parents to take full advantage of the Palm Beach County School District College/Career Fair in October. Volunteers translators in many language will be available to make communication as easy as possible for the entire family. Students and parents will have the opportunity to ask question that will make it easier for navigate the upcoming fair, and more.
WHEN: Saturday, September 28, 2013 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Vista Center, 2300 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach
For more information contact Robin Rance Hoffman: (561) 355-2209


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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Fall Health Fair/Festival  


True Fast Outreach ministries and The Department of Health-Palm Beach County is working together to host a Fall Health Fair/Festival event.  With a focus on prevention; our primary goal is to promote a healthy community and environment by assuring essential health and educational services are accessed. The theme is "Strengthening Communities by Strengthening People."  It will be a free event in addition to a fun way to bring health and educational awareness to the attention of our community residents.  The event will include a combination of activities, speakers, refreshments, incentives, entertainment, testing, wellness checks and a multitude of informational resources. For Agency/Vendor participation must fill out registration form and summit by Friday, October 11, 2013.


WHEN: Saturday, October 19, 2013 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


WHERE: True Fast Outreach Ministries, Inc. 638 6th Street, West Palm Beach


For more information contact Amy McDonald: (561)766-1490 or (561) 594-5689 


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Chain Reaction: Marketplace Awareness; Expansion Savings; Health Care Action; Hispanic Heritage Month




Primetime Afterschool Resources ~ Friday Forecast September 20, 2013




Previous Postings


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.  



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 12, 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.



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





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  



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




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


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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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Anyone wishing to add their local announcements or events is welcome to submit their information by Friday to be posted the following week. Please include a brief summary of the information to be posted with your contact name, phone number and/or flyer. If you want to submit a posting please email us at or (561) 996-3310.


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