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

Week of July 21, 2014      
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week
    Wednesday, July 23, 2014      12:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.    Community Voice-Lay Health Advisory's Training, Bridges at Belle Glade
    Wednesday, July 23, 2014      4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.      SR 80 Improvements Project Open House, FDOT Maintenance Bld., Belle Glade
    Wednesday, July 23, 2014      5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.      Parents Raising Readers, City of Pahokee Parks & Recreation Center, Pahokee    
    Thursday, July 24, 2014          9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.    Glades Technical Advisory Committee (GTAC) Meeting, Pahokee Wellness Center
    Friday, July 25, 2014              9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.      Tobacco Cessation Facilitator Training, The Glades Initiative, Inc.
    Monday, July 28, 2014           10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   Children's Story Hour, Belle Glade Library          
The Glades Initiative, Inc. Thanks the Teens of Camp Fire Sunshine Council for Landscaping Project
The Glades Initiative, Inc. was selected by the teens of Camp Fire Sunshine Council of Lakeland for a service-learning road trip on July 9.  These hardworking teens, Tiffany, Robert, Jenna, Matt, and Morgan -  gave back to the Glades community by helping to improve the landscape at the Glades Initiative offices.  The teens coordinated the entire project as they develop leadership skills.  The CampFire program is a service-learning road trip for teens.  Five teens and two adults are traveling throughout Florida giving back to the communities they visit.  Service-learning is more than just volunteering; service-learning projects help the teens see the world in a new way, to feel empowered to make a difference, and to improve academic skills through real life experiences.  
Our Program Assistant, Sandy Desty, gave the teens a presentation of the work we do in the Glades communities.  The project was managed by our volunteer, Bob Rehr, who worked along with the teens and donated the landscaping material.  Bob visits us weekly to assist Glades nonprofit organizations with distribution of food from the Palm Beach County Food Bank and our Glades Area Food Bank.   To view more photos, click here.  
The BEFORE picture.  Seriously in need of improvement!
 Help me look pretty!


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.


Glades Area Sites:



Weed and Seed

227 SW 6th St. Belle Glade

Lunch 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Afternoon snack 3:30 - 4;00

Contact Gary Blake 561-993-5402

Days: M, Tu, W, Th, F

6/9/14 - 8/15/14


Belle Glade Life Center

400 W. Avenue A, Belle Glade

Breakfast 9:30 am - 10:15 am

Lunch 12:00 pm - 12:30

Contact: Bob Bender 561-776-3340

Days: M, Tu, W, Th

6/16/14 - 8/8/14


Lake Shore Middle School

425 E CANAL ST N, Belle Glade

Breakfast Hours  08:00 am-08:30

Lunch Hours  11:00 am-11:30 am

Contact:  Lucy Moore

(561) 829-1100

Days of Operation  M, TU, W, TH

06/09/2014 - 07/31/2014


Lake Side Academy

710 S MAIN ST, Belle Glade


Breakfast Hours  08:00 am-08:30

Lunch Hours  11:00 am-11:30 am

Contact: Burine Robinson

 (561) 996-3870

Days of Operation:  M, TU, W, TH, F

06/23/2014 - 08/01/2014



Church of the Harvest

183 South Lake Avenue, Pahokee

Lunch Hours  11:30 am-12:30 pm

Afternoon Snack 01:30 pm-02:30

Contact  Barbara Iderosa 

(561) 924-7776

Days of Operation  M, TU, W, TH, F

06/16/2014 - 08/15/2014


Pahokee Deliverance

168 East 4th Street, Pahokee

Lunch Hours  12:00 pm-01:30 pm

Afternoon Snack 03:30 pm-04:30

Contact  Brenda Hickman 

(561) 914-0877

Days of Operation  M, TU, W, TH, F

06/16/2014 - 08/08/2014


Pioneer Park Elementary


Breakfast Hours  08:00 am-08:30

Lunch Hours  11:00 am-12:00 pm

Contact  Arbruary Canty

(561) 993-8616

Days of Operation  M, TU, W, TH, F

06/09/2014 - 08/07/2014


Belle Glade Boys & Girls Club

350 SW 10th Street, Belle Glade

Breakfast 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Contact: Tyron Arnette


Days: M, Tu, W, Th, F

6/5/14 - 8/15/14


Tanner Park

105 Palm Beach Road, South Bay

Lunch 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Afternoon snack 3:15 - 3:30

Contact: King Kindred


Days: M, Tu, W, Th, F

6/17/14 - 8/8/14


Glades Central High

1001 SW AVENUE M, Belle Glade

Breakfast Hours  09:00 am-09:45

Lunch Hours  11:45 am-12:45 pm

Contact Deborah Whyte

(561) 993-4464

Days of Operation  M, TU, W, TH

06/16/2014 - 08/07/2014


New Hope Charities

7450 State Rd 15 US 441 N, Pahokee

Breakfast Hours  09:30 am-10:30

Lunch Hours  12:30 pm-01:30 pm

Contact  Daniella Fonseca

 (561) 924-7986

Days of Operation  M, TU, W, TH, F

06/09/2014 - 08/08/2014


Pahokee Elementary

560 E. Main Street, Pahokee

Breakfast Hours  08:00 am-08:30

Lunch Hours  11:00 am-11:30 am

Contact  Wanda Cochran 

(561) 924-9710

Days of Operation  M, TU, W, TH, F

06/09/2014 - 08/01/2014


Dot & Ruby Helping Hands

1140 NE 18th Street, Belle Glade

Breakfast Hours  09:00 am-09:30

Lunch Hours  11:00 am-12:00 pm

Contact  Dorothy Harris 

(561) 983-3744

Days of Operation  M, TU, W, TH, F

06/23/2014 - 08/15/2014


Street Beat, Inc.

17 NW Ave B, Belle Glade

Lunch Hours  11:30 am-12:30 pm

Afternoon Snack 02:30 pm-03:30

Contact   Shanique Scott

 (561) 463-1265

Days of Operation  M, TU, W, TH

06/10/2014 - 08/07/2014


Pahokee United Methodist Church

491 E Main Street, Pahokee

Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Afternoon snack: 3:00 - 4:00

Contact: Sharonda Hagans

561-371-4768 x102

Days: M, Tu, W, Th, F

6/9/14 - 8/1/14


Everglades Preparatory Academy

360 E MAIN ST, Bld. C, Pahokee

Breakfast Hours  08:30 am-09:00

Lunch Hours  11:30 am-12:00 pm

Contact  Wanda Cochrane 

(561) 924-6413

Days of Operation  M, TU, W, TH

06/16/2014 - 07/31/2014


Pahokee High School

900 Larimore Road, Pahokee

Breakfast Hours  09:30 am-10:00

Lunch Hours  01:00 pm-01:30 pm

Contact  Rosie Warren 

(561) 924-6413

 Days of Operation  M, TU, W, TH

06/16/2014 - 07/17/2014


Pahokee Middle School

850 LARRIMORE RD, Pahokee

Breakfast Hours  08:00 am-08:30

Lunch Hours  12:00 pm-12:30 pm

Contact  Barbara Johnson 

(561) 924-6500

Days of Operation  M, TU, W, TH, F

06/09/2014 - 08/01/2014





View link for flyer:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.23.14/SummerBreakSpotsGlades.pdf

SR 80 Improvements Project Open House 


The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will host an informational Open House for safety improvements on State Road 80 (Hooker Highway), from State Road 15 (US 441) to County Road 880, in the City of Belle Glade. Project personnel will be on hand to discuss the scope of work, construction schedule, and address questions and comments one-on-one. No formal presentation will be made. This 18-mile project is scheduled to begin Monday, July 28, 2014, and is expected to be completed in late Fall 2015, weather permitting. This project will cost an estimated $20.6 million. Work is being performed by Ranger Construction Industries, Inc., with AIM Engineering & Surveying, Inc., overseeing the project. 

WHEN: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: FDOT Maintenance Building, 2728 State Road 15, Belle Glade



Glades Technical Advisory Committee (GTAC) Meeting


Would you like to learn about Minimizing the Impact of Emergencies and Disasters on Your Community? How to help yourself, your family, & your neighbors in the event of a disaster? The skills needed in emergency preparedness and response? Then, please join us at our upcoming GTAC Meeting and learn from the expert! Please bring your neighbors and learn about how to get involved to protect your family and your community.


WHEN: Thursday July 24, 2014 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


WHERE: Pahokee Wellness Center, 360 East Main Street, Pahokee


If you have any question contact Duane Gainer:  (561) 233-5318 or dgainer@pbcgov.org


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.21.14/GTACAgenda.pdf  


View link for agenda: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.21.14/GTACMeeting.pdf



Tobacco Cessation Facilitator Training


If you are a healthcare professional from any field and have a desire to help people break their addiction to nicotine, this free training is an excellent opportunity for you.  We are looking for dedicated individuals to operate as independent contractors in Western Palm Beeach County as tobacco cessation facilitators.  Limited space available.  Registration required.  Complimentary lunch will be served.


WHEN:  Friday, July 25, 2014  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


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


To register, please email the registration form to gvanwie@eahec.org.  For more information, call:  877-819-2357 


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.07.14/FacilitatorTrainingBelleGlade.pdf


View link for registration form: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.07.14/FacilitatorTrainingRegistrationForm.pdf



BRIDGES at Belle Glade July Community Calendar  



Children's Story Hour


BRIDGES at Belle Glade, in collaboration with the Belle Glade Library, will be hosting family literacy/communication skill-building activities at the brand new Belle Glade Library facility. Children ages 1 to 4 will have an opportunity to read and enjoy stories in an interactive forum. Parents will have a great time participating alongside their children. Topics for July are: Birthdays, Frogs, Bears and Food.


WHEN: Mondays, July, 28, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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


Community Voice _ Lay Health Advisor's Training


Come join BRIDGES at Belle Glade in a "Mommy Te" (Tea) parenting support dialogue. Parents can expect to meet and engage with others while addressing issues unique to parents. The sessions provide opportunities for parents to comment and ask questions. This month Community Voice will reveal facts regarding premature and low birth rate babies.  (Child Watch Available)


WHEN: Wednesday, July, 23, 30, 2014 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:  BRIDGES at Belle Glade, 816 W. Canal St. S. Belle Glade



"Be-Mart - Benjamins Shop"


It's ALL about the Benjamins! Your participation pays! Now come to BRIDGES to redeem them. The Be-Mart is open. Time to spend, the prizes are waiting!


WHEN: Thursday, July 31, 2014 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: BRIDGES at Belle Glade, 816 W. Canal St. S. Belle Glade



BRIDGES Orientation/Safe Kids "Summer Sports Safety"


Did you know that BRIDGES can help with...just about EVERYTHING? BRIDGES, along with our community partners, offers a wide array of services to families. Join us to learn exactly how those services can best meet your needs. Child Watch Available


WHEN: Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: BRIDGES at Belle Glade, 816 W. Canal St. S. Belle Glade


Car Seat Safety/Installations


BRIDGES at Pahokee will be partnering with Safe Kids Coalition in Safe Kids Car Seat Monthly Checks. Parents will have an opportunity to have their child's safety car seats checked for FREE. For parents who are in need of a car seat, a small monetary donation of $25 will purchase a new car seat along with having the safety technician install the car seat. Parents are asked to bring their child with them in order to ensure installation procedures are followed accordingly. To make an appointment, please call Arisbet Paniagua-Ruiz at 561-924-9224.


WHEN: Friday & Saturdays (by appointment) 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:  BRIDGES at Pahokee, 170 S Barfield Hwy, Pahokee 

For more information contact BRIDGES at Belle Glade: (561) 992-8210

View link for more information and activities: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.21.14/BBGJuly2014.pdf


BRIDGES at Pahokee July Community Calendar 


Parents Raising Readers 


"Did you know that when children do not read during the summer, they may lose a month or more of the progress they made in school?" BRIDGES is providing parents with all the tools they need to keep their children learning and active all summer long. Each week different community partners will introduce different strategies that parents can use at home, in the car or even while on vacation to keep children reading. 


WHEN:Wednesdays, July 23rd & 30th, 2014 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: City of Pahokee Parks & Rec. Complex, 360 East Main Street Pahokee




Simon Says Wash Your Hands


How many times a day does you wash your child's hands? Not always sure they are washing them completely when you are not there? Let us help you with this skill as we play games and sing songs about washing our hands. Come join us as we as we help your little one learn how to stay healthy by keeping their hands clean.


WHEN: Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: BRIDGES at Pahokee, 170 S Barfield Hwy #102


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.07.14/SimonSaysWashYourHands.pdf


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


View link for more activities happening this July: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.07.14/BAPJulyCommunityCalender.pdf



Crossroads Academy Student Registration Dates


First day of school for students: August 18th Dress Code- Polo Shirts (only)- Beige, White, Maroon, Blue, Red, Yellow, Green Pants- (Long only)- Khakis, Black, Beige, Blue, Gray, Brown, White & Jeans Belts must be worn by males and Females Clear or mesh Backpacks only. Teachers Return To Work- August 12th First School Advisory Council (SAC)- August 26th @ 5:30



Registration dates:  


WHEN: Monday, August 11-15, 2014 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


WHERE: Crossroads Academy, 225 NW 12th Dr., Belle Glade


For more information contact Crossroads Academy:  (561) 993-8400 




Youth Empowerment Center Participants Win Award for Video from Florida League of Cities

Members of the Belle Glade Youth Empowerment Center shot a seven minute video of Belle Glade that takes audiences on a powerful trip through the city's poverty stricken areas, its deserted playgrounds and dilapidated houses. The thought-provoking video was the third place winner of the Florida League of Cities' 2014 Youth Council Video Competition. The third annual video contest asked youth councils from around the state to look at the needs of their own cities and to find, in their opinion,the most critical need facing youth in their home town this year. Youth from the Belle Glade Youth Empowerment Center scoured the city and offered the idea to build a multi-complex recreational facility where young people could congregate in a safe environment. The pro­posed location for the facility was the Loading Ramp, where migrant work­ers line up in the mornings for buses that take them to the fields and where violence often occurs at night under
he shield of darkness. Video makers showed the importance of a safe haven for youth by highlighting the city's empty parks, its heightened gang violence and rundown buildings. The video also spoke of the 1980s HIV/AIDS crisis which sent other schools running, in a paroxysm of fear and naivety, from the dominating Glades Central Raiders. It also interviewed a well-known member of the community, Willie Clark, who has been serving the city of Belle Glade since 1946 at his barber shop. Clark spoke of the many changes he has witnessed since he moved to the city in 1941, including the ample supply of work that has dwindled year after year after year. 

For their hard work on the video, the Youth Empowerment Center will receive a trophy and monetary award, as well as recognition at the Florida League of Cities' annual conference. The winners will also be featured in the League's statewide publication, "Quality Cities" magazine. "The contest offers an opportunity for Florida's youth councils to showcase their ideas, creativity and commitment to their community," said P.C. Wu, president of the Florida League of Cities and councilman for the city of Pensacola. "Cities feel that it is important to expose young people to civic education at an early age so that they become more knowledgeable and active citizens. Youth councils are a great way to get local youth involved in their city governments."

To view the Youth Empowerment Center's winning video, visit the Florida League of Cities website at http://www.floridaleagueofcities.com/Publications.aspx?CNID=178.


Free Mammograms for those who Qualify at Lakeside Medical Center  


Don't allow money to keep you from getting a mammogram, and potentially saving your life.  You may qualify for a FREE mammogram at Lakeside Medical Center through a grant from Susan G Komen South Florida. Annual mammograms can detect cancer early - when it is most treatable.  In fact, mammograms show changes in the breast up to two years before you or a physician can feel them.  Mammograms can also prevent the need for extensive treatment for advanced cancers and improve the chances of breast conservation. Current guidelines recommend that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40 - even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer.


To see if you qualify for a free mammogram and to make an appointment, call Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade at 561-996-6571 ext. 8286


Learn How Good it Feels to Change a Life, Become a Red Cross Volunteer!


All cross the United States, American Red Cross volunteers help saves lives- assisting disaster victims, delivering community education courses and supporting the members of our Armed Forces and their families. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans donates their time and talent, but we need your help to continue to deliver these vital programs and services. You are needed by the Red Cross right now!



View link for more details on how to become an American Red Cross Volunteer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.21.14/VolunteerOpportunityAmericanRedCross.pdf


Jerome Golden Center for Behavioral Health Crisis Unit - Belle Glade


The community needs your help in advocating for the CSU (Crisis) Unit to remain open in our area.  The Crisis unit is an inpatient stablilization/detox unit that serves residents (children and adults) of the Glades and surrounding areas.  Many of these individuals are admitted to the program involuntarily committed under the Florida Baker Act Law.  When individuals represent a danger to themselves and/or others, it is critical that they get the needed treatment in a safe and timely manner.  Presently, CSU is in jeopardy of losing funding from Palm Beach County.  The Board of County Commissioners are scheduled to meet and vote on the topic tomorrow July 22, 2014.   Please voice your opinion through e-mails, fax, etc., to the Board of County Commissioners today!


Here is what could happen if the Glades CSU is not funded:

  • The Sheriff department will have to transport individuals in crisis to West Palm Beach taking the officers from their regulr duties for no less than two hours, placing the individual in crisis, the deputy and the community in danger.
  • Family members for adults and children in crisis will have to travel to West Palm Beach to see their loved ones, adding more stress to already very stressful situation. 
  • Family will have difficulties to be involved in the treatment plan of their loved ones as they will have to travel over 120 miles (roundtrip).  If they are in need of using public transportaion, the roundtrip will take them over 6 hours.
  • Eliminating this most needed service in the Glades area will have a compound negative effect to the community, placing the Glades residents in a precarious situation. 

Removing the CSU from the Glades area will take out a key component and a community safety net from the Glades continuum of care.


Commissioner Hal R. Valeche (HValeche@PBCgov.org                                                    Commissioner Steve L. Abrams  (SAbrams@pbcgov.org)

Commissioner Paulette Burdick (pburdick@pbcgo.org)                                                     Commissioner Jess R. Santamaria (jsantama@pbcgov.org)

Commissioner Shelley Vana (svana@pbcgov.org)                                                             Commissioner Priscilla A Taylor (ptaylor@pbcgov.org




First Annual Glades "Juke Joint" Music Festival  


 According to Dictionary.com, a Jook Joint is a slang term referring to an establishment where you eat, drink, and dance to music provided by a jukebox.  FREE ADMISSION.  Family Restaurant Soul Food until 6:30 pm.  Music all day from the Jooks.  Contests for best dress and best dancing from the 40's and 50's era, Essay contest on place of jooks in your family life.  


WHEN:  Saturday, September 20, 2014  10:00 am to 9:00 p.m.   Come and go throughout the day, rain or shine


WHERE:  Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Belle Glade


Brought to you by: Lawrence E Will Museum - Palm Beach State College Belle Glade - Glades Technical Advisory Committee GTAC




Job Opportunities 

Health Educator (Bilingual - English/Spanish) Belle Glade   http://www.hmhbpbc.org/careers#HealhEducator
15th Judicial Circuit Court Administration Juvenile Court Case Manager: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.14.14/JuvenileCourtCaseManager.pdf
15th Judicial Circuit Court Administration Electronic Transcriber: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.14.14/ElectronicTranscriber.pdf
15th Judicial Circuit Court Administration Court Report II: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.21.14/CourtReporterII.pdf
Palm Beach Habilitation Center Director of Residential Services: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.21.14/DirectorofResidentialServices.pdf
Palm Beach Habilitation Center Director of Business Development:http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.21.14/DirectorofBusinessDevelopment.pdf 
Palm Beach Habilitation Center Director of Day Services: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.21.14/DirectorofDayServices.pdf


Palm Beach County Community Action Agency's Community Action Advisory Board Meeting


The Palm Beach County Community Action Agency's (CAA) mission is to remove barriers and create opportunities for low income individuals and families that will enable them to become more self-sufficient.


WHEN: Tuesday June 22, 2014 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.  

WHERE:  Community Action Advisory Board Meeting, 810 Datura Street, West Palm Beach


For more information, please contact James Green: jgreen1@pbcgov.org  or (561) 313-1146. 


Upcoming Educational Opportunities with Nonprofits First

Nonprofits First offers a variety of Educational and Professional Development Opportunities for nonprofit executives and staff. Here are some of our upcoming courses:


Strategy and Execution - Part 3 of 3

July 24, 2014 - 9 a.m. to Noon

This course is designed to present the basic concepts of project management, focusing on elements that can have immediate impact on nonprofit organizations. Fee $50     More details 


Human Resources Management Essentials

July 29, 2014 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The course is designed to provide an understanding of the human resource requirements of the P2E assessment tool.  In addition, the course is an introduction to human resource concepts, legal requirements and the relationship between human resource best practices and the achievement of organization objectives.  Fee $50     More details


Join Jamaicans of Palm Beaches & Palm Healthcare Foundation at their Free Health Fair 


Join the Jamaicans of Palm Beach & Palm Healthcare Foundation for a FREE Health Fair, FREE back to school physical and immunizations (2 months-12th grade) please bring immunizations records. Children & Adults physical, vision, diabetic testing, breast exams, pap smears, PSA Tests, HIV Testing, and more.


WHEN: Saturday, July 26, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

WHERE: The Mollie Wilmot Center at Palm Healthcare Pavilion, 5205 Greenwood Ave., West Palm Beach 

For more information contact Marica or Ann Marie: (561) 577-7162 or (561) 385-1621


Summer 2014 Human Trafficking Academy


The LL.M. / J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights, at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, cordially invite you to participate in: Summer 2014 Human 


Trafficking Academy July 28 - August 1, 2014. 


Through a dozen intensive and inter-active courses, taught by top-level experts, academics and practitioners, we aim at empowering you with valuable knowledge, effective skills and helpful tools to address human trafficking: commercial sexual exploitation and labor trafficking.  Academy participants will gain insight into various manifestations of human trafficking, best approaches and successful practices in addressing the problem from your specific vantage-point, modalities of working with survivors, as well as ways of cooperating with each other, and partnering with the public and private sector and with the community at large, in order to develop a cohesive anti-trafficking strategy. Upon completion of the training, Academy participants will be awarded a Certificate by St. Thomas University School of Law. Continuing education credits will be available for lawyers, social workers and other professionals.


Register today at: https://www.stu.edu/HumanTraffickingAcademyRegistration/tabid/5481/Default.aspx    In class & On-line   Deadline to Register: July 21, 2014


For more information on this exceptional opportunity please check our website at www.humantraffickingacademy.org.  For questions, please email us at humantrafficking@stu.edu 


Play Therapy 102: A Client Centered Approach


This workshop is intended for participants who have basic training in Play Therapy or have attended introductory workshops, such as our Play Therapy 101 class. Workshop participants will engage in continuing exploration of the principles and techniques used in Client Centered Play Therapy, going beyond the basics. Experiential activities will help participants learn and practice advanced techniques and concepts used in Client Centered Play Therapy.  Participants will be able to: Better understand and manage the Play Therapy session and process expanding on basic skills and techniques; Understand a variety of play session themes with increased clarity, and more


WHEN: Thursday August 7, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


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


View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.21.14/PlayTherapy102.pdf  


Monday Morning Updates ~ July 21, 2014


Nursing Together July 2014: Palm Healthcare Foundation

New Nursing Grants Total $451,250 



Prime Time Friday Forecast ~ July 18, 2014 





NonProfit Legal Assistance Project (NLAP) Newsletter: EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination




Previous Postings GLADES AREA

Free Assistance with Enrollment to Medicaid, SNAP, and other services in Spanish & Creole
Community Resource Educators, Yasmin Gama, and Marie Jean Jacque

The Glades Initiative's two Community Resource Educators, who are bi-lingual in Spanish and Haitian Creole, assist families with limited English, low literacy, and limited or no access to computers to enroll in services such as SNAP and Medicaid using the One-E-App system. One-e-App is an innovative web-based system that provides an efficient one-stop approach to enrollment for these services. 


Using formulas developed by the Administrators of One-E-App and DCF, this past year alone, The Glades Initiative our clients in accessing services valuing $3,193,176.00.  In the 2012-2013 fiscal year, our two Community Resource Educators were responsible for accessing $1,067,105 of SNAP benefits for our clients - increasing their access to nutritious food. This translates to $1,963,473.20 in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) generated by the $1,067,105 in Food Stamps benefits. (USDA calculates each Food Stamp dollar generates GDP @ $1.84 = $1,963,473.20). 


In the same fiscal year, our two Educators assisted 1694 residents to enroll in Medicaid. Their efforts to bring these federal benefits into our community help not only the low income and food insecure children and families receiving the benefits, but help significantly in the economic stimulation of our community.  To make an appointment for enrollment assistance with Medicaid, SNAP, and other services, call The Glades Initiative at 561-996-3310.


Our Educators engage in outreach at many locations throughout our community in order to reach residents who may be eligible for Medicaid, SNAP, and other services but not receiving them.  They attend churches, food pantries, health fairs and can present to residents in both English and Creole about the services we provide.  If you would like us to come speak at your group or facility, please call Karis Engle at 561-996-3310 or email kengle@gladesinitiative.org.



Ambassador Program at Lakeside Medical Center


Lakeside Medical Center is pleased to announce the Ambassador Program. The Ambassador Program is a 12-week introduction into healthcare careers at our acute care hospital, with learning opportunities to include:

  • Team Building
  • Organizational Skills
  • Effective Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Leadership

If you are interested in joining the Ambassador Program at Lakeside Medical Center, and have a heart for healthcare, please download and complete the application and a 300-word essay regarding your reasons for applying to the program. The application and essay must be emailed to Ambassadorprogram@hcdpbc.org, or you can stop by the Human Resources Department at the hospital for a packet. Minimum qualifications: Age 16 years and older and must pass a background check.


For more information contact Nancy Colodny:  (561) 996-6571, ext. 8245, 



Community Impact Spotlight: Choir Coming to the Glades 

Community Impact grants from the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties are made possible by some of their generous fund holders. These grants are available through an open and competitive application process. Their Board recently approved more than $2.7 million in Community Impact grants this year to nonprofits working in the areas of affordable housing, arts and culture, the environment and hunger. 


One of these grants was awarded to the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches to fund a new program called "Choir in the Glades." The grant will support the formation of a satellite program in the Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay region, offering the children of The Glades access to choral music education and training. Young Singers is an 11-year-old community organization comprised of 350 Palm Beach County children from 2nd grade through high school.  Based at the Kravis Center, the nonprofit draws children from all over Palm Beach County, however the great distance between the two ends of the county has always presented transportation and time obstacles for children living in the Glades areas. This program will unite the community in a unique way. The three-year grant is provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fund of the Community Foundation. 


Stay tuned to the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches website for more information about the Choir in the Glades.  http://www.yspb.org/home


Catholic Charities Birthline/Lifeline Pregnancy Care Center in Pahokee

The Birthline/Lifeline Pregnancy Care Program promotes the sanctity of life and offers pregnancy care services at its pregnancy care center locations. Services are offered free of charge to all clients who meet basic criteria. At the pregnancy care centers, women coping with an unplanned pregnancy can access compassionate counseling regarding adoption, alternatives to pregnancy terminations and more. When a client who is abortion-minded sees her baby with an ultrasound, she has a change of heart and chooses life!

Below is a list of services we provide through our three pregnancy care centers: 

  • Free ultrasounds and pregnancy testing
  • Prenatal care referrals
  • Pro-life education
  • Abortion alternative counseling
  • Adoption referrals
  • Parenting Classes
  • Fertility Awareness Education
  • Material assistance
  • Assistance may include maternity clothes, baby apparel and layettes. When available, car seats, strollers, cribs, baby food, formula and diapers are provided.
  • 24-Hour Support Hotline for clients: 561-278-0880

Clients are provided with contact information and necessary documentation for Medicaid/medical coverage, referrals and other available services within the county and/or Catholic Charities.

Catholic Charities Pregnancy Care Center, 1200 E. Main Street, Pahokee.             View/download their  Birthline/Lifeline Pregnancy Care Centers brochure 



Family Central 2 Minute Update


Palm Beach VPK enrollment update: Family Central in Palm Beach County began issuing VPK certificates online on February 3, 2014, for the Summer 2014 and the School Year 2014/2015 program years. Since then, the application process has been a vast success.  Over 3,500 parents have submitted their applications online or in-person at the kiosks conveniently located on the main lobby at Family Central's Palm Beach office.


Click here for more details and to register!



Ace Your Driving Test with your Library Card!


In partnership with Driving-Tests.org, the Palm Beach County Library System now offers free, unlimited online access to Florida Driver Permit practice tests. Students of all ages can find everything they need to know about applying for and taking their Florida drivers' test in one convenient online location. The tests and the corresponding Driver's Handbook are available on Palm Beach County Library System's Online Research page at http://www.pbclibrary.org/online-research.  Driving-Tests.org offers 15 unique, Florida state-specific practice permit tests for motor vehicles and motorcycles. The high quality, multiple choice test questions were written by a team of automotive and online education experts. Each practice test is based on the current year's official Driver's Manual, so students are receiving the most up-to-date test questions. As part of Driving-Tests.org's Corporate Social Responsibility mission, a limited number of U.S. libraries are being offered this program free of charge.



Three newborns...No Foster Homes 


I just received a call from our Palm Beach Intake Center.  We have 3 babies that just came into foster care and not a single available foster home. They may have to go to a shelter.


All three are newborn

All three are healthy

All three are male

All three need a foster family


As you are out and about in the community today and through the weekend, please share the need for more loving foster homes. If you know anyone who would like more information about becoming a foster family please call our foster parent recruitment hotline at 561-352-2501



Nursing Scholarship Cycle Now Open for 2014-2015 Academic Year


Through the generosity of  donors, and as part of the Palm Healthcare Foundation's commitment to advance nursing in our community, Palm Healthcare Foundation annually funds a needs-based scholarship program to encourage individuals to enter and advance in the nursing profession.  Palm Healthcare is pleased to announce that the Palm Healthcare Foundation nursing scholarship cycle for the 2014-15 academic year is now open. 


Please visit the scholarship link on the Palm Healthcare Foundation website at www.palmhealthcare.orgfor information about eligibility criteria and the application process. 

For students submitting applications directly to Palm Healthcare Foundation, the application DEADLINE IS 5:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2014.  Students applying directly through their nursing programs should check with their schools for application process and deadline information.


Please feel free to call (561) 833-6333, or email Regine Cordon at rcordon@phfpbc.org  or Amy Dean adean@phfpbc.org if you have any questions.



Bringing, CIRCLES - A national movement to the TRI-CITY Area


Today, nearly 50.4 million Americans - including 22% of our nation's children (16M) - live in poverty. In Palm Beach County the poverty rate is 14%, but in the Circles target areas the rates are much higher: Riviera Beach (25.4%), Pahokee (26.7%), Belle Glade (35.1%) and Boynton Beach (16.2). Majority of our community suffers needlessly trying to meet their basic needs in a community that has ample amount of resources and opportunities.  If our mindset could shift from our denial and confusion about poverty to clarify about ending it, the abundant resources and opportunities of this community would flow into solutions that would rapidly eliminate poverty for our low income families. More rapidly than any of us could even imagine.


Bridges of Pahokee has partnered with Pathways to Prosperity to coordinate a program focused on helping families transition out of poverty, called Circles. Circles is an initiative that believes every member of the community has gifts and strengths to share with one another. It offers the participants the opportunity to identify their own strengths in order to improve their lives and help build the community around them. Families that are working their way out of poverty (Circles Leaders) and community volunteers (Ally's) will build relationships with each other in an effort to break down isolation, keep children safe, educate the community about how to reduce poverty, and achieve self-sufficiency and economic stability. Our most important requirement is that:


The Circle Leader commits to:

  • Completing Circles® orientation
  • Completing 18-20 week Circles® poverty training
  • Attending Weekly Community Meetings that include dinner and youth programming with other Circle Leaders and Allies (contact the Circles® Coach when you are unable to attend)
  • Making progress toward the goals you identify
  • Meeting monthly with your circle to build relationships, brainstorm action steps, and document your progress

The Circle Ally commits to:

1.       6-12 hours per month 

2.        Being a Circle ally for 18 months

3.       After you are matched with the Circle, you will have: 

a.      one monthly meeting with the Circle at a mutually convenient time 

b.      one monthly Community meeting with other Circles and the staff to discuss


Circle progress, systems barriers, and other pertinent items to the Circle

c.       an optional regularly scheduled ally support meeting

d.      phone and in-person contact as needed throughout the month


If you are interested in participating in Circles to make not only a life style change but a community impact, please don't hesitate to call me, Charquanza Felton @ 561-924-9224



Job Opportunities 


The Sun: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.14.14/TheSun.pdf

Community Partners: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.14.14/CommunityPartners.pdf

Indeed Job Search: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.07.14/IndeedJobSearch.pdf

Indeed Job Search: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.14.14/IndeedJobSearch.pdf

PBC Medical Society Service~ Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator - FLSA Category: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.14.14/PBCMedicalSocietyHealthNavigator.pdf

Support a Glades Nonprofit ~ Employee/Volunteer Livescan Level II Fingerprint/Background Screens


Educators, health, human service workers, and others required to complete Level II background screens for employees and volunteers working with children or vulnerable populations can complete their screens at The Glades Initiative in Belle Glade. The Glades Initiative is a nonprofit organization serving the Glades area.  If you have to have your employees screened, why not pay a nonprofit organization for these services instead of giving your money to a for profit screening company?  In addition, if your organization becomes a member of the Glades Initiative for an annual $50 fee, you receive reduced rates as well as other benefits.


The Glades Initiative rates are as follows:                          Member Rates:                          Non-Member Rates:

DCF Child Care Facilities/Summer Camps                              $40                                                     $45

Dept. of Elder Affairs/Guardian Ad Litem                                 $40                                                     $45 

ACHA/DOH Health Care Facilities                                          $75                                                     $80

VECHS Nonprofit Agency Employee                                      $55                                                     $60

VECHS Nonprofit Agency Volunteer                                       $45                                                     $50

Dept. of Education/Teachers Certificate                                  $55                                                     $60

Dept. of Health/CNA/Healthcare Cert.                                     $75                                                     $80

All others, Standard Rate                                                      $75                                                     $80


Mobile Rate: we will do screening at your site for a minimum of 10 screens. Travel expenses may be assessed and included in the cost for screens completed outside of the Glades.  We take cash, credit, debit, or check as payment.        

Contact Sandy Desty to schedule an appointment at sdesty@gladesinitiative.org or (561) 996-3310


Click here for our Background Screening flyer and membership application.



Belle Glade and South Bay Teachers 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, Jameson Hall, Belle Glade


For more information call: (561) 996-2745


Save The Date: Glades Stop The Violence and Crime Prayer Walk 

"Let's spread the message of love and peace amongst our community"

WHEN: Saturday, September 27, 2014 

WHERE: Belle Glade


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.

Previous Postings OTHER AREAS
NonProfit Legal Assistance Project Newsletter: Significant Changes to Florida's Data Breach Law


The Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 1524, or the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014, on April 30, 2014, and was signed by the governor. The new law takes effect July 1, 2014, and will impose stringent new requirements on numerous Florida businesses that handle personal information. According to the Florida Office of the Attorney General (AG), the purpose of the bill is to better protect the confidential personal information of Floridians and hold accountable those who attempt to breach the security of that information, although many of the new penalties will significantly affect organizations who experience a breach.  In addition, this new law will have a significant impact on Florida health care providers and health plans. This new Bill will replace the existing statute in Florida.


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.14.14/NLAPNewsletter.pdf  


Community Connect Newsletter May/June 2014
Community Foundation of PBC and Martin County News From Our Community - June/July 2014



Monday Morning Update - July 14, 2014 


South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force Meeting


The South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force has scheduled its quarterly meeting for the month of August. 

WHEN:  Thursday, August 14, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


WHERE: Christ Fellowship Church/Life Center, 5343 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens  

For more information and to RSVP contact Victor Williams or Bonnie Jo Daniels: bonniejod@cftoday.org or (786) 295-5955, Victor.B.Williams@ice.dhs.gov



11th Annual Turn on the Light South Florida Conference ~ Child Abuse and Neglect   


Join The Children's Healing Institute for Education... Resources... Networking... The Turn on the Light South Florida Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect is a one-day conference that brings together professionals who work with or on behalf of children and families for a full day of educational and networking opportunities. LEARN Attend a variety of workshops and presentations focused on key trends related to child abuse and neglect programs, research, practices, therapeutic approaches and advocacy. Continuing Education credits are available for many professions. GAIN Acquire information and resources about community programs, services and products relevant to children and families from local and national exhibitors and vendors. CONNECT Network with professionals of varied disciplines who work with children and families including social workers, psychologists, law enforcement, attorneys, nurses and teachers.


WHEN:  Thursday, October 16, 2014 


WHERE: Palm Beach County Convention Center, 650 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach


View link for registration form: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/06.23.14/SpecialRateConferenceRegistration.pdf



The Quantum Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2014/2015 cycle.


The Quantum Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2014/2015 cycle.  Please go to our website and click on the "Apply for a Grant" tab.   

Click "Learn more about Quantum in the Community," Set up an account or access your account to apply.


* Special Note: if you were funded in our last grant cycle (November 2013), you must have your final report completed and submitted before your new accplication will be considered for funding.


The deadline for applications is Friday, August 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
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
Click here to Volunteer
Donating to The Glades Initiative, Inc.

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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