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

Week of June 9, 2014      
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week

      Monday, June 9, 2014      5:30 p.m. -  7:30 p.m.   Effective Transportation Planning Meeting for the Glades, Belle Glade City Hall
      Tuesday, June 10, 2014      9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Glades Initiative Medical Interpreter Training Begins, Boynton Beach
      Tuesday, June 10, 2014   10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Summer Reading Program: The Amazing Mr. A, Pahokee Library 
      Tuesday, June 10, 2014    3:00 p.m. -   5:00 p.m.  Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance (LORE) Board Meeting, Belle Glade CareerSource 
      Saturday, June 14, 2014   10:00 a.m. -  4:00 p.m. Impact 4 Christ Community Outreach Event  Pahokee Church of God

Medical Interpreter Training in Belle Glade


The Glades Initiative is offering a 40-hour Medical Interpreter Training in Belle Glade to anyone who is bilingual and interested in fine tuning their interpreting skills.  All bilingual individuals are eligible. 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 to the right to access the flyer and registration form.


WHEN:  June 18, 19, 23, 24, & 25 


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



Summer Break Spots in the Glades

Summer Break Spots or the Summer Food Service Programs are federally funded by the USDA and is state-administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Children need healthy food all year long in order to grow and learn.  During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-priced meals through the School Breakfast and Lunch Programs.  When school lets out for the summer, many of these children are at risk of hunger or poor nutrition.  This program is designed to ensure that children have access to the nutritious meals they need to grow, learn and play during the summer months and to help ensure their bodies and minds are healthy and strong for the upcoming school year.  


There is no cost for meals.  USDA requires that meals be served at no charge to the children.  However, the site may have a fee set for the activity program they provide.  

At almost all sites, there is no application necessary and any child 18 or younger can simply come during meal times to receive a meal. However, we do suggest that you give them a call first to let the site know that your child may be coming during meal time. Some sites ask that an adult or responsible teen accompany children during the meal time because they don't have staff to handle extra children that may not be a part of their regular activity program.   Exception: A few sites (like overnight camps and sites in higher income areas) do require that parents fill out a form about family income in order for children to receive meals.


Weed and Seed                                      Belle Glade Life Center                                Belle Glade Boys & Girls Club                         

227 SW 6th St. Belle Glade                        400 W. Avenue A. Belle Glade                         350 SW 10th Street, Belle Glade            

Lunch 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm                          Breakfast  9:30 am - 10:15 am                         Lunch  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Afternoon snack 3:30 - 4:00                        Lunch  12:00 pm - 12:30                                 Contact:  Tyron Arnette 561-992-5399

Contact Gary Blake 561-993-5402               Contact:  Bob Bender  561-776-3340                Days:  M, Tu, W, Th, F

Days: M, Tu, W, Th, F                                Days:  M, Tu, W, Th                                       6/5/14 - 8/15/14 

6/9/14 - 8/15/14                                          6/16/14 - 8/8/14


Tanner Park                                            Pahokee United Methodist Church

105 Palm Beach Road, South Bay              491 E Main Street, Pahokee

Lunch 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm                           Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Afternoon snack 3:15 - 3:30                       Afternoon snack: 3:00 - 4:00

Contact: King Kindred 561-996-0930           Contact:  Sharonda Hagans  561-371-4768 x102

Days: M, Tu, W, Th, F                               Days: M, Tu, W, Th, F

6/17/14 - 8/8/14                                         6/9/14 - 8/1/14


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.06.14/SummerBreakSpotsGlades.pdf




Effective Transportation Planning for the Glades  

Do you live in Belle Glade, Pahokee, Canal Point or South Bay? Your opinion can shape the future of transportation in the Glades! Bring your voice, bring a friend, tell us what you think.  Directions 2040 is the long range transportation plan currently being developed with public input by the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Directions 2040 will provide the framework for a balanced and cost feasible transportation system that includes mass transit, roadways, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, smart growth policies, and more.  Featured speaker: Nick Uhren, Executive Director, Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

WHEN: Monday, June 9, 2014   
5:30 pm 

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


For more information:  Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)     www.PalmBeachMPO.org or 561-684-4170 




Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Alliance (LORE) Board Meeting


The LORE Board of Directors will meet at Workforce Alliance. Please note the change in time as we have several speakers. Below is the agenda for this upcoming meeting.


WHEN: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


WHERE: CareerSource, 1085 South Main Street, Belle Glade


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.06.14/LOREAgenda.pdf 



Join the Summer Reading Program - "Fizz, Boom, Read!" 


Patrons of all ages are invited to join our "Fizz, Boom, Read!" Summer Reading Program, which runs from Jun 09 to Aug 01 at all Palm Beach County Library System locations, including the Bookmobile.


Jugglemania 2


WHEN: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

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


The Amazing Mr. A


The Amazing Mr. A discovered the wonderful world of magic at age 10... and has been performing ever since! The show of this 4-time Florida State Magic Champion includes magic, comedy, ventriloquism and audience participation. All ages. (45 min.)


WHEN: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

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


View link for details and locations:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.06.14/2014SummerReadingProgram.pdf  

Impact 4 Christ Community Outreach Event


All are welcome to the Pahokee Impact 4 Christ Community Outreach bring you own tent and chairs. Free food: Hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cone, and more. Their will be Health service offered, Free HIV testing (confidential), blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, live entertainment, games for children, bounce house, and more.


WHEN: Saturday, June 14, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


WHERE: Pahokee Church of God, 245 W. 3rd Street (Empty lot beside the church), Pahokee


For more information contact Tasha Murvin or Deborah Abner: 772-647-0267, 561-463-9591



A Healthy Life Styles For the Spanish Community 


A Healthy Life Style 


WHEN: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

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


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.09.14/HealthyFamily.pdf


Hands On CPR Class


Come learn how you could save someone's life by providing care to an unconscious person. Every minute counts. It is simple.


WHEN: Saturday, June 21, 2014 11:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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


View link for flyer in Spanish: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.09.14/CPRSpanish.pdf

View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.09.14/HandsOnCPR.pdf  


Managing your Diabetes ( Manejando su Diabetes ) 


Managing your Diabetes in Spanish for six weeks 


WHEN: Saturday, July 26, 2014 11:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

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


View link for flyer in Spanish: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.09.14/TomandoControldesuDiabetes.pdf


Palm Beach County Farm Worker Jobs & Education Program
Are any of your family members a farmworker?  Would you like to get an education or training, to find permanent year-round employment?  If your answer is yes to these questions, this may be the perfect program for you.  
What can the program do for you?                                                                                                   Who is eligible?
1.  We can provide you with vocational training                                                                                 1.  Seasonal or migrant farm worker
2.  We can help you improve your reading and math skills                                                                 2.  U.S. citizen or legal resident of US
3.  We can send you to English classes                                                                                          3.  Low income or family receiving public assistance
4.  We can help you to obtain a high school diploma                                                                         4.  50% of income from farm work or 50% of work time in farm work
5.  In some cases we place students in work experience for a period of time                                       5.  Have done some farm work in the past 24 months
6.  We could help you to prepare for a job
If you are not eligible, but you know someone who is, or was a farm worker, working in a packing house of nursery, please let that person know that he/she may be eligible for our program.  Call today to complete the pre-application and evaluate your eligibility.  607 S. Main Street, Suite 103, Belle Glade, FL.  Contact:  (561) 992-7405                                                                           
Teacher Appreciation Breakfast 

All Belle Glade and South Bay teachers are invited to attend a Teachers' Appreciation Breakfast, Friday, August 15, 2014 from 8 - 9 a.m. at Community United Methodist Church in Jameson Hall.  Supported by the following businesses: Lakeside Medical Center, Palm Beach State College, the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Burger King and Royals, Sem-Chi Rice, Okeelanta, Bank of Belle Glade, Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative, Florida Power & Light, Wedgworth Farms, Pirtle Construction, Suffolk Construction.  Co-sponsored by the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Glades. 
WHEN:  Friday, August 15, 2014  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
WHERE:  Community United Methodist Church in Jameson Hall
For more information call 996-2745. 


Community Trip to Miami Dolphins Game against the Kansas City Chiefs 


St. John 1st Missionary Baptist Church is hosting a community trip to the Miami Dolphins VS Kansas City Chiefs.  Cost:  $50.00 (includes transportation, admission, and food).  Cost breakdown:  $42.00 transportation & admission, $8.00 food (at church).  Please note: Passengers do not have to ride the bus.  Receipts will be issued.  Only 50 tickets available. They are on sale now.  The deadline to purchase tickets is Sunday, August 17, 2014. Sponsored by the Trustee Ministry.

WHEN:  Sunday, September 21, 2014  Game Time: 4:25 pm    (Bus will depart from church's parking lot at 1:00 pm)

WHERE: St. John 1st Missionary Baptist Church/Miami Dolphins Stadium

For more information, contact Stephanie Harper at (561) 996-1139 or Kevin Wright at (561) 261-0717.


Job Opportunities 

The Sun: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.09.14/TheSun.pdf
FoundCare/Comprehensive AIDS Program of PBC - Case Managers:  http://www.foundcare.org/HIVServicesJobOpenings


Medical Interpreter Training in Boynton Beach


The Glades Initiative is offering a 40-hour Medical Interpreter Training in Boynton Beach to anyone who is bilingual and interested in fine tuning their interpreting skills.  All bilingual individuals are eligible. 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 to the right to access the flyer and registration form.


WHEN:  June 10, 11, 12, 13, & 16


WHERE:  United Way of Palm Beach County, 2600 Quantum Blvd., Boynton Beach


Fun in the Sun Free Health & Nutrition Fair

ZUMBA, FREE FOOD, DRINKS, FUN, GAMES & RAFFLES, HIV, Syphilis, & Hepatitis Testing, other Health Screenings & Special Guest Speakers on Health & Fitness.  


WHEN:  Saturday, June 28, 2014  11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:  638 6th Street, West Palm Beach

Hard Rock Trip:  Health and Wellness Conference Kick-off Promotion 

Join Superior Charter Bus, INc. as they take a trip to an evening of fun. Fun Activities: Every Day Classic Bingo, Buffet Style Dinner, Shopping...Shopping, Casino Slots, Tables Games, Bus Trip Raffles, and Much More...... Trip donation $25.00 (RSVP & Trip Donation Received by Wednesday, June 24th; 5:00 pm)

WHEN:Saturday, June 28, 2014 5:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.


WHERE: 800 Clematis Street Parking Lot, West Palm Beach

For more information contact Group Leader: Caroline Hill: (561) 255-7711 (561) 779-6734
Habitat for Humanity PBC Homes Available 


Habitat for Humanity PBC is now accepting Partner Family Applications for homes available in the City of West Palm Beach. 1018 19th Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 - 4 bedroom/2 bath, 1290 sq. ft.1024 Lincoln Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33407 - 3 bedroom/2 bath, 1084 sq. ft.

  • $60,000 sales price
  • Average monthly mortgage payments: $400 - $500 (includes taxes & insurance)
  • Reduced Sweat Equity Requirements: 200 volunteer hours!
  • ADT home security system with 1 year of FREE service
  • Storm shutters
  • ENERGY EFFICIENT HOMES: Brand NEW Energy Star Appliances: refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, washer & dryer; Brand New central AC & heat system

For more information call (561) 253-2080


WHEN: Accepting application until June 30, 2014

WHERE: Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, 6758 North Military Trail, Ste. 301, Riviera Beach

For more information please visit the Habitat PBC website: 


Attention Nonprofits:  Apply for Civic Engagement Project

Community engagement is a guiding principle of Leadership Palm Beach County. We empower leadership class members to take active roles in the community through our interactive curriculum as well as year-long civic engagement partnerships with civic organizations.  Civic engagement projects utilize the intellectual capacity of each class to address the needs and goals of civic organizations in Palm Beach County.  Civic Engagement RFP


Frequently Asked Questions:

1.   How do I apply to be considered for a Civic Engagement Project? 
2.   Can I view past project examples?

3.   Where are the mandatory workshops held?

      Two Proposers Workershops will be held.  All organizations submitting a proposal must attend one workshop.


Friday, June 13th 8:30am - REGISTER HERE

NonProfits First, at the Children's Services Council
2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Tuesday, June 17th 12pm - REGISTER HERE

The Palm Beach Post, Auditorium 

2751 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Monday Morning Update - June 2, 2014  





Previous Postings GLADES AREA


World Sickle Cell day  

"Break the silence: Go Red!"

We would like to extend an invitation to you to join for summit on Sickle Cell. The theme of the event is: "Break the silence: Go Red!"   The summit, which will start at 10:30 AM, will feature remarks by elected officials, a state of the sickle cell disease address, client testimonials, a special appeal from our poster child and ambassadors and an interactive dialogue for broad consensus on specific community actions at a time when studies have confirmed that sickle cell anemia is on the rise worldwide.Since the discovery of sickle cell in the western hemisphere in 1910, considerable progress has been made in biomedical research, disease surveillance, and care coordination yet barriers to care and quality treatment persist. The Sickle Cell Disease Research, Surveillance, Prevention and Treatment Act - which has been historically underfunded - expired in 2009 and efforts to reauthorize it has not been successful. On December 22, 2008 the 63rd General Assembly of the United Nations, declared June 19 World Sickle Cell Day to raise awareness of the disease.  This resolution further recognized Sickle Cell as the World's foremost and at times "most lethal, genetic diseases".  The first World Sickle Cell Day was celebrated on June 19, 2009.


 WHEN: Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


WHERE: Lake Shore Civic Center/Resource Center, 1224 S.W. E Place, Belle Glade


For more information and to RSVP contact Ralph Cheriza: rcheriza@sicklecellpalmbeach.org or (561) 833-3113 Ext. 112



Comcast Program Offers Affordable Internet Access to Eligible Families 


Comcast Program Offers Affordable Internet Access to Eligible Families. In an effort to close the digital divide separating many American families from home Internet access, Comcast has created Internet Essentials. The Comcast Internet Essentials program is an affordable broadband service available to eligible families in need of Internet access. Through the Internet Essentials program, families will pay just $128 a year ($9.95 per month with taxes) for fast Internet access. Comcast is also offering laptop or desktop computers for $149.99 plus tax when families sign up for the Internet Essentials program. Families who want to ensure their students have Internet access over the course of their school career have the option of paying a one-time fee of $1,816 for both a home computer and Internet access from kindergarten all the way through high school. The incredible discounts offered through the Internet Essentials program make it affordable and easy for families to join the online community.




Job Opportunities

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 (es) you will bring. Don't wait too RSVP, because there is only 30 seats available!

WHEN:  Friday, June 20, 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  


Previous Postings OTHER AREAS

Youth Cultural Entrepreneurship & On the Job Training Program

The Global Business Development Center is now accepting applications for our Youth Cultural Entrepreneurship & On the Job Training Program Ages 17-21.  Participants learn how to start their own business in a class room environment and they are placed in internship positions to practice what they have learned.  Participants are paid a stipend for their work experience.
WHEN: Monday, June 16 - August 9, 2014 

WHERE: Location Varies

Palm Beach County Business Leadership Network Quarterly Seminar

Palm Beach County/South Florida Business Leadership Network Quarterly Seminar come join us. Presentation: Making Your Business A.D.A. Compliant Joseph R. Fields, Jr., Esq., LaBovick Law Group.

WHEN: Wednesday June 25, 2014 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Children Services Council of Palm Beach County, 2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach

For more information contact Genevieve Cousminer: 561-966-4288 ext. 100 or gcousminer@cilo.org  

View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.02.14/BLNQuarterlySeminar.pdf

National Alliance on Mental Illness Palm Beach County Updating Resource Guide  
NAMI PBC is currently in the process of updating its Resource Guide to Mental Health Services in Palm Beach County. In order to provide our community with a thorough and accurate listing of services, please complete the attached form and return it to our office with your payment. Please return your form and payment by June 30, 2014. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Free Teen Support Groups Beginning this Summer

Are you a teen struggling with feelings of sadness? Are you a parent worried about your teen's emotional well-being? Help is available. Beginning in June,The Center for Child Counseling is partnering with NAMI of Palm Beach County to offer free, weekly teen support groups in West Palm Beach. Open to males and females in grades 7-12, the groups will be facilitated in a safe environment to help teens...
* Feel less lonely, isolated, or judged
* Gain a sense of empowerment and control
* Improve coping skills and sense of adjustment
* Talk openly and honestly about feelings
* Reduce distress, depression, or anxiety


Monday Morning Update - June 2, 2014





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 



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.


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


Donating to The Glades Initiative, Inc.

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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.  



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