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

Week of July 28, 2014      
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week
   Wednesday, July 30, 2014   12:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.  Community Voice- Lay Health Advisor's Training, BRIDGES at Belle Glade
   Wednesday, July 30, 2014    5:30 p.m.-  7:30 p.m.  Parents Raising Readers, Pahokee Parks & Recreation
   Thursday, July 31, 2014        4:00 p.m.-  5:00 p.m.  " Be-Mart- Benjamin Shop", BRIDGES at Belle Glade
   Thursday, July 31, 2014        5:30 p.m.-  7:00 p.m.  Simon Says Wash your Hands, BRIDGES at Pahokee 


BRIDGES at Belle Glade July Community Calendar  



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 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 Nina Wills 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 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



The Salvation Army Office in Belle Glade has Funds for Utility Assistance


The Salvation Army in Belle Glade has fund available for utility assistance such as electric and water. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY ~ ABSOLUTELY NO WALK IN'S"


WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


WHERE: United Methodist Church, 401 SW 1st street, Belle Glade


For more information and to schedule appointment contact Jennifer: (561) 993-5680 or (561) 686-3550


Pre-Apprenticeship Programs to Introduce Students to Construction Trades at West Tech


The School District has partnered with Florida Training Services to provide Pre-Apprenticeship programs that introduce students to the construction trades by using a multi-trade curriculum that included aspects of: Plumbing, HVAC, Carpentry, and Electrical. The location of this program is The Historical West Tech Campus located in Belle Glade, FL. On June 24, the West Tech Vocational Program held its first graduation ceremony since the doors were closed over 16 years ago. Twenty adult students were presented with certificates from the Florida Department of Education in the Pre Apprenticeship multi trade construction area.


All students received the following:


* The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Certification Card

* First Aid, CPR and AED Certification

* OSHA 10 Certification

* Forklift Certification

* Scissor Lift Training

* Boom Lift Training


Registration for next year classes will begin mid-August. Classes offered next year will be trade specific and that will include Electrical, HVAC, Welding, and another Multi trade class will be offered for those students undecided which trade they would like to pursue. Tuition is $90 and Financial Aid is available for students who qualify please call 561-744- 7931. Classes are Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. based on a two day schedule for students (Mon. and Wed. or Tues. and Thurs.) Upon successful completion, students apply for Apprenticeship Trade School. If accepted, tuition is free and students are employed in their preferred vocation. The target population for this program is at-risk high school students, graduating high school seniors and adults as it provides a new set of skills and opportunities that they can use for the rest of their lives.


For more information please contact West Tech Front office: amanda.mcginley@flttrainingservices.com  or 561-996-4900. 



Dehydration and Heat Exhaustion


Hot temperatures and high humidity mean lots of sweating, and this can increase your chance of dehydration. To avoid becoming dehydrated, it is important to drink plenty of fluids, especially water -- even if you don't feel thirsty. Depending upon your physical activity and heat exposure during hot weather, it's a good idea to drink even more water. According to health experts, fluid requirements vary from person to person. Please keep in mind that people with medical conditions, such as kidney disease, heart disease, or those who require a fluid restricted diet or who have problems with fluid retention, should consult a physician before increasing their fluid consumption. Knowing the signs of dehydration and knowing what to do, is very important. Signs of dehydration can include excessive thirst, headache, weakness, feeling dizzy or light headed, nausea, muscle cramps, feeling overly tired or sluggish and feeling irritable. You may also experience decreased urine levels and/or urine that has a strong odor or is darker than normal. 


You may experience all, some or none of these signs, so the best way to avoid dehydration is to monitor your water or fluid intake, modify your physical activity or reduce the length of activity according to weather conditions. Don't wait for the symptoms of dry mouth, flushed skin, headaches, lightheadedness or fatigue. You should prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day. Help to avoid becoming dehydrated by staying out of the direct sun, wearing light-colored and loose fitting clothing, limiting physical activity and using fans whenever possible. If you suspect you are becoming dehydrated, get to a cool or shady

area and sip cool water or fluids. If your condition does not improve, seek medical attention immediately.


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.28.14/DehydrationandHeatExhaustion.pdf  



A Better Pahokee E-Newspaper July 2014 




Newsletter Summer 2014



Job Opportunities 

Health Care District: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.28.14/HealthCareDistrict.pdf



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:



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


Palm Beach County Community Action Program Advisory Board Election Notice 


A public meeting will be held for the purpose of selecting a representative of Target Area:  Boynton Beach to the Palm Beach County Community Action Program Advisory Board. To be eligible for selection, you must be able to demonstrate that you: Are at least 18 years of age and live in one of these target areas:   Boynton Beach, FL


WHEN: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


WHERE:  900 N. Seacrest Blvd, Boynton Beach


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.28.14/ElectionNoticeBoynton.pdf  


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 


T Leroy Jefferson Medical Society 14th Annual Health Fair

"Start This School Year with Clean Air, Nutritious Meals, Exercise and Preventive Check-Ups for the Entire Family," will allow the under-served, uninsured and at-risk members of our community to access health care services and health education. The health fair is free and open to the public. Offerings will include: back-to-school immunizations, dental screenings, vision testing, pap smears, breast exams, diabetic testing, blood glucose and cholesterol level checks, HIV testing, and breathing capacity checks. The event will also include presentations on living healthier lifestyles and health conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), HIV, diabetes, and heart disease.

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

WHERE: FoundCare Health Center, 2330 S. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach

View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.28.14/14thAnnualHealthFair.pdf


The Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County brings you Project Homeless Connect ~ A Day of Dignity


Are you homeless join us for National Healthcare Day for the Homeless, and Day of Dignity free resources:  Clothing, Toiletries, Haircuts, Food, Healthcare, Vision / Dental Screenings, Pregnancy / HIV Testing and many other resources to assist your temporary crisis situation. Many more free services including:  Homeless Outreach Team (H.O.T.), Assessment Screening, Food Stamps, Medicaid / Medicare, and more.


WHEN: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


WHERE: American Polish Club 4725 Lake Worth Road Greenacres


For more information and to RSVP contact Michelle Howell-Phillips:  mhowell1@pbcgov.org


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.28.14/DayofDignity.pdf 



Stepping Out of Poverty and Into Opportunity ~ A Symposium Invites Agencies to Partner

The Palm Beach County Department of Community Services ~ Community Action Division (CAA) will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Economic Opportunity Act by leading a public discussion that will highlight anti-poverty strategies and programs funded by CAA's Community Services Block Grant. The Symposium will take place on Monday, August 18, 2014, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, at the Government Center, 6th Floor at 301 North Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL 33401.  They would like to invite your organization to join in this endeavor and would be honored to have you as a strategic community partner. 


This partnership would require the following: 

  •  Having a representative (s) in attendance at the Symposium
  • Sending a copy of your logo to be added to the Symposium flyer
  • Sending the flyer out to your constituents to encourage their participationIf you would like to join us in this effort, please complete the attached form, and provide your agency logo no later than Thursday, July 31st, 2014 to James Green via email at jgreen1@pbcgov.org.

 WHEN: Monday, August 18, 2014 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

WHERE:  Governmental Center (6th floor Commissioners Chamber), 310 N. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach 

For more information contact James Green: (561) 355-4792 or JGreen1@pbcgov.org 

    Access Agency Invite Here


     Access the Registration Form Here 


 View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.28.14/SteppingOutofProverty.pdf



9th Annual South Florida Conference  "The New World of Health Care:  What's Working Today"


The Florida Health Care Coalition invites you to attend our 9th Annual South Florida Conference A closer look at a high value collaborative presented by Lawrence Becker, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Alliances and Analytics, Xerox Corporation


WHEN: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


WHERE: The Ft. Lauderdale Marriott North, 6650 North Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale


For more information contact Karlene Lucas: Karlene@flhcc.com


View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.28.14/FHCCConference.pdf



Monday Morning Update - July 28, 2014 





Job Opportunities


Youth Coop Case Manager    http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.28.14/YouthCoopCaseManager PBC.pdf

Inclusion Specialist        http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/07.28.14/InclusionSpecialist.pdf


Previous Postings GLADES AREA

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



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: 



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



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.


  2014-2015 Rates
Member RatesNon-Member Rates
    DCF Child Care Facilities/Summer Camps$40$45
    Dept. of Elder Affairs/Guadian Ad Litem$40$45
    ACHA/Dept. of Health w/photo$75$80
    VECHS Nonprofit Agency Employee$55$60
    VECHS Nonprofit Agency Volunteer$45$50
    Dept. of Education/Teaching Certificate$55$60
    Dept. of Health/Healthcare Certificate w/photo$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

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


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 Newsletter: EEOC Issues New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination




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  



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.  



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