Wednesday, January 4, 2017
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Happy New Year!

Wed, Jan. 4    9:00am    FREE Grief Support Group, Trustbridge Office, Belle Glade
Wed, Jan. 4   12:00pm    Book-a-Librarian, South Bay Library
Wed, Jan. 4    5:30pm    Family Paint Party, Pahokee Library
Thur, Jan 5    11:00am   Family Story Time, Pahokee Library
Thur, Jan 5     2:30pm    Read Down Your Fines, South Bay Library
Sat, Jan 7      10:30am   Filling Our Soul, Belle Glade Library
Mon, Jan 9     5:30pm    Coffee with the Chief, Bank of Belle Glade
Glades Area ________________________

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.
Book-a-Librarian SBBookALib

Personal attention, hands-on session tailored for you. Tell us what you need: a personal computer trainer or guidance on researching a topic.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 4 & 11, 2016  12:00pm

WHERE: South Bay Library, 375 S.W. 2nd Avenue, South Bay 33493

Call (561)992-8393 to make an appointment. (60 min.)
Family Paint Party! Paint

Come paint your dreams for the new year! Inspirational quotations and art supplies will be provided and sparkling refreshments! All ages. (60 min.) Preregister.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 4, 2016  5:30pm

WHERE: Pahokee Library, 525 Bacom Point Road, Pahokee 33476

Call (561)924-5928 to preregister.
Family Story Time: Dreams for the New Year FamStory

Stories and creative activities for young children and their parents! Ages 3-8. (45 min.) Preregister.

WHEN: Thursday, January 5, 2016  11:00am

WHERE: Pahokee Library, 525 Bacom Point Road, Pahokee 33476

Call (561)924-5928 to preregister.
Read Down Your Fines Fines

Start the new year off right by reading down your fines. For every 15 minutes you read, that's a dollar off of your fines or purchase a library bag with your "Dewey Bucks." Stop by the member services desk to find out more. Ages 5-17. (60 min.)

WHEN: Thursday, January 5, 2016  2:30pm

WHERE: South Bay Library, 375 S.W. 2nd Avenue, South Bay 33493

Call (561)992-8393 for more information
Filling Our Soul: Thankful Print & Thankful Soul
A colorful collection not grounded in traditional fall colors so that it can sit on any counter year round. Start putting the thankful slips in periodically throughout the year and then read them on Thanksgiving. All ages.
WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 2016  10:30am
WHERE: Belle Glade Branch Library, 725 NW 4th Street, Belle Glade 33430
Space is limited. Call (561)996-3453 to preregister.
American Red Cross Coffee with the Chief Coffee
The American Red Cross Palm Beach and Martin County Chapter will once again host its popular monthly meet-and-greet series with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Patrick Kennedy.Attendees will have an opportunity to talk with and personally meet the Battalion Chief and discuss how the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and the American Red Cross Palm Beach and Martin County Chapter are increasing fire safety and awareness in the surrounding area.
WHEN: Monday, January 7, 2016  5:30pm
WHERE: Bank of Belle Glade, 108 SE Avenue D Belle Glade, FL 33430
To reserve your space, please call Pat Lucey in the Red Cross Belle Glade Service Center at (561)996-4291
Point in Time Count Volunteer Training - Homeless Census

How many people are currently homeless in Palm Beach County? How many of them are families, youth, or veterans? The answers to these questions and more can be answered by point-in-time counts. A point-in-time count is an unduplicated count on a single night of the people in a community who are experiencing homelessness that includes both sheltered and unsheltered populations.

WHEN: Thursday, January 12, 2017  2:00pm

WHERE: The Glades Initiative, Inc., 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430

Contact Keianna Williams at for more information or to register to volunteer

Click here for a flyer
Health Dialogue to Action

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 insure that interactions are honest, non-confrontational and mutually enhancing.

WHEN: All sessions will be held on Thursday evenings:  
            January 12th, 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 -
Barbara Cheives at (561)351-6864
Health Dialogue to Action Facilitator Training

A group of well-trained facilitators is a key component to the dialogue process because facilitators ensure a quality and equitable discussion in each circle. Facilitators need to be good listeners and relate well to many different kinds of people.  The facilitators should have the ability to keep the group on task, remain neutral and keep the discussion moving forward.  Facilitators use discussion guides to set up a framework for the conversation. People share personal stories, discuss the issues, examine multiple points of view, and develop ideas for action. The discussion guides that have been designed using the Everyday Democracy framework.  Each group will be co-facilitated by two trained facilitators.  Ideally the co-facilitators would be of mixed race and gender. We are looking for people who would like to be trained to be facilitators.

WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 2017  Time to be determined

WHERE: To be determined

If you are interested in participating in the facilitator training, please contact:

Abby Goodwin at (561)837-2279 -
Barbara Cheives at (561)351-6864
Glades Initiative Medical Interpreter Training 

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

Click here for a flyer and the application
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.
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.
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
January 2017 Library Events

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

Click here to view January schedule
Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County
Monday Morning Update
See how the Children's Services Council is working for our children:   
Click here to view                         
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

Job Opportunities

In the Glades

The Sun

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

Other Areas________________________

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 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

Click here for a flyer
Startup Bootcamp 1-2-3: FREE Startup Business Course

Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. This course will put you on the fast track with a step-by-step guide to help you plan, prepare and manage your business.

The course will cover:
  • Why you Should Write a Business Plan
  • The Best Legal Structure for Your Business
  • How to Choose a Business Location
  • Registering Your Business, Obtaining Business Licenses and Permits
  • How to Obtain Financing for Your Business
  • Where to Get Business Assistance and Training

WHEN: Thursday, January 5, 2017  5:30pm - 7:30pm

WHERE: Paragon Florida, 400 Hibiscus Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Click here to register
Leading & Loving: Faith Based Parenting Seminar

Pre-registration required. Leading & Loving is a new adult-only program for any parent, grandparent, or guardian of a child from birth to 11 years old.

WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 2017   8:00am - 3:30pm

WHERE: St. Juliana Catholic Church, 4500 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Click here for more information and how to register.
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 or (561)822-2103
Click here for a flyer and to RSVP online
Community Voice Awards Luncheon
on Mental Health Awareness

Recognizing Achievements of Community Leaders:
  • Dr. Seth Bernstein
  • Donna Gephart   
  • Johanna S. Kandel  
  • Dr. Holly Katz
  • Gerda KIein
  • Ana Cristina Lerner
Featured Speaker: Ladi March - "Our Kind Of Possible"

Hosted by: The IAM1 Women of PBC "Sharing THE Dream" Building Mind-Healthy Communities

WHEN: Tuesday, January 17, 2017  11:30am

WHERE: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Click here to RSVP
The Community Action Advisory Board Meeting

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

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

For more information, please contact Grant Compliance Specialist, Doris Davis at  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
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
Senior Digital Literacy Summit
Conducted by Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) 
Opening session will feature a presentation by Tom Kamber, PhD, Founder and Executive Director of OATS, an authority on older adults and the use of digital technology. Dr. Kamber will talk about 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. The afternoon will feature sessions to train all interested agencies in the county on the OATS nationally recognized curriculum and model for instructing seniors in digital literacy.

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

WHERE: Quantum Foundation, 2701 N Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL
The Native Americans of Florida:
12,000 Years Ago to Historic Contact
By Archaeologist Dr. Barbara Purdy
The Palm Beach County Archaeological Society invites you to a picture of Native American life in Florida before European contact presented by Dr. Barbara Purdy.
WHEN: Saturday, February 18, 2017  2:00pm
WHERE: Summit Branch Library, 3650 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
For more information, call: (561)853-4443
Diabetes Coalition Annual Membership Meeting

WHEN: Friday, April 21, 2017  9:30am - 11:30am 

WHERE: Keiser University, 2085 Vista Parkway, West Palm Beach, FL

Click here to view more events/RSVP to this meeting

Previous Postings - The Glades Area ___

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
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   Times TBA

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

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

Previous Postings - Other Areas___
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

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
Click here to learn more

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
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
Leadership Aspire Series

Leadership Aspire is a series of quarterly 4 hour workshops of themes including communication, strategic planning, leading change, and
maximizing leadership.

WHEN:    Leading Change ~ February 24, 2017    8:00am -  12:00pm
               Maximizing Leadership ~ April 28, 2017    8:00am -  12:00pm

WHERE: 4200 S Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33461
Click here to learn more
Save the Date:
23rd Annual FRHA Rural Health Educational Summit

Summit Topics:
  • Drugs, Heroin, and Opiods in Rural Florida
  • Florida Legislative Panel
  • POLST and the Legislature
  • Billing and Coding
  • Physician Workforce Trends
  • Florida Surgeon General
  • Medicaid Managed Care and Rural Providers
  • What Rural Health Care Leaders are Saying
  • Healthcare Workforce

WHEN: February 28 - March 1, 2017 (Times TBD)

WHERE: Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32224

Click here for more information
Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County  
Upcoming Events

Click here for a flyer and to register for the events listed below

In an Age of Violence: Helping Children and Families Cope

This conference will examine ways to decrease the effects of toxic stress, depression, and anxiety resulting from violence in their neighborhoods, homes, and in the media.

WHEN: April 20 - 21, 2017

WHERE: Hilton Palm Beach Airport, 150 Australian Ave, West Palm Beach, FL 33406

SAVE THE DATE: Caregiving Youth Institute Conference

The American Association for Caregiving Youth® (AACY), a nonprofit corporation that is the only national resource for children who provide care for family members who are ill, injured, elderly or disabled, recently established its Caregiving Youth Institute (CYI) to raise the level of awareness of the multi-system needs of caregiving youth along with solutions for their support through the multiple initiatives of C.A.R.E.(Connection, Advocacy, Research, and Education).

WHEN: Thursday, April 27, 2017  8:00am - 2:00pm

WHERE: Safe Schools Institute, 1790 Spanish River Blvd, Boca Raton, FL

Click here for more information:
I Am Royal:
2nd Annual Girls Empowerment Workshop & Banquet

FREE for girls grades 4-12!


     WHEN: Friday, July 28, 2017  8:00am - 4:00pm

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


      WHEN: Saturday, July 29, 2017  6:00pm - 10:00pm

     WHERE: The Plaza Ball Room, 111 US Highway 1, North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Click here for a flyer

To register, email

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