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

Week of August 04, 2014      
STAY CONNECTED! See What's Going On In the Glades This Week
         Thursday,  August 7, 2014         6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.   Moving Pahokee Forward: Key Economic Development Projects, Pahokee City Hall
         Saturday,  August 9, 2014         9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.   Community Back to School Bash: Pahokee Resident, Pahokee High School
         Monday,   August 11-15, 2014    8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.   Crossroads Academy Student Registration Dates, Crossroads Academy  

 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.  







Moving Pahokee Forward: Community Members & Officials to Discuss Key Economic Development Projects

The city of Pahokee invited community members to a brainstorming session inside city hall on July 23 to share ideas about what the city could benefit from now and in the future from an economic development standpoint. The discussion was the first of four planned brainstorming sessions which officials hope to use as a catalyst for one major economic development project.Attendees, which included local officials, residents and prospective investors, bounced around ideas about what Pahokee needs, as a city, to grow and prosper. Residents and officials suggested a few key economic development projects at the session, including a new hotel, a major restaurant, a water park and a new city hall. 

Mayor Colin Walkes said the brainstorming session went very well and the city received a lot of important input from residents. Community members, said Mayor Walkes, showed a vested interest in their community as they discussed project ideas they support and do not support. " We're holding another brainstorming session next Thursday. We're going to hold four community brainstorms. Once we're done with the brainstorms, we're going to go through with one viable project," said Mayor Walkes. The second session,  will serve to narrow down the potential projects presented in the first session. Eventually, the city hopes to narrow down its scope to one project and discuss how to move forward financially with that project.

WHEN: Thursday, August 7, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Pahokee City Hall, 207 Begonia Drive Pahokee




Community Back to School Bash: Pahokee Residents


For Pahokee Residents, but will not turn away others. Free backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, physicals, food and drinks. MUST call City of Pahokee to obtain registration form which they need to bring with them to event. No guarantee of admittance without form 


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


WHERE: Pahokee High School, 900 Larrimore Rd, Pahokee

For more information contact:  561-924-5534 ext. 27 




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

Glade Central high School Dress Code for 2014/2015


Freshmen Orientation - Thursday, August 16, 2014, 6 pm in the gym

New Student Registration (returning students do not have to register) - Begins August 7 - 14, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

View link for Dress Code: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/GCHSDressCodePolicy.pdf



The Summer Heat Is Here: Never Leave Any Child Unattended in A Vehicle 

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is reminding everyone to take additional steps to ensure that no child is left unattended in a vehicle this summer. This year, there have been two reported cases in Florida of children dying of heatstroke after being left in cars. Don't be distracted when leaving your vehicle and take a second look in the back seat to ensure a child is not left behind. Getting into a car that has been sitting in the sun on a hot summer day in Florida can be unbearable. The inside of a vehicle can heat up by 20 degrees in just 10 minutes and cracking a window open does little to keep the vehicle cool. A child's body temperature can rise three to five times faster than an adult's and heatstroke in a closed vehicle can occur when the temperature is as low as 57 degrees outside. 

For the safety of your children, never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, even for a short period of time. Florida law makes it a criminal offense to leave a child under the age of six unattended in a vehicle. Tips for preventing heatstroke deaths in vehicles: NEVER leave any child unattended in a vehicle. Put something in the back seat that you will need at your final destination like a purse, briefcase, cell phone or shoe that will remind you to look in the back seat. If you see a child unattended in a vehicle, call 911. After checking to make sure your vehicle is empty, always lock it and teach children not to play in vehicles. Pets are also susceptible to heatstroke if left unattended in a closed vehicle, as well. 

A study by researchers at San Francisco State University showed that, on average, 38 children die each year as a result of heatstroke after being left in a closed vehicle. Since 1998, 66 child heatstroke deaths have occurred in Florida for this reason, more than any other state. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department is leading the way to A Safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol. To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow us on Twitter@FLHSMV or find us on Facebook.



Florida Health Palm Beach County Helps School aged Kids get Ready for School

The 2014-2015 school year is quickly approaching and Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County is ready to help parents assure their students have the required immunizations. Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming school year by reviewing students' immunization records, and schedule an appointment with a medical provider, for a physical and to update any required vaccines.

 Florida Health Palm Beach County offers immunizations to school aged children at all of its health centers and on the immunization van that travels throughout the county. The 2014-2015 school year requires all students in grades 7 to 12 to have proof of one dose of Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine or have documentation from a provider of having chickenpox. These students also need proof of receiving one dose of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) Booster. All students in every grade should have received other vaccines like Mumps, Measles, Rubella, Hepatitis B, Polio and have an up to date form 680 on file as proof of receipt. 

Florida Health Palm Beach County will be conducting immunization outreaches to help parents and children get vaccinated and their records up to date.There is no charge for children's immunizations for those who meet qualifications through 18 years old. Information and appointments can be obtained by calling 1-855-438-2778, 561-625-5180 or on the web at www.flhealthpalmbeach.comFor those who are located in these following areas: Delray Beach, Lantana, West Palm Beach, Jupiter and Belle Glade visit your local Health  Center



Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County Confirms Second Local Case of Chikungunya A Fever   

~ Drain standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying ~

~ Cover skin with clothing or repellent ~

~ Cover doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out ~


 The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County today has confirmed the second case of locally acquired chikungunya (\chik-en-gun-ye) fever. Chikungunya is a disease spread by bites from infected Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. With this second Palm Beach County case, Health Officials are changing the mosquito borne Advisory from the possibility of transmission to an Alert status warning that the disease is likely in the mosquito population.  Chikungunya is not contagious from person-to-person, is typically not life threatening and will likely resolve on its own. Persons infected with Chikungunya can infect the mosquito that in turn infects another person.


 "The Department continues to conduct countywide monitoring for signs of additional locally acquired cases of chikungunya," said Dr. Alina Alonso, Director, Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County. "Everyone should take precautions and fight the bite of mosquitoes to prevent chikungunya and other mosquito-borne diseases."  This includes, surveying your property and removing standing water from anything that can hold water, covering-up with long sleeves and using insect repellant before you go outside, and covering your doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out.  Aedes mosquitoes are day-biters which can lay eggs in very small water containers. Early detection of the symptoms and preventing mosquitoes from multiplying and biting will help prevent the disease.


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/ChikungunyaFever.pdf


Check Out New and Excited Things Happening at Your local library


Belle Glade Branch: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/BelleGladeBranch.pdf  

South Bay Branch: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/SouthBayBranch.pdf

Pahokee Branch: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/PahokeeBranch.pdf



Dolly Hand Cultural Connections August 2014





 June is Flood Awareness Month


June is typically the first full month of South Florida's annual rainy season, a five-month period that brings 70 percent of our regional rainfall in an average year.  The rainy season can also bring flooding, which may occur when large amounts of rain fall over a short period of time or from a single heavy storm, tropical system or hurricane.  For more information, please click here:




Palm Beach County Department of Economic Sustainability: Sustainability Focus Summer 2014 





Job Opportunities 


Indeed Job Search: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/IndeedJobSearch.pdf

The Sun: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/TheSun.pdf

Community Partners: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/CommunityPartners.pdf 

Sago Palm Reentry Center: http://jobs.myflorida.com/viewjob.html?optlink-view=view-736201&ERFormID=newjoblist&ERFormCode=any

Sago Palm Reentry Center:  http://jobs.myflorida.com/viewjob.html?optlink-view=view-735315&ERFormID=newjoblist&ERFormCode=any

City of Pahokee:  http://www.cityofpahokee.com/Employment%20Opportunites/Employment%20Opportunity2.htm




Countywide Community Revitalization Team Meeting ~ Crimes Against Children & Human Trafficking


Who should attend: Representatives from County departments such as Community Services, Senior Services, Code Enforcement, Parks, Water, Economic Sustainability, Commissioners Offices, the School District, PBSO deputies, Solid Waste, Animal Care & Control, Health, Neighborhood Based Social Service Organizations and neighborhood leaders.Learning Objectives Define the terms and definitions needed to discuss Crimes against Children and Explanation of the Federal and State Violations regarding Crimes Against Children, To become familiar with methods of recruitment used by the exploiters and to develop knowledge of the trauma bonds between victims and the perpetrators, Medical and mental health care for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children and Discuss challenges in providing services to sexually exploited children

WHEN: Tuesday August 12, 2014 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


WHERE: Vista Center, 2300 N JOG RD, Suite 1E 60, West Palm Beach


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


View link for more details: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/CCRTMeeting.pdf



Dress for Success Palm Beaches Open House Luncheon


Join Dress for Success of the Palm Beaches for an Open House Luncheon Tour our boutique and learn about the services we provide. Meet other agencies, area business leaders, our board members and our volunteers! Mission of Dress for Success® Palm Beaches: To promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and the career-development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.


WHEN: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


WHERE: Dress for Success Palm Beaches, 118 East Ocean Avenue,  Lantana


For more information and to RSVP Call:  561.249.3898 DFSPalmBeaches@gmail.com


View link for flyer: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/OpenHouseLuncheon.pdf



The Florida Association for Infant Mental Health's Palm Beach Chapter 


Please join us for our first meeting at the Palm Healthcare Pavilion on the St. Mary's Medical Center campus.  Meet the chapter co-chairs, Clarissa DeWitt and Renée Layman, network with peers, and have a say in what is needed to support the social-emotional wellness of the youngest children in our community! Light refreshments will be served.


WHEN: Thursday, September 4, 2014 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


WHERE: Palm Healthcare Pavilion, 5205 Greenwood Avenue, West Palm Beach


For more information contact Renee Layman: (561) 244-9499 or renee@centerforchildcounseling.org 


View link for more details and how to register: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/FAIMHMeeting.pdf



Youth Empowerment Luncheon


Join the Urban League of Palm Beach County NULITES, NextEra Energy and MSNBC for the Youth Empowerment Luncheon featuring MSNBC's Toure', co-host of "Education Empowers All" and Tamron Hall, host of "NewsNation".


WHEN: Friday, September 12, 2014 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


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


View link for more details and how to purchase tickets: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/YouthEmpowermentLuncheon.pdf



8th Annual Children's Day Awards Luncheon


Every child deserves to be loved and to have a safe and healthy environment free from abuse. Families First invests in our children today - to give them a better opportunity for a bright future tomorrow. Keynote speaker, Deborah Polston, will tell a riveting, true story of the horrors of human trafficking her family endured. We are honored to give this year's Harriet Goldstein award to Gary Lesser, an individual who has made a lasting, positive impact on families in Palm Beach County.


WHEN: Friday, October 3, 2014 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


WHERE: Cohen Pavilion of the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach


For more information call: 561-318-4219 or www.familiesfirstpbc.org


View link for more information: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/8thChildrenDayAwardsLuncheon.pdf


Palm Beach County Back to School Events Open to the Public 

It almost time for school kids to be back in session and unfortunately some kids wouldn't have the supplies they need to succeed. Luckily, there are many open back to school events to help out these less fortune throughout Palm Beach County don't be left out! 


Virtuous Women Pray, Inc. Back 2 School Initiative give_charity_hdr.jpg


All donations submitted via website www.VirtuousWomenPray.com,or PO Box 210844, Royal Beach, FL 33421. For more information, please contact our founder Lynn Warren at VirtuousWomenPray31@gmail.com 


Monday Morning Update - August 4, 2014


Localecopia Newsletter - August 2014



PBC Counts News You Can Use Quarterly Newsletter August 2014


The Rural Health Advocate Legislative Update July 2014 Newsletter 



Food Insecurity and Hunger in the U.S.: New Research July 2014



Grant Opportunity

Jewish Women's Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches 2014-15 Grant Cycle: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/2014JWFGrantApplication.pdf

United Way of Palm Beach County has released its Request for Proposal (RFP) for a Central Oversight Agency for the Common Eligibility Project


C.R.O.S Ministries July 29, 2014




Job Opportunities


Kids Safe, Operations Manager:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/KidSafeOperationsManager.pdf

Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts openings: https://www.hrapply.com/palmbeach/AppJobList.jsp?op=reset

South Florida Water Management District:  Http:southfloridawatermanagement.com

Solid Waste Authority Tractor Trailer Operator:  http://www.swa.org/site/career_opportunities/available_positions_tt_op.htm

Property Appraiser's Office:  http://www.pbcgov.com/papa/currentopenings.htm

Palm Beach County Tax Collector's Office:  https://www.pbctax.com/sites/default/files/pdf/CSS_job_description%201-2014.pdf

Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Certified Creole Interpreter:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/CertifiedCreoleCourtInterpreter.pdf

Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Certified Spanish Interpreter: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/CertifiedSpanishCourtInterpreter.pdf

Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Court Reporter II:  http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/CourtReporterII.pdf

Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Electronic Transcriber: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/ElectronicTranscriber.pdf

Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Family Court Case Manager: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/FamilyCourtCaseManager.pdf

Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, Juvenile Court Case Manager: http://www.gladesinitiative.org/downloads/08.04.14/JuvenileCourtCaseManager.pdf


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 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.




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


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



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

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




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 participation If 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



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.
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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.


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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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