December 21, 2015
Glades Community Updates
Stay Connected!  See What's Going on in the Glades this Week
    Tuesday, December 22, 2015    9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.   Mandatory SNAP and E&T Program Meeting,  CareerSource, Belle Glade
    Saturday, January 2, 2015        1:00 p.m. -  4:00 p.m.    Family Fun Day at the Lawrence E. Will Museum, Belle Glade
    Wednesday, January 6, 2016    7:30 p.m.                      David & Johnson and the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, Dolly Hand, Belle Glade
    Saturday, January 9, 2016        11:30 a.m.                    Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet, Belle Glade

The Glades Initiative's Holiday Office Hours

The Glades Initiative office will be closed beginning December 24, 2015  and will not reopen until January 4, 2016 in observance of the holidays.  There will be no "Glades Community Updates" for December 28.  

(However, our Medical Interpreter Training will be occurring in Boynton Beach Dec. 21, 22, 23, 28, & 29).

Informational Meeting about Mandatory SNAP and E&T Program

Community Partner's Informational Meeting and CareerSource Palm Beach County Cordially invites you to attend an informational meeting about the mandatory SNAP E&T PROGRAM  designed to help participants gain skills, training, and/or work experience that will increase their ability to move directly into employment"

WHEN:  Tuesday, December 22, 2015             9:30 a.m.  - 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:  CareerSource Palm Beach County, 1085 S. Main Street, Belle Glade

RSVP: Please kindly respond by Monday, December 21, 2015  At 561 296-8168 ext. 2343 

Family Fun Day at the Lawrence E. Will Museum of the Glades 

This event is family focused  and will include public talks, a giant wooly mammoth, atlatl spear throwing lessons, the shipwreck game  and a chance to learn how to make a clay pot just like the Native Americans did in the Prehistoric Glades! We are still seeking community partners for this event and encourage you to call us to find out how to represent your organization at this community wide event!

WHEN:   Saturday, January 2, 2016  1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Lawrence E. Will Museum of Glades, 530 South Main Street, Belle Glade

For more information call: 561-215-7909 or 561-352-7505                ADMISSION IS FREE, DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED

Free Transportation for Intellectually & Disabled Persons in Rural Areas
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Attention Human Service Agencies, If you serve intellectually and developmentally disabled persons in rural areas, free transportation may be available for your agency. Transportation must be for accessing employment, education, and job training. Please click the link below to view an informational flyer for eligibility, program information and registration link(s).

This is a pilot program for up to one year and is open to individuals and agencies. A registration form must be completed by December 29, 2015 to be considered.  *Please Note: If you are in a county outside the qualifying service area for this pilot program please still fill out registration form. We have additional grants for free and low cost transportation options for seniors and mentally/physically disabled in Florida to be implemented in early 2016

Registration forms:  Agencies - Agency Registration Form link - Click Here
                              Individual - Individual Registration Form link - Click Here

For more information on the program contact, Tomas Boiton, Founder/CEO, Citizens for Improved Transit, Email Phone: 561.818.0524

New SNAP Employment & Training Program Begins Jan. 4 in Belle Glade

Beginning Jan. 4, 2016, CareerSource Palm Beach County is required to implement the SNAP
(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Employment & Training program for participants who
are classified as able-bodied adults without dependents in Palm Beach County.  
Participants who are able-bodied adults without dependents in this classification are between 18 and 49 years old, work less than 30 hours a week with wages below $217.50 per week, not attending school and without medical limitations. There are 18,057 participants in this category in Palm Beach County.
"To continue receiving SNAP (food stamp) benefits in Florida after Jan. 1, these participants must complete a registration process and comply with an 80 hours/month (20 hours/week) work program,"said Dina Hill, Director of Client Services. 

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity will send letters to participants to notify them of these requirements. Once they have completed registration along with an online orientation, assessment and job search training, they will receive an appointment letter to meet with a career consultant at any of two SNAP Employment & Training office locations - in West Palm Beach at 1764 North Congress Avenue, Suite 204; and in Belle Glade at 1085 South Main Street. Inquiries about Employment &Training should be directed to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity at or 855-212-0880.

The Florida Department of Children and Families will be responsible for approving or denying benefits, including determining exemptions for "good cause," meeting/not meeting work requirements, exemptions from work requirements and determining unfitness for work claims. Inquiries about Benefit Eligibility and Sanction should be directed to the Florida Department of Children and Families at or 866-762-2237.

"It's important for participants to know that CareerSource is not responsible for approving or denying food stamp benefits. Our responsibility is to ensure that all participants referred to us are in compliance with the work program requirement, as well as tracking and reporting," said Ms. Hill. "The objective is to help participants gain skills, training and/or work experience that will increase their ability to move directly into employment."

David & Johnson & The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra FREE Concert 

Meet your next two best friends - Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson, along with their fiery hot 11-piece big band! All across America, audiences have fallen in love with these two sophisticated Southern gentleman and the high-energy show that is Davis & Johnson Present the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Along with the greatest songs, the best original arrangements and phenomenal musicianship, these two bring their rich friendship and charm to the stage. Fashioned in the style and swagger of the legendary entertainers lead by Frank Sinatra, Davis & Johnson are putting their own stamp on the Great American songbook, graced with a touch of Motown, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Elvis and more, offering a freshness and relevance that speaks to every soul.

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 6, 2016     7:30 pm.   Doors open at 7:00 p.m. 

Seating is general admission so no tickets are required. 

WHERE: The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Belle Glade campus of Palm Beach State College,1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. 

For more information, call the box office at 561-993-1160 or visit

Save the Date: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet

"The Courage to Love with Unity." Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Carl F. Brooks, Pastor of New Macedonia Baptist Church in Punta Gorda, Florida.    Tickets are $20 and can be purchased through the Ministerial Alliance.  

WHEN:  Saturday, January 9, 2016     11:30 a.m. 

WHERE:  Lois D. Lewis/ Mary O. Evans Resource Center, 1224 SW Avenue E Place, Belle Glade

Open House: Second Chances Program Prepares You for High School Diploma

Join Palm Beach State College - Belle Glade Campus for Your Second Chance! Second Chances is a program that provides focused, embedded instruction in English, reading, and math to prepare students to fulfill requirements for a standard high school diploma. 

NEW FOR SPRING: All students must take a placement test prior to registering for class. The placement test will be available at the Open House for a limited number of students. We encourage students to attend the Open House to take the placement test that night. During the program, students will receive test taking strategies, academic advising, and career information to assist them with preparing for their futures.

Spring 2016: February 15-March 31 Class Times: Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-12:00 noon   5:30-8:30 p.m.  No classes week of March 7 (PBSC Spring Break or week of March 21 (School District Spring Break)

WHEN:  Monday, January 11, 2016                        6:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Palm Beach State College, Belle Glade Campus, Room TEC 109                       Click here for flyer

For more information, call 561.993.1187                Sponsored by Florida Crystals and Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida

PEPPI Head Start Accepting Applications

PEPPI HEAD START Is now accepting applications for 3 and 4 year olds to be added to our wait list. Child must be 3 on or before September 1st of the current school year.  Services Available: Preschool Education, VPK, Family Advocacy, Health and Disability Services, Nutritional Meals and Snacks, Field Trips.  Mission Statement:  To educate, equip, and empower children, families and staff through partnerships and efficient data driven systems to close the achievement gap. "Give your child a Head Start"

To apply today, please visit PEPPI Head Start at: 301 SW 8301 8th Street, Belle Glade or call
 (561)  996--1718.  (Spaces are limited, please don't delay )  

Participate in the City of Belle Glade's Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

The City of Belle Glade invites you to participate in the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade to be 
held on Monday, January 18, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  This year's theme is "The Courage to Love with Unity." 

If you are interested in entering a float, car or walking unit in the parade, please complete the attached form and return to any member of the committee or to Mary O. Evans at the City of Belle Glade by email or fax (561) 992-2221 by Tuesday, January 12, 2016.  
This year we will have a contest for floats only. If you desire to have your float judged, please check the appropriate box on the entry form.

WHEN:   Monday, January 18, 2016                  10:00 a.m.   Parade line up 9:00 a.m. 

WHERE:  The Parade line up begins at 9:00 a.m. at Lake Shore Middle School 

MLK Program immediately following the parade at the loading ramp.  

The 2016 Committee members are Mary O. Evans, Chairperson, Mayor Steve Wilson, Mrs. Barbara Davis, Reverend Willie Lawrence, Mr. Eddie Rhodes, Mr. Kevin Wright, Mr. Jerome Govan, Ms. Jessie Terry, Ms. Mary Jackson, Mrs. Arrie Patrick, Officer Rivera and Officer Gaudreau.

Prime Time Middle School Initiative

Prime Time is now offering supports and services to out-of-school time (OST) programs with middle school-age youth. Prime Time Palm Beach County can help you strengthen out-of-school time programs by offering the following: 

 * Program assessment, tailored coaching and feedback for program continuous improvement
* Staff training and opportunities to earn college credits
* Enrichment programming from content experts in the arts, technology and video production
* Opportunities to participate in the Prime Time Youth Advisory Council
* Monetary incentives for staff

Prime Time is very excited to offer resources designed for out-of-school time programs with middle school-age youth. If you are interested in
becoming part of Prime Time Palm Beach County's network of OST providers, please fill out a Prime Time QIS Interest Form.

Live from Nashville Comes to the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center!

Direct from Music City comes Live from Nashville, a troupe of singers, dancers, a bona fide band of Nashville musicians, dazzling staging and rhinestone-bedecked costumes-all designed to celebrate a century of celebrities and treasured songs. This incredible theatrical production brings phenomenal fiddling, fancy footwork and top-flight vocals to the theater in a trip through some of country's greatest music-songs brought to life by Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and more.

WHEN:  Tuesday, January 12, 2016                    7:30 pm 

WHERE:  The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Palm Beach State College,1977 College Drive,                            Belle Glade. 

To purchase tickets, call the box office at 561-993-1160 or visit
Broadway Star Jarrod Spector Comes to the Dolly Hand 

Jarrod Spector played "Frankie Valli" in Broadway's "Jersey Boys" for 5 years and over 1500 performances and is currently playing the role of Barry Mann in "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical", for which he received a Tony Award Nomination. His new show traces the sound that Frankie had...from Caruso, The Beach Boys, Little Jimmy Scott, Wham and Little Richard up to Paul McCartney, Bruno Mars and Queen. This entertaining performance includes such classic songs as "When You Wish Upon A Star", "Maybe I'm Amazed", "Don't You Worry About A Thing", "Faith", "Uptown Girl" as well as several Four Seasons hits including "C'Mon Marianne", "Beggin" and more. Featuring a full band and back-up singers, Jarrod will take you on a joyous ride of great songs everyone knows and he'll tell you a vivid story about his time as the iconic Valli.

WHEN:   Friday, January 22, 2016   7:30 pm

WHERE: The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, Palm Beach State College, 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade. 

To purchase tickets, call the box office at 561-993-1160 or visit

Job Opportunities

Glades Area
Boys Town PCHP Home Visitor position (Creole speaking required): 
Other Areas

Palm Healthcare Foundation - Communications Coordinator: 
Seafarers' House, Port Everglades, Director of Development 
 Solid Waste Authority Education Specialist


Sign up for The Arc of Palm Beach County's Inclusion Training Today!
The goal of The Arc's inclusion training is to ensure afterschool programming is as accessible to children with special needs as it is for any child in Palm Beach County. Afterschool practitioners benefit by attending trainings on disabilities, sensitivity and inclusion strategies, including:
o Introduction to Inclusion
o Inclusion Strategies
o Understanding Disabilities
o ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders
o Sensitivity

These hands-on trainings, which are no cost to the programs, include intervention strategies with children with special needs at your program (request only).

Contact: Rhonda Wynds, Community Inclusion Specialist  561-842-3213 to schedule a training. 

Help Make Palm Beach County a Community for ALL!
YMCA of South Palm Beach County Programming for the New Year

YMCA of South Palm Beach County is now accepting requests for Physical Activity & Wellness Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs), starting January 2016. You can access the ELO Request Form by visiting Click "Boynton Beach Y," then drop down to "After School Programs" and scroll to the bottom to find the links for the ELO program menu and request form.

Please complete the Request Form electronically.   For more information, please contact Sara Jones-

Stop Human Trafficking Event

Sponsored by Soroptimist International of The Palm Beaches Speakers from The Palm Beach County Human Trafficking Coalition

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 13, 2016                 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Palm Springs Public Library, 217 Cypress Lane, Palm Springs

For more information contact Cathy Iho, Soroptimist International of The Palm Beaches: or call (561)798-2318
The Children's Healing Institute found a new home! 

They have loved being in their current space for the past several years. But recently,  the building sold and they had to find a new place to call home. The Children's Healing Institute's Palm Beach County office is happily relocating to a nearby office building (2161 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, Ste 406, West Palm Beach).

Their phones and email will be down for a day and a half - but their numbers and email addresses will remain the same. They should be back in the swing of things (though probably still amid boxes) on Thursday, December 17th.

Move Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 

New Address: 2161 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd, Suite 406, West Palm Beach, FL 33409

Residential Rehabilitation Program - City of West Palm Beach

The City of West Palm Beach announces the availability of approximately $475,000 in funding from federal 
and state grants allocated to the Cit y to address owner occupied residential repair needs for low to moderate income households. This limited funding is made available through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP). In addition, the City of West Palm Beach will make available approximately $50,000 in SHIP Program funds for the Housing Stabilization Program.

RESIDENTIAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM:  The Residential Rehabilitation Program is designed to provide financial assistance to homeowners to address repair items that compromise the life, health, and/or safety of the household. Assistance is in the form of a 0% interest, deferred payment loan up to $50,000. Households must meet gross annual incomes not exceeding 80% Area Median Income limits established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the jurisdiction of Palm Beach, FL. The applicable low-income limits for determining program eligibility are published by HUD in the federal register and are updated annually.

Click here for flyer.

FAU's Autism Speaker Series:  

FAU's Center for Autism and Related Disorders - CARD's goal is to optimize the potential of the individuals we serve by helping them become valued members of their communities, enabling them to learn, work, communicate and socialize. Visit us at: If an accommodation(s) for a disability is required , please call 561-297-2055 or e-mail us at, a minimum of 5 working days in advance of the date of the event.

John Elder Robison grew up with Asperger's, at a time when the diagnosis didn't exist, and with no inkling of how to pass for normal. (He was finally diagnosed at age forty.) In his incredibly readable, bestselling memoir, Look Me In the Eye, Robison recounts his incredible life, with illuminating insight. The book was named one of the top books of the year by Amazon, was listed in Publisher's Weekly as one of the top selling books in America for three years in a row, and was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Award.  Robison's latest book, Be Different is an honest, darkly humorous glimpse of Asperger's as a difference, not a disability. Beyond the real-life tales on its pages, Be Different offers practical advice for parents and educator he captures the irreducible strangeness of the human mind and the irrepressible strength of the human spirit -- and provides us a fresh perspective on the autism now afflicting so many children. In his talks, Robison, an adjunct professor at Elms College in Massachusetts, details how he overcame enormous odds to lead a fulfilling life: from an anti-social child to a successful father now running a multi-million dollar car specialty shop and his own photography business. Though his life is unique -- he's designed guitars for KISS and toys for Milton Bradley -- it's equally rich with clues to both spotting autism in children and harnessing the best from those already diagnosed. (Autistic kids excel at math, in engineering, and with technology.)  

Registration is required.  Please note that registration will end on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 5:00 PM. 

WHEN: Wednesday, January 13, 2016            6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

WHERE:  FAU, Boca Raton Campus - Stadium Acura Club, Boca Raton

For information of future sessions in the series, click here
Three Part Ethical Empowerment Series - Palm Beach State College

The Ethics Connections Program is a three-part ethical empowerment series designed to connect you with the comprehensive knowledge, skills and abilities to live and work with integrity in today's  rapidly emerging "ethical frontier". Dynamic changes in technology, science, and an increasingly global society are creating an expanding "gray area" of complex ethical dilemmas beyond our existing laws and policies, or even our own basic understanding! 

Navigating this "New Normal" successfully will require a finely tuned moral compass that is intentionally developed and consistently maintained on a regular basis. The Ethics Connections Program offers you a path to understanding the role of ethical values in action and developing strategies to apply them effectively to your personal and professional life through awareness, approaches, and action. *Participants who complete each of the three sessions will be awarded a Certificate of Completion

 following the final session.

Ethical Excellence Seminar AWARENESS: Experience this highly interactive session that provides the tools, skills, and strategies to recognize and address a broad range of emerging ethical challenges, blind spots that can derail your decision making, and an act
ion plan for sustained ethical readiness you can apply both at work and at home. (4 hours)

WHEN:  Friday, January 22, 2016        8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Continuing Education Building, CE118, Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth

Ethical Lens Inventory™ Seminar APPROACHES: Combine a powerful personal assessment survey with this interactive seminar to help you understand the values that influence ethical reasoning and choices, as well as how you and others prioritize values when making ethical decisions. (4 hours)  *Registration begins Monday, February 8, 2016 

WHEN:  Friday, February 26, 2016              8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Continuing Education Building, CE118, Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth

Giving Voice to Values Seminar ACTION: We often believe we know what is right and want to do it, but experience external pressures to do otherwise. Learn practical approaches to recognize, clarify, speak, and effectively act on your values when those conflicts arise. (4 hours)
*Registration begins Monday, February 29, 2016 

WHEN:  Friday, March 18, 2016           8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
WHERE: Continuing Education Building, CE118, Palm Beach State College, 4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth

For more information on future sessions and to register, click here 
Free Mental Health Helpline

Know someone who needs help? Want a free mental health screening? Need a referral for one of the many great local counselors in Palm Beach County? We are here to listen if you would like to talk. Call: 561-801-HELP (4357)

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone who cares or needs help finding mental health or substance abuse services, please call our free Helpline. This free resource and referral line was created to connect community members to a trained member of our support team, who will talk with you and connect you to resources that can help.

Mental Health GPS (Guiding People to Services) Our Helpline is staffed by certified Peer mentors and clinical staff who are able to guide those in need help. So pass it on to anyone you meet who is struggling with or recovering from mental illness, because no one should suffer because they didn't know who to call. Anyone can call and talk to an operator now between 8:30 AM and 8:00 PM. Call now!

561-801-HELP (4357)

Announcing Prime Time's  2016 Resource Fair 

The 2016 Resource Fair offers valuable ideas, opportunities to make great connections with other out-of-school-time professionals, and exciting give-a-ways! Best of's free! Take back as many ideas as you can carry. Mark your calendar to schedule bookings. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity for anyone devoted to providing fun and engaging activities for youth. The Resource Fair is presented the City of Delray Beach Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc.
For more information, click here.

WHEN:  Tuesday, January 26, 2016                 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Pompey Park Community Center, 1101 NW 2nd Street, Delray Beach

To register, click here.

Monday Morning Update - Children's Services Council

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Glades Technical Advisory Committee (GTAC) Meeting
Minority Scholarship Program for Journalism

The Palm Beach Post is now accepting applications for the 2016 Minority Scholarship Program in Journalism. This program was established to help identify and assist minority students journalists in Palm Beach and Martin Counties.  For this program, minority is defined as Alaskan Native, Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American or Pacific Islander.  The purpose is to provide financial support and practical experience for these students.   The application deadline is March 18, 2016.
This scholarship is separate from the Pathfinder Scholarship Program, although winners will be recognized during the awards ceremony on May 10, 2016.  Eligible Pathfinder Nominees may also apply for the Minority Scholarship Program in Journalism.
Completed application packets should be sent to:          Minority Scholarship Program in Journalism
                                                                      The Palm Beach Post
                                                                      2751 South Dixie Highway
                                                                      West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Feel free to contact Keely Gideon-Taylor  561.820.3944 Email: with any questions.  

New Year's Resolution? Glades Quit Smoking Now Class

Quit Smoking Now is a free, six-session group program to help you quit tobacco!  Developed by ex-smokers for those who want to become ex-smokers themselves, the program also includes help for other forms of tobacco such as cigars, dip, and chew.  Free nicotine patches, lozenges, and/or gum are offered (while supplies last), as well as follow-up support.

WHEN: Tuesdays, January 5 - February 9, 2016      5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.               

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

Register Today, Call 1-877-819-2357 or email:

Give from Your Heart to Glades Families - and Get a Chance to Win a Car  
We are partnering with The Honda Classic to offer our supporters a chance 
to win a 2016 Honda automobile while helping Glades families at the same time.  
Birdies for Children participates with local charities who obtain pledges of $20 or more.  Those donors earn an opportunity to guess the number of birdies made during the Honda Classic with 110% of the donation going directly to your selected charity.  A birdie is a score of one stroke less than par on any hole.  (They'll provide the past six years results for hints and educated guesses). 

A huge THANK YOU to our friends and supporters who have already donated!!

Pahokee Alumni of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity's Annual Founder's Day Service

Pahokee Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. will be having their Annual Founder's Day Service

WHEN: Sunday, January 17, 2016          10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 187 E 5th Street, Pahokee

"Change a Life Over Lunch" and Give Hope! MENTORS NEEDED!

Glades Central High School Freshman College Scholarship Recipients.  Mentors meet their mentee during their lunch period.  30 minutes a week at least 3 times a month.

Each of these students must receive a mentor to be in compliance to earn their college scholarship.  How do you become a mentor?
  • Attend a mentor training for an hour and a half.
  • Receive a Level 2 background check
  • Meet with mentee once a week at their school at least 3 times a month.

If interested contact Kimberly Briard at  or 561-307-5485. 

The City of Belle Glade's Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program

The Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program is for first time home buyers. To apply, pick up and application packet, at 
City Hall located at 110 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. West  Belle Glade or call 561-996-0100.  City Hall is open 7:30 am until 6:30 pm, Monday thru Thursday. 

As long as the Funds are available, we have a home building program for qualified first time home buyers who apply.  The home must be built in the city limits of Belle Glade.  You must have an average credit rating score of 600 or better.  You do not have to be resident of the City of Belle Glade to apply.

Florida Community Health Centers Now Provide Pediatric & Adult Health Care 

Florida Community Health Centers, Inc. is proud to provide the people of Pahokee with pediatric and adult health care
services.  Located at 170 S. Barfield Highway, Suite #101, we are open Monday through Friday and offer extended
hours two evenings per week.  Accepting most major insurances including Health Care District of Palm Beach County, KidCare, Medicaid and Medicare, services are available on a sliding fee scale (based on annual household income and Federal Poverty Guideline

Appointments are encouraged and limited walk-ins are available. To make your appointment your appointment, please call 561-924-6100. Visit us on the web at and like us on Facebook.   Florida Community Health Centers, Working Together for Healthier Communities.
care services.   s), for people without health insurance. 

Community Foundation Scholarship Opportunities 

Palm Beach County Office Community Revitalization offering a five-week course

Palm Beach County Office Community Revitalization is offering a five-week course Resident Education to Action Program (REAP), hands-on educational program providing community revitalization and civic leadership development training. This program is intended to help residents who are interested in improving their neighborhoods.

WHEN: Thursdays, January 28 - February 25, 2015               6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Pahokee Wellness Center, 306 E. Main Street, Pahokee

View link for more details and other location: 

Early learning Coalition of Palm Beach County School Readiness Program

The Early learning Coalition of Palm Beach County is happy to announce that's School 
Readiness Funding is currently available for eligible children. To be considered for this funding 
families must provide documentation to support the following:
  • Have a child who is four (4) years of age or younger.
  • All adults in household must be working and/or engaged in eligible education activities for a minimum of 20 hours per week (unless exempt from work requirements as documented by a licensed physician due to age or disability).
  • Household income does not exceed federal guidelines for household size.
  • Reside in Palm Beach County
If the family meets the eligibility requirement, the Early learning Coalition will be able to serve all children in the family who are not yet 13 years of age. Families can apply for school readiness funding online or the kiosk at any the Early Learning Coalition locations

WHEN:  Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Early Learning Coalition, 401 SE 2nd Street, Belle Glade                            For more information, call 561-514-3300.

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Want to make a difference locally? You can in 4 hours a week!

United Way of Palm Beach County is looking for volunteers to greet clients, prepare taxes and manage sites for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. 

Free training is available from November 30, 2015 - January 14, 2016 for volunteers committing to 4 hours a week during tax season, January 19 - April 15, 2016 at one of several VITA sites in the county.  

Go to to learn more!

Don't Throw Away Those Hearing Aids

Audiology with a Heart accepts hearing aids as donations and made available to financially needy persons with hearing loss.  Your donation is tax deductible. Call (561) 366-7219.  
Visit their website at

Center for Independent Living Options (CILO) Services

Independent Living: Independent Living Skills Training, coordination of access to durable medical equipment, food stamps application assistance, Medicaid application assistance, Medicare Part B premium waiver application assistance, health care applications & access, food delivery program, home modification assistance, peer counseling & support groups, employment readiness, ESOL for seniors (Palm Beach County only), financial literacy, travel training, Palm Tran Connection application assistance, alternative transportation assistance through taxis or paratransit tickets, American Sign Language classes, Deaf consumer assistance.

Information & Referral Services: Referrals to community services and resources related to the individual's area of need.

Social Security: SSI/Disability application consultation and assistance, SSI/Disability overpayment or denial assistance including hearing representation for those individuals that do not have an attorney, and general questions.

Victim Assistance Program: Assistance with filing and following up on crime victim's compensation claims; restraining order assistance including scribe assistance for individuals that have a physical impairment, filing orders for those individuals that are immobile or homebound, and filing disability accommodations requests for alternative hearing formats; limited emergency financial assistance; interview, deposition, and court hearing accompaniment; advocacy assistance with requests for accommodations in court, during interviews, and while participating in crime-related services; disability-specific safety planning for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; case coordination services: providing community and youth presentations on the following topics: bullying, identity theft, scams, cyber crimes, human trafficking, what is court?, domestic violence, crimes against people with disabilities, and intimate partner violence; providing professional presentations & trainings (contact for complete listing); and providing for other general victim service related needs.

ALERT Program (Palm Beach County Only): After-School and Summer Youth Program for teens with disabilities age 12-24 years old. Program focuses on independent living skills, vocational preparation, travel training on public transit, homework assistance, computer classes, cooking classes, conflict management, peer support, healthy relationships, and other transitions to independence and self-sufficiency.

Educational & Transition Advocacy: Advocacy for students with disabilities that need assistance with accessing reasonable accommodations and modifications in school to ensure they are provided an education equivalent to their non-disabled peers, in the least restrictive environment. Once a student is on track for graduation, transition services provide assistance with moving into vocational or higher education goals after school ends, including goal-setting for independent living, self-sufficiency, and societal productivity.
General Advocacy: Advocacy assistance for areas including employment, transportation, communication, service provision, health care, housing, and other areas of Major Life Activity; Fair Housing issues; disability discrimination assistance; grievance filing assistance; providing technical assistance to services providers to better serve individuals with disabilities; and other general disability-related advocacy needs.

Make referrals to Brandy Macaluso, MSW, Coordinator of Victim Services  Voice: (561) 966-4288 ext. 118
Email:, and she will make the necessary inter-office referrals to streamline contact.

Symposium: Combating Human Trafficking

Partner Organizations Against Sex Trafficking is holding this event to encourage awareness of the new anti-trafficking laws in effect; to push for their full implementation across the state and to highlight further actions and legislation that may be needed to end sex and labor trafficking in Florida.

9:30 - 12 noon: Speakers and Panels, including: Rep. Dave Kerner, Sheriff Rick Bradshaw, Barbara Martinez- (Asst. U.S. Attorney), Kimberly Grabert -(Statewide Human Trafficking Prevention Director, DCF), and Regina Bernadin- (International Rescue Committee).

12 - 1:30: Lunch with Speaker Angelina Spencer, COAST (Club Owners Against Sex Trafficking)

2:00: Action Afternoon: For those who choose to join us, we will be going to some massage parlors 
and strip clubs to verify if they have posted the Hotline number sign or to inform them that they need to do so.

COST: $35 which includes a hot lunch.

WHEN: Thursday, January 7, 2016           9:30 am - 1:30 pm

WHERE:  Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Blvd., Atlantis             

Contact for symposium questions: Arlene Davidson  561-865-9628                Click here to register
One Day Forum: The Future is Here for Early Learning

Join the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy as they discuss how today's early childhood teachers are putting research into daily practice and creating amazing learning opportunities.  Featured Presentations:  

Dr. Alice Wilder:  Technology as Your Teacher's Aide?

Dr. Alice Wilder is a digital literacy innovator, as well as co-creator and Head of Research and Education for the popular children's educational television show Super Why!. She joins us to discuss the power of television and technology as a tool for learning. What's exciting about technology today in learning? A lot of technology makers say they are educational. How do you know? What do you look for?

Michele Kinder and Heather Bryant: What Teachers Must Know: The Neuroscience of Learning and Social Emotional Health - Part 1

Michelle Kinder and Heather Bryant, teaching and learning experts from the Momentous Institute, will explore current brain research and its relevance to learning and social emotional health. Strategies for creating brain-friendly environments, experiences and interactions will be emphasized.

Dr. Susan Neuman is an educator, researcher, and education policy-maker in early childhood and literacy development. She is the author of Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance: Poverty, Literacy, and the Development of Information Capital. As the former Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education for the U.S. Department of Education, she knows the challenges of moving policy to practice and will discuss how we create that "fighting chance."

What Teachers Must Know: The Neuroscience of Learning and Social Emotional Health - Part 2

The Momentous Institute-led workshop will conclude, providing a variety of tried-and-true activities, resources, and mindsets that can be easily implemented in the classroom and the home to build and repair social emotional health.

TO REGISTER: Visit the registration page. Early bird registration by December 18 is $40 (includes lunch).

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Becky Dyer at

WHEN: Tuesday, January 26, 2016               8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Kravis Center - Cohen Pavilion, 701 E. Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
 Financial Empowerment Center

Need a job? Need a better job? Want to get your spending under control? Want to save for the future? Want to buy a house? Ready for a positive change?  So if you are unemployed or underemployed, 18 years or order, have the desire to work towards a better future give us a call. You provide the goals and the effort. We provide the tools you need to succeed!

For more information call 561-833-1461 for Lydia or Sophia: ext. 3010 or 3006

Spread the Word, and #Close the Gap

With 3.2 million uninsured Florida, our state has the third highest uninsured rate in the nation (16.6 percent). Moreover, as many as 775,000 Floridians are stranded in Florida's coverage gap while more than 50,000 veterans have no health care options. This is just a glimpse at the state of health care in Florida.

Currently, the most a parent in Florida can earn and still qualify for health care coverage is $4,821 per year or 24 percent of the federal poverty level ($402 per month for a family of three). People without children cannot access coverage through Medicaid at all. Since implementation of the Affordable Care Act, state lawmakers have passed on the opportunity to return Florida's federal tax dollars back to our state and close the health care coverage gap.  This has gone on long enough.

The Florida Health Alliance is a coalition of over 100 organizations committed to promoting access to health care for Floridians. We recognize the great need for health care in this state and believe that closing the coverage gap is a large part of the solution.  Join us in our fight to make sure that hundreds of thousands of hardworking Floridians can pursue productive lives with the security of health care coverage.

Join Sickle Cell Foundation of PBC for An Evening of Christian Comedy

Join the Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach County for an Evening of Christian Comedy our special guest Aunt Flossie of Los Angeles, California also featuring local comedian Tia Carroll. Michael Brown, Dr. Carla Kendall, Rick Bethel, and more early bird tickets $10. All proceeds benefit children and families affected by Sickle Cell Disease and Trait.

WHEN: Saturday, January 9, 2015     6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Palm Beach Lakes High School Auditorium, 3505 Shiloh Drive, West Palm Beach

For more information and to purchase tickets call: (561) 833-3113


Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin County Newsletter

Volunteers Needed for the South Florida Fair

It's that time of year again to schedule volunteers for the South Florida Fair!  I know you support our organization's endeavors so I am hoping you will be willing to volunteer some of your time to hand out drowning prevention and water safety information. You receive free entry, shirt, and the satisfaction of promoting this life safety issue!  If you volunteer for more than 5 shifts you will receive a picture ID which pretty much allows you to come and go to the Fair as you please.

We have 17 days that we need to cover our booth and need 3 people per shift.  This year we are hoping to break our record of obtaining 3,500 pool safely pledges. The Drowning Prevention Coalition is nothing without its volunteers. So please, help us promote our mission! Days/times of shifts are on a first come; first serve basis so let me know as soon as you can when and what time you would like to assist.

WHEN:  Friday, January 15-31, 2015

WHERE: South Florida Fair Grounds                  For more information call Anna Stewart: (561) 616-7068
Habitat Accepting applications for West Palm Beach

Habitat accepting applications for home ownership Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County partners with families in need to build afford able energy efficient homes. The Homes are built together by utilizing volunteer labor, professional contractors, and materials which are donated or purchased locally.

Each family is required to invest a minimum of 400 swat equity hours of their own labor into the construction of homes before eligible to purchase their home utilizing a 30-year, interest free loan. For more information call (561) 253-2080 or visit

Qualified Clinical Supervisor Conference

Are you a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, or Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Florida who wants to become a Qualified Supervisor? If that's you, you're in luck because the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association will be offering this training as 
a Pre-Conference Workshop at our 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida! 

The cost of this training is $240.00, which is an early-bird registration price! Price will rise on November
14 and spaces are limited, so reserve your space today! See below for registration details. 

This 2 day, 16 clock hour workshop will be presented by Stephen Giunta, Past President of FMHCA 
and AMHCA! 

WHEN: Thursday, February 4 & 5, 2016                   8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

WHERE:  Orlando Marriott, Lake Mary

To register for this Qualified Supervisor Training Pre-Conference Workshop AND the 2016 Annual Conference, click here!

To register for only the Qualified Supervisor Training, click here! 

If you have any questions about registration for the 2016 Annual Conference or any Pre-Conference 
Workshops, please email Nicole at
Invite Palm Beach Opera to your School 

At Palm Beach Opera, they believe that opera tells stories to which we can all relate, and that is why the operatic art form has thrived for centuries. The education programs at Palm Beach Opera plug the community directly into those stories, revealing timeless tales of love, passion, and joy!

They challenge each person to find their own connection to opera's stories, inspiring learners of all ages to explore the world of opera! At Palm Beach Opera there is something for everyone! 

Learn more and Invite us to your school by clicking the link:

Posting Information to our Eblast & Volunteering

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 or (561) 996-3310.


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


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



Make a donation to The Glades Initiative, Inc.