Week of March 24
, 2014      
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week

         Tuesday, March 25, 2014       6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.       Healthy Heart Lifestyle Choices St. John's Missionary Baptist Church, Belle Glade
         Tuesday, March 25, 2014        4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.      Futures Community Meeting,  Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center Lobby, Belle Glade 
         Tuesday, March 25, 2014       10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   Mommy Te (Tea) Parent Support UF Nutrition Sessions, Bridges at Belle Glade  
         Tuesday, March 25, 2014       10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   Toddler Story Time, Loula York Library, Pahokee
         Tuesday, March 25, 2014        4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.       Reading Buddies, Loula York Library, Pahokee 
       Wednesday, March 26, 2014  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.     The Arc of the Glades Awards Luncheon, Belle Glade
         Thursday, March 27, 2014      10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   Raising Readers "Early Literacy Program", Loula York Library, Pahokee
         Thursday, March 27, 2014      10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.     AARP Drivers Safety Course   West County Senior Center, Belle Glade
         Saturday, March 29, 2014         10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Stop The Violence Community Rally, First Baptist Gymnasium 

Countdown to Giving Day ~ Maximize Your Gift to Your Favorite Charity on May 6




On May 6th 2014, from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59:59 p.m., The Glades Initiative, Inc. is participating in the GREAT GIVE, a 24-hour online giving event designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in the allotted time as part of a nation-wide program called Give Local America. 


This community-wide event will celebrate the spirit of giving and the collective effort it takes to strengthen our community while raising critical funds for local nonprofits. Every donation will be stretched further if you donate to our organization through www.GreatGivePBC.org.


Your donation to The Glades Initiative, Inc. will go a long way in helping us improve the coordination and effectiveness of the health and human service delivery system in the Glades. Plus, gifts made that day will receive a portion of bonus funds - making your dollar go even further than it would on any other day. We hope you will consider supporting us on May 6th!



The Glades Initiative, Inc. Offers First Cooking Matters Class in Pahokee
Empowering families at risk of hunger with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to make healthy and affordable meals.   Glades Initiative's first Cooking Matters Nutrition Education Course was held on March 5, 2014 at the Pahokee Recreation Center for Spanish speaking clients of the Bridges of Pahokee.  
Click on the link below to view the entire article:  First Glades Area Cooking Matters Class Article

Alzheimer's Community Care Introduces their New Family Nurse Consultant to the Glades


Alzheimer's Community Care is proud to introduce Danielle Adair, RN Family Nurse Consultant for the Glades!  The Family Nurse Consultantprovides vital services to families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's Disease or related neurocognitive disorders.


Alzheimer's Community Care focuses on understanding patients' behaviors, anticipating issues, developing crisis prevention strategies by proactively managing emerging issues from stage to stage in the disease process and providing respite for the caregiver. The Family Nurse Consultant's primary role is to provide potential interventions, available resources, possible measures and outcomes at key stages in the disease's progression.


Family Nurse Consultant's are skilled, trained, educated, and experienced with families living with Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders.  Whether it

is education on Florida's Silver Alert Program or Electronic Locator Bracelet Program,  The Family Nurse Consultant provides options and resources for  families to keep loved ones safe.


There is NO CHARGE to families for this service!  To meet with Family Nurse Consultant Danielle Adair RN, you can call or visit our Pahokee Center at: 

470 Barack Obama Blvd., Pahokee (561) 924-7283 or you can email her directly at dadair@alzcare.org




Multicultural Health Fair in the Glades Seeking Medical and Health Care Volunteers


The Haitian American Nursing Organization & Allied (HANOA) of West Palm Beach hosts a multicultural, educational and health fair on May 24 at Glades Community Central High School in Belle Glade. Anticipating more than 1,000 health fair visitors, HANOA is putting out a call for medical and other health care professionals to volunteer.

During the free day-long event, medical and health care professionals will provide information about nutrition, diet and exercise, childhood obesity, HIV/AIDS, mental health and common chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disorders, depression, dementia, breast cancer and more.  The fair also will offer complimentary health screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, BMI and mammography.

For more information, contact Louise L. Voltaire at Louisemulticulturalhealthfair@gmail.com or 561-206-2258.




Healthy Heart Lifestyle Choices ~ Free Classes


Learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices.  Presented by Cheryl Eastmond, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP).  Learn how to eat healthy without spending lots of money, learn how to keep active and move towards a healthy heart, learn strategies to quit smoking, talk about medicating and your hearts health.  Heart healthy snacks provided.  

WHEN:  Tuesdays, March 25 to April 8, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

WHERE:  St. John's First Missionary Baptist Church, 600 SW 8th Street, Belle Glade


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.24.14/HealthyHeartLifestyle.pdf  


 For more information contact: 561-996-1474 or 954-326-1977




Futures Community Meeting 


Palm Beach State College is facilitating groups of community members in a brainstorming session to see how the community as a whole can increase the literacy and technical skills of all residents. Please join us in this most important and prodigious task of positioning the Glades as a location of high quality and dedicated workforce. 


WHEN:  Tuesday, March 25, 2014   4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Dolly Hand Cultural Theater Lobby 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade


View link for flyer:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.17.14/FuturesMeeting.pdf





2014 The Arc of the Glades Awards Luncheon 


The special recipient this year is Steve Weeks. Among his notable accomplishments: he is a long-time Board member (16 years over two stints) serving in multiple officer roles; a local business owner (retired); a former City Councilman and Mayor of Belle Glade; and the go-to guy for many organizations that have served the Glades and its citizens, as a Board member or as just a caring friend and neighbor.  His quiet and unassuming manner coupled with his willingness to help where needed is probably best exemplified by his response when advised that he was this year's honoree ("Pick someone else....I don't need this"), and his reluctance to accept the award only resolved when he was reassured that it helped the Arc of the Glades. Join us in honoring Steve Weeks and his lifetime commitment of service to our Community and dedication to the people served by The Arc. Tickets $ 30.00 person 

WHENWednesday, March 26, 2014   11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 


WHERE: The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center 1977 SW College Drive, Belle Glade 

 For more information contact Scot Kannel or Marcia Hardney: (561) 996-9583




Bridges at Belle Glade 


Mommy Te (Tea) Parent Support - UF Nutrition Sessions


Come join BRIDGES at Belle Glade in a "Mommy Te" (Tea) parenting support dialogue.  Parents can expect to meet and engage with others while addressing issues unique to parents. The sessions provide opportunities for parents to comment and ask questions. This month The   University of Florida/Palm Beach County Coop Ext. will share tips on healthy eating including tasty recipes and Strong Starts (Community) Dialogue Session will focus on "Healthy Births." (Child Watch Available)


WHENTuesdays March 25th, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

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


Children's Story Hour


BRIDGES at Belle Glade, in collaboration with the Belle Glade Library, will be hosting family  literacy/communication skill-building activities at the brand new Belle Glade Library facility. Children ages 1 to 4 will have an opportunity to read and enjoy stories in an interactive forum.Parents will have a great time participating alongside their children. Topics for March: Emotions,School, Dogs, Movement & Colors and Rainbows.


WHENMondays, 31st, 2014  10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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


For more information contact Bridges at Belle Glade: 561-992-8210


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.10.14/2014MarchBBG.pdf





Bridges at Belle Glade Invite Partners Interested in Ensuring Glades Women Have Healthier Births to Action Forum 



Bridges at Belle Glade just completed the 6 week Strong Starts For Children dialogue group with community members and agency partners.  We were successful at engaging the local community and to that end, we now have an Action Team working out the details for the upcoming Action Forum in order to share the experience with the community-at-large.    


The Action Forum is scheduled on April 12 at Mt. Zion AME Church in Belle Glade.  Because the focus this year was healthy births, we would like to be sure agency representatives and partners from the Glades area, who have a vested interest in ensuring the women in the Glades have healthier births, are present.


Attached is the official action letter for you to share this information with your teams as soon as possible.   Lunch will be provided and this is a community event, so everyone is invited!  Call if you have questions. 


WHEN:  Saturday, April 12, 2014  10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

WHERE:  Mt. Zion AME Church, Belle Glade


Please RSVP before 5pm on April 9, 2014 by email or phone call to Trenesia Rozier at 841-3500 ext. 4302.  


Click here for letter





Bridges at Pahokee 


Reading Buddies


Reading Buddies is a fun cross age tutoring program for elementary school students. In this one-on-one

literacy tutoring program, high school students are paired with a younger buddy. Big buddies gain confidence in themselves as readers while little buddies have a chance to try out new reading and writing skills in a comfortable, supervised, small group setting.


WHEN:  Tuesday, March 25th, 2014   4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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


Toddler Story Time


Looking for fun that costs nothing? Bring your toddler to story time at the library. The Loula V. York

Library is looking to partner with parents who are raising early readers. Toddler story time encourages

emerging language skills with books, rhymes, music and creative activities for children ages 18 - 36 months.


WHEN:  Tuesday, March 25th, 2014   10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:  Loula V. York Library - 525 Bacom Point Rd


Raising Readers- "Early Literacy Program"


Raising a Reader begins with Early Literacy. Space is still available for "Raising Readers." This program teaches parents and caregivers how to develop early reading skills in their children, from birth to age five. Raising Readers has two primary components: reading packets for parents and free preschool events at the library. Parents will receive guided reading packets which include simple activities to build reading and language skills. Preregistration is required.


WHEN:  Thursday, March 27th, 2014  10:00 am - 11:00 am

WHERE:  Loula V. York Library - 525 Bacom Point Rd


For more information contact Bridges at Pahokee: (561) 924-9224


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.10.14/2014MarchBAP.pdf  




AARP Driver Safety Course    


The AARP Smart Driver Course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation's largest classroom and online driver safety course and is designed especially for drivers age 50 and older. Over 15 million participants have gone through AARP Driver Safety classroom and online courses.  You may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your insurance agent for details. Lunch included 


WHENThursday March 27, 2014 10:00 a.m. -  3:00 p.m.
WHERE: West County Senior Center, 2916 State Rd 15, Belle Glade


For more information contact Joseph Horvath: (561) 996-4808






Stop the Violence Community Rally


Are you tired of the crime, youth on youth violence, and gang activity in our community?  Do you need help finding resources to assist you in your everyday life?  Hear from representatives of The Glades Initiative, CareerSource, Children and Family Services, School District Representatives, Glades Youth Connection, Department of Juvenile Justice, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Palm Beach County School Police, our City Mayor, and others.  Share some of the issues you are facing everyday and let us identify some of the resources that will help you address those issues.  Be part of the solution! let us unite together for the benefit of our city and each other. 


WHEN:  Saturday, March 29, 2014  10:00 a.m. 

WHERE:  First Baptist Belle Glade Gymnasium


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.24.14/CommunityRally.pdf  

View link for confirmation form:



For more information, please contact Pastor Steve Nolin, Community UMC 561-996-5568



Black Gold Jubilee Gospel Sing 


This year's Black Gold Jubilee Gospel Sing will be held Monday evening. Along with a new time and location, there will also be changes in the program format.  The program line-up will be shorter, with fewer performers, and a wider variety of music. It program to be an evening of music that everyone will enjoy. Please make sure to attend, and your support to the Christian singers and instrumentalist from several church area. 


WHENMonday, March 31, 2014 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


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



36th Annual Black Gold Jubilee 

End of harvest festival celebrating the area's agricultural roots and rich organic soil. This will be the 36th anniversary. This year's event will feature a 5 K Walk/Run, free children's rides and games, vendor booths, free entertainment followed by fireworks at dusk.


WHENSaturday, April 5, 2014   7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. 
WHERE: Torry Island, Belle Glade

Black Gold Green Market

Sponsored by Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce. Selling fresh vegetable including corn, lettuce, romaine, celery, tomatoes, rice and pickles.

WHENSaturday, April 5, 2014 11:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Torry Island, Belle Glade   

For more information contact Belle Glade Chamber: 561-996-2745  


Construction Trades Program Open House


The School District of Palm Beach County in association with Florida Training Services, Inc.'s Construction Trades Program Open House will be held Thursday, April 3rd from 6:30 - 9:00 pm at West Tech Bldg # 8; 2625 State Road 715, Belle Glade.  Learn about our Multi Trade Construction Program, see student demonstrations using equipment and tools, learn about the benefits of the Pre-Apprenticeship Program, and meet and talk to current students, faculty and staff.
WHEN:  Thursday, April 3, 2014   6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
WHERE:  West Tech Bldg #8, 2625 State Road 715, Belle Glade


2014 Great American Clean-up in South Bay


The GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP, a project of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., is coordinated locally by Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful Inc. and the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County. Join us and help Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful!  


WHENSaturday April 19, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.   


WHERE: Tanner Park, 791 NW 1st St, South Bay


For more information and to register contact City of South Bay: (561) 996-6751


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.10.14/GreatAmericanCleanUpsSB.pdf


Great American Clean up in Belle Glade

The GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP, a project of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., is coordinated locally by Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful Inc. and the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County. We are hoping to get as many volunteers as possible, so please help us with this event! Get back with me if you have a youth group, sorority, fraternity, school group, or individuals who would like to participate. We provide the gloves, transportation to the sites, free lunch. Join us and help Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful! 


WHENSaturday, April 26, 2014 9:00 a.m.


WHERE: Belle Glade City Hall, 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd, Belle Glade, 


For more information Brenda Bunting: 561-996-2745


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.10.14/GreatAmericanCleanUp.pdf  


Relay For Life of the Glades  ~ Glades Superhero's for Cancer


The Relay for Life of the Glades will be held May 9-10 at the Belle Glade Airport Park.  Our theme is Glades Superhero's for Cancer.  You can make a difference by...Joining us in the fight against cancer!  Joining the planning Committee!  Registering your team!  Celebrating being a cancer survivor!

Being a sponsor!  Come for a fun time!  

 Next Committee Meeting, Thursday, March 30, 2014  6:30

WHERE:  Lakeside Medical Center 


For more information please contact  Barbara Spence,  Event Chair at  561.463.9372

Sandra Daniels Stewart, Sponsorship Chair   561.755-2439

Aversis Concepcion, Community Representative  561.650.0145


To register online visit www.relayforlife.org/gladesfl




Belle Glade Lions Club Scholarship


The Belle Glade Lions Club is accepting applications for their annual Ruth S. Wedgworth scholarship offered to graduating seniors of area schools in Belle Glade and Pahokee.  The scholarship is for $1000 a year for four years.  Applicants should provide their name, parents' names, address, phone number, email, school and year of graduation, a list of scholarships received and their value, and other grants applied for or received.  Applications should consist of an unofficial transcript, statement of recommendation from your principal, letters of recommendation from three teachers, a copy of performance on either the SAT or ACT, and a 500-word essay describing the students' goals, extracurricular activities and community service history.  Applications must have a minimum of 17 on the ACT or 1300 on the SAT (math, critical reading and writing sections) to qualify.


Please mail all application materials to the Belle Glade Lions Club, P.O. Box 51, Belle Glade, FL 33430 by April 4.  Applications for this scholarship can also be obtained from area high schools.  




 Job Opportunities

Coalition for Independent Living Options
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach  http://www.diocesepb.org/
Kip Hunter Marketing Senior Public Relations Manager:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.24.14/SeniorPublicRelationsManager.pdf 


A Profile of Moral Courage: Ethics in Action


The Palm Beach State College Center for Applied Ethics cordially invites you to celebrate Ethics Awareness Month in Palm Beach County by joining them at their upcoming event "A Profile of Moral Courage." Hear the inspiring account of one person's moral dilemma, the defining values of his courageous decision, and how he chose to respond.  The presentation is free and open to the public; however, space is limited and your advance registration is kindly requested.


WHEN:  Thursday, March 27, 2014  10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth Campus, Continuing Education Bld, Room CE119


For flyer, click here:  http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/cae/Documents/AProfileOfMoralCourage.pdf                    

For more information, and to register, click here http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/cae/eventcalendar.aspx



Free and Easy Way to Prepare Your Taxes


Tax filing season is upon us.  If you made less than $58,000 in 2013 you need to keep reading for a fast, easy, free way to prepare your taxes.

  • Online at MyFreeTaxes.com/UnitedWayPB, powered by H&R Block. This is a great option if you earned $58,000 or less in 2013 and can easily use the internet.  *NOTE: All MyFreeTaxes.com users can call 1-855-MY-TX-HELP (1-855-698-9435-7) 10am - 10pm Monday - Saturday for assistance filing their taxes. The helpline is staffed by select call centers and IRS VITA Certified Volunteers, supported by multi-year MyFreeTaxes trainers.
  • If you made $52,000 or less in 2013 you can file in person with an IRS-Certified Volunteer Income Tax Preparer.  Simply call 2-1-1 or visit MyFreeTaxes.com to find a location in your area. 

MyFreeTaxes.com  provides free state and federal tax preparation and filing assistance for qualified individuals. It's easy, safe, secure and 100% free.

Powered by the Walmart Foundation - in cooperation with Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute, and United Way Worldwide - the MyFreeTaxes Partnership's online and in-person tax preparation and filing services have helped 4.5 million families claim nearly $8 billion in tax credits and nearly $1.5 billion in Earned Income Tax Credits since 2009.   

Managing Chronic Pain, Anxiety and Depression Through Cognitive Restructuring: a Practical Approach


MHAPBC welcomes the return to West Palm Beach one of our favorite presenters: Dr. Ellen Slawsby of The Benson Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Slawsby is one of the nation's leading experts on mind body wellness and during this Lunch and Learn, we will learn to  improve our lives using mind body techniques and cognitive restructuring to help manage chronic pain, depression, and anxiety.  Cognitive Restructuring enhances ones ability to identify and analyze negative automatic or disturbing thoughts that can become overwhelming for an individual. Once we learn to identify negative automatic thoughts cognitive, restructuring helps us reframe and balance our thoughts with more accurate thoughts, which in turn helps us to cope in a more effective and useful manner with the presenting stressor. 


Please come prepared to participate, ask questions and present a case for a hands-on practical workshop with a special emphasis on cognitive restructuring.  We will be using real examples of negative automatic thoughts that have been difficult for you and/or your patients to manage; thoughts that exacerbate anxiety, depression and feeling of disempowerment.

WHEN:  Mar 28, 2014  12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, 909 Fern St., West Palm Beach


For questions please contact:  info@mhapbc.org  or 561-832-3755


Cost:  Members $25 (includes lunch)     Non-members $30 (includes lunch) 

Please call today to reserve your seat or sign up online. 561-832-3755   ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY


 Register here:  http://www.mhapbc.org/ 





 4th Annual March for Hunger 5K


Feeding South Florida is proud to announce the 4th Annual March for Hunger 5K, which will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the

 Hollywood  Beach Boardwalk.  The March for Hunger provides a fun and healthy way to help end hunger in South Florida. Named as one of the best beach boardwalks in the U.S., attendees wil be participating in a 5K Run/Walk along the gorgeous and famous Hollywood Beach Boardwalk.


Course map may be viewed by clicking here.    T-Shirts and race numbers will be available the morning of the event at the Hollywood Bandshell.


WHEN:  Sunday, March 30, 2014   Registration 7:30 a.m.  Walk Start:  8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 


WHERE:  Hollywood Beach Boardwalk (Starting line is at the bandshell) Johnson Street and A1A, Hollywood

 COST/HOW:  Registration for the event is $35 per registration.   Click  here to register!



 #OK2TALK : Palm Beach County Speaks Conference and Breakfast


Please join us for our April 25th for the unveiling of the action plan based on the results of the #OK2TALK town hall meetings! This event will be held at the Embassy Suites on April 25th --Breakfast ($25 per person) will be at 8:00 AM with the conference (free) beginning at 9:00 AM. The findings of all of #OK2TALKPBC Town Hall meetings will be revealed. A panel of local leaders will be present to discuss the findings, community solutions, and action plan formulated throughout the series.


A series of Town Hall Meetings is being held between January and March 2014 both in person and through social media, millennials speak up for change and reform in Palm Beach County, Florida. We are holding town hall meetings in all regions of the county: South, Central, North, and Belle Glade. The goal is to seek insights and solutions from Palm Beach County citizens that will lead to the prevention of people with mental illness from entering the legal system.  Young people, business leaders, and policymakers will talk about mental illness, find community-based solutions, create an action plan with clear steps that will prevent people with mental illness from needlessly entering the legal system.


Please join us for our April 25th for the unveiling of the action plan based on the results of these town hall meetings! This event will be held at the Embassy Suites on April 25th at 8:00 for a pre-meeting breakfast with keynote speaker Paolo del Vecchio. Breakfast ($25 per person) will be at 8:00 AM with the conference (free) beginning at 9:00 AM. The findings of all of #OK2TALKPBC Town Hall meetings will be revealed. A panel of local policymakers will be present to discuss the findings, community solutions, and action plan formulated throughout the series.

WHEN:  Friday, April 25, 2014  8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Embassy Suites - Central, 1601 Belvedere Rd., West Palm Beach


For questions please contact: info@mhapbc.org or 561-832-3755


Register here:  http://www.mhapbc.org/ 




Developing Successful "Big Gift" Strategies


The West Palm Beach Library Foundation presents Developing Successful "Big Gift" Strategies with Bill Mountcastle.  Attendees will learn to seek out engaging and sustaining big gift relationships, crafting a strategic development approach with a small fundraising staff, discovering best practices from higher education and health care fundraising, sidestepping commonly cited obstacles and challenges, fulfilling goals of nonprofits and donors 

through transformational gift strategies, working with high capacity philanthropists and their advisors. This presentation is for board members, executive directors, and other fund development staff of nonprofit organizations.  Seating is limited.    


WHEN:  Tuesday, April 1, 2014  4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, 411 Clematis Street, 3rd Floor Clematis Room


 Please RSVP to 561-868-7715 by March 28




Effective Community Partnerships: "Leading by Stepping Back"

For Public Sector Officials and Government Agencies


Join internationally recognized community-building leaders John McKnight and Mike Green for an engaging and interactive learning event focused on Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) principles and applying them to mobilize citizens to action.


Effective Community Partnerships: "Leading by Stepping Back" to Ignite Residents for Action and Engagement is a one-day learning experience that familiarizes participants with the basic concepts of Asset-Based Community Development. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the role government and other agencies can play to achieve resident action and engagement. Participants will learn about a powerful approach to rediscover local assets and mobilize citizens to action for more self-reliant communities.


Who will Benefit from this Experience?

  1. Organizations seeking to develop more connected and engaged local communities, and achieve fuller inclusion of people they support.
  2. Public officials, police officers, code enforcement officers, planners, neighborhood organizers, non-profit leaders and other neighborhood support staff; and
  3. Local government and nonprofit agencies who want to develop creative more powerful ways of partnering with their communities.

This Office of Community Revitalization-sponsored event is free of charge and includes publications from ABCD Institute.  Space is limited.

WHEN:  Thursday, April 3, 2014, 8:30 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

WHERE:  Clayton Hutcheson Agricultural Center, 559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach


Click here to register:  http://www.pbcgov.com/ocr/abcd/reg_form.htm


Building communities from Inside Out: A Path Toward Mobilizing Citizens for Action 
For Neighborhood Residents, Community Organizers, and Nonprofit Leaders


Join internationally recognized community-building leaders John McKnight and Mike Green for an engaging and interactive learning event focused on Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) principles and applying them to discovering and mobilizing the resources that are already present in your community.

Building communities from Inside Out: A Path Toward Mobilizing Citizens for Action is a two-day learning experience that familiarizes participants with the basic concepts of Asset-Based Community Development. Participants will learn the skills to define the capacity of their current organizational environment to create community change; envision their own ability to act within that envi¬ronment; and will create an action plan to engage their community.

Who will Benefit from this Experience?

  • People seeking to develop more connected, inclu¬sive and engaged local communities;
  • Community organizing, community builders and resident service staff from nonprofit organiza¬tions;
  • Community association members and leaders; and
  • Staff, leaders and young people from youth devel¬opment organizations and programs.

This Office of Community Revitalization-sponsored event is free of charge and includes publications from ABCD Institute. Space is limited. Attendance both days is required.   Lunch included both Friday and Saturday. 


WHEN:  Friday, April 4, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 5, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  8:30 a.m. - Registration/Continental Breakfast

WHERE: Clayton Hutcheson Agricultural Center, 559 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach  


Click here to register:  http://www.pbcgov.com/ocr/abcd/reg_form.htm




Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity's 2014 Fair Housing Law Update and Accessibility Training Program


This half-day training will be two separate tracks-  The Fair Housing Law Update is designed for attorneys, judges, realtors, condo/homeowner association officers and fair housing professionals. This training features Tara K. Ramchandani, Esq. of the nationally recognized civil rights law firm of Relman, Dane & Colfax, PLLC, Washington, D.C., Ms. Ramchandani is known for her litigation of fair housing cases. She obtained a $1 million jury verdict in Florida in a case alleging housing discrimination against families with children in Whyte, et al. v. Alston Management, et al. Additionally, Isabel Torres-Davis of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will focus her presentation on Requests for a Reasonable Accommodation and the HOT topic of Emotional Support Animals!! Do not miss this training!!

The Accessibility Training is designed for Architects, Engineers, Developers and Builders, Code Enforcement Officials for county and municipalities, disability advocates and others interested in learning more about the requirements of Florida's Accessibility Code and the requirements of the ADA and Fair Housing Act. This training features Larry M. Schneider, AIA, Palm Beach Gardens, FL and JR Harding, Ed.D, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Tallahassee Florida.


Admission is free but seating is limited so register early. Click Here for registration information. Must register by March 24.


WHEN:  Friday, April 4, 2014  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

WHERE:  The West Palm Beach Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach

 If you have further questions, please contact Kathi Dillard at  kdillard@pbcgov.org or (561) 355-4927  (561) 355-4927




Fearless Caregiver Conference - New Date April 10


Overwhelmed by caregiving challenges?  * I can't balance family, work, and caregiving  * My adult child will never be independent  * My family members won't help  * Mom doesn't listen to me  * Dad won't stop driving.  Bring your questions to the experts. Limited Free Tickets.   


WHEN:  Thursday, April 10, 2014  8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lunch Included

WHERE:  Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach


Register here:  http://caregiver.com/fearlessconference/


For exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities, click here:  http://caregiver.com/caregiversponsors/index.htm




Child and Youth Symposium:  The Essential Brain Skills Needed to Navigate Their World


Have you heard the term "Executive Function?"  Join us May 2nd for an enlightening discussion about the vital social, emotional, and organizational skills children need to develop in order to be successful in school - and in life.  Attendees will hear why a child's ability to resist impulses, avoid distractions, and think flexibly leads to better outcomes in adulthood - including better health, a more successful career, and lower criminality. Learn practical, research based strategies and effective intervention for helping nurture these essential skills in children.  Keynote: Dr. Philip Zelazo, a Developmental Psychologist and Neuroscientist, is a Professor at the Institute of Child Development in the University of Minnesota.


WHEN:    May 2, 2014  8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Embassy Suites, 1601 Belvedere Rd., West Palm Beach


Please RSVP by April 9, 2014. Click here to register: http://childyouthsymp14.questionpro.com

If you have any regarding registration, please contact maria.iannazzi@cscpbc.org.



Palm Beach Victims' Rights Coalition Invites You to Participate in their "We Care" Campaign 

for Victims' Rights Week 2014  (April 6 - 12th, 2014) The Palm Beach Victims' Rights Coalition is seeking the compassion of community members, schools, churches, agencies, non-profits and businesses to extend the following support to victims of crime:
  • Write letters of comfort and encouragement.
  • Create encouraging posters, artwork or other crafts.
  • Donate discount coupons and/or goods to help individuals and families struggling during crisis.During Victims' Rights Week, our Coalition members will be interfacing with victims across the advocacy spectrum and will deliver these items as a surprise, demonstrating the compassionate care and concern of others.

We hope you will consider this as a personal or community project. Please email us at PBVRC@pbvrc.org if you are interested in participating in this wonderful opportunity to help others heal during a tremendously difficult period, and to make arrangements for a pick-up.


Deadline for submission: Friday, April 4, 2014  

"An act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a world of difference to a victim of crime. By reaching out to a victim in need of support, every person in our great nation can fulfill the promise of treating victims with respect, identifying and meeting their needs, and helping them seek justice." 
(John Gillis, Former Director of Office for Victims of Crime)                                                       Please visit our website: www.PBVRC.org  
NonProfit's First Education Pathways Series

Register now before classes fill up! For more information about our 2014 schedule visit  Education Pathway Series  



Publisher 2010- Intermediate

9:00 AM -
4:00 PM

Children's Services Council 

- Hamilton room


Effective Communication Strategies

9:00 AM -
12:00 PM

Children's Services Council 

- Stevenson room


Financial Policies and Procedures- Finance Series (Part 2 of 4)

9:00 AM -
12:00 PM

Children's Services Council,

, Stevenson room


Time Management

9:30 AM -
12:00 PM

Children's Services Council -

 Board room 185


Managing Risk through Internal Controls (Financial Series Part 3 of 4)

9:00 AM -
12:00 PM

Children's Services Council 

 Barrie B room


Cost Allocation and Budgeting (Financial Series Part 4 of 4)

9:00 AM -
12:00 PM

Children's Services Council 

 Stevenson room





The Paradigm Between Mental Illness and Addiction ~ Addictions and Mental Illness Conference


Presented by the Broward County Crime Commission as part of the crime commissions building bridges Mental Health Conference Series. This event will provide insight, detailed information, solutions, and tools on how to more effectively identify, treat and handle areas of substance abuse, addictions, suicide, and mental illness. It will also provide you with a much better understanding of those who suffer with mental illness and addictions. This event may sell out, so please register soon at the link below.  Distinguished speakers and panelists as well as host sponsorship packages.  

WHEN: April 11, 2014   8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  


WHERE: Deerfield Beach Doubletree by Hilton, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach


Click here for more information and to register for the event: http://www.browardcrime.org/conferenceevents.html




Job Opportunities Beyond the Glades


Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County  http://www.mhapbc.org/ 

United Way of Broward County  http://www.unitedwaybroward.org/

Community Partners  http://gocpg.iapplicants.com/searchjobs.php

Center for Strategic Philanthropy & Civic Engagement   add link here 

Feeding South Florida   http://www.feedingsouthflorida.org/career-opportunities.htm




Monday Morning Update ~ Children's Services Council March 24, 2014





Palm Beach County Department of Economic Sustainability ~ Sustainability Focus



Previous Postings


Q Fest Health Fair 


The City of Pahokee & Anquan Boldin's Q Foundation will host it's Annual Health Fair, Free information, blood pressure check, nutritional information free blood sugar check, and much, much, more.


WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 2014 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


WHERE: Anquan Boldin Stadium, 1205 Larrimore Road, Pahokee


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.17.14/HealthFairQFest.pdf



St. John First Missionary Baptist Church hosts first Annual Healing Conference


Wailing Women at the Wall ~ This dynamic breakthrough conference will be held at St John First Missionary Baptist Church.  There is no cost. The conference dynamic women are Pastors Rene' Williams (West Palm Beach), Noble Mays (West Palm Beach), Minister Pamela Derico (Belle Glade), and Francetine Dennard (Belle Glade).


WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


WHERE: St John First Missionary Baptist Church 600 S. W 8th St. Belle Glade 



Relay For Life of the Glades Theme: " Glades Superhero's Cancer" 


You can make a difference by... Joining us in the fight against cancer! Joining the planning Committee! Registering your team! Celebrating being a cancer survivor! Being a sponsor! Come for a fun time! 


WHEN: Friday, May 9-10, 2014


WHERE: Airport Park, Belle Glade  


For more information please contact Sandra Stewart: (561) 755-2439 


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.17.14/RelayForLifeofTheGlades.pdf     



Mental Health Awareness Month 


Do you have a child or teen who is struggling? in school, at home and with friends? Are you a parent or a teacher with concerns about a child's or student's behavior? 1 out of 12 children have a diagnosable mental illness. Mental illness are progressive disease. Early intervention and treatment can help prevent these treatable disease from progressing and help our children succeed in life. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Palm Beach County invites you to NAMI's Parents & Teachers As Allies presentation during Mental Health Awareness Month to learn  more about the possible waning signs of early onset mental illness in children and adolescents. This 2-hrs. workshop is free of charge at the following Palm Beach County Libraries during the month of May.


WHEN: Saturday, May 10, 2014 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 


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


View link for more details and locations: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.17.14/MentalHealthAwarenessMonth.pdf



Volunteers Needed at New Birth Deliverance Baptist Church Food Pantry


New Birth Deliverance Baptist Church, at 1650 S. Main Street, Belle Glade (the White and Purple/Pink church on the corner across from Glades Ice) delivers food to the needy on  the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month.  They are in need of volunteers on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays and Wednesday of the month to assist with sorting food supplies, making up food bags, organizing the food pantry, etc.  Tuesdays 12:00 - 2:00, Wednesdays 11:30 - 3:00.  If you are able to help, please contact Elder Brenda Williams at 305-336-5737.  



Interested in a Congressional Internship 


Thomas Rooney's office is currently accepting applications for summer interns in my DC, Punta Gorda, Riverview, and Sebring offices. This is a great opportunity for college students and recent graduates to get an inside look at our government, gain valuable experience, and possibly earn college credit. The application deadline is Friday March 28, 2014  

Interns would assist with various tasks in the office, including:

*  Giving tours of the Capitol Building
*  Sorting and opening mail
*  Answering phones
*  Attending hearings

*  Researching current legislation

For more information, or to request an application, please email RooneyInternship@mail.house.gov, or  202-225-5792. 


Job Opportunities 



Celebrating Fair Housing Month


This year we will be celebrating Fair Housing Month with a showing of A Raisin in the Sun and leading a discussion on the fair housing themes in the movie. 


WHEN: Friday, April 4, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


WHERE: The Mos' Art Theater, 700 Park Ave, Lake Park


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.17.14/FairHousingMonth.pdf  



Monday Morning Updates - March 17, 2014 





CROS Ministries: CROS This Week: March 11, 2014 





2014 Afterschool Symposium Spotlight  





Survivors National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children, Inc.




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