Week of January 28, 2014      
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week

Thursday, January 30, 2014  9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Glades REACH Health Fair Planning Meeting, The Glades Initiative,Inc.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 10:00 a.m.- until  "Walk The Streets" Human Trafficking Outreach, Belle Glade
Saturday, February 1,  2014  9:00 a.m - 3:30 p.m.  The 13th Annual Glades REACH Health Fair, Belle Glade


Coming this Saturday, Feb. 1st, the 13th Annual Glades REACH Fair


The Glades REACH Health Fair is an annual medical mission to help the uninsured and under-insured Glades residents gain access to free quality health care and education, and learn about the many health and human services available in our community.  


Our aim is for all attendees to establish a medical home to have consistent quality local care across the health care system at one of our participating federally qualified health centers: Florida Community Health Center in Pahokee and CL Brumback Health Center in Belle Glade. 


Haitian-Creole and Spanish interpreters will be on site at the event. 


Lunch will be provided to attendees who access medical services. 


Please help spread the word about this wonderful event to our most vulnerable residents who are not accessing consistent medical care. 


See the links below to access our flyers in English, Spanish, and Creole. Additional flyers are available at The Glades Initiative office at 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade.  


Thanks to the Cities of Belle Glade and Pahokee, transportation is provided from both cities to the event. See the links below to access the bus schedules.



View link for English/Creole Flyer:    http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.13.14/2014REACHFlyerEng-Creo.pdf


View link for English/Spanish Flyer:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.13.14/2014REACHFlyerEng-Span.pdf

View link for Belle Glade FREE transportation schedule:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/BGBusSchedule.pdf


View link for Pahokee FREE transportation schedule: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/PahokeeBusSchedule.pdf






Glades REACH Health Fair Planning Meeting REACHlogo


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, January 30, 2014     9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Main Planning Committee


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


For more details, contact Carol Rodriguez: (561)996-3310 or crodriguez@gladesinitiative.org 




"Walk the Streets" Human Trafficking Outreach in Belle Glade 


The Walk the Streets Human Trafficking Outreach team will meet at the Palm Beach County Victim Services West County Office Lobby at 10 am SHARP. They will then divide into teams and go into the Belle Glade Community to pass out flyers about Human Trafficking. It is very important that if you wish to participate, you arrive on-time. Due to the rural area, street signs and landmarks are not always visible or available, especially in migrant camp areas. They are also hosting a "Walk the Streets" campaign in Pahokee on February 19th and in South Bay on March 20th at the same time and location described above.


WHEN: Thursday, January 30, 2014 10:00 a.m.


WHERE: Palm Beach County Victim Services West County office, 2976 State Road 15, Belle Glade 


To RSVP contact Rebecca Coward: racoward@gmail.com or (561) 693-8697.



OK2Talk Community Conversation ~ National Dialogue on Mental Health


The Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County and its partners are launching a series of community conversations in conjunction withPresident Obama and SAMHSA's (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) National Dialogue on Mental Health. From January through April, a series of town hall meetings will be held throughout Palm Beach County called, #OK2Talk Palm Beach County Speaks: Breaking the Connection between Mental Illness and the Legal System.  We are interested in eliciting the knowledge of community members, particularly young people, who want to share their first-hand experiences. In joining together, all types of community members will create solutions to help those with untreated mental illness from entering the legal system.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 4, 2013 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Palm Beach State College (Room TEC 109),1977 College Drive, Belle Glade


View link for more details and how to attend:




3rd Annual Love the Lake 5K/10K & Half Marathon 


Proceeds benefit The Rotary Club Of Clewiston & The Clewiston Chamber of Commerce. Registration fee's vary 


WHEN: Saturday, February 15, 2014 6:30 a.m.


WHERE:Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina, 920 East Del Monte Avenue, Clewiston


For more information call: (863) 983-7979


View link for more details and how to register:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/LovetheLakeRace.pdf



Catholic Charities Interfaith Health and Wellness Program Health Fair Event


Catholic Charities St. Mary Center will be having a Free Health Fair Event. Blood pressure check, height, weight, BMI tests, car &bicycle safety, games & raffle prizes, and much more


WHEN: Saturday, February 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  


WHERE: Catholic Charities St. Mary's Center, 1200 East Main Street, Pahokee


For more information contact Catholic Charities: (561) 924-5677


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/StMarysHealthFair.pdf  


View link for Vendor form: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/ExhibitorForm.pdf



City of Pahokee: Request for Proposals


Sealed proposals for RESTAURANT SERVICES AT PAHOKEE MARINA will be received by the City of Pahokee at the City Clerk's Office, 207 Begonia Drive, Pahokee, on February 3, 2014 at noon.  At that time all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. The Mandatory Pre-Proposal meeting is January 28, 2014 at 9 a.m. at Pahokee Marina & Campground. Contact Anika Sinclair, City Clerk, at (561) 924-5534 Ext 23 or e-mail address asinclair@cityofpahokee.com to obtain a copy of the RFP. The City of Pahokee encourages qualified contractors and vendors to participate in the bidding of this project. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids and to waive any technicalities or irregularities therein. 


 Sealed proposals for PURCHASE/DEVELOP SURPLUS CITY PROPERTY will be received by the City of Pahokee at the City Clerk's Office, 207 Begonia Drive, Pahokee on March 3, 2014 at noon. At that time all bids will be publicly opened and read a loud. Contact Anika Sinclair, City Clerk, at e-mail address asinclair@cityofpahokee.com or obtain a copy of the RFP at www.cityofpahokee.com. The City of Pahokee encourages qualified contractors and vendors to participate in the bidding of this project.The City reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids and to waive any technicalities or irregularities therein. 


Sealed bids for REAL ESTATE PROPERTY will be received by the City of Pahokee at the City Clerk's Office, 207 Begonia Drive, Pahokee on March 3, 2014 at 2 P.M. At that time all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. Contact Anika Sinclair, City Clerk, at e-mail address asinclair@cityofpahokee.com or obtain a copy of the RFP at www.cityofpahokee.com. The City of Pahokee encourages qualified contractors and vendors to participate in the bidding of this project. The City reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids and to waive any technicalities or irregularities therein. 



Job Opportunities  


The Sun: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/TheSun.pdf

The Sun 2: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/TheSun2.pdf

Community Partners (Glades Area):


Health Care District: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/HealthCareDistrict.pdf

Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber Commerce~ Business Development Executive: 


Feeding South Florida - Post-Marketplace Coordinator:


2014 Resource Fair for Out of School Time Professionals ~ Delray


The 2014 Resource Fair offers valuable ideas and opportunities to make great connections with other out-of-school time professionals, and exciting give-a-ways!  Best of all ... it's free!  Take back as many ideas as you can carry. Don't forget your calendar to schedule bookings. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity for anyone devoted to providing unique and worthwhile activities and resources for youth.  Check-in begins at 9:45 a.m.  Complimentary continental breakfast will be served from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.


WHEN: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


WHERE: Pompey Park Community Center, 1101 NW 2nd Street, Delray Beach

View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/2014ResourceFair.pdf 


Grant Writing Boot Camp 
Grant writing in this new economy, how has it changed? This is a two day interactive workshop on grant writing. This workshop teaches you what funders are looking for in a grant proposal, how to get selected and funded. During this workshop you will create a boiler plate document that you can use to apply to each grant no matter how tight the deadline. Any existing business owner/manager of a small business, aspiring entrepreneurs looking to start, grow or fund a business, any manager or executive director of a non-profit organization. Workshops take place in a fast paced wireless interactive environment. Participants must have average or above average computer skills. 


WHEN: Tuesday, January 28-29, 2014 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

WHERE: 14000 Military Trail Suite#112, Delray Beach 

For more information call: 561-894-4500 or e-mail 


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/GrantWritingBootCamp.pdf



CBS 12 Let Move Commit to Change: Physical Activity Challenge 


CBS12's Let's Move: Commit to Change to get Palm Beach County Moving!...with Suzanne & Eric of the CBS12 Early Morning News Team.  The Let's Move Commit to Change Physical Activity Challenge is a month long campaign with a focus on physical activity, nutrition and healthy behaviors to motivate residents to take charge of their health to recognize the importance of exercise and nutrition to reduce obesity/diabetes. It's easy. Just complete 30 minutes of sustained physical activity and log-in your minutes. You can log-in every day or you can keep track of all of your activity in a personal log and log your minutes at your convenience. Please use the same e-mail address throughout the campaign when you log in. Your minutes will be added to the total community challenge numbers.


WHEN: Monday, January 6-31, 2014


WHERE: Anywhere


View link for more details and how to register your team:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.06.14/LetsMove2014.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 email: info@centerforchildcounseling.org  


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



Mental Health Services Public Forum


The Department of Community Services will be hosting a public forum. regarding mental health services, the system of care as it exists, gaps in services and priorities for funding in our county.  This information will be utilized in the development of the Financially Assisted Agencies (FAA) Request for Proposals (RFP) going out in April for services to be contracted starting October 1, 2014.  This forum is being presented jointly with the South East Florida Behavioral Health Network. Please RSVP your attendance by return email to me.  There is limited seating so we ask that you limit representation from your organization to 2 people.  


WHEN: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Clayton Hutcheson Agricultural Service Center, 559 N. Military Trail, West Palm                                                                                                                                        Beach


Restore the Vote: Disfranchisement Undermines Democracy


The public is invited to a free panel discussion hosted by the League of Women Voters Palm Beach County, ACLU Palm Beach County, National Council of Jewish Women, and the Voting Rights Coalition. Did you know that 1 out of every 10 Florida citizens of voting age is forbidden to vote? Howard Simon, Executive Director of ACLU Florida; John Howe, past president of the Palm Beach Bar Association; Jackie Win

chester, former Palm Beach County Superintendent of Elections; Bobby Powell, Florida State Representative District 88 ; and Desmond Meade, President of the Florida Rights Restoration. Coalition will participate in a panel discussion about Florida's policies of denying former felons the right to vote. This policy of disfranchising significant percentages of the population undermines the democratic fiber of our republic.  Learn more about this voter suppression problem.  Panel discussion and Q&A.


When: Sunday, February 9, 2014 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Where: Lantana Road Branch Library, 4020 Lantana Road, Lake Worth


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/Disfrachisement.pdf



Empty Bowl: Help Fight Hunger  


Empty Bowls- Empty Bowls is an international, grassroots effort to fight hunger locally. Local potters have made 2,000 bowls, restaurants and chefs are creating signature soups, and bakers are providing rustic breads. Guests will select an artisan bowl, share in a simple meal of bread and soup and keep their empty bowls as a powerful reminder of all of the bowls that remain empty in Palm Beach County. The Community is invited to join us at either or both of our sister events: 


WHEN: Friday, February 14, 2014 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Bethesda-By-The-Sea, 141 S County Rd, Palm Beach, $25 per bowl


WHEN: Saturday, February 15, 2014 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:Great Lawn at West Palm Beach Green Market, 101 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach    $20 per bowl  


Visit www.pbcfoodbank.org for more info! 



Brown Bag Lunch Event - Sea Level Rise, A Present Day Challenge 


This event is free. Bring your lunch and discuss the issues with our panel: Problem. Sea Level Rise, along with high tides, extreme weather and storm surge, are causing flooding in our coastal and inland communities.Solutions. Learn about recommended plans and policies to protect our properties, infrastructure and environment. Action. Join the discussion on actions you can take to reduce adverse effects in you

r neighborhood and add your ideas to move our cities, counties and state into action.

WHEN: Friday, February 21, 2014 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 North Ocean Boulevard, Boca Raton

25th Silver Anniversary of the Annual Eva W. Mack Sickle Cell Luncheon


25th Silver Anniversary of the Annual Eva W. Mack Sickle Cell Luncheon This year's theme is, "Sickle Cell Disease/Trait Affects the Individual, the Family and the Community."  This year's luncheon will include the talents of local emerging musical artists and heartwarming stories and testimonials from our clients.  These luncheon features help "lighten the load" while educating guests about Sickle Cell Disease.  We are pleased to have as honorary chairs:  Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Mrs. Mary Montgomery, Grampy's Charities, Attorney and Mrs. F. Malcolm Cunningham, Mr. Lawrence Gordon and Attorney Salesia Smith-Gordon, and the Honorable Judge Edward Rodgers.

WHEN: Saturday, March 1, 2014  


WHERE: Palm Beach Airport Hilton,150 Australian Ave, West Palm Beach


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.27.14/2014SickleCellLuncheon.pdf



Haitian-American Solidarity Center: International Women Award


As you know, the Haitian-American Solidarity Center (HASC) actively supports, celebrates and honors women of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds who devote their, talents, time and energy for the advancement of humanity; women who make meaningful contributions in society through their leadership and noble acts.This year,  5 women will receive Awards for their achievements and contributions to society.Feel free to nominate women you feel should be awarded this year and forward this e-mail to organizations, churches, educational institutions, city, state, county agencies, etc...Please remember the deadline for HASC to receive all nominations is February 23rd, 2014 by 5 p.m.

WHEN: Sunday, March 23, 2014



Swank Table Farm Style Event- You Can Bank On It!


Palm Beach County Food Bank is the beneficiary of the SWANK TABLE al fresco luncheon. Hosted at SWANK Farm, this exclusive luncheon invites renowned chefs to create farm-to-table style dishes in a rustic setting.


WHEN: Sunday, March 9, 2014 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


WHERE: SWANK Farm, 14311 N Rd, Loxahatchee


For more information and to RSVP visit: www.swankspecialtyproduce.com



Monday Morning Update - Jan. 27, 2013 





CROS Ministries: CROS This Week: January 22, 2014 





Leadership Palm Beach County: Class of 2015 Application & Info Sessions 


The Leadership Class of 2015 application is now available. Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2014.


View link for more details Information Session Schedule:




Florida Chain Reaction: State Opposition to ACA; Enrollment Events; New Staff




Clerk & Comptroller Clerk Alert: Proposed legislation  improve oversight of guardianship


Clerk & Comptroller - For the Record: Valentine's Day Group Wedding, More Services Coming to Royal Palm Beach Office, Foreclosure Stats & Holiday Closing 





Non Profit Legal Assistance Project Newsletter:  Proposed Fundraising Reforms 


Previous Postings

The Arc of The Glades can win big with your support! 

Please help our Glades partner, the Arc of the Glades, win the FTI Challenge. The top 3 favorite charities will each win a portion of $50,000. Voting is open until February 1st, and limited to one vote per US IP address per day. Vote from your smartphone, work, home, or other locations! 




Jobs Opportunities 




Gove Elementary School's Career Day Is Coming


Gove Elementary School's annual Career Week is on the horizon. We hope that you will volunteer to share your professional experiences with our students to make this week truly rewarding. We are looking for community members to volunteer to speak about their profession at Gove. You will be asked to give a short 20 minute presentation about your job, education, training, and how you made the transition from school to your current occupation. You will be giving the same presentation approximately three times to three different groups of students. We are also looking for volunteers to share their work vehicle with the students. 


WHEN: Tuesday, May 13, 2013 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  


WHERE: Gove Elementary, 900 SE Avenue G, Belle Glade


For more information contact Michelle Riker:  Michelle.Riker@palmbeachschools.org 

(561) 993-8726 

Join St. John First Missionary Baptist Church Trip to The Holy Land Experience 

St. John 1st Missionary Baptist Church is sponsoring a chartered bus to the Holy Land. 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.


WHEN: Saturday, February 22, 2014 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.


WHERE: Orlando   


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


View link for more details and payment plans:




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, 2013 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 



ChildNet SafePlace Palm Beach Registry


With the support of the community, ChildNet will open SafePlace in Palm Beach County in early 2014 to provide a "safe place" for children upon removal from their homes due to abuse, abandonment and neglect. We need your help to stock this intake and placement, emergency respite facility with the toys and supplies needed to create a nurturing, child-friendly environment for our community's most vulnerable children.


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/01.17.14/ChildNet.pdf 



Food Research and Action Center (FRAC): FRAC's Weekly News Digest Jan. 14, 2014




2014 Heroes in Medicine Nominations 
Do you know a Hero? It's time to salute the heroes among us. Palm Beach County Medical Society Services, a non-profit organization, is hosting the 11th Annual Heroes in Medicine Awards on Thursday, May 8, 2014. These prestigious awards honor individuals and organizations throughout Palm Beach County that use their skills and resources in the field of health care to provide outstanding services for the people of our local, national and global communities. Proceeds from this event benefit Project Access, providing health care for low income, uninsured residents of Palm Beach County and the Medical Society's medical scholarship fund. To be considered for an award,
nominations must be received by Friday, February 14 
at 5 p.m. No late nominations will be accepted. Finalists will be interviewed in person on Saturday, March 8, 2014 between 8:30 a.m. and noon.
View link for more details on how to nominate: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/12.30.13/MedicineNominations.pdf 



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


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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