Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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Wed, Jan. 18   9:00am-10:00am  FREE Grief Support Group, Trustbridge Hospice
Thur, Jan. 19    8:00am-5:00pm    LAST DAY to Register for Medical Interpreter Training 
Thur, Jan. 19    6:00pm-8:00pm    Health Dialogue to Action , Belle Glade, South Bay, Pahokee 
Mon, Jan. 23    6:00pm-7:30pm    Outreach for Homeowners and Contractors, Belle Glade Library
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Glades Initiative Medical Interpreter Training GMIT
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: Thursday, January 19, 2017 

Don't miss the opportunity to attend the next Medical Interpreter Training by The Glades Initiative, Inc. offered in conjunction with Genesis Community Health.

This training will meet the Joint Commission requirements for trained interpreters at federally funded facilities. It will also meet the initial requirement for interpreters planning to apply for national certification.

Cost: $400
(Limited scholarships available)

WHEN: Beginning Tuesday, January 24, 2017

WHERE: Genesis Community Health, 2623 S Seacrest, Suite 65, Boynton Beach, FL

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Trustbridge Provides Free Grief Support in Belle Glade Grief

Since 1978, Trustbridge Hospice (you may know us as Hospice of Palm Beach County) has been caring for our community. Our compassionate professionals provide hospice care for families facing serious illness. We also offer grief support to any family that has suffered the loss of a loved one.

Please know, you are not alone in your grief. We are here to support you.
Our Belle Glade Grief Support Group is free of charge and open to the public.

WHEN: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month  9:00am - 10:00am

WHERE: Trustbridge Office, 327 SE 2nd Street, Belle Glade, FL 33430

If you have any questions, please call (561)227-5175, otherwise you are welcome to stop by and join us.
Health Dialogue to Action HealthDia

As part of the effort to energize the conversations in the Glades communities, Palm Healthcare Foundation is partnering with Community Partners to conduct Health Dialogue to Action Sessions (also known as study circles). The Community dialogues are designed to create a comfortable environment for small group facilitated dialogue. Conversations will be led by neutral facilitators to ensure that interactions are honest, non-confrontational and mutually enhancing.

WHEN: All sessions will be held on Thursday evenings:  
             January 19th, January 26th, February 2nd, February 9th 
             6:00pm - 8:00pm

 WHERE:  Belle Glade
                Miracle Temple
               104 SW 16th Street
               Belle Glade, FL

               Pahokee Chamber of Commerce
               115 E Main Street, Pahokee, FL

               South Bay
               Miracle by Faith
               1035 NW 1st Street, South Bay, FL

Light dinner will be served.  
Child Watch is available.

If you are interested in participating in the dialogue sessions or know someone who might be interested, please contact:

Abby Goodwin at (561)837-2279 - AGoodwin@phfpbc.org
Barbara Cheives at (561)351-6864 Barbara@convergeandassociates.com
Glades Community: We Need Your Help!

Mary Banks, a resident at Pahokee Housing Authority was displaced with her three children after her apartment was consumed by fire on Sunday, January 08, 2017.  Unfortunately there are no available apartments in housing to accommodate her. I'm asking for the community support to assist her with the security deposit, rent assistance, furniture, and household items. For more information, please contact Mrs. Marilu Baltazar at 561-924-3261 or Mary Banks 561-708-2909.

Please consider helping our neighbor in need!
Center for Child Counseling Monthly Newsletter

Learn tips and skills to help your child.

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Palm Beach County Library Events - February 2017

See what's happening at your local library!

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Commissioner Melissa McKinlay Hosting Community Outreach Event for Homeowners and Local Contractors McKinlay

Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay will be hosting a community outreach event to provide more information to local homeowners about low-interest rate loans that are available for assorted home improvement projects. Financing is available at below market rates and homeowners with poor and limited credit history are eligible to apply. Local contractors are also invited to attend to learn more about how these financing programs can help grow their local businesses.

WHEN: Monday, January 23, 2017  6:00pm - 7:30pm

WHERE: Belle Glade Public Library, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade

Contact for more information: Kelley Burke 561-355-2206 kburke@pbcgov.org

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Catholic Charities: Immigration Legal Services

Are you a lawful, permanent resident interested in becoming a US citizen?
Please attend our event!

WHEN: Sunday, January 29, 2017  12:00pm - 4:00pm

WHERE: St. Mary's Catholic Church,

Please bring:
  • Your green card
  • 2 passport photos
  • Filing fee of $725* {If requesting a waiver of immigration filing fees, proof of income and any public benefits received}
  • Certified court records for any and all police incidents

Click here for more information

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Train-In-A-Day: American Red Cross Volunteer Training

The American Red Cross is offering training for current and new volunteers. This training is helpful to any agency working with clients in time of disaster.

WHEN: Saturday, February 18, 2017  9:00am - 4:00pm
            Saturday, February 25, 2017  9:00am - 4:00pm

WHERE: American Red Cross Belle Glade Service Center, 149 SE Avenue D, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Space is limited & lunch/refreshments are provided, so pre-registration is required

To register online: Visit www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer

To register by email or phone: Please contact Pat Lucey, Community Volunteer Leader for the Glades, at 561.996.4291 or pat.lucey@redcross.org
SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Annual Glades Family Fun Fest

Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce the date of our 2nd Annual Family Fun Fest!

WHEN: Saturday, February 25th, 2017   11:00am - 3:00pm

WHERE: Pioneer Park, 866 SR 715, Belle Glade, FL

If you are interested in becoming a vendor at this event, call: (561)355-1125

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Click here for a vendor registration form
Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County
Monday Morning Update
See how the Children's Services Council is working for our children:   
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CareerSource Job Opportunities in the Glades Career 

Are you 17-24 years old?
Not employed?
Out of school?
Ready to work?

Find out if you are eligible to participate in a five-week, paid work readiness program.

Looking to get into a Geriatric Healthcare career? Click here for more information

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades

The Sun
Indeed Jobs
In Other Areas

Economic Empowerment Advocate ~ Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc., Delray Beach
Child Welfare Domestic Violence Advocate ~ Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc., Delray
Program Analyst ~ Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc., Delray Beach, FL
Victim Advocate ~ Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc., Delray Beach, FL
Maintenance Worker ~ The Arc of Palm Beach County, Riviera Beach, FL
Pantry Coordinator ~ CROS Ministries, Lake Worth & West Palm Beach, FL
Program Manager ~ Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast, West Palm  
Part Time Pantry Coordinator ~ CROS Ministries, Lake Worth/West Palm Beach, FL
Multiple Employment Opportunities ~ Palm Beach Habilitation Center, Lake Worth, FL
Associate Director of Development ~ Caridad Center, Boynton Beach, FL

Other Areas________________________

Small Business Outreach Workshop
The City of West Palm Beach Procurement Department is holding a FREE workshop on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 with opportunities for certified Small Business Enterprises (SBEs), Women-Owned Businesses, and Minority-Owned Businesses.
WHEN: Tuesday, January 17, 2017  10:00am - 12:00pm
WHERE: South Olive Community Center, 345 Summa Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33405
RSVP to Aisha Darrough at adarrough@wpb.org or (561)822-2103
Click here for a flyer and to RSVP online
The Community Action Advisory Board Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, January 17, 2017  6:00pm

WHERE: 810 Datura Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

For more information, please contact Grant Compliance Specialist, Doris Davis at  DDavis1@pbcgov.org  or (561) 355-4706.
CSD Public Forum Announcement 

The Palm Beach County Community Services Department (CSD) will be holding two public forums in an effort to inform our upcoming Financially Assisted Agencies (FAA) Request for Proposal (RFP) process. We invite providers, consumers, and the general public to join us on Thursday, January 19th, 2017, for a discussion on what they believe the gaps, unmet needs, and priorities are in Palm Beach County with regards to Behavioral Health and Special Needs.

WHEN: Thursday, January 19, 2017
            Special Needs Forum  9:00am - 12:00pm
            Behavioral Health Forum  1:00pm - 4:00pm

WHERE: Children's Services Council (Room: Barrie A/B) - 2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Click below for a Special Needs Flyer:
English   Creole   Spanish

Click below for a Behavioral Health Flyer:
English   Creole   Spanish
Center for Applied Ethics Spring 2017 Schedule

Ethics Connections Program

The Ethical Excellence Seminar is a highly interactive session that provides the tools, strategies and confidence required for developing the ethical readiness needed to keep yourself in top mental and moral shape. Aristotle advised, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit." You will learn to recognize and address a broad range of emerging ethical challenges, blind spots that can derail your reasoning or decision making, and an action plan for sustained ethical thinking you can apply each day both at work and at home.

WHEN: Friday, January 20, 2017  8:30am - 12:30pm

WHERE:  Palm Beach State College - Lake Worth Campus, 4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth, FL

Click here for the full schedule
2017 Resource Fair
Presented by the City of Delray Beach Parks & Recreation Department
and Prime Time Palm Beach County, Inc.

The 2017 Resource Fair offers valuable ideas, opportunities to make great connections with other out-of-school-time professionals and exciting give-a-ways! Best of all ... it's free! Take back as many ideas as you can carry. Bring your calendars to schedule bookings.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 24, 2017  10:00am - 1:00pm

WHERE: Pompey Park Community Center, 1101 NW 2nd Street, Delray Beach, FL 33444

Click here to learn more and register

Mentor Program Recruitment Mixer

The My Brother's Keeper Network (MBKN) and United Way Mentor Center will be hosting a Mentor Program Recruitment Mixer. The purpose of this meeting is to network with mentoring agencies and inform them about opportunities to collaborate with MBKN and the United Way Mentor Center.

WHEN: Thursday, January 26, 2017  5:30pm

WHERE: The Urban League of Palm Beach County, 1700 N. Australian Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33419

Click here to register
Children and Trauma
with Dr. Mark Smith (3 CEUs)

This workshop will focus on integrating trauma experiences and the effects of trauma into our therapeutic work with children. Therapist will learn how to accurately assess for traumatic symptoms and effectively treat trauma in children. Group interventions for trauma victims will also be reviewed and explored. CEUS available\

WHEN: Friday, January 27, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm

WHERE: Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, 909 Fern Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Click here for more information and to register
Eating Disorders
with Dr. Joann Hendelman (2 CEUs)

Please join us for this very special presentation that will discuss eating disorders and their impact on our population. Heritability in AN and BN, contributing factors for eating disorders, new trends, and specific points on eating disorders on women in midlife, children, and men. Definitions, signs, and symptoms of AN, BN, and BED. We will also discuss PICA, ARFID, NES, Chewing and Spitting, and other eating/body image issues. The link of co-morbidity to substance use and self injury will be revealed. The role of the treatment team and the hostile recovery environment will be explained. Treatment modalities for eating disorders will be discussed. Relevant issues, specific to AN, BN, and BED will be explored.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 8, 2017   9:00am - 11:00am

WHERE: Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, 909 Fern Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Click here for more information and to register

Previous Postings - The Glades Area ___

FREE Neighborhood Revitalization Course

Palm Beach County's Office of Community Revitalization will offer a five-week, hands-on educational program providing community revitalization and civic leadership development.

The Residential Education to Action Program (REAP) will take place in Belle Glade. The course and all materials are FREE but a commitment for the entire five-week course is required. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

WHEN: Beginning Thursday, January 26, 2017  6:00pm - 8:30pm
            - Every Thursday through February 23, 2017
            *Must be committed to attending all five sessions

WHERE: Quiet Waters Assisted Living, 306 SW 10th Street, Belle Glade, FL

Click here for more information and to register.
My Brother's Keeper Network: Race to Equity Summit

Engaging in meaningful dialogue and action to promote racial equity in Palm Beach County.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 8 and Thursday February 9, 2017  8:30am

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

Click here for more information and to register

Know a Hero in Medicine? Nominate Your Hero for the PBCMSS 2017 Heroes in Medicine Awards!

Palm Beach County Medical Society Services is seeking nominations of individuals, organizations and businesses throughout Palm Beach County that have used their skills and resources to improve the quality of health care for the people of Palm Beach County as well national and international communities.  From the nominations submitted the Medical Society will select inspirational heroes in health care and honor them on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the 14th Annual Heroes in Medicine Awards luncheon held at the Kravis Center's Cohen Pavilion.  Greg Quattlebaum and Jibby Ciric are serving as the event's co-chairs.
Award categories include:
  • Bruce Rendina Professional Heroes
  • Community Outreach Heroes
  • Health Care Educator Heroes
  • Health Care Innovation Heroes
  • Health Care Provider Heroes (Non-Physician)
  • Physician Heroes (Local/National/International)
  • Health care prevention/wellness SERVICE Heroes
  • Student Heroes
  • Project Access Heroes

Click here for more information on the categories 


To be considered for an award, nominations must be received at the Palm Beach County Medical Society by Friday, February 10, 2017 at noon.

For the nomination application go to www.pbcms.org/events/heroes-in-medicine.  For more information or to receive a nomination form via email call Brenna Iyampillai or Jim Sugarman at 561-433-3940 or request one by emailing  heroes@pbcms.org.  Please also forward this to people you know who might want to nominate that special unsung Healthcare Hero in their lives!

FREE Legal Services at The Glades Initiative, Inc. Legal

Need legal services? (Child Support, Fair Housing, Immigration, etc.)

Services will be provided by attorney working through the Legal Aid Society, Pro Bono Division, Richard Abedon. All services are offered in
English, Spanish, and Creole.

Call the Glades Initiative, Inc. to make an appointment and find out if you are eligible:

Click here to learn more
Pahokee Chamber of Commerce:
Discount South Florida Fair Tickets on Sale!

This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year so if you or anyone you know is planning on attending the fair this year please get your tickets from the Pahokee Chamber of Commerce!

For more information, contact Regina Bohlen at (561)924-5579

Pahokee Chamber of Commerce
115 E Main Street, Suite A, Pahokee, FL 33476
Federation of Families of Florida - January 2017 Calendar

See what's happening at the Federation of Families of Florida!

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January 2017 Library Events

Here's what's happening at your local library!

Click here to view January schedule
Light House Café Newsletter - December 2016

See what's happening at the Light House Café!

Click here to view
FRAC Weekly Digest

This periodical e-newsletter focuses on nutrition, anti-obesity, and anti-hunger efforts.

Click here to view
Tax Talk with Anne M. Gannon

This newsletter comes from the Palm Beach County Tax Collector's Office.

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Anti-Trafficking Program Newsletter

Important updates, news, resources, and discuss topics related to human trafficking in the South Florida community.

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Legal Aspects of Human Trafficking for Health Providers Webinar

This webinar will provide health care providers with insight into the legal remedies available to human trafficking victims.

Click here to access the webinar

Click here to learn more about Human Trafficking
Genius in the Glades:
Oil Paintings by Donald Neal

The Lawrence E. Will Museum of the Glades is proud to host an exhibition of oil paintings by iconic Glades artist Donald Neal. Celebrated for his mastery of the Trompe l' oeil ("fool the eye") method of oil painting, Neal blends technical mastery with native genius for conveying the substance of the Glades experience. Neal's compositions are elegant in their execution and they present an impressive range of themes from meditations on class conflict, race, and poverty, to humanity's tenuous relationship with nature in the watery world of the northern Everglades.

WHEN: December 28, 2016 through September 14, 2017

WHERE: Lawrence E. Will Museum of the Glades, 530 S Main St, Belle Glade, FL 33430

For more information, please call: 561 853 4443. Private showings available by appointment.
Affordable Care Open Enrollment OPEN

Do you have Health Insurance?  Affordable Care Open Enrollment 2017 is November 1, 2016 to January 31 st, 2017. A certified Healthcare will be at the Belle Glade and Pahokee Library. The epilepsy foundation of Florida (EFOF) provides FREE assistance to consumers to sign for affordable healthcare on the Federal Marketplace. EFOF is a non-profit organization and is not affiliated or paid by any insurance company. EFOF offers consumers trusted unbiased advice regarding their Health insurance needs

Belle Glade Library
WHEN: Monday - Wednesday and Saturday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Library, 725 NW 4th St, Belle Glade, FL
Pahokee Library

WHEN: Thursday and Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Pahokee Library, 525 Bacom Point Rd, Pahokee, FL
For more information or to schedule an appointment call: 1(877) 553-7453

Click here for more details

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Vickers House Serving Our Seniors (SOS) Program

The City of West Palm Beach Housing and Community Development Department has made some funding available for seniors residing in the City of West Palm Beach. The Serving Our Seniors (SOS) Program provides one-time funding (not exceeding $600) for eligible applicants in the event of an emergency and/or financial hardship.

Eligiblity requirements: Seniors (62+) residing with city limits of West Palm Beach, income not exceeding 80% AMI (area median income)

Applications are available online at http://wpb.org or in person at one of the following locations:

Vickers House South
3801 Georgia Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Vickers House North
811 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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Leadership Focus

Leadership Focus is our program for those interested in deepening their knowledge about Palm Beach County, but who just don't have the time or experience to participate in our nine-month Leadership Program.  It's a 2 ½ day program for executives and professionals who want to broaden their understanding of our community, connect with people of influence, and explore Palm Beach County's strengths, challenges and initiatives.

WHEN: January 18, 19, and 26, 2017

Click here to learn more

Monuments, Ontologies, and Translations:
Belle Glade Monumentality in the Okeechobee Basin"
By Archaeologist Nathan Lawres

The Palm Beach County Archaelogical Society invites you to attend "Monuments, Ontologies, and Translations: Belle Glade Monumentality in the Okeechobee Basin" by Archaeologist Nathan Lawres. This talk focuses on a relatively neglected aspect of this: how an ontology can be materialized as monumental architecture. In order to discuss this, we will present the monuments of the Belle Glade archaeological culture, located within the Kissimmee-Okeechobee-Everglades watershed, as a case study. Evidence from this region points to the presence of a relational ontology, in which the world is created and maintained through numerous and ongoing relationships. We argue that this understanding of reality is encapsulated within the Belle Glade monumental architecture and the architecture itself invokes references to relations with water, the cosmos, seasonality, people, and places throughout the landscape.

WHEN: Saturday, January 21, 2017  2:00pm

WHERE: Summit Branch Library, 3650 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33406

For more information please call: (561)853-4443
1HTC Consortium Summit

This summit will bring together Florida's SE Region (Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami
Dade, and Monroe counties), Anti Human Trafficking Coalitions, and the communities to
coordinate, collaborate, and cooperate in the fight against Human Trafficking.

WHEN: January 24-25, 2017

WHERE: Broward College Bailey Hall, 3501 Davie Rd, Davie, FL 33314

Registration is due by October 1, 2016
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SAVE THE DATE: Senior Digital Literacy Summit

At this event we will discuss creating sustainable technology programs for older adults in Palm Beach County, and lead a planning discussion on ways to rally government, corporate, and philanthropic sectors around the issue of digital literacy and seniors.

WHEN: Thursday, January 26, 2017  9:00am

WHERE: 2701 N Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Click here for more information
Click here to register
Stop Human Trafficking Adult/Teen Workshop

Brought to you by I Am Who I Am, Inc. & FRCWC
Led by a representative of the Department of Justice

     WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 2017  11:00am - 2:00pm

     WHERE: 2708 N. Australian Avenue, Suite 13, West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Click here for a flyer

To register, email i-amroyal@eventbrite.com

Posting Information: eBlast and Volunteers
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*If you want to submit a posting please email us at updates@gladesinitiative.org
or (561) 996-3310
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for additional activities scheduled in
the Glades area
Check out Volunteer Opportunities at the Glades Initiative or opportunities with our Partners in the Glades
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