Week of    
November 25
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.   "Wee Play", Bridges at Pahokee

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.   Community Voice: Lay Health Advisors Training, Bridges at Belle Glade

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   "Be-Mart- Got Benjamins, Bridges at Belle Glade

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.   "Gobbling Turkey", Bridges at Pahokee

Thursday, November 28, 2013 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.   New Birth Deliverance: Thanksgivings Celebration, New Birth Deliverance Church   


 From The Glades Initiative, Inc.


Our offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28th through Sunday, Dec. 1st.  We will re-open Monday, Dec. 2nd.  


We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving full of good cheer, delicious food, and the cherished company of family and friends.  


Warm Wishes,

The Team at the Glades Initiative, Inc.

Karis, Sandy, Carol, Marie, and Yasmin



Food, Relief Programs Focus of Hunger Forum  


As the kickoff to Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Nov. 16-24, the Palm Beach County Food Bank hosted a public forum Monday at the Cooperative Extension Service in West Palm Beach, on the status of hunger relief and improving food security in Palm Beach County. Presentations were made by a variety of service organizations, including Meals on Wheels, United Way of Palm Beach County and the Florida Department of Children and Families. Karis Engle, Executive Director of The Glades Initiative, makes a presentation on Glades food security strategy. (Jennifer Podis/The Palm Beach Post)




13th Annual Glades REACH Health Fair - Call for Volunteers


The Glades REACH health fair began 13 years ago to address healthcare disparities and access in our community.  Each year, hundreds of uninsured and under-insured children and families attend the REACH health fair to access quality health care and education at no cost. Medically trained interpreters are on site during the entire event to assist the many in our community with limited English skills.  Hundreds of service providers are available to educate residents about the local services available. The event will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the CL Brumback Health Center in Belle Glade.  Free lunch is provided to all attendees receiving medical services as well as volunteers. 



 Volunteer Assignments 


 Prior to Event: January 28 - January 31, 2014 

Distribution of flyers, posters throughout Glades neighborhoods where their is likely to be a large # of uninsured residents, Food Preparation the day before, making and seasoning chicken and vegetable kabobs, cutting fruit. Set-up of tables/chairs/tents at event site.


Day of Event: February 1, 2014

Photographer/ with assistant to ensure all photographed have signed releases, Runners to assist with directing patients to various locations, Directing vendors to their tables, Assist vendors with setting up their tables (some heavy lifting may be involved) bringing items from their cars to their table, Registration of vendors, attendees, volunteers, interpreters, Administrative work - making copies, etc. Parking lot assistance, 
Food BBQ and serving, Set-up and serving of breakfast for early volunteers, Preparing children's activities to entertain children who attend.


For more information about volunteering, please contact Milagros Rodriguez at  


View link for more details:




Bridges at Belle Glade 


Community Voices- Lay Health Advisors Training


Children's health issues are the focus for this event. Community Voices will provide information on the value, benefit and overall importance of prenatal care. 


WHEN: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

WHERE: Bridges at Belle Glade, 816 West Canal Street South, Belle Glade, Florida


"Be-Mart - Got Benjamins"


Got Benjamins? At least 50? Then come to Bridges to redeem them. The Be-Mart is open and the wheel is oiled and ready. Time to spin, the prizes are waiting!


WHEN: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

WHERE: Bridges at Belle Glade, 816 West Canal Street South, Belle Glade, Florida


For more information call: (561) 992-8210  


View link for more details:



Bridges at Pahokee


"Wee Play"

Find out ways to enhance your baby's learning experience at this special program for babies, active toddlers, and adult caregivers. Join us for this creative activity which focuses on developing early childhood skills and concepts in inviting and playful ways!!!

WHEN: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bridges at Pahokee, 170 S. Barfield Hwy. #102, Pahokee 
"Gobbling Turkey"

Welcome parents and children to Gobbling Turkey time! This is an opportunity to explore colors, shapes, and textures of food. We will make a turkey from an apple that can be used for holiday decoration and a yummy treat. Join the fun!

WHEN: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bridges at Pahokee, 170 S. Barfield Hwy. #102 

For more information and to register call Bridges at Pahokee: (561)924-9224 




Join New Birth Deliverance Baptist Church For a Celebration  


Please come out on Thanksgiving Morning and celebrate with us as we give thanks to our Lord and S

avior Jesus Christ for all He has done for us and continue to do.

WHEN: Thursday, November 28, 2013 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: New Birth Deliverance Baptist Church, 1650 South Main Street (across from ice house), Belle Glade

For more information contact New Birth Deliverance Baptist Church: (561) 261-2300  


Lighthouse Café Ditty Bags

The Lighthouse Café is asking for your help to meet the needs of our neighbors in the Glades. The Lighthouse Café is an
 interdenominational non-profit organization that provides those in need a hot nourishing meal Monday through Friday. Every year for the past five years we have provided Ditty Bags which are passed out during the Holiday season for those less fortunate. We are asking for your help this year to fill the ditty bags. Ditty bags are needed throughout the year. Items needed, Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo,  shaving cream, etc. You may drop off your items or donations at Community United Methodist Church, 401 SW 1st Street, Belle Glade between now and December 12. Please call Martha Lynn Weeks at 561-996-9020 or Mayra at the church office at 561-996-5568 and we will make arrangements to pick up your items or donations.

ChildNet Resource Expo-West County Behavior Health Service  
Child welfare judges, Attorneys, Guardian ad Litems, dependency case mangers and other stakeholders will learn about services provide by behavior health agencies located or operating in Belle Glade, South Bay, and Pahokee. Exhibitors must pre-register by Monday, December 2, 2013
WHEN: Monday, December 9, 2013 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Title 1 Migrant Education Center West Tech, 2625  N.W. 16th Street, Belle Glade
For more information contact Gillain Moxey: (561) 352-2500 ext. 2459 or
Starting a Business FREE Workshop


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, December 18, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


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


View link for more details and other workshop:  



Pahokee Christmas Parade


Join the City of Pahokee for their Christmas Parade held on Monday, December 9, 2013 starting line-up at 6 pm in front of the Pahokee High School. For an entry form or any questions please call the Pahokee Chamber of Commerce 561-924-5579 or email us at  



City of Pahokee Youth Intramural Basketball League &Fashion Show


City of Pahokee Fashion Show


The city needs you to come and show the City of Pahokee just how talented you are!! Come sign up to be a model and/or perform in the 2014 City of Pahokee Fashion Show. December 1-31, 2014 for entry form and more information visit the City of Pahokee Parks and Recreation Department or (561) 924-2972


WHEN: Friday, February 21, 2014 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Parks and Recreation Gymnasium, 360 E Main Street, Pahokee


City of Pahokee's Co-ed Youth Intramural Basketball League


It's that time again for the Youth Intramural Basketball League ages:6-13 registration fee: $30.00 (all fees must be paid p



WHEN: (Camp) Monday, December 9-12, 2013

WHERE: Parks and Recreation Gymnasium, 360 E. Main Street, Pahokee


View link for more details on both events:



Thanksgiving Closings for Palm Beach County Libraries



All Palm Beach County Library System locations will close at 5:00 pm on Wed, Nov 27 and remain closed on Thu, Nov 28 & Fri, Nov 29, for Thanksgiving.


Job Opportunities


Inter-Agency Network December Holiday Luncheon


It's time for our Inter-Agency Network December Holiday Luncheon. The Inter-Agency Network is one of Palm Beach County's oldest "community-wide" networking groups...everyone is welcome. Learn about important resources and events.  Please help support this meeting! We can order any item from menu and will pay individually with separate checks.  IAN will be providing desert. Please bring an unwrapped toy, game, craft or art supplies for school age child. To benefit the School District's H.E.A.R.T. program for homeless families and foster kids. (Don't forget the older kids)


WHEN: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


WHERE: Rosalita's Tex-Mex, 949 South Congress Ave, Atlantis


For more information and to RSVP Call: (561) 383-1149 or


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Training On The Upcoming Tax Year 2013

You can survive Tax Season 2013 with a little help from your friends from the IRS Prosperity Centers and United Way of Palm Beach County.  Learn how ... You CAN Get Your Taxes Done FREE and Honestly at a VITA Site, You CAN Avoid Falling Prey to the Predatory Tax Preparers, You and Your Children CAN Avoid Identity Theft, Our Guest Speaker from the IRS, Will update you on Tax Credits and Tax Pitfalls for this 2013 TAX SEASON  AVOID TAX-TIME STRESS - COME TO THIS MEETING! RSVP is Required - ONLY 70 Seats Available Sorry no children under 12.


WHEN:  Wednesday, December 4, 2013 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 


WHERE:  The Prospect Place Building, 3111 South Dixie Highway Suite 229A,  West Palm Beach


View link for flyer:


For more information and to RSVP call: (561) 996-2479 or  



Palm Beach County Business Leadership Network Seminar


Come join us at The Children Service Council for a Business Leadership Network Seminar, Breakfast included at no cost. Presentation: Workforce Alliance Business Services: From A to Z Learn all the resources & supports available through Workforce Alliance in adding people with disabilities to your workforce.  


WHEN: Thursday, December 12, 2013 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


WHERE: Children's Services Council, 2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach


For more information contact Ellen Feir: 561-966-4288 ext. 101 or


View link for more details:



Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy~ MAGI: Change to Medicaid Eligibility & What It Means for Florida


Starting January 2014, Florida will begin using the concept of Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) when determining eligibility for its Medicaid and CHIP programs. More than just a number, MAGI is a new method for counting and calculating income under the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, MAGI will provide a basis for aligning, simplifying and streamlining eligibility across Medicaid, CHIP, and the Premium Tax Credits and Cost-Sharing Reductions available through the new Health Insurance Marketplace.


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Florida Women Business Center: Upcoming Events



Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin County: News



211 Regional County Snapshot Report



American Health News and Wellness Report Newsletter: November  2013



Primetime Afterschool Resource ~ Friday Forecast November 25, 2013


Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) Weekly News Digest November 20, 2013

Previous Postings
Glades REACH Health Fair Planning Meeting


The Glades REACH health fair began 13 years ago to address healthcare disparities and access in our community.  Each year, hundreds of uninsured and underinsured children and families attend the REACH health fair to access quality health care and education at no cost.  They have medically trained interpreters on site during the entire event to assist the many in our community with limited English skills.  This project features approximately 100 service providers to educate residents about the local services available to them.  The event will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the CL Brumback Health Center in Belle Glade.  Typically, free lunch is offered to all attendees as well as volunteers. Please Come.  We need all the help we can get in planning this worthwhile community event. 


WHEN: Thursday, December 12, 2013  9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

             Thursday, January 2, 2014   9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

             Thursday, January 9, 2014  9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


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


For more details, contact Carol Rodriguez: (561)996-3310 or  

American Legion Chili Cook-Off/Christmas Tree Contest


American Legion Christmas Tree Decorating Contest


The American Legion would like all of you to attend our 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off & Christmas Decorating Contest. Get those decorations ready, the time has come for the 1st annual American Legion Christmas Tree Decorating Contest. (Proceeds to support Veterans and local charities) Spots are going quickly..... Enter today!! The judging to be held day of event "Best Overall" & "Most Original" Prizes & Trophies to be awarded and of course bragging rights entry deadline Wednesday, December 11, 2013


WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2013 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


WHERE: American Legion Everglades Post 20 Belle Glade, 101 SE Avenue D, Belle Glade


View link for more details and entry form:

View link for Chili Cook-Off flyer:   

View link for Chili Cook-Off Rules:



For more information contact American Legion Everglade Post 20: (561) 257-9395 or  



McClure Village - New and Improved Thanks to Infusion of Federal Funds  


New requirements for driver licenses, ID cards kick in Dec. 1, 2014  


Job Opportunities


Feeding South Florida ~ Grant Writer:  

JM Family Enterprises ~ Corporate Philanthropy Coordinator:  

Broward Education Foundation~ President/CEO:

Broward Meals-On-Wheels~ Director of Community Relations:




The Glades Initiative, Inc. offers Medical Interpreting Courses


We are looking for bilingual people who are between the ages of 18 and 24 or unemployed and want to become medical interpreters. We pay for your training if you qualify for scholarship.  As a trained interpreter you can qualify to apply for available interpreting jobs. This is a 40-hour basic training for bi-lingual  individuals interested in medical or community Interpreting Topics covered include consecutive interpretation, specialized terminology; such as Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology; Common Medical Problems; Code of Ethics; Multicultural Awareness; Interpreter skill development. 


Cost: $400.00 if not eligible for scholarship, For more information Contact: Karis Engle,  Phone: 561.996.3310


WHEN:   December 23, 24, 26, 27 and 28, 2013 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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


Click here for MIT Application Dec. 23-28, 2013


Click here for Scholarship Application Dec. 23-28, 2013



WHEN: December 30, 31, 2013 & Jan. 2, 3, & 4, 2014  9:00 am - 4:30 pm

WHERE: The United Way of PBC, 2600 Quantum Blvd., Boynton Beach


Click here MIT Course Application Dec. 30-31, Jan. 2-4, 2014 


Click here for Scholarship Application Dec. 30-31 Jan. 2-4 


Click on flyers below for more details:






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.


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



Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Volunteer Recruitment


This is our eleventh year of providing free tax preparation service to the residents of our community.  The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in Palm Beach County has gained national attention because it helps families to achieve financial stability and self-sufficiency and last year we were able to serve more than 8,600 individuals and families in Palm Beach County.  This effort generated over $14 million in tax refunds, with $5.4 million in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), our main focus area.


Help Thousands Receive the Money They've Earned! -  United Way of Palm Beach County is looking for volunteers to work  a minimum of four hours per week at our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites located throughout the county  during the tax season January 21 - April 15, 2014 .  VITA sites are staffed with IRS Certified VITA Volunteer Preparers and offer free tax preparation for those who earn $52,000 or less a year.


There are several training sessions planned for December and early January.  If you know anyone who would like to become a volunteer, please contact Donna Pulda, United Way of Palm Beach County at (561) 375-6621 or visit United Way of Palm Beach County's Web site at   



View link for flyer:

View link for Volunteer Form:

View link for VITA schedule:



Community Foundation of PBC and Martin County ~ Grant seeker  Orientation


Please join us for our Grant seeker Orientation Learn about: The work of the Community Foundation, Types of grants we offer, how grant decisions are made, and more. We are excited to share so many new opportunities! As a partner in local efforts to support our region, the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties continually strives to be an engaged, effective and efficient grantmaker.  We are pleased to offer our Grantseeker Orientations for any nonprofit interested in learning about available funding streams. It's also a great opportunity for applicants to ask questions of our community investment team and network with other nonprofit organizations. For your convenience, we are hosting three sessions throughout the region. We encourage all nonprofits to attend one of the sessions.



WHEN: Tuesday, December 3,4, or 5, 2013 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Location Varies


View link for more details and how to register:   



Florida Rural Health Association: The Rural Health Advocate Legislative Update



Primetime Afterschool Resource ~ Friday Forecast November 15, 2013



Food  Research and Action Center (FRAC) Weekly News Digest - Issue #42, November 13, 2013  



Health & Human Services Coalition of Palm Beach County: Advocacy Training  Workshop Change of Date and Venue


You are cordially invited to the Health & Human Services Coalition of Palm Beach County Advocacy Initiative Legislative Summit.


WHEN: Monday, December 16, 2013 8:00 a.m.


WHERE: Hanley Resource Center Auditorium, 933 45th Street West Palm Beach,


To reserve your space for the Legislative Summit call: (561) 383-5731 or  Or via the Coalition's website


View link for more details:




Publix Thanksgiving Food For Sharing Program


Today marks the kick off of the Publix Thanksgiving Food for Sharing Program!  From November 7-27th Publix shoppers can help feed hungry children and families with the purchase of a Thanksgiving recipe card. A cashier will scan your card and you will receive a FREE limited edition Publix Food for Sharing reusable bag. ALL of the ingredients you purchase will be donated to the Palm Beach County Food Bank!


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Food Action and Research Center (FRAC): Weekly News Digest - November 6



2014 African-American Achievers Awards


Five extraordinary individuals will be recognized at the 22nd annual African-American Achievers awards ceremony. Presented by JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus, more than 1,000 guests are expected to attend the event at the Broward County Convention Center. Established in 1992 by the late Jim Moran, automotive legend and founder of JM Family Enterprises, Southeast Toyota Distributors and JM Lexus, the African-American Achievers awards continues his vision to recognize those who unselfishly invest their time and talents toward building a stronger South Florida community.


WHEN: Wednesday, April 19, 2013 6:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


WHERE: Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd.,  Fort Lauderdale


View link for more information:



2014 Giraffe Awards - Call for Nominations


Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Giraffe Award, given by the Women's Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County. The Giraffe Award will be presented in March of 2014 during Women's History Month. These awards are given annually to honor women who have "Stuck Their Necks Out" by taking risks, applying initiative, dedication and perseverance, thereby making a difference for other women in the workplace and in the community.  Our goal is to gather nominations for the most qualified women in Palm Beach County.  As a recipient of this letter, you have a unique vantage point from which to identify and recommend these extraordinary women. If you know an outstanding woman whom you would like to see recognized for her leadership, please submit her name for nomination by completing the attached form.

Please think of all the women in your network and consider whom you would like to nominate. Please don't feel you have to stop at one nomination! We'll gladly accept all you submit for consideration. Nominations must be received no later than Wednesday, January 22, 2013 to the Women's Chamber of Commerce office listed on the form. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. Thank you in advance for your help in identifying and honoring outstanding women in our community.



View link for more details and nomination form:  




Sensory Integration Workshop for Pediatric Professionals 


Join us for a dynamic, day-long workshop focused on understanding sensory integration issues in children! Presented by Dr. Pilar Saa, OTD, OT/. Sensory Integration: Implications for the Well-Being of Children and Their Families will focus on the theory of sensory integration and the impact of sensory issues on a child's life. Dr. Saa will go over the function and dysfunction continuum and participants will learn when to refer clients and specific strategies to use in order to promote the best performance, engagement, and participation from children.


WHEN: Friday January 31, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


WHERE: Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County, 2300 High Ridge Rd, Boynton Beach


For more information Crystal Nasser: (561) 244-9499 or


View link for more details and how to register:



Palm Beach County Medical Society 2013 Excellence in Medicine Award


The PBCMS Excellence in Medicine Award, the highest honor awarded by the Society, recognizes Palm Beach County Medical Society members whose lives encompass the true spirit of being a physician. The award will be presented to a physician who exemplifies the highest values of altruism, compassion, leadership and dedication to patient care.  The Honoree will be inducted into the PBCMS Hall of Fame. The award will be presented at the PBCMS Installation Gala, That 70's Gala on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at The Kravis Center Cohen Pavilion. PROPOSED CITATION: Summarize in your own words the specific achievement or contribution which inspired the nomination.  Limit is 80 words. BACKGROUND: Succinctly describe the reason for the nomination, including dates and significance of relevant accomplishments, use complete sentences without abbreviations.  Limit is 300 words. Additional biographical material may be attached but is limited to 3 typed pages.


View link for nomination form:  


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.                                                                                                



Posting Information to Our Eblast & Volunteer Opportunities

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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