Week of December 09, 2013     
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week

Thursday, December 12, 2013 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Glades REACH Health Fair Planning Meeting, The Glades Initiative,Inc.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.    Reindeer Hokey Pokey, Bridges at Belle Glade
Saturday, December 14, 2013 7:00 a.m. - until           Girls Scouts Yard Sale, Belle Glade
Saturday, December 14, 2013 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.    "Cookies Galore", Pahokee Library
Saturday, December 14, 2013 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.   American Legion Chili Cook-Off/Christmas Tree Contest, American Legion Everglades 
Monday, December 16, 2013   2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   "Tis the Season for Family " Holiday Gift", Florida Comm. Health Ctr Pahokee 


Join the Glades Initiative, Inc. For their Holiday Potluck 


Join The Glades Initiative for their Holiday potluck and bring your favorite dish. Come mingle and have fun! Following our tradition, we'll be doing a gift exchange. If you would like to participate, Please bring a $10 value gift suitable for a male or female. RSVP by Tuesday, December 17, 2013 


WHEN: Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 


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


For more information and to RSVP contact Sandy: (561) 996-3310 or sdejean@gladesinitiative.org


View link for flyerhttp://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.09.13/GIHolidayPotluck.pdf



Notice of The Glades Initiative Office Holiday Closure   


 Please make a note that: 


        In observance of the Holidays, The Glades Initiative, Inc. will be closed for regular business, from Monday, December 23 to Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 


If you anticipate needing our regular services during the week we are closed, please make necessary arrangements ahead of time.  We will re-open for business on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 8:00 am.  Accordingly, you will not be receiving a Glades Community Updates email for the week of December 23, 2013.   ____________________________________________________________________



13th Annual Glades REACH Health Fair - Call for Volunteers


January 28, 2014 to February 1, 2014


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.  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.



                                       Click here for the Individual Volunteer Application


                                       Click here for the Group Volunteer Application



For more information contact, and please email all completed applications to Millie Rodriguez at mirodrig@hcdpbc.org


If you are unable to donate through volunteering your time, and would like to donate financially, you can make a check out to The Glades Initiative, Inc. with REACH Fair in the memo line and mail to The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430.



Glades Interagency Network (GIN) Meeting 


WHEN: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 11:00 a.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




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. The event will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the CL Brumback Health Center in Belle Glade.  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 crodriguez@gladesinitiative.org  




Girl Scouts Yard Sale


Join the Girl Scouts for their 1st Annual Pre-Christmas YARD SALE ! Please come out and support your local Girl Scouts. 


WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2013 7:00 a.m- until 


WHERE: West Canal St South & NW 14th Street, Belle Glade



American Legion Chili Cook-Off/Christmas Tree 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: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.18.13/AmericanLegionChristmasTreeDecoratingContest.pdf

View link for Chili Cook-Off flyer:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.18.13/ChiliCookOff.pdf   

View link for Chili Cook-Off Rules: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.18.13/ChiliCookOffOfficialRules.pdf 


For more information contact American Legion Everglade Post 20: (561) 257-9395 or evergladespost20@gmail.com  




Bridges at Belle Glade


Reindeer Hokey Pokey


Come parents and children to the Reindeer Hokey Pokey! During this activity you and your child will make Reindeer antlers so that we can join in a very special reindeer dance. Your child will learn simple skills that are needed for school such as cutting and pasting. Additionally your child will have the opportunity to practice following directions and learn new words through music. 


WHEN: Thursday, December 12, 2013 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bridges at Belle Glade, 816 West Canal Street South Belle Glade, Florida 


The Unique Snowflake 
Winter is here and the snowflakes are falling. Welcome parents and children to the making of the snowflakes. This activity will focus on the uniqueness of both snowflakes and your child; we will be making your own snowflake with paper, crayons, pipe cleaners, beads and lots more.

WHEN: Thursday, December 19, 2013 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Bridges at Belle Glade, 816 West Canal Street South, Belle Glade 


View link for more activities: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.09.13/BBGDecember2013.pdf





Bridges at Pahokee


"Cookies Galore"  


"Cookies Galore" - Cookies, cookies and frosting galore, join us for the fun and find out what more. BRIDGES and our friends at the Library invite you to join us as we seek to create lasting memories of decorating holiday cookies. Reserve your spot today by contacting the Library at (561) 924-5928. 


WHEN: Saturday, December 14, 2013 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Loula V. York Library, 525 Bacom Point Road, Pahokee 

"Tis the Season for Family"A Holiday Gift - "Health, Hope & Happiness"

Give the gift of good health this holiday season. This season is a great time to think about what giving really means. Florida Community Health Center is giving your child a FREE Toy, but encourages you to give your loved ones the best gift you can offer- Good Health. BRIDGES has partnered with FCHC to remind you that spending quality time with children during this holiday season can be just as meaningful as the opening of gifts. Join Florida Community Health Center and BRIDGES at Pahokee for an afternoon full of food, fun and games as we create new memories that will last a life time. 


WHEN: Monday, December 16, 2013 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

WHERE:Florida Community Health Center, 170 S. Barfield Hwy. Suite 101 Pahokee


Wee Play for Infants & Toddlers

Find out ways to enhance your baby's learning experience at this special program for babies and active toddlers. Staff will model age appropriate, creative activities developed to focus on early childhood skills and concepts in inviting and playful ways for our adult caregivers. For more information, please contact us at (561) 924-9224. Sign up now, space is limited!


WHEN: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Bridges at Pahokee, 170 S. Barfield Hwy #102 Pahokee


View link for more activities: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.09.13/BAPDecember2013.pdf   



2013 Spirit of Giving 


Do you know a family in need this Christmas? Maybe a child that has no presents to open?   Or a single parent who can't afford clothes or food for their children? Palm Beach County Mayor Priscilla A. Taylor is putting turkeys on the table and presents under the tree for families in need this year and you can bless them this Christmas by taking a few moments to refer them. Family referrals will begin December 9th and will end December 16th. All referrals go through the Mayor's Office.


View link for more details on how to get a referral:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.09.13/SpiritOfGiving.pdf



Health care coverage enrollment deadline: December 23, 2013 


Deadline to sign up for health insurance is December 23, 2013.  Those seeking health insurance can sign up using any one of these following four ways. They can:


Resources are available in several other languages (Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Vietnamese, French Creole, Polish and Spanish) on the Healthcare.gov website.  



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 atwww.unitedwaypbc.org   


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/10.28.13/VITAVolunteerFlyer.pdf

View link for Volunteer Form: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/10.28.13/VITAVolunteerProfile.pdf

View link for VITA schedule: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/10.28.13/VITATrainingSchedule.pdf



Human Trafficking: Combating Modern Slavery


Human trafficking is a growing problem in Palm Beach County. In observance of Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January, a speaker from the Human Trafficking Coalition of the Palm Beaches will shed light on what is being done about this issue and what services are available to victims of this horrific crime. (60 min.) Stop by or call the location of your choice to preregister for this program.


WHEN: Wednesday, January 08, 2013  2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


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


View link for other locations: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.09.13/PBCHumanTrafficking.pdf



Job Opportunities 


Palm Beach County Food Bank ~ Director of Advancement: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.09.13/PBCFoodBank.pdf

Intranet Communications Group, Inc.~Part Time Intern: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.09.13/PTInternship.pdf   

Job Opportunities: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.09.13/JobOpportunities.pdf  





CILO and Palm Beach County Business Leadership Network Present A Seminar 


Come join The Coalition for Independent Living Options 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 efeir@cilo.org


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.25.13/BusinessLeadershipNetworkSeminar.pdf



The Palm Beach County Community Action Program's Advisory Board Meeting 


The Palm Beach County Community Action Program's (CAP) mission is to remove barriers and create opportunities for low  income individuals and families that will enable them to become more self-sufficient. The CAP Advisory Board will be meeting to discuss the agency's strategy for addressing poverty within Palm Beach County.  


WHEN: Thursday, December 12, 2013 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   


WHERE: Community Services Building (Basement Conference Room), 810 Datura Street, West Palm Beach 


For more information contact James Green: jgreen1@pbcgov.org or (561) 313-1146.



Health & Human Services Coalition: 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 kmccabe@goldenctr.org  Or via the Coalition's website www.hscpalmbeach.org    View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.12.13/LegislativeSummit.pdf



The Spirit of Giving





PrimeTime Afterschool Resources ~ Friday Forecast December 6,2013 



CROS Ministries: CROS This Week: December 3, 2013

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Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the giving season added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The second annual Giving Tuesday is on December 3, 2013. In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, we want the giving community to come together for Giving Tuesday


For Giving Tuesday,The Glades Initiative is spearheading a canned food drive to benefit the food pantries and soup kitchens that are members of the Glades Area Food Bank. These food distribution sites will help less fortunate Glades families during this holiday season. We will place boxes to collect donations at various locations throughout the cities of South Bay, Belle Glade, Pahokee, and Canal Point starting on

GivingTuesday, Dec. 3rd and collected on Friday Dec. 7.
The main collection site will be at the Glades Initiative, Inc. office at 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade. 


If you would like to help us by gathering canned goods at your location, please contact Carol Rodriguez
(561) 996-3310 or crodriguez@gladesinitiative.org.  


Member sites of the Glades Area Food Bank that will receive the donations are: 


Glades Area Pantry/Church of the Harvest           Lighthouse Cafe

Dot & Ruby's Helping Hands                              Farmworkers Coordinating Council

CL Brumback Health Center                              The Rock Ministries

CROS Ministries/Lighthouse Pantry                    New Birth Deliverance Baptist Church

St. Johns First Ministries                                   Inspirational Church of God

St. Mary's Catholic Church  

If you or your family, business, or organization would rather make a financial contribution to the Glades Area Food Bank, you can do so easily through Paypal by clicking on the link below.  It is not necessary to have a Paypal account.  Simply go to the lower left hand corner to pay via credit card or debit card without a Paypal account.  

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 kengle@gladesinitiative.org 
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
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

Arts & Crafts for Sales at The Glades Initiative Until Dec. 13 to benefit United Way 

The Glades Initiative kicked off their workplace campaign for the United Way of Palm Beach County on November 18.  At The Glades Initiative, Inc. we strongly believe in giving back to the community.  We feel that it's our duty to offer our time, talents, and financial support to assist our neighbors in need, and we invite our employees to do the same. 


United Way of Palm Beach County partners with many local community organizations to include The Glades Initiative - as well as businesses, government, volunteers, and donors to identify the needs of our community and create smart solutions that get real results.  Without the support and volunteer services, critical health and human service programs in our county would not be available to those who need help.  Many people, perhaps your friends, family members, or neighbors - have benefited from a United Way - funded health and human service program - such as those offered by The Glades Initiative, Inc.


For their giving campaign, the employees of The Glades Initiative are selling holiday themed handmade arts and crafts items as well as doing a silent auction on donated household items.  Some of the arts and crafts include custom decorated holiday gift bags, handmade brown sugar facial scrubs, handmade peppermint foot scrub, candy cane sleighs made by Carol Rodriguez, and custom made "bling" phone cases made by Sandy Desty.  


Photos of all items can be viewed on their Facebook Page Album at  http://www.facebook.com/gladesinitiative.org  



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

Call for Volunteers to help Dot & Ruby's Helping Hands Food Pantry

Dot and Ruby's Helping Hands Food Pantry helps hundreds of hungry Belle Glade residents every month.  They are moving to a new location and are in need of volunteers to help with the move.  If you are able to help, please contact Dorthena Harris at 561-983-3744. 

The Glades Initiative, Inc. Brings Partners Together to Resolve issues in Emergency Food System 
The Glades Initiative, Inc. has been addressing the challenges in food security in the Glades area of Palm Beach County for the last five years.See the link below for an article about bringing partners together to problem solve helped resolve common issues with the food distribution system in the Glades. 
Check Out New and Exciting Things That Are  Happening at Your Local Library
All Palm Beach County Library System locations will be closed on Wed, Jan 01, for New Year's Day, and on Mon, Jan 20, for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. No materials will be due on these days.
Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center ~ Cultural Connection 
Job Opportunities  

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) 





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.
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: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.25.13/MondayMorningScoreBoard.pdf  



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


View link for more details on both events:http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.25.13/FashionShowAndBasketball.pdf 



Come Play Croquet It's FREE


Free Golf Croquet lessons are offered every Saturday morning at 10:00 am to the public.  This is a great introduction to croquet: Learn how to hit the ball, score wickets, learn strategy and plot your next move!  Bring your friends for a morning of croquet and then stay for lunch at the Croquet Grille. Dress Code:  Croquet attire is white, our guests can choose to wear other colors for the free lesson.  Flat Soled Shoes are mandatory,

reservations are required.


WHEN: Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


WHERE: National Croquet Center, 700 Florida Mango Rd. West Palm Beach     


For more information and to RSVP contact Sandra Coto: (561) 478-2300 ext. 2 


View link  for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.02.13/FreeCroquetLessons.pdf



Chain Reaction: Challenge to Misleading Notice; Plan Cancellations; Uninsured Kids Rate Drops; Upcoming ACA Events 





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: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.04.13/2014AfricanAmericanAchieversAwards.pdf



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:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/11.04.13/2014GiraffeAwardNominations.pdf  




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 info@centerforchildcounseling.org


View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/10.21.13/SensoryIntegration.pdf


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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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 updates@gladesinitiative.org or (561) 996-3310.


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