Week of April 7
, 2014      
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week

         Tuesday, April 8, 2014         7:30 p.m. -   10:00 p.m. Harmony Artist's The Doo-Wah Riders, Dolly Hand Culture Art Center
         Wednesday, April 9, 2014    11:00 a.m. -  2:00 p.m.  Palm Beach State College Career & University Transfer Fair, PBSC Belle Glade Campus 
         Saturday, April 12, 2014       7:00 p.m. -   5:00 p.m.  " Rodeo Round-Up" Golf Tournament, Belle Glade Sugar Cane Golf Club  
         Saturday, April 12, 2014       12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Q Fest Health Fair, Anquan Boldin Stadium             
         Saturday, April 12, 2014       10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.   28th Annual Clewiston Sugar Festival, Clewiston 


 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.

Every donation will be stretched further if you donate to our organization through http://www.greatgivepbc.org/#npo/the-glades-initiative-inc

Your donation to The Glades Initiative, Inc. will go a long way. 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!




Harmony Artist's The Doo-Wah Riders

There is no one else like the Doo- Wah Riders. For over 30 years they have been riding their own patch of the musical range throughout the west. They possess the rare combination of many years of experience and youthful energy, fired by a love for what they do. The Doo-Wahs are country, with a unique, original sound. They define their sound as "high energy country with a cajun twist". Their tight musicianship and powerful arrangements of classic and original songs have made them favorites everywhere they go. The Doo-Wah Riders have appeared in concert with: Garth Brooks, George Strait, Alabama, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Brooks and Dunn, Chris LeDoux, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, The Judds, Tracy Lawrence, Brad Paisley, Lone Star, Clint Black, Asleep at the Wheel, Jodee Messina, Randy Travis, The Oak Ridge Boys, Richochet, Travis Tritt, Marty Stuart, Leann Rimes, John Denver, Ricky Van Shelton, K. D. Lang, The Statler Brothers, and Joan Jett.


WHEN: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.


WHERE: Dolly Hand Culture Art Center, 1977 College Dr. Belle Glade


For more information contact Dolly Hand Box Office: (561) 993-1160





Palm Beach State College Career & University Transfer Fair


Thinking about where to go or what career to choose after PBSC? Come learn more about your favorite Universities and Careers


 WHEN:Wednesday, April 9, 2014 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


WHERE: Palm Beach State College, 1977 College Drive, Technical Education Center (TEC) Room #109

For more information contact Gwen Royal: (561) 993.1182


View link for details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.31.14/Career&UniversityTransferFair.pdf  



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


"RODEO ROUND-UP" Golf Tournament


You are cordially invited to a  "RODEO ROUND-UP" Golf Tournament!! Come join the state-wide rodeo organization, "All Florida Junior Rodeo Association", ***(BBQ lunch will be provided.)***


WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 2014


WHERE: Belle Glade Sugar Cane Golf Club, 2619 W Canal St N, Belle Glade


To sponsor or sign up your team,  please contact Renee Flowers (561-723-8104) or Patti Coleman (321-508-2761).



Planned Approach To Community Health (PATCH)  


The Glades PATCH is a program designed to help the community evaluate, plan and implement health education and disease prevention and intervention programs. PATCH helps promote the health of the community to include social, emotional and physical well-being of its citizens. PATCH is a partnership of concerned citizens and organizations. This partnership provides a forum for identifying health problems affecting the community and mobilizing the community to plan, conduct and evaluate intervention services.


WHEN: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


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



Glades Interagency Network (GIN) Meeting

WHEN:Tuesday, April 15, 2014 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 Diana Walker:  at (561) 692-1290



GIN Community Award Luncheon


The Glades Interagency Network is hosting its seventh Glades Community Awards Recognition. The Glades Community Awards Recognition Celebration is designed to bring the Western Communities of Palm Beach County together as one as we pay tribute to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to our local organizations and to the Glades Communities.  Each Glades area organization, agency, business, and individual will have an opportunity to recognize up to two people by completing an Honoree Form.  The cost of each Honoree's Plaque is $25.00. Please make your check payable to Maximum Results of Florida, Inc.  In support of your Honoree, we request the presence of a representative from your organization at this event . 


Thanks in huge part to one of our major sponsors, PNC Bank; there will be no cost for the lunch.  However, space is limited.  You must reserve seating for each representative from your organization as well as any Honorees you may recognize.  Complete the attached Reservation Form and return it with a check (for your Honoree(s) to Lutheran Services Florida PEPPI Head Start Center, 301 S. W. 8th Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430 no later than Tuesday, April 16, 2014.  Address all correspondence regarding The Glades 2014 Community Awards Recognition Celebration to the attention of Nadine Dessaint.  You may also reach Nadine at 561-996-1718, if you desire additional information or further clarification.


WHEN:  Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


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


For more information contact Nadine Dessaint: (561) 996-1718 


View link for more detail and reservation form: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.07.14/2014GINLuncheon.pdf  



Glades Community Organization Fund-raiser " Chicken Dinner" 


Glades Community Organization Fund-Raiser " Chicken Dinner", tickets are on sale now.  Help support this effort: ticket are $8.00 per person 


WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


WHERE: St. Philip Benizi Church Hall, 710 South Main Street, Belle Glade


For more information or to purchase tickets call: (561) 758-1457 or (561) 996-5551



AIDS Coalition of The Glades Annual Banquet  ~ Selling Ads for their Pledge Board


The AIDS Coalition of The Glades, Inc. is preparing for it's Twenty Seventh Annual Banquet. As you are probably aware the AIDS Coalition of The Glades' is a non-profit organization that provides emergency funds for medication, rental, and utilities assistance for individuals living with the AIDS/HIV virus residing in Western Palm Beach County. Tickets for the Banquet are on sale for adults $20.00 and $10.00 for children. They are requesting assistance in the purchasing of an ad to support this program. Ads will be featured on their pledge board at the event.  See link below for more details. 


WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.


WHERE: Mt.Zion A.M.E Church, Rev. I.S. & Sis (Etha) Jones Multi-Purpose Building, 908 SW Ave B Place, Belle Glade


For more information and to purchase ticket contact Sandra Stewart: (561) 755-2439


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.07.14/AIDSCoalition.pdf 



Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce Sixteenth Annual Golf Tournament 


Join the Belle Glade Chambers of Commerce for their sixteenth Annual Golf Tournament there will be first, second and third place prize! 50/50 raffle Longest Drive from the gold and the white closest to the pin on all par 3's. Entry fee includes: Green fees, carts, gift bags, lunch, range balls chance at $ 5,000 cash on a Hole-In-One!


WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 2014 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


WHERE: Sugarcane Golf Club, 2619 W Canal St N, Belle Glade


For more information or to register contact Brenda Bunting: (561) 996-2745


View link for details and Entry/Sponsor Form: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.07.14/GolfTournament.pdf 



4th Annual "Celebrate Life With Hope Festival" ~ Haitian Heritage


Come and celebrate the 3rd Annual "Celebrate Life With Hope Festival" with live music and a lot of fun. Your are Invited to be a partner: Community organizations, Government agencies, Health agencies, Private businesses, Vendors, Community leaders, Churches and many more. 


WHEN: Saturday May 17, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


WHERE: Hand Park, NW 5th Street and Canal Street, Belle Glade


For information call :( 561) 502-8968, (561) 317-3486 or Solidaritypbc@gmail.com 



Job Opportunities


The Sun: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.07.14/TheSun.pdf 

Catholic Charities ~ Grant Writer Development: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.07.14/GrantWriterDevelopmentAssistant.pdf  

Health Care District: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.07.14/HCD.pdf 

Community Partners: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.07.14/CommunityPartners.pdf 

Take Stock in Children ~ Office Manager: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.07.14/TakeStockInChildrenOfficeManager.pdf 

Junior League of Boca Raton ~ Executive Manager: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.07.14/ExecutiveManager.pdf 




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  



Job Corps at Vickers House South each Monday 


"Free" Job Training while you receive "Free" Housing, Meals, Healthcare, Dental Care, a living allowance & clothing allowance & Daycare in some locations!  Job training leading to jobs for: Economically disadvantaged youth ages 16-24 Veterans 20-24 years of age, Honorably Discharged People who are disabled (physically or emotionally.) There are many opportunities for young women! 


To be eligible:

  • Be ready, willing, and able to participate fully!
  • You must be a Citizen or Resident Alien, Social Security cards are required
  • Must speak /understand English (ESOL courses will be provided to improve your skills)
  • Academic training includes High School Diploma, GED preparation & College preparatory. College & Advanced Training is also available. 
WHEN: Every Monday 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
WHERE: Vickers House South 3801 Georgia Avenue - West Palm Beach
For more information contact Vickers House South: (561) 804-4975
View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.07.14/VickersHouseSouth.pdf    


Countywide Community Revitalization Team Meeting


Join Shirlon McCartyfor a presentation on the Roadmap to System Excellence, a strategic plan developed in 2012 by Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary, Wansley Walters. The plan focuses on the policy and procedure changes that are currently in progress in the Department to improve the ability for staff members to effectively work with youth and their families currently in the juvenile justice system and also create opportunities to prevent youth from entering the system. Secretary Walters enlisted the support of the youth, parents/guardians, judiciary members and community stakeholders when developing this plan to ensure that all voices were heard and considered when making the necessary changes to increase success with the youth in our communities.


WHEN: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


WHERE: Vista Center, 2300 N Jog Rd, Suite 1E-60, West Palm Beach 


For more information contact Duane Gainer: (561) 233-5318 or dgainer@pbcgov.org 


Join The Literacy Coalition at the Read Together Palm Beach County FINALE!

"The Language of Flowers" author Vanessa Diffenbaugh will discuss her book via Skype. Attendance is FREE. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served. RSVP is required.


WHEN: Wednesday, April 9, 2014  5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


WHERE: Harriet Himmel Theater, 600 S Rosemary Ave, West Palm Beach

For more information and to RSVP contact the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County: (561) 279-9103.


Eat Healthy Farmers Market 

WHEN: Wednesdays, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept.10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Dec. 10 2014 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: West Palm Beach VA Medical Center (CLC Solarium), 7305 N Military Trail, Riviera Beach




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  



#OK2Talk: Palm Beach County has SPOKEN


#OK2TALKPBC Community Conversations are complete and have captured the personal stories, needs and recommendations to improve Palm Beach County's mental health system. The Mental Health Association and its community partners are humbled by the honesty, respect and motivation that has been conveyed and received from the community throughout these conversations. Our team is diligently analyzing the common themes and community solutions that emerged from these discussions to present on follow by panel of community leaders who will respond to presented solutions.

  • Ann Berner, CEO; Southeast FL Behavioral Health Network
  • Vice Mayor Paulette Burdick; PBC Board of County Commissioners
  • Tana Ebbole, CEO; Children's Services Council
  • Dr. Debra Robinson; PBC School Board
  • Randy Scheid, Senior Program Officer; Quantum Foundation
  • Clay Walker, Director; Department of Children and Families
  • Dr. Ron Wiewora, CEO; Healthcare District of PBC
WHEN: Friday, April 25, 2014 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
WHERE: Embassy Suite, 1601 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach
For more information contact MHA: (561) 832-3755 or visit www.mhapbc.org

Play Therapy 101: A Client Centered Approach


The Center for Child Counseling is very pleased to be partnering with Women in Distress' Jim and Jan Moran Family Center to offer Play Therapy 101: A Client Centered Approach. This workshop is an excellent introduction to Play Therapy for students, interns, school counselors, and mental health professionals who work with children and would like to start using Play Therapy techniques . Building therapeutic relationships with children requires different skills than those generally used in working with adults.  The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with a basic introduction to the principles and techniques used in Client Centered Play Therapy.  Non-directive Play Therapy is a developmentally appropriate model, supported by research, for counseling children ages 3 to 13 who are experiencing a wide variety of presenting issues.The workshop will involve experiential activities in which the participant will learn and practice the basic techniques used in Client Centered Play Therapy.


WHEN: Friday May 2, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 


WHERE: Women in Distress' Jim & Jan Moran Family Center, 4700 NW 3rd Ave., Deerfield Beach


For more information call Clarissa DeWitt: info@centerforchildcounseling.org or  561-244-9499 ext. 3

View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.07.14/PlayTherapy101.pdf  

Monday Morning Update - April 7, 2014


Prime Time Friday Forecast ~ April 04, 2014  



Family Central Training Academy Upcoming Schedule of Events

Exceptional classes offered through Training Academy! We have a wide variety of classes coming up - ranging from business and computer skills to summer fun and safety! Please contact us to register!


View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/04.07.14/FamilyCentralTrainingAcademy.pdf 



File Your Taxes for FREE Online 





Florida Chain:Urge Florida's Lawmakers to Oppose Any Budget Without Healthcare Expansion




Previous Postings


The Glades Initiative, Inc. Nominated for the 2014 Heroes in Medicine Award


The Palm Beach Medical Society announced The Glades Initiative, Inc. as a nominee of their Heroes in Medicine Award in the category of Community Outreach. Individuals and organizations who utilize their skills in the field of health care to provide outstanding service to meet the need of people in local, national, and/or global communities were nominated. All nominees will be honored and winners announced at The Palm Beach Medical Society's 11th Annual Heroes in Medicine luncheon at the Kravis Center on Thursday, May 8, 2014.



Leadership Glades 2014 Class - Brick Sales Flyer Fundraiser 


This year the 2014 Class of Leadership Glades sponsored by the Belle Glade Chamber of commerce is joining forces with The City of Belle Glade and Palm Beach County Sheriff's office in the creation of a Veteran's Memorial at the Loading Ramp Park in Belle Glade. Funding for the overall park project and collaboration for the design is ongoing and expected to be completed prior to the end of 2014. Leadership Glades Class of 2014, recognizes the importance of honoring our Veterans and has chosen the opportunity to add a special feature on this community supportive project. To Raise Funds we are asking for contributions for individual brick pavers. The brick pavers will be utilized in the construction of the Veteran's Memorial Area and laser engraved with individuals and/or corporate name. Brick contributions are $50 minimum. Each paver is 4" x 8 ".Show your support to our community and local Veterans in this unique opportunity.


View link for more information: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.31.14/LeadershipGladesAnnualFundraiser.pdf  




Fire Prevention Presentation Disaster Preparedness/Hands only CPR


You and your staff are cordially invited to the American Red Cross for a presentation about fire prevention about fire prevention disaster.


WHEN: Every 2nd Wednesday of the Month 


WHERE: The American Red Cross 149 SE Avenue D, Belle Glade


Seating is limited, RSVP is required.  If you have any questions please give a call: 561-996-4291 or 561-718-4761.


View link for flyer and dates: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.31.14/AmericanRedCross.pdf



Stop the Violence Youth Summit 


Please Comissioner Diane Walker, if you are interested in being a vendor or presenter at this event. Your presentation should cater to our youth and parents.  Additional information will be provided as we continue our planning sessions. The next planning meeting is Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 9:30 at the City of Pahokee - Senior Wellness Center. 


WHEN:  Saturday, May 17, 2014

WHERE:  City of Pahokee



Palm Beach County Head Start/Early Head Start Now Accepting Applications!


Will your Preschooler be Ready? Accepting applications from income-eligible families with children from birth to 5 years old.  Pregnant mothers also accepted.Head Start and Early Head Start offers the following services FREE  Preschool Hot Meals and Snacks, Field Trips, Health Screening, FUN and SAFE Environment and more!! 


For Information Call:  (561) 233-1640 


View link for flyers: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.31.14/2014EnrollmentFlyer.pdf



Free Swimming Lessons at Belle Glade Pool and Pioneer Park Aquatic Center


The Drowning Prevention Coalition provides vouchers for free swim lessons for qualified children between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. Vouchers are provided on a first come / first served basis. A maximum of two vouchers are available per qualified child. A second voucher will be denied if the child does not attend all lessons in the first session.  Children who achieve level three in a swim program will also not be issued additional vouchers to enable non-swimming children to participate in the program. Parents whose child(ren) qualify and receive a voucher, may sign up for lessons at any participating aquatic facility in Palm Beach County.

Qualification Survey for Swim Bucks Program:

  • Child must be a resident of Palm Beach County
  • Child must be between the ages of 3 and 12.
  • Child must receive one or more of the following: Medicaid, Food Stamps, Heathy Kids, Free Lunch, Section 8 Housing. 
  • Child has not used two free swim vouchers in the past OR completed level three of a swim program. 
  • Child is  Special Needs.

Applications will be accepted on or after April 1, 2014.

How to submit your application:

  • Take this survey and send via Email to astewart@pbcgov.org, fax to 561.616.7084, mail to: 
    A Stewart, Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County, 405 Pike Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33411


Facility Name



Belle Glade

Belle Glade Pool *

1224 SW Ave E. Place 33430


Belle Glade

Pioneer Park Aquatic Center * **

866 SR 715 33430




New Program from CareerSource Replaces Public Assistance with Paychecks CareerSource Palm Beach County Launches Program to Increase Employment in Glades Communities


CareerSource Palm Beach County is launching a new program called Employment Reconnection that provides jobs and skills upgrades for residents receiving government-sponsored cash assistance programs, many of whom are long-term unemployed (those actively seeking a job for more than six months). More than half of the 53 participants are from the Glades communities in western Palm Beach County, historically one of the areas of highest unemployment in Florida and the nation. Through Employment Reconnection, individuals are paid $12 per hour for working 40 hours a week over 12 weeks. The program is running now through June 6, 2014. "We know that most people want to get back to work, and we're delighted to provide them with a pathway to employment that may become a permanent position," said Steve Craig, president and chief executive officer of CareerSource Palm Beach County. "Employment Reconnection will give businesses an incentive to offer our residents a chance to earn paychecks and upgrade their job skills."


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.31.14/EmploymentReconnectProgram.pdf  



The Struggle for Equality Continues





Palm Beach County Department of Economic Sustainability: Sustainability News


Nearly 10,000 Helped by Neighborhood Stabilization Programs in Palm Beach County 





Job Opportunities   


The Sun: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.31.14/TheSun.pdf 

The Sun 2: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.31.14/TheSun2.pdf 

Take Stock in Children~ Office Manager: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.31.14/TakeStockinChildrenOffice Manager.pdf 

Catholic Charities: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.31.14/CatholicCharities.pdf 

Health Care District: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.31.14/HCD.pdf 

Community Partner: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.31.14/CommunityPartners.pdf

Broward Center for the Performing Arts - Education Coordinator: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.31.14/TheEducationCoordinator.pdf  



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 Centerat: 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.


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



4th annual Youth Summit 


Middle and High School students are invited to attend the 4th annual Youth Summit to take place on April 26, 2014 at Gaines Park. 

Register online at  www.pbcyouthsummit.org.  Youth will receive 10 hours of community service and giveaways.  Join us for a day filled with education and entertainment.  If you are a vendor that provides services to youth, you are also welcome to participate.  Please register atcrobinson@ulpbc.org.


WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.  


WHERE: Gaines Park, West Palm Beach


Contact for more information:  Marcia Bahia at bahiam@pbso.org 


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.31.14/2014YS.pdf 

View link for vendor info.: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.31.14/2014YSVendorSolicitationLetter.pdf 

View link for registration form: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/03.31.14/2014YSVendorSolicitationLetter.pdf 



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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.
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 #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/ 



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:    Friday, 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.



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