Monday, May 8, 2018
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~~~ This Week ~~~  
Tues, May 8  10:00 am    Food Boxes for Distribution, The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade     
Wed, May 9  12:00 pm    Care Coordination and Monitoring Workshop, Bridges of Belle Glade
Thur, May 10 6:30 pm     Project C4OPE, Lakeside Medical Center, Belle Glade
Fri, May 11 6:00 pm        The Glades Vs Cancer-Relay for Life of the Glades, Tanner Park
Mon-Fri 12:00 pm           Free Meals for Senior Citizens  West County Senior Center, Belle Glade
Tue, May 15 9:00 am      Glades PATCH Meeting, The Glades Initiative, Belle Glade
Glades Area
FREE Food Boxes available for Distribution in the Glades through May - sign up your organization now!FOODBOXES

If your organization wants to distribute the white food boxes to people in need in the Glades area, call us (Sandy 561-996-3310) to make an appointment for pick up. Pick up days will be May 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th, from 10 am - 2 pm. Once you call and have a confirmed appointment for pick up, we will tell the specific pickup location here in the Glades. 

The boxes contain items such as cereal, Chef Boyardee, trail mix, granola bars, Pop Tarts, pudding, and shelf stable milk. The goal is to feed as many people as possible, and feed again, until every food box goes out before the food's expiration date which is July of 2018.

Pick up times for approved organizations
WHEN:  Monday, May 8, 9, 15, 16, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade
CONTACT INFO:  To sign up for this opportunity, please contact Sandy at The Glades Initiative - by email or by phone at 561-996-3310

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LINC Care Coordination and Monitoring WorkshopWorkshop

Attend a Community LINC Workshop the FL LINC Project is a collaborative suicide prevention grant working to implement the Zero Suicide Initiative within systems throughout the State of Florida in partnership with the Florida Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention, the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida, the Florida Council for Community Mental Health, managing entities and community health care and behavioral health care organizations.

Trainings are provided as free community outreach workshops through the FL Linking Individuals Needing Care Project by grant number 1 U79SMO61748 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration under the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
WHERE:  Bridges of Belle Glade, 33 West Avenue A Belle Glade, FL 33430

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Project C4OPEProjectC4ope

Project C4OPE will connect families who have had been affected by overdose, or at high risk for overdose.  We are meeting the 2nd Thursday of each month May - Sept.  This will an opportunity for those individuals to express their needs and wants around the topic of opioid overdose. The meetings are free and open to the public with advance reservations. 

WHEN:  2nd Thursdays, May-September 2018 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Hwy, Belle Glade, FL 

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The Glades Vs Cancer - Relay for Life of the GladesRelay

At Relay For Life events, no one faces cancer alone. We come together every year at more than 3,500 Relay events around the country to support and celebrate survivors and caregivers. Join the Relay for Life of the Glades to show your support in the fight against cancer. 

WHEN: Friday, May 11, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
WHERE:  Tanner Park,  105 Palm Beach Road,  South Bay, FL  33493
CONTACT INFO: For more information, visit

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Glades PATCH Meeting PATCH

The Glades PATCH (Planned Approach To Community Health) is a program designed to help the community evaluate, plan and implement health education and disease prevention and intervention programs. PATCH helps promote the health of the community to include social, emotional and physical well-being of its citizens. PATCH is a partnership of concerned citizens and organizations. This partnership provides a forum for identifying health problems affecting the community and mobilizing the community to plan, conduct and evaluate intervention services. The meeting is open to all who wish to join. 

WHEN: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 141 SE Avenue C, Belle Glade, FL 33430

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Food Crush Wednesdays at Tanner Park

The public is invited to Food Crush Wednesdays at Tanner Park. Food trucks, live music, a DJ and more family fun. The event will be held the third Wednesday of every month, starting on May 16, 2018. 

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (Third Wednesday of every month)  | 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Tanner Park, 105 Palm Beach Road,  South Bay, FL 33493
CONTACT INFO:  For more information visit or call 855-483-3663

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FREE Meals for Senior CitizensSeniorMeal

Enjoy a FREE meal, spend time with friends or make new acquaintances.  Palm Beach County Division of Senior Services (DOSS) and West County Senior Center invite you to enjoy a free delicious and nutritious meal. It's the perfect opportunity to meet with old friends or meet new ones while enjoying a hot meal. Lunch is served daily at noon.

WHEN:  Monday - Friday 12:00 p.m.
WHERE:  West County Senior Center, 2916 State Rd #15, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information please call Senior Services at 561-255-4740 or inquire at the West County Senior Center Help Desk

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Parent Power Hour/Kindergarten Summer Reading Program 2018

Parents, if your child is currently in Kindergarten this information are for YOU!

Bridges at Pahokee and the Loula V. York Branch Library are collaborating on a Summer Reading Program for the parents of children who will be entering first grade in 2018-2019.  The Library calls this program "Parent Power Hours" as parents learn best practices to support their child's beginning reading skills.  Children, ages 3 and up, are invited to attend fun activities in the children's section and read stories with some very entertaining visitors (fire fighters and community engagement deputies). 

Register today for this special Summer Reading Program, just for children graduating from kindergarten, through Bridges at Pahokee

WHEN: Wednesdays, June 6 - July 8, 2018 |
5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Pahokee Library Meeting Room, 525 Bacom Point Rd, Pahokee, FL, 33476
CONTACT INFO: For more information or to sign up contact Charlisa Anderson at  561-924-9224

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Tax Talk: From the Office of Sharon R. Bock

Read the latest news from the Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller's Office. 

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, May 07, 2018

Children's Services Council's weekly news and information bulletin. 

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades

  • 14 Positions Open
Other Areas
The Palm Beach County Community Action Agency's Board Meeting

The Palm Beach County Community Action Agency's (CAA) goal is to collaborate with other organizations to remove barriers and create opportunities for low income individuals and families that will enable them to become more self-sufficient.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 | 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: 810 Datura Street, Basement Conference Room, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
CONTACT INFO:  For more information please contact Elcana Dantzler at or 561-355-4792 .
The Power of Women Owned Businesses

Women CEO's discuss the challenges  and opportunities for women business owners. Great networking event. 

WHEN: Friday, May 11, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Evergrene Country Club, 600 Evergrene Parkway, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
CONTACT INFO: Call 561-833-1672 or go to PALMBEACH.SCORE.ORG
COST: $25 (includes continental breakfast)

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REACH 2018 Diversity Conference

Palm Beach County's unemployment rate among persons with disabilities is four times higher than those without. To lower this high unemployment rate, CareerSource Palm Beach County welcomes businesses to an educational conference about the financial and sociological benefits of hiring persons with disabilities as well as give them the tools they need to hire a talented and ready labor market - persons with disabilities.  It's a smart business practice that employs a talented and untapped labor market. 

WHEN: Friday, May 11, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Holiday Inn, 1301 Belvedere Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

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Future Leaders: 2018 Leadership Conference

Residents are invited to participate in the Future Leaders: 2018 Leadership Conference at Palm Beach Lakes Community High School. Topics to include: equity, healthy coping, social media, leadership, and life skills. Participants will earn community service hours. Adult volunteers also needed. 

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach Lakes Community High School, 3505 Shiloh Dr, West Palm Beach, FLF 33407
CONTACT INFO: Gregory Gabriel, or 561-242-5737

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8th Annual Community Health Worker /Patient Navigator Southeast Regional Symposium

You are invited to join us for the 8th Annual Community Health Worker Southeast Regional Symposium to celebrate and work towards a stronger partnership through community and partnership building. This symposium will provide a unique opportunity for Community Health Workers/Patient Navigators (CHW's/PNs) and health and human services professionals to receive valuable information as well as network with many representatives from other community organizations, program funders, and health industry professionals.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Bethesda Hospital West, 9655 W. Boynton Beach Boulevard, Boynton Beach

Click here for more details and to RSVP
Preserving Family Ties Lunch and Learn

This workshop will address the psycho, social and family experiential intertwining of drama, trauma, and expectation. Calling upon Bronfenbrenner's family ecological theory, Dr. Roseman will put forward the statistics of family change, examine current child outcomes, and propose protocols for holistic treatment of children and parents enduring divorce and child custody.

WHEN: Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (lunch will be served)
WHERE: Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, 909 Fern Street West Palm Beach

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Refugee Connecting Communities

Please join us for the first Refugee Connecting Communities event! We are collaborating with different agencies to welcome families by providing the resources and services available in Palm Beach County. 

Great Resources, such as: Health Care, Child Care Options, Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK), Housing Refreshments, and much more!

WHEN: Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: BRIDGES at Lake Worth, West 4720 Maine Street, Lake Worth, FL 33461
CONTACT INFO: For more information call: 561-649-9600

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EmpowHER Leadership Academy - Now Accepting Applications

EmpowHER of the Palm Beaches  is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 class of EmpowHER  Leadership Academy for Girls

EmpowHER Leadership Academy for Girls will empower female students from various schools throughout the Palm Beach County School District. The academy supports diversity and will introduce junior and senior girls to organizations that are led by women executives and will focus on
* job shadowing
* interview skills
* resume writing
* effective communication both verbal and written
* career exploration and much more

EmpowHER Leadership Academy for Girls is free and open to twenty (20) young ladies, thanks to our generous donations of our supporters. 

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Previous Postings - The Glades Area
Richard Abedon, Longtime Board Member of The Glades Initiative, Wins Nettie Finkle Volunteer Award from the Town of Palm Beach United Way 

(Photo credit: Capehart Photography)
Richard Abedon, center, surrounded by The Glades Initiative staff.

In the last seven years, Richard Abedon has assisted over 500 Glades residents with accessing pro-bono legal assistance through volunteer work with The Glades Initiative. He has served thousands of others throughout Palm Beach County, many in dire need of legal services and advice. 

In nominating him, The Glades Initiative CEO Karis Engle writes: "He is a kind and generous person who seeks no recognition for the time and effort he donates to others. We are honored that he is being recognized in this way by the Town of Palm Beach United Way."

On behalf of The Glades Initiative, Congratulations, Richard Abedon! 

Click here to read the full article in the Palm Beach Daily News. 
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PBSO/PAL Tri-City 2018 Basketball Academics and Mentoring Camp

PBSO/PAL Tri-City Basketball Academics and Mentoring Summer Camp is dedicated to providing student athletes with the proper training and tools necessary to help improve their life skills, fundamental skills, team work, offensive, and defensive skills in a fun and motivating environment. With over 500 youth attending since 2014 from ages 7-18, some have matriculated to college and the military. Join PBSO/PAL and TC Basketball Camp today and take your life skills and game to the highest level. Transportation provided for youth that live in Pahokee and South Bay to and from the camp site. 

WHEN: June 4 - August 2, 2018  | 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Glades Central Community High School (for Ages 13-18, high school), 1001 SW Ave M, Belle Glade, FL 33430; Lake Shore Middle School (for Ages 7-12), 425 W Canal St N, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO: Contact Kenneth Torrence, 561-329-8322, or Kevin Jackson-Hamilton, 561-797-2796

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Beginning Yoga at West Tech

Register to take part in a Beginning Yoga class at West Tech in Belle Glade. Registration for the class will be from May 21, 2018 to June 1, 2018. 

WHEN: June 4 - July 11, 2018 (Mondays and Wednesdays)  | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: West Technical Education Center, 2625 NW 16th St, Belle Glade, FL 33430
TO REGISTER: Apply online at or visit the front office Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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For the Record: From the Office of Sharon R. Bock

Read the latest news from the Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller's Office. 

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CSC: Monday Morning Update, April 30, 2018

Children's Services Council's weekly news and information bulletin. 

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Job Opportunities

In the Glades

  • 19 Positions Open
Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce 19th Annual Golf Tournament

The annual Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament returns to Sugarcane Golf Club!

WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 2018 | 7:00 a.m.
WHERE: Sugarcane Golf Club,  2619 West Canal St N, Belle Glade, Florida 33430
CONTACT INFO: For more information, or to register by phone, call Brenda Bunting at 561-996-2745.
COST: $75 entry fee, $125 sponsor a tee, $350 foursome and tee sponsorship

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Resume Building and Soft Skills Workshops

In the 4th installment of our Spring Workshop Series, we're partnering with Career Source to get you career ready! This workshop provides resume building tips that are sure to help you land that dream interview! You'll also have the opportunity to hone soft skills such as: professionalism, effective communication, teamwork and critical thinking, ensuring your success in the workplace. Light refreshments will be provided.

WHEN: Monday, May 21, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
WHERE: West Technical Education Center - Building 1, 2625 State Hwy 715, Belle Glade, FL 33430
RSVP: or for more information, call 561-868-4068 or

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Palm Beach State College Information Sessions COLLEGEINFOSESSION

Palm Beach State College will be holding Post Secondary Adult Vocational monthly Info-sessions. The  monthly sessions will be held on the last Tuesday of each month. 
The Glades community is invited to hear about our Welding, Diesel Mechanic, Cosmetology, Barbering, Nails and Facials programs. We'll have representatives from Advising, Registrar, Financial Aid departments and Career Source. In addition, we will arrange tours of the Welding, Diesel Mechanic, Cosmetology shops.  This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered and jump start your future.   

WHEN: Tuesday, May 29, June 26, July 31, 2018 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Palm Beach State College, 1977 SW College Dr, Belle Glade, FL 33430
TO REGISTER:  Call 561-993-1143

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Third Glades Citizens Criminal Justice Academy to be Held in June 

Members of the public are invited to attend the third annual Glades Citizen's Criminal Justice Academy. Sessions will be held on five consecutive Mondays at the Belle Glade Library/Civic Center. The classes are free, and dinner will be served. Anyone over the age of 14 is welcome, and up to 15 hours of community service credit can be earned.

The purpose of the Citizen's Criminal Justice Academy is to provide fundamental information to citizens of Palm Beach County regarding the criminal justice system and how decisions are made. Participants will see demonstrations, meet with decision makers, and tour the jail. It is a valuable opportunity to learn about procedures, meet experts, ask questions and see facilities in person. The Palm Beach County's Criminal Justice Commission, Sheriff's Office, and Office of Community Revitalization sponsor the academy.

WHEN: Monday, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 2018  | 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Belle Glade Library/Civic Center, 725 NW 4th St Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO:  For more information and to apply, visit the Criminal Justice Commission website (under Programs),, call 561-355-4943, fax at 561-355-4941 or email at

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Deadline Extended: Youth in Preparation Program by Community Connections for Life

Summer Social Skills Enhancement (S.S.E) Program's Registration Deadline has been extended to May 18, 2018. Please see the attached Summer Registration Form. Please see the attached registration form and submit the completed registration form via fax or in person by May 5, 2018.

WHEN: June 4, 2018 to August 9, 2018 (Monday-Friday)  | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Community Connections for Life, 241 W Avenue A, Belle Glade, FL 33430
CONTACT INFO:  For more information regarding the summer program, please make contact with the office at 561-983-8870.

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Agencies: Palm Beach County's Back to School Bash Registration

From the Palm Beach County Office of Community Revitalization (OCR), a note about this year's Back to School Bash: "We are thrilled to announce the 2018 Palm Beach County Back to School Bash! This wonderful annual event will be held this year on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at five (5) locations throughout the County, and we need your assistance with registering all students in need in our Countywide Community Revitalization Team communities ... "

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Previous Postings - Other Areas
Alzheimer's Community Care Annual Educational Forum

The Alzheimer's Community Care Annual Educational Forum is just around the corner.
This year's event will be held at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.The one-day event will feature experts in the field of Alzheimer's disease and related neurocognitive disorders discussing trends, strategies, and insight into professional and family care giving.

WHEN: Thursday, May 17, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: PGA National Resort and Spa, 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
CONTACT INFO: Call 561-683-2700 

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