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March 2008

"Communication, Collaboration, Coordination�



Board of Directors Meeting, Thursday March 20th,  2008 10:00am, @ Phichol Williams 951 SW 4th St., Homestead FL 33030


Mental Health Action Team Meeting, Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 9:30 a.m. @ Phichol Williams 951 SW 4th St., Homestead FL 33030


Drug Free Communities Meeting, Tuesday, March 25th, 2008 10:00am @ Phichol Williams 951 SW 4th St. Homestead Fl. 33030


WeCare Meeting, Thursday April 3rd, 2008, 9:00 a.m. @ Phichol Williams 951 SW 4th St., Homestead FL 33030.  


Presentation �

This month we had representatives Yolanda Samaniego (victim advocate-S.O.S), Sandra Rodriguez (care-coordinator from M.U.J.E.R.), and Gudelia Hernandez (care-coordinator-S.O.S), From the Family Violence Service Partnership.  The Agency is composed of Victim Advocates, Care Coordinators, and Natural Helpers. The victim is assisted with legal procedures, financial assistance, counseling, and relocation.  The Family Violence Service Partnership Network is in partnership with MUJER/One Stop Center, Project SOS, H.O.W, EnFAMILIA, and Legal Aide Society. MUJER/Project Esperanza, Covian, Family Counseling/Journey Institute, Services, Family Resource Center, Florida Immigration Advocacy Center, Miami Dade County Family and Victims Services, Community Helpers.  This program is funded by the Children�s Trust. There are 3 points of entry, Everglades, MUJER, and Esperanza. The Victim is helped regardless of gender; if criteria are met (the victim must have children).  The Natural Helper�s role in this program is to assist the victim during transitions, and Help victim feel comfortable. and willing to speak about circumstances.  The Natural Helpers role would be a supportive one.   The Natural Helper�s are volunteers that go through a background check, and finger print check, before being accepted to program.  To be a Natural Helper you don�t need H.S. Diploma or College.   The program is looking for community members that are willing to visit clients at home and with Outreach.


Task Force & Committee Updates     

Drug Free Team Communities � DFC is planning a town hall meeting for May 26, 2008, 6:30pm at Homestead High School to educate the community on underage drinking.  The annual One People One Community festival will be held May 4, 2008 on Palm Drive in Florida City. 


Information & Referral � 25 clients were assisted in February 2008.  The services given were mostly Domicile letter, a few housing referrals to Carrefour, referrals to the Neighborhood center for housing, and food assistance.  At the moment there aren�t any funds for Utilities possibly until April 2008.





Mental Health Action Team (MHAT)  

 We are working on several projects at this time, and happy to announce that one of the projects has been completed, which is Parenting classes in Spanish, English, and Creole.   MHAT is also happy to announce that CHI will be breaking ground for the CCSU on September 5th 2008. 


Rape Treatment Center (RTC) MHAT continues to work with RTC South.


Out-of-School Collaborative �The Out of School programs are need of Transportation.  We don�t have enough funds to cover Drivers and vans to transport the children to designated sites.  If you know of anyone that would like to donate a van (even if it is in need of repair), grants, or any type of funding that might help the programs with transportation, please contact Claudia Delvalle at 305-247-9693 or 786-348-8045.  We are also in need of volunteers for the after school programs.



Reminder*For the Agencies that forward us employment opportunities, please let us know when positions have been filled.*

*the weekly newsletter update goes out every Monday.  Any announcements received after Monday will be added the following week.*



The 5th Annual "Addressing Challenging Behavior" National Training Institute on Effective Practices Supporting Young Children's Social/Emotional Development will be April 2 - 5, 2008 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The Training Institute is co-sponsored by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) and the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI), both of which NASMHPD is a Primary Partner.  To access information on the above, see the attached "e-blast" at http://www.addressingchallengingbehavior.org/


Linking Forces, Fifteenth Annual Children�s Health Conference- May 2nd � May 3rd 2008, @ Miami Airport Hilton.  This conference, sponsored by the The Children�s Trust in partnership with the Institute for Child and Family Health, Inc., offers a comprehensive view of children�s mental health issues and addresses innovative strategies for high risk groups, creative partnerships and advocacy efforts.  Keynote speaker will be Kim Peek, the inspiration for 1998 Oscar winning movie �Rain Man.  Participants will have the opportunity to receive Continuing Education Credit (C.E), and Master Plan Points.  For more information contact Dr. Henry C. Sterner at ramair800@aol.com or (305) 968-3541.  For details visit www.icfhinc.org.


Florida Coalition For The Homeless- 606 W. 4th. Ave. Ste12 Tallahassee, FL 32303 � 1.877.205.0021.  The Florida Coalition for the Homeless and the Florida Supportive Housing Coalition are pleased to announce our 2nd annual conference, A Home for All: Bringing the Pieces Together. Our first joint conference was a tremendous success! We offered an educational, as well as, entertaining conference experience. Most importantly, we demonstrated the benefits of collaboration. This year we are continuing our partnership to bring more stakeholders together to achieve the shared mission of a home for all. The conference will be held on October 6-8, 2008 at the Royal Plaza in Orlando, Florida. Mark you calendars and look out for more details soon!


Hunger Justice leaders-Interact with premier organizing and issue experts.  Connect with other leaders from across the country.  Hone your skills to become an inspiring organizer. Do you have what it takes?  We�re looking for the best and brightest advocates to come to Washington, DC for an exceptional four-day training event on June 14-17, 2008  Participants will become the first class of Bread for the World�s Hunger justice leaders. Leaders will commit to promoting efforts against hunger and poverty in partnership with

Bread for the World.  Don�t miss this opportunity to change our world, and yours.  If you are 18-35 years old, apply today at www.bread.org/training.  Expenses will be paid for those chosen in this highly competitive process.  Bread for the world is a collective Christian voice urging our nation�s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.  Join Us.


Nova Southeastern to offer MBA Class in Homestead - Are You Interested in Continuing Education? The CPMCB and Nova Southeastern University are putting together a Homestead Cluster of their (18 month) �MBA for Working Professionals class. The classes will be held every other Friday from 6-10pm and Saturday from 8-5pm. We need 15 people to form a cluster.  If interested, please call the center at 786-243-7600.  


HOMEOWNERS WORKSHOPS: CENTRO CAMPESINO- Centro Campesino offers monthly classes every third Saturday of the month called �Post Ownership.� The class, running from 9:00am � 2:00pm, will focus on how to prevent mortgage default, prevent foreclosure, how to maintain a strong budget, and home maintenance. For more info contact Adriana Pedraza 305-245-7738 ext. 223.


Free English Classes the Integrated Honduran Organization Francisco Morazan (Organizaci�Hondure�rancico Morazan) has a new initiative to help Hondurans and other people from the Hispanic community who are interested in learning English FOR FREE through Miami Dade College.  Please contact 786-797-7748 for more information.


Tracks to Success-Developing a Powerful Grant Proposal: A Step-by-Step Tutorial -Developing a Powerful Grant Proposal is an 18-part series that covers the entire spectrum of grant proposal development. This series offers step-by-step tutorials, checklists, worksheets, and samples to help guide proposal development. The series will help novice grant writers understand each segment of the process, as well as provide more experienced grant writers with new ideas on how to approach grant writing. To read Part Ten, �Reinforce the Story: The Budget Narrative,� visit the GrantStation website.


Family Counseling Services: Sexual Violence Prevention Program -The Journey Institute, a program of Family Counseling Services, is providing Rape Risk Reduction Education (RRRE) presentations funded by the Florida Department of Health.  For more information and/or to reschedule a presentation please contact Rebecca Delgado, M.S. Ed., Program Coordinator (305) 443-1123 ext. 22

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is a component of the Office of Justice Progams in the U.S. Department of Justice. Subscribe to JUVJUST.   Visit the OJJDP Web site at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ojjdp.




Miami Beach Botanical Garden-presents Pairing: Photographs of the Pacific Northwest by Peter Fromm, March 4th to 7th.  Opening reception:   Tuesday, March 4,  5:30 to 7:30PM.  Free to the Public.   The exhibit is curated by FIU students in the Museum Studies curatorial seminar. They created the concept of Pairings with photos of objects found in nature, specifically the Pacific Northwest, with photos of similar design elements in man-made objects. Fromm, a resident of Friday Harbor, Washington State, has more than 40 years experience as a photographer. with a major in photography from the College of Fine Arts, Ohio Univ. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach www.mbgarden.org. Call 305-673-7256 Ext 201


Community Partnership, It is that time of year again. Please sign up ASAP for the Blue Cross

Blue Shield Celebrity 5k to support Community Partnership for Homeless. The race is March 30, 2008. Our goal is to be SOLD OUT as soon as possible. www.celebrity5k.com




South Dade Youth Arts Expo- Sponsored by the Barbara Seniors Harkins Foundation: Get the 411 on the jobs of a make-up artist and a novelist!  Saturday, April 12, 2008, Phicol Williams Community Center, 951 SW 4th St., Homestead Florida, 10:00am to 3:00pm.  Mini Job and College Fair.  Go behind the scenes of the arts and entertainment fields!  Learn how to produce CD�s.  Meet TV writers, directors, producers, and other production staff members!  Free giveaways!!Ipodas, Mp3 players, CD�s, T-shirts and more.  There is a $5.00 registration fee per person.  Lunch is provided with registration.  To register go to:  www.barbaraseniorsharkinsfoundation.org.  For additional registration information please call: (786) 738-1006.


CONSUMER FORUM ON HEALTH INSURANCE-Do you or your family lack health insurance? Does your job offer health insurance; you cannot afford co-payments or premiums? What health services are most important to you and your family? How much are you able to pay for healthcare Join us Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 6:30 PM to find solutions and learn about a low cost insurance program that is being designed just for you.  Your voice matters!  The meeting is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.  Location: Stephen P. Clark Center Lobby, 111 NW 1 streets, Miami Fl, 33128.  Free Parking:  North Jury Parking Lot at N.W.  3rd Street at 1st Court.  For Information: 305-375-5444.  Brought to you in partnership Jackson Memorial Foundation, Health Foundation of south Florida, Human Services Coalition, Health Council, Baptist Health, BlueCross Blue Shield, Miami-Dade County

Dear Community Leaders, One of United Way's top priorities is helping people achieve financial stability. Towards that end, we've added a new guide to our website designed to help individuals and families get through tough economic times. Visit us at http://www.unitedwaymiami.org/financialresourcecenter.asp.  Some examples of what you will find in the Financial Resource Center include:  Tip sheets on avoiding foreclosure, finding a job, and handling stress, Tools on how to manage credit, build savings, and meet basic needs, Listings of local career centers and tax preparation sites, Resources for employers on informative seminars, We hope you will utilize this important tool and share it with your employees, family members, friends and co-workers. Together, we can help individuals and families overcome financial obstacles and achieve long-term economic independence. 

Free Tax Help for the Elderly- GALATA, Inc. is offering free assistance to elderly residents receiving Social Security Benefits. For English, Spanish, or Creole Speakers.  Transportation provided.  Walk-ins Welcome.  Home visits available by appointment.  To apply for your Stimulus Payment Bring:  2007 Social Security Income Statement or Copy of social Security Checks Stub.  Monday � Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm.  GALATA, Inc.  916 North Flagler Avenue Homestead, FL 33030. Phone 305-242-7060.


South Florida Work Force:  Fast Track to Success- All youth ages 14 to 18- One week of Career Exploration Workshops and Pre-Employment Skills Training.  Fast, quick and dynamic training programs to help you work in fields that are in high demand.  Exciting and well-paid internships within your area of career interest.  Get up to $300 incentive bonuses.  Get certified credentials as Certified Nurses Assistants, Child Care Workers, A+ Certification in IT, and First Responders.  Free tutoring for high school students and youth preparing for GED.  Call today to enroll.  Homestead Youth Center (305) 246-6351 ext. 433.  Little Havana Youth Center (305)643-3300 ext. 266.  Opa-Locka Youth. Center (305)687-2886.

Women Shelter of Hope- Hotel Vouchers � 2 week stay for victims of DV or SA, Male or Female, 18 or over.  Call 305-888-5001

WeCount! Is accepting offers for a conference table and armchairs.  The table is just under 14 feet long and four feet wide, in good condition.  There are nine custom-made wooden armchairs with padded seats.  Call Jonathan at (305) 247-2202, or come by our center at 45 S. Flagler Ave. to see them.

On behalf of the Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade (Consortium), the Health Council of South Florida is conducting a community leader opinion survey to prioritize prominent health issues in Miami-Dade County and assess awareness of the Consortium and its initiatives. As a prominent leader, your responses will also help: 1) measure outcomes of the Consortium�s initiative; 2) assist in the development of


the Consortium�s future community activity goals and objectives and; 3) determine how health service organizations can best coordinate efforts in serving the needs of those living in Miami-Dade County. The survey takes about10 minutes to complete online at



Revelation 320 has opened a Mental Health Clinic Membership Therapy Center, 11334 SW 184th street, Miami FL, 33157.  Drug abuse counseling, Marriage counseling, Mental Health counseling.  Main Office: 305-969-9448, 305-200-9001(Pastor Narcissi Montas), 786-486-2380 (Dr. Luz Montas). Visit their website at revelation320.com

First United Methodist Church- Has established a Food Pantry.  The Food Pantry will be opened Saturdays from 9am to 12pm.  A referral is not needed to obtain food. First United Methodist Church is located at 622 N. Krome Avenue. The Pantry is located at NW 7th Avenue, between Krome & 1st Avenue. If you have any questions please call 305-248-4770.

Department of Health and Human Services-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- MRSA Information for the Public.  Please log on to the link below if you are interested in information about Staphylococcus aureus (staph) and the MRSA virus.   http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/ar_mrsa_ca_p

Enfamilia-has finished their first quarter.  6 centers are equipped for Spanish classes. 3 centers are equipped for Creole classes.  Now accepting new participants for fatherhood program

GrantStation Introduces New Search Terms for Members- New Search Terms - In order to help GrantStation Members identify the most appropriate grantmakers for their programs and projects, we have developed new, expanded definitions for the Areas of Interest and Types of Support search terms used in our Find-A-Funder database. This is an upgraded feature for our 10,000+ Members; for those who are not Members, this feature demonstrates the comprehensive approach GrantStation takes to help organizations identify and secure grant awards.

H.O.P.EMiami-Dade Area Health Education Center (AHEC), in conjunction with the H.O.P.E. (Hispanic Obesity Prevention and Education) project, are expanding our existing Worksite Wellness and Adult Community Education program by specifically focusing on Hispanic adults in Miami-Dade County.  The goal of the H.O.P.E. project is to promote increased physical activity, healthy nutrition, and appropriate food portion sizes among Hispanics living in Florida. These adults will receive nutrition and physical activity information and tools that will help them increase their level of activity, and their knowledge and practice of healthy nutrition and appropriate food portion size, as well as reduce their risk for chronic diseases linked to obesity.  The program will consist of two components: Nutrition and Physical Activity that can be offered in both English and Spanish.  The Nutrition component includes information on basic nutrition, label reading, healthy food choices to help you manage weight, cooking demonstrations and examples of healthy recipe modifications and alternatives to traditional Hispanic meals.  The Physical Activity component provides information on how to incorporate physical activity into your daily life and examples of specific exercise (i.e., stretching, aerobic).  Each component is an hour long and is appropriate for a maximum of 30 participants at any given time.  If you are interested in offering our program, please contact Lizette Pab�t 305-597-3645 or via email at lpabon@mdahec.org.

Stars-30-second PSA- You can make a big difference in a student�s life.    Become a mentor, tutor or motivational speaker, to help a young person realize their dreams and achieve their goals.   Join the Homestead Job Corps STARS Initiative to prepare tomorrow�s leaders today. Connect with a Coordinator at the Homestead Job Corps at (305) 258-7164 and help a student reach for the STARS.  That�s (305) 258-7164.   




Free Guide for Nonprofits Available Mellon Financial Corporation Nonprofit Guide - The Mellon Financial Corporation is offering "Discover Total Resources: A Guide for Nonprofits,� a guide to help board members, staff, and volunteers discover resources that have been used effectively by a variety of nonprofits. The guide goes beyond �checkbook philanthropy� to the concept of total community resources by shifting from the traditional emphasis on volunteers, corporations, and foundations to focus on people, money, goods, and services. A checklist of resources and techniques is included to help nonprofits reduce their vulnerability and increase their opportunities. This seven-chapter document may be downloaded for free at the website listed above.


Step ahead to success - Miami Dade County Department of Human Services� Farm worker Job and Education Project is looking for individuals interested in:  Learning English, acquiring high school or GED diploma, academic tutoring, learning employability skills and how to prepare a resume. Individuals interested in learning a new job skill and acquiring all the licensing to open and own a business. Qualified individuals must be seasonal or migrant farm workers, or dependent of a farm worker, U.S. lawful resident, 16 years or older, must meet the federal poverty guidelines.  Qualified individuals receive; free tuition, uniforms, books, transportation, tools, cash living assistance, job search assistance, career guidance and counseling and much more.  For more information visit the Farm worker Jobs and Education Program at 28300 SW 152 Ave in Leisure City.  305-245-5865 8:30AM to 8PM M-TH & 8AM to 6 PM on Friday. The Department of Human Services has provided employment and training assistance to the farm worker community for more than 30 years.  


Domestic Violence Hotline

The 24 hr hotline number is 305-349-5677.  


Sexual Assault Hotline

The 24 hour hotline number is 1-888-956-RAPE (7273).


COOP - This is a good time for your organization to review and update its Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). If your organization has not yet put together a COOP, one such example template is available for free at: www.alliance4hs.org. Check the sidebar on the left side of the screen and click to download it.


Math And Parent Partnerships � MAPPS - What is MAPPS?  Math And Parent Partnerships (MAPPS) is a Program which links Parent Involvement and increased student achievement in Mathematics. MAPPS consists of eighteen workshops for families; each approximately two hours in length. There are nine workshops for Grades K-4 and nine workshops for grades 5-8. They are available in Spanish and English. The workshops can be used with families of High School students also.

What are the goals of MAPPS?

The goals are to create a community of parents who:

Have real learning experiences with mathematics

Have strategies and activities for helping their children understand mathematics

Believe that their children can be successful at learning mathematics

Who developed MAPPS?

Mary Schumacher is the Project Director for MAPPS, which is a research based program developed at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The program was refined over four years through a grant from the National Science Foundation and was piloted in four school districts in the Southwest. Workshop topics are aligned with the FCTM Standards.

How does MAPPS involve parents?


MAPPS provides parents with in-depth experiences with the processes used for teaching and learning mathematics. Parents and their children enjoy learning together as they complete hands on math activities. Some benefits are parents become more positive about mathematics and encourage their children�s learning. Children perform better in school and academic achievement increases.

Is training available?

Training can be provided for school personnel interested in conducting math workshops for families. The FL PIRC at the University of South Florida offers one day training sessions where an overview of the MAPPS Program is presented. There is no cost for the trainers to come to your district; however the MAPPS Training Guides will need to be purchased for each participant.

How can I get more information about MAPPS?Visit the MAPPS website at: http://math.arizona.edu/~mappsContact The FL PIRC at: 813.396.9922, Florida PIRC, Florida Partnership for Family Involvement in Education University of South Florida Phone: 813-558-5096: 813-396-9925

Website: www.partnershipcenter.usf.edu


JOIN THE MIAMI-DADE HIV/AIDS PARTNERSHIP- Our vision is to eliminate disparities and improve health outcomes for all people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.  www.aidsnet.org  (305) 445-1076 Get involved. Make a difference.  REVEST (Refugee/Entrant Vocational Education Services Training Program) Center Homestead Campus, Miami Dade College, provides free English and vocational courses to refugees of different nationalities.  They also provide childcare and job referrals, translation and evaluation of foreign university transcripts, legal clinics, etc. to individuals who qualify.  For more information contactRevest Office at Homestead Campus:  (305) 237-5036. 


Campaign Urges Online Youth To Type Smart, Post Wisely -The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the primary law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service, has launched a campaign to encourage youth to practice safe, smart habits when posting information about themselves on social networking Web sites and blogs.  As Chief Postal Inspector Lee Heath observes: As the popularity and usage of online social networking sites continue to flourish, it is essential that we empower youth to be cautious, aware and intelligent about the information they post. The 2 SMRT 4U campaign, and its tagline, "Type Smart, Post Wisely," is a Postal Inspection Service-led effort designed to reinforce the U.S. Attorney General's Project Safe Childhood initiative to promote Internet safety. We hope it will help remind teens of the importance of navigating smartly and thinking before posting personal information online. Resources: To learn more about 2 SMRT 4U campaign, visit http://www.2smrt4u.com./  for additional information about Project Safe Childhood, visit http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.


Abstinence Between Strong Teens, Inc. �

Promotes abstinence until marriage. The program's overall goal is to decrease teen sexual involvement outside of marriage while working toward reducing the incidence of teen birth and sexually transmitted diseases.  Abstinence Education explores teen�s attitudes, beliefs and social pressures related to the consequences of sexual activity outside of marriage, while enhancing decision-making and problems solving skills by building self confidence. To obtain more information please call 1-866-40-NO SEX, email INFO@ABSTINC.COM or visit www.abstinc.com


Women Helping Youth Soar, Ponder, Educate and Relate (WHYSPER), Needs mentors for girls between the ages of 4 to 18.  Our mentoring approach is �mentor friendly� in that the mentor chooses girls whose interests and location are in keeping with that of the mentor. We ask that you see your charge at least twice a month and speak with her weekly. We ask that you incorporate her in day-to-day activities, as many are not aware of how to do things as simple as grocery shopping. The company also will pay for some outings that only you and your charge may have an interest in.  If this is a program you feel may interest you please call (786) 234-6698 or e-mail WHYSPER_INC@NETSCAPE.COM  for more information or an application.


Homestead Career Center Out-of-School Youth Program Youth Services provided by South Florida Workforce. A unique center designed to develop individual career paths for out-of-school youth to achieve academic success, improve socio-economic status through the delivery of ARBOR Education & Training quality programs services model in education and employment. Mission: Building Lives- Reaching Potential.  For more information call 305-247-4737.



American Therapeutic Corporation, a Florida Non-Profit Corporation

Offering: Occupational Behavioral Health Programs, Substance Abuse Programs, Outpatient Adult Services Programs, Co-Parenting Programs, Supervised/Therapeutic Visitation Programs, Comprehensive Mental Health Assessments, Outpatient Children & Adolescent Services Programs, Partial Hospitalization Programs, 24 hour Crisis Intervention, Evaluations & Testing, Educational Classes & Support Groups. They have 6 locations available, with a local office in Naranja. (305)245-1391. For more information visit the website @ www.americantherapeuticcorp.com


Carrfour�s Housing Assistance Program - Who we are: Carrfour Supportive Housing is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is to develop permanent supportive housing and maximize the self-sufficiency of formally homeless adults in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

The Housing Assistance Program provides formally homeless couples an affordable place to live and supportive services that encourage independence, residential stability and self-sufficiency.  With the companionship and support of each other and the support of a case manager, this project offers couples a chance to get back on their feet and achieve self-sufficiency.

Where are we?  Residents admitted into the program will live in one bedroom apartments throughout Miami-Dade County.


Who is eligible?  This program is designed to provide housing assistance to households that consist of two members.  Priority will be given to households that can demonstrate the ability to live harmoniously in this setting and share the responsibilities of maintaining an apartment (as opposed to two individuals that do not know each other).

Each member of the household must:

Qualify as homeless under U.S. HUD�s definition;

Qualify as having a disability under US HUD�s definition;

Be over 18 years of age;

Satisfactorily pass a drug test;

Have the ability to locate and qualify for a rental unit in the community and;

Have a history indicating commitment to paying rent and other obligations on time.

To apply, each member of the household must complete the Occupancy Agreement and fax it to (305) 371-1376. For more information please contact Donna De Nard at (305) 547-1982 or (305)628-8140.


Florida National Guard - Get out of the dark, get into Night Vision�This program is aimed at �Enabling Florida�s Youth to see clearly the dangers of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs. For more information contact SFC Daniel Willover @ (954) 914-3626


The Family Resource Center - is offering parenting classes for voluntary and court-mandated clients, in compliance with OurKids guidelines. Call Rosario at (305) 245-7169 for more information.


Help Your Clients, Who Are Living With HIV,  Connect to FREE or LOW COST Medical and Support Services -Ryan White Title I Outreach Workers can link your clients to medical or support services, either face-to-face with your clients or by phone.  For more Information or to arrange appointment, call one of the Funded Outreach Providers:

Broward County Health Department                  (954) 847-3593

Broward House                                                      (954) 806-5333/806-5335

Community Healthcare/ CenterOne                     (954) 537-4111 x110

MDEI                                                                      (954) 315-4530 x212

Trinity Ministries                                                   (954) 581-4214 x14







Youth Center Launched Youth Policy Action Center {http://www.youthpolicyactioncenter.org/}

The Youth Policy Action Center functions as a central hub to issue action alerts and post resources for youth advocates, with the goal of promoting youth involvement and empowerment. The Center, a collaborative effort organized by a growing assembly of advocacy and youth organizations from across the county, strives to level the political playing field by bringing technological savvy and mass outreach efforts to scale for those who believe young people are the nation�s most precious resource. For more information visit the website listed above.


Fellowship House - Fellowship House has a scattered site permanent housing project located in the South Miami Dade area. This program offers supportive services for homeless or formerly homeless individuals with severe mental illness who may also have a concurrent substance abuse disorder. The goal of this project is to assist these individuals to achieve the maximum level of community integration and self sufficiency. In order to qualify for placement in one of these 14 permanent housing units the individual must be diagnosed with a major mental illness, have a history of homelessness, be willing to participate in Fellowship House's Psycho-Social Rehabilitation Program or another productive activity (i.e. employment or enrolled in an education program), and have adequate skills to live independently in the community. If you have any interested clients that meet these criteria we are excepting referrals. Please contact Amy Miller, Residential Program Manager at 305-667-1036 Ext. 1124 or Gabriella Rodriguez Intake Supervisor at 305-667-1036 Ext. 1124. Thank you.  


ASPIRA of Florida, Inc. South Division- is providing an Adult and Family Literacy Program.  These free services are to improve school performance, the following service are provided Homework Help, FCAT Preparation, Parenting Techniques they also provide free childcare, special library activities and snacks are also provided.  For more information call Christina Lugo @ 305-246-1111 ext. 230 or visit their office at 14116 SW 288th St., Homestead, FL 33033.  Classes are held on Mondays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Funding Opportunities

Miami-Dade County Search for grants at: http://www.miamidade.gov/grants


Grant Application-Miami-Dade County Commission District 9 Mom & Pop Grant applications will be available at the Chamber office, 43 North Krome Avenue starting Monday, February 11. To find out which district your business is in, go to www.miamidade.gov and click the County Hall tab on the top of the page, then click on Who is my commissioner? On the left column. Enter your address and your district will come up.  I hope this information is helpful to you.


Staples Foundation for Learning
The mission of the Staples Foundation for Learning is to teach, train, and inspire people from all walks of life by providing educational and growth opportunities. The Foundation supports programs that provide job skills and/or education for all people, with special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. The goal of the Foundation�s grant program is to help local groups with programs and services that will positively impact their communities every day. Nonprofit organizations throughout the United States, with the exception of Alaska and Hawaii that address the Foundation�s mission are eligible to apply. For the first two funding cycles in 2008, proposals must be submitted between February 29 and March 14 and between June 2 and June 16. Visit the website listed above for application guidelines.


U.S. Potato Board: School Wellness Grant Program
The U.S. Potato Board, in partnership with the School Nutrition Foundation, has initiated the School Wellness Grant Program for elementary schools in the United States. Ten grants of $2,500 will be awarded for equipment and/or educational programs that will help move children toward healthier diets and improve their overall wellness. Grant money can be used for food service equipment for the healthful preparation of fresh or processed potatoes, physical activity equipment for use on the campus playground or during physical education programs, or development or execution of nutrition or physical activity educational programs. Applicants must be members of the School Nutrition Association (SNA) or be sponsored by an


SNA member. The application deadline is April 15, 2008. Visit the website listed above to download the application guidelines and forms.


http://www.staplesfoundation.org/foundapplication.html -Staples Foundation for Learning Offers Support for Education and Job Skills Programs The mission of Staples Foundation for Learning is "to teach, train, and inspire." The foundation supports national and local charities that provide educational opportunities and job skills for all people, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. To be eligible, applicant organizations must have nonprofit, tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and align with the Staples Foundation for Learning's mission and focus on job skills and education. Award ceiling: $25,000. Grant decisions are made three times a year. Applications deadlines: April 2008; and August 2008


Grants Increase Endowments for Humanities Programs National -The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grantmaking agency of the U.S. government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. NEH�s Challenge Grants help institutions and organizations secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Challenge grants most commonly augment or establish endowments that support humanities activities. Grant recipients may use the income from invested funds to meet ongoing humanities-related costs. Awards are made to museums, public libraries, universities, research institutions, historical societies, public broadcasting stations, scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other nonprofit entities.


The upcoming application deadlines are May 1, 2008. Visit the website listed above for program details and application guidelines.


Grants for Youth and Healthy LivingGE Healthcare Charitable Giving Program- The GE Healthcare Charitable Giving Program provides support to nonprofit organizations in the United States that focus on youth education and/or promote healthy lives. Grants target national and regional organizations, as well as local organizations in communities with company facilities. The program�s specific funding categories include youth education, healthy lives, and diversity and community services. The application deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1, annually. Visit the website listed above for funding category details and application guidelines.


Project Ignition
Project Ignition, sponsored by State Farm and coordinated by the National Youth Leadership Council, is a chance for students and teachers to work together to address the issue of teen driver safety. Support is provided for innovative public awareness, service-learning projects based on teen driver safety developed by students enrolled in grades 9-12 at U.S. public schools. Students must create this project with the support of a teacher or advisor. Twenty-five semi-finalists will receive $2,000 to help put their plan into action in the fall of 2008. Ten finalists will then receive a stipend of up to $5,000 for travel to the National Service-Learning Conference. The application deadline is May 16, 2008. Visit the website listed above for online application information.


Early Identification and Treatment of Mental Disorders in Children and Adolescents (R01) Grant

http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=11895- This NIMH FOA invites investigator-initiated research grant applications for studies focused on the early identification and treatment of mental disorders in children and adolescents. Examples include studies focused on: the validation of early diagnosis of mental disorders in youth; the development of new interventions foe treatment and prevention; the efficacy and safety of new and existing treatments; the identification and evaluation of predictors of treatment response; the long-term effectiveness and impact of early intervention on later course; and the factors that promote or impede access to services and impact the effectiveness of services for these patients in community and practice settings. Eligible applicants include: private, public or state controlled institution of higher education; nonprofits; small business; for-profit organizations; state, county, city, township, and special district governments; Native American tribal organizations and governments; public/Indian housing


authorities; independent school districts; for profit organizations; small businesses; foreign institutions; eligible agencies of the Federal Government; and faith-based or community-based Organizations. Application deadline: February 5, June 5, and October 5, until March 6, 2009.


The WHO Foundation: Women Helping Others nationally supports grassroots charities serving the overlooked needs of women and children.  Grants are provided to organizations serving women and /or children in the United States and Puerto Rico.  The foundation�s priority is funding specific projects and programs addressing health and social service needs.  For more information and to apply, visit www.whofoundation. Org/WHO Funding.htm.  Deadline is September 9th, 2008


Cingular supports community-based programs and organizations that address educational, cultural, and communities where we work and live.  Visit www.cingular.com/about/community involvement for more information.  Applications are accepted throughout the year.


Funds for Nutritional Education and Research

Allen Foundation- The mission of the Allen Foundation is to support programs that benefit human nutrition in the areas of health, education, training, and research. The Foundation�s priorities include nutritional education programs for mothers during pregnancy and after the birth of their children, job training for nutritional educators, and the dissemination of information regarding healthful nutritional practices and habits. The application deadline is December 31, annually. Visit the website listed above to take the online eligibility quiz and review the application guidelines.


U.S. Bancorp Foundation
The U.S. Bancorp Foundation seeks to build strong partnerships in communities with a U.S. Bank office by supporting nonprofit organizations that improve the educational and economic opportunities of low- and moderate-income individuals and families. Support is also provided for programs that enhance the cultural and artistic life of communities. Nonprofit organizations located in company communities in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming are eligible to apply. Application deadlines vary by location. Visit the website listed above to access grant guidelines and state contact information.


National Fund for Workforce Solutions -The National Fund for Workforce Solutions, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Hitachi Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Labor, seeks to improve employment, training, and labor market outcomes for low-income individuals. The Fund aims to improve both the quality of jobs and the capacity of workers by promoting change at three levels: individual, institution, and system. The result will be better jobs, better workers, and a better workforce development system. For more information on the Fund, visit the website listed above in bold.


Childcare Programs for At-Risk Children Supported

Rosie's For All Kids Foundation: Early Childhood Care and Education Grants- Rosie's For All Kids Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations providing child care, early education, and other essential programs to economically disadvantaged and at-risk children across the United States. Priority is given to experienced, community-based programs serving children in low-income, major urban areas. The Foundation�s Early Childhood Care and Education Grants focus on tuition subsidies; small renovations, supplies, and equipment upgrades; playground construction; and staff development opportunities. Organizations that pass the eligibility quiz on the Foundation�s website will be invited to submit online letters of intent, which are reviewed throughout the year. Visit the website listed above for program details.






Grants for Tolerance Projects in PreK-12 Schools

Southern Poverty Law Center: Teaching Tolerance Grants- The Teaching Tolerance Grants Program, administered by the Southern Poverty Law Center, offers grants to preK-12 classroom teachers for projects


designed to reduce prejudice among youth, improve inter-group relations in schools, and/or support educator professional development in these areas. Proposals from community organizations and houses of worship will be considered on the basis of direct student impact. Projects funded by Teaching Tolerance tend to be focused on character/moral education, conflict resolution, multiculturalism, community service, or other aspects of tolerance education. Requests may be submitted at any time from educators throughout the United States. Visit the website listed above to download the application form.


Department of Labor - Employment and Training Administration Workforce Investment Act Small Grassroots Organizations Connecting with the One-Stop Delivery System Grant  http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=13393 The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL or the Department), announces the availability of $3,000,000 in grant funds for eligible �grassroots� organizations with the ability to connect to the local One-Stop Delivery System.


For the Fallen Grants for Soldiers and Their Families http://forthefallen.org/aboutUs.aspx - For the Fallen provides financial assistance to military members and their families in their time of need. For the Fallen distributes donations to families of soldiers that have been killed or severely wounded since September 11, 2001 to cover the costs of food, housing, medical services, college tuitions or any other expenses that they find difficult to afford. The needs of individual families are examined on a case-by-case basis. Grants are awarded based on the severity of a particular situation and vary in amount. The application review process takes between 2 and 4 weeks.  Application deadline: open.


Grants Target Alcoholism Prevention and EducationChristopher D. Smithers Foundation
The mission of the Christopher D. Smithers Foundation is to educate the public regarding the fact that alcoholism is a respectable, treatable disease from which people can and do recover; encourage prevention programs, with an emphasis on high risk populations; and fight to reduce the stigma that is associated with the disease of alcoholism. The main thrust of the Foundation's funding is in the field of alcoholism prevention and education, including research, public education, and creating awareness of this issue in the nation's work world.  While a number of grants go to national organizations, regional and local organizations across the country also receive support. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit the website listed above for more information.


The Children's Trust announces grants for children's services in the following areas
Child Health
a) Dental Services for Uninsured and Underinsured Children
b) Increased Safety of Young Children (motor vehicle and drowning prevention)
c) Replication of the Healthy Steps for Young Children Program
d) Education and Consultation in Child Care Settings to Support the Physical and Emotional Well-being of Young Children Delinquency and Dependency System Enhancements Food and Nutrition Services for Out-of-School Programs Visit www.thechildrenstrust.org/funding.asp <http://www.thechildrenstrust.org/funding.asp>  to download the Notice of Funding Availability.


Feed Lion Charitable Foundation http://charitablefoundation.foodlion.org/The Food Lion Charitable Foundation provides support for nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the communities served by Food Lion stores in various states, including Florida. The Foundation's general grant-making categories include primary and secondary education, feeding the hungry and local charitable organizations. The Food Lion Charitable Foundation supports 501(c) 3 public charities and private & public schools. Grant awards range from $1,000 to $5,000. Application deadline: Open.


Patricia Lee Winn Family Emergency Assistance Fund http://wwwccdh.org/ccdh/RenderPage.asp?pageid=5039- The Patricia Lee Winn Family Emergency Assistance Fund from the Community Committee for Developmental Handicaps provides limited financial assistance to meet basic needs during times of crisis.  Monies must be used to assist an individual with a

developmental or other disability, when there are no other available resources to meet this need. The average award is about $150.  This fund is maintained through small grants and private donations.  Past requests include funds to pay overdue utility bills or to forestall eviction, diapers, food, specialized formula, etc. For more information or to apply for services, please call Monica Santomauro at 305-596-1160 or e-mail msantomauro@ccdh.org. Deadline: ongoing.


McKenzie Foundation Community Development Grants www.mckenziefoundation.us/guidelines.php

The purpose of the McKenzie Foundation is to encourage and support nonprofit programs, primarily in the areas of education, health, human services and cultural and environmental concerns. Faced with the task of translating these broad-reaching goals into a more focused set of grant guidelines, the board has selected four initiatives that will shape its grant making for the next few years: early childhood development, education, the environment and arts and culture. The foundation makes grants only to tax exempt organizations with 501(c) (3) classification. New requests for support should be made by a letter of inquiry or through their online proposal form. Application Deadline: ongoing.


Cingular�s Charitable Contribution Program http://www.cingular.com/about/community-support/index.jsp-  Cingular supports community-based programs and organizations that address educational, cultural, and social issues that affect the quality of life in the communities where we work and live. Their contributions are based on the merits of the requesting organization and project, with emphasis given to: Nurturing programs that inspire creativity in youth and adults, or that focus specifically on teaching/developing modes of expression; Proposals that are project-specific; Projects that stimulate


partnerships among various organizations to work cooperatively and collaboratively for lasting solutions; Projects with well-defined goals and a clear picture of the need with specific evaluation results. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations with 501(c) (3) or 509(a) tax exemption status. Application deadline: open.


Nonprofit Finance Fund � Child Care Facilities Fund -provides capital, advice, and technical assistance to child care providers seeking to improve the quality of their programs, operations and facilities.  Capital grants up to $50,000 and planning grants up to $10,000 are available to nonprofit child care centers in the region. For more information or for an application, contact Sonia N�koumo: Phone: 215-546-9426, E-mail: sonia.n�koumo@nffusa.org


Grants for Child Care in Urban AreasRosie's For All Kids Foundation- Rosie's For All Kids Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations providing child care, early education, and other essential programs to economically disadvantaged and at-risk children across the United States. Priority is given to experienced, community-based programs serving children in low-income, major urban areas. The primary focus of the Foundation�s grant making is on tuition subsidies, small renovations, equipment upgrades, playground construction, and staff development opportunities for early education and care programs. School districts, municipalities, and programs outside the contiguous United States are not eligible for support. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Visit the website listed above for more information.


Community Grant Programs: Walmart & Sam�s Club Foundation -The Wal-Mart and SAM�S CLUB Foundation�s Community Grant Program offers matching grants to local nonprofit fundraisers held at their local Wal-Mart or SAM'S CLUB. Wal-Mart and SAM'S can elect to match a portion of the funds raised up to $1,000. Events held off the premises of a Wal-Mart store or SAM'S CLUB are also eligible for funding when a Wal-Mart or SAM'S CLUB associate is actively involved in the event.



Job Opportunities

 Visit ACCESSMiamiJobs.com to apply and for more listings. The ACCESS Miami Jobs program was created by the City of Miami Economic Development Department to provide job opportunities and training to City of Miami residents. You can also log on to ACCESSMiamiJobs.com for free at computer kiosks available at select locations. For a location nearest you, please call 311.


Administrative Assistant � for Open Door Health Center,

Full time position with benefits position opens to assist with day-to-day administrative functions of the organization, its programs, and services. Bilingual (English-Spanish) and college degree or equivalent required. Multitask, hard worker, meticulous, resourceful, self starter with great organizational, communication and management skills. Computer skills required.  Qualified candidates fax resume to (305) 246-5010 or e-mail   lbazyler@opendoorhc.org.


City of Miami Employment Opportunities-The City of Miami is the largest municipal government in metropolitan Miami-Dade County with a variety of career opportunities.   To explore career opportunities or to download an employment application for the City of Miami, click on the following link:  http://www.miamigov.com/Personnel/Announcements_world.asp  


Victim Response Inc/The Lodge- Position: Resource Development Coordinator Experience: Minimum 3 years 

Status: Fulltime. 

         Coordinate an individual giving campaign

         Coordinate special events including logistical planning and staff briefing

         Up-date donor database on a weekly basis

         Manage communication with donors including written correspondence

         Must be highly organized

         Excellent computer and writing skills

         Ability to meet strict deadlines

If you are ready for a meaningful and challenging career opportunity, please forward your resume along with cover letter for immediate consideration to:  Carla Biltres, HR Manager, Carla@thelodge.cc

Fax: (305) 693-2831.


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