2014 Winner of the Palm Beach Medical Society's "Hero in Medicine" Award  for Community Outreach                                     

                                                                         Week of May 27, 2014   
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week

     Tuesday, May 27, 2014       4:00 p.m. -  6:00 p.m.      Free Resume Writing Workshop, The Glades Initiative, Inc., Belle Glade
     Wednesday, May 28, 2014  4:00 p.m.-   6:00 p.m.      5th Annual Children's Mental Health System of Care Expansion Project, Light House Cafe, Belle Glade
Medical Interpreter Trainings 


We are offering our 40-hour Medical Interpreter Training in both Belle Glade and Boynton Beach, to anyone who is bilingual and interested in fine tuning their interpreting skills.  We are targeting people who are between the ages of 18 and 24 or unemployed and want to become medical interpreters. Full-time students and unemployed individuals may attend free of charge.  As a trained interpreter you can qualify to apply for available interpreting jobs. This is a 40-hour basic training for bilingual  individuals interested in medical or community Interpreting. Topics covered include consecutive interpretation, specialized terminology; such as Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology; Common Medical Problems; Code of Ethics; Multicultural Awareness; and Interpreter skill development. 


Please share this training opportunity with your organization's employees and clients who are bilingual.  If you know someone who is passionate about participating in the 40 hour training, but low on funds, please have them fill out the scholarship form.  It's a wonderful opportunity to learn some new skills to start off the New Year or get potential employers to notice your application!


Cost: $400.00 if not eligible for scholarship, For more information, Contact: Karis Engle,  Phone: 561.996.3310   Email:  kengle@gladesinitiative.org


Click on images below to access the flyer and registration form.

 Click here to access our scholarship application

Free Resume Writing Workshop


The Glades Initiative, Inc. is offering a free 2-hour Resume Writing Workshop on May 27 2014 from 4:00 - 6:00. Participants will learn six action steps to lay the groundwork for a great resume, writing your career objective, your job history, and summarizing your experience ~ all on one page. Seats are limited. Please RSVP to Sandy Desty at (561) 996-3310 or sdesty@gladesinitiative.org by May 26.


WHEN:      Tuesday, May 27, 2014       4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


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

5th Annual Children's Mental Health System of Care Expansion Project
The Department of Children and Families is seeking the participation of youth, family, and community members as they continue planning for this exciting and essential project in Belle Glade, Canal Point, Pahokee, and South Bay. The purpose of the partnership meetings is to establish a coordinated network of community-based services that are organized to meet the challenges of children and youth with mental health needs and their families.  Families and youth work in partnership with public and private organizations to ensure that services are effective, build on the strength of individuals, and address each person's cultural and linguistic needs.  
WHEN:  Wednesday, May 28, 2014   4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Lighthouse Cafe, 400 SW Avenue B, Belle Glade 
Disaster Changes Lives.  As a Red Cross Volunteer, You Can Too
Train in a day to become a Red Cross Volunteer.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Pizza and refreshments will be provided for lunch.  To register online, go to add link here  http://www.redcross.org/fl/palm-beach/volunteer   and choose either adult or youth volunteer application.  After you create your Volunteer Connection Profile, please choose the "Train-in-a-Day-Event"  as your new volunteer orientation and follow the steps to complete your registration.  You will receive a confirmation several days before the training date. 
To register by email or phone, In the Palm Beaches (West Palm, Boca, Belle Glade) - Colleen.Raniere@redcross.org, 561-650-9103 
On the Treasure Coast (Stuart, Vero, or, Okeechobee) - Carol.Falcon@redcross.org, 772-562-2549
WHEN:    Saturday, June 7, 2014  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

WHERE: American Red Cross Service Centers County Wide; Belle Glade Service Center, 149 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade


Pahokee Youth Empowerment Summit "Embrace Your Potential"
2014 Theme:  Do Young People Have the Courage to Face Today's Challenges? Say Yes to Y.E.S.! Registration & Breakfast: 9:00 a.m. Lunch Will Be Provided


WHEN:  Saturday, June 7, 2014 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


WHERE:   Pahokee Middle School, 900 Larrimore Road, Pahokee


For more information contact Diane L. Walker:  (561) 924-5534 


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.27.14/2014PahokeeYES.pdf   

View link for Youth registration form: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.27.14/2014YESRegistrationForm.pdf

View link for vendor registration form: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.27.14/2014YESVendorRegistrationForm.pdf

You're Invited ~ The Glades Initiative's Summer Potluck
A couple times per year we have a tradition at The Glades Initiative, Inc., inviting all our friends from partner Glades agencies to join us for a

potluck luncheon.  Part of the tradition includes a gift exchange game - so if you and your guests would like to participate in this fun game, please bring a gift valuing $10 that would be suitable for a man or woman. Please RSVP to Sandy Desty at 561-996-3310 or sdesty@gladesinitiative.org by June 17 with the number of people you are bringing and the dish you will bring.  

WHEN:  Friday, June 21, 2014 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. 


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

The Professional Opportunities Programs for Students (POPS)
The Professional Opportunities Program for Students, Inc. (POPS) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) community-based organization whose mission is to provide personal and professional development for teenagers who face social and economic barriers that impact the quality of their lives. The goal of the POPS program is to prepare the students for future success by assisting them in the completion of high school and motivating them to pursue advanced education and gainful employment.  In addition to providing
 the students educational counseling and developmental skills training, POPS also provides the students with stipends for their summer internships. An Employer Partner that provides a work site placement and mentor relationship for one or more POPS student interns plays an integral part in the overall development of the students and the success of the POPS program. With your support, the students will have an opportunity to see first-hand how the knowledge and skills they learn in school and in POPS-sponsored workshops are applied in a "real world" workplace. The Employer Partner is requested to provide to provide work site placement and mentor relationship for eight (8) weeks during the summer.

For more information visit their website at  www.popinc.org or contact POPS District Manager, Derick Payne, 360 East Main St. Pahokee, 561-924-8105 ext. 244

email:  derick.payne@popsinc.org



The Western Observer ~ Palm Beach Sheriff's Office Newsletter Dedicated to Western Communities

It is our pleasure to introduce to you the first edition of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Western Observer newsletter. This is a newsletter dedicated specifically to the communities located west of 20 mile bend. Our goal is to keep the Glades Citizens as informed of community events and activities in which PBSO sponsors and/or participates.  By working together we will make our communities happier, healthier and safer.

Community Policing Unit ~ Western Communities

Cities and counties across the nation are turning to community policing. Community policing is a strategy that builds on fundamental policing practices with Police officers as public servants who interact with citizens on a daily basis, have a unique opportunity to demonstrate the importance of citizen involvement in the community.  In turn, they realize that their authority and effectiveness are linked directly to the support they receive from citizens. When fully embraced, community policing is democracy at its best.mphasis on crime prevention and lasting solutions to problems. It requires new resolve from citizens and new thinking from police officers. Community policing reduces crime and fear while restoring a sense of order. But it also can rebuild the bond between citizens and government.


For the Western Communities our Community Policing Unit consists of Sgt. C. Cohen, Corporal N. Mitchell, D/S R. Bush and D/S A. Alfonso as a team they work closely with the tri-cities and their residents.  A few of the well-known annual events we are involved in:  Shop with a Cop, Christmas Meal and Toy distribution, Thanksgiving Meal distribution and the Back to School Bash.


Job Opportunities


Health Care District: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.27.14/HCD.pdf

Boca Raton Museum of Art Adult & Community Programs Coordinator:


Chamber of Nonprofit Health & Human Services PBC ~ Information and Referral Specialist: 


Junior League of Boca Raton~ Director of Development: 


Sabal Palm ReEntry Center, Pahokee:  http://cec.hodesiq.com/joblist.asp 

Florida Department of Health Palm Beach Community Health Division: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.27.14/ProgramCoordinator.pdf  


4th Annual Small Business Showcase & Conference

Growing A Business? 

Marketing    Time is money, where & how should you spend your "pool" of marketing dollars

Management  Need a CFO or Sales Manager, can't afford one, why not share

Manufacturing  Where can you get a prototype made, production in the US.. why not, sewing

Money         Where is it, who has some, how to get it

If you are looking for answers to the above topics or... 

*             how do I get certified as a small business owner, woman owned, minority owned, veteran owned business.

*             what are the types, and benefits of certification... State, County, School Board, City, Federal (WOSB, 8a, Veteran)

*             who can help me navigate the process and find opportunities

*             what FREE services are available to me as a small business owner   

WHEN: Monday, June 2, 2014 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: The TED Center and Florida Women's Business Center, South County Civic Center - 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach
For more information contact Victoria: (561) 265.3790 x103 or Victoria@FLWBC.org

View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.27.14/SmallBusinessShowcase&Conference.pdf
Family Fun Day Celebrating World Refugee Day 
An invitation is extended to you for the Family Fun Day Event for World Refugee Day on June 10, 2014 at Broward College's North Campus we still have some spots available. There will be an awards ceremony honoring refugees and a special naturalization ceremony.  There is no fee for the event but all service providers/vendors must have a fun family activity or free giveaways at their table for the event to be successful. If you are interested in having a table at this event please fill out this form and please send it back to me as soon as possible. This is a joint event that will include clients and service providers from Broward and Palm Beach County. Thank you and hope to see you again at World Refugee Day 2014!
WHEN:  Tuesday, June 10 , 2014  

WHERE: Broward College's North Campus


West Palm Beach VA Medical Center 4th Annual Leveling Minority Health Disparities  
Individual Engagement: How I can reduce Ethnic Minority Health Disparities? Open Forum: * How to recognize symptoms for Diabetes, Heart Disease, COPD
* How to increase one's Quality of Life
* Share Effective Suggestions for consideration
* Openly Express what you as an Individual plan to do
* Light Refreshments will be available
* Games and Prizes! 

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 10, 2014     12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

WHERE: West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, 3B-260,  West Palm Beach
The Changing Healthcare landscape:  What it Means for Nursing

Please join Palm Healthcare Foundation and your nursing colleagues for a conference about the rapidly changing healthcare system and the implications for the nursing profession.  Topics to be discussed include an overview of healthcare system delivery and reimbursement changes; a framework for discussing these changes with nursing staff and others; nursing leadership; care transitions; inter-professional practice and the involvement of family caregivers in a team-based approach; and adapting nursing education.  Keynote speaker: John Armstrong, MD, FACS, Surgeon General and Secretary of Health, State of Florida.  Nursing Contact Hours: 4.0   Cost:  $25 per person.

WHEN:  Friday, June 13, 2014 8:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Registration Begins at 7:45 a.m.  Continental breakfast and lunch included.

WHERE:  City Place Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach

Project Reach Out Helps the Uninsured

Come to Project Reach Out and find out what programs you are eligible for and how to get enrolled.  
* Medicaid
* Florida KidCare (CHIP)
* Health Insurance Marketplace
* Project Access
* Health Care District
of Palm Beach County
- Coordinated Care Options 1 & 2
For more information call the Palm Beach County Medical Society at 561-433-3940 or visit www.pbcms.org

WHEN:  Friday, June 20th, 2014      2:00 - 5:00pm  and 
             Saturday, June 21st, 2014  9:00am - 1:00pm

WHERE:  Palm Beach County Medical Society, 3540 Forest Hill Boulevard, Suite 101, West Palm Beach


Early Childhood Mental Health Training

This unique training experience combines didactic instruction with actual clinical experience and live supervision at our Child and Family Center in Palm Beach Gardens and local childcare centers. Professionals learn an array of skills including observation techniques, mental health consultation, assessment, and treatment techniques for young children and their families using best practices and evidence-based therapies, including Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, and Infant Mental Health models.


WHEN: Monday, June 23-27, 2014  9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. 


WHERE: Center for Child Counseling, 7731 N. Military Trail Suite 4, Palm Beach Gardens


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.27.14/EarlyChildhoodMentalHealthTraining.pdf


Three (3) FREE CEUs for Psychologists, Nurses, LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs.

The maturation and dysmaturation of anterior and lateral prefrontal cortex and the development of executive function in both health and psychiatric disorders.  The prefrontal cortex is the area of the brain that is the most developed evolutionar-ily, the latest to mature developmentally, the most complex in its neural circuitry, the most sophisticated in the cognitive functions it mediates, and the most vulnerable to dysmaturation and the developmental expression of psychiatric illness. The lateral and anterior aspects of prefrontal cortex in particular mediate executive function or the temporal organization of goal-directed action. Executive function deficits have been found to be characteristic of the sequelae of early trauma, ASD, ADD, schizophrenia, and perimenopause. This talk will review developmental neural circuitry aspects of anterior and lateral prefrontal cortex, and its relationship to normal development and psychiatric disorders. Children's Services Council and Cheryl Checkers, NAMI/PBC's Youth Services Director, will be presenting on their initiatives to help develop executive functioning for children, adolescents and adults.

WHEN: Saturday, June 24, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: West Palm Hospital Pavilion, 2201 45th Street, West Palm Beach

For more information and to RSVP contact Beth Vassale:  Beth.Vassale@hcahealthcare.com

View link for flyers: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.27.14/CEUEvent.pdf

Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County Announces New Executive Director: 
Nancy Stellway
Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County would like to make a formal announcement of our newly appointed Executive Director, Nancy Stellway. For the past three years Nancy has lead the organization's program department and under her leadership doubled the number of students benefiting from the program's direct services. Nancy will now lead all facets of the organization, which currently serves nearly 400 low-income and at-risk middle and high school students each year, and approximately 300 students pursuing post-secondary education at colleges across Florida. Working with a dedicated team and an active Board of Directors, she will oversee the organization's program and operations, fundraising and development efforts, as well as strategic partnerships.
View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.27.14/NancyStellwayTakeStockinChildren.pdf
Monday Morning Update - May 27, 2014 

Previous Postings ~ GLADES AREA

Community Action Program's COPE Simulation: Poverty Simulation  


Do you have what it takes to survive a"month"in poverty? Please join us fora town hall forum and COPE Simulation (Cost of Poverty Experience) in an effort to change the face of poverty - one family at a time.


WHEN: Friday, June 6, 2014 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


WHERE: West Technical Education Center,  2624 State Road 715. Belle Glade 


For more information contact Trenesia Rozier: 561-841-3500 ext. 4302, 561-512-9460, or trozier@cp-cto.org  


Summer Day Camp for Elementary Age Children ~ June 9 - July 25, 2014 


7 Weeks of Summer Day Camp sponsored by CROS Ministry (Christians Reaching Out to Society). Children 1st grade - 5th grade. Providing a safe, fun, and educational opportunity for elementary age children this summer. Affordable with Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack included. 


WHEN: Monday, June 9 - July 25, 2014 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 491 E. Main Street, Pahokee


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.19.14/2014CROSSummerCamp.pdf


View link for application: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.19.14/2014CROSSummerCampApplication.pdf


Job Opportunities
15th Judicial Circuit- Administrative Office ~ Law Library Associate I: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.19.14/LawLibraryAssociateI.pdf
15th Judicial Circuit- Administrative Office ~ Computer Specialist II: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.19.14/ComputerSpecialistII.pdf
15th Judicial Circuit- Administrative Office~ Juvenile Court Case Manger: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.19.14/JuvenileCourtCaseManger.pdf
15th Judicial Circuit- Administrative Office~ Electronic Transcriber: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/05.19.14/ElectronicTranscriber.pdf  
Previous Postings ~ OTHER AREAS

Housing Principal Reduction Program Reopens on May 15


The Florida Housing Finance Corp. has reopened its landmark principal reduction program and will begin accepting applications at 9 a.m. Thursday. The plan, which is one of five under the $1 billion Hardest Hit Fund, gives underwater homeowners up to $50,000 to reduce their mortgage debt. Unlike the original application process where only 25,000 applications were accepted, this process will remain open until the $350 million allocated for the program is committed.


The eligiblity requirements for the program have not changed. Homeowners must be current on their mortgage payments, live in their homes as their primary residence, make 140 percent or less than the area median income and owe 25 percent or more on their mortgage than their home's value.

For more information on the program, go to  www.flhardesthithelp.org or call (877) 863-5244.

Shining Star Awards

In celebrating of Father's Day Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies and the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are partnering together for the Shining Star Awards. This event will celebrate men whoa re great role models of fatherhood and who exhibits strength and community in their everyday lives. These father or father figure will be nominated by moms, kids, wives, family member, colleagues, and Friends. Recipient will be selected by a panel of community members. 

WHEN: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 6:00 p.m.  -9:00 p.m.

WHERE: West Palm Beach Marriott, 1001 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach
For more information and to purchase tickets: (561) 665-4504

Free Training: Internet Marketing for You ~ Your Business, Your Budget, Your Results  

Develop effective online marketing strategies for your business on your budget. Learn marketing basics, including demographic targeting, persona development, social media trends, Google AdWords, and best practices. Part 1: What works? Find out what works in Internet marketing and learn how to develop an effective marketing strategy. 2nd Floor Program space Part 2: How to implement your strategy Learn how to create an actionable marketing plan thats right for your business or organization. Computer Lab Part 3: Tracking, measuring, and improving your marketing strategy - Learn how to track, measure, and analyze your results to improve future marketing campaigns.

 Register online at mycitylibrary.org

WHEN:  July 1, 8, and 15, 2014  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach - 2nd Floor Computer Lab, 411 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach

211 Regional County Snapshot

211's Snapshots for April 2014 are now available for you to review! 211's Snapshot is a monthly report highlighting select statistics related to 211 Helpline's overall call volume from residents of Palm Beach County, Martin County, St. Lucie County, Okeechobee County, and Indian River County. This snapshot provides a summary of demographic data while reflecting the problem/needs of those individuals who contacted 211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast in search of information, assessment, referrals, telephone counseling, crisis intervention and/or suicide prevention services.


 The April 2014 Snapshot is now available for your review:  Snapshot Report for the Region



Posting Information to Our Eblast & Volunteer Opportunities

Anyone wishing to add their local announcements or events is welcome to submit their information by Friday to be posted the following week. Please include a brief summary of the information to be posted with your contact name, phone number and/or flyer. If you want to submit a posting please email us at updates@gladesinitiative.org or (561) 996-3310.


If you would like to submit your volunteer opportunities on our site below, please email us at volunteer@gladesinitiative.org


                                           Check the Glades Community Calendar for                                          Check out Volunteer Opportunities at the Glades Initiative

                                      additional activities scheduled in the Glades area:                                               or opportunities with our Partners in the Glades:

Glades Community Calendar


Glades Volunteer Opportunities


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. 

If your place of work has a United Way giving campaign, you can keep your donation in the Glades by designating your contribution to The Glades Initiative, Inc.  



The Glades Initiative, Inc., 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430  561-996-3310
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