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Sheryl Paul retires after 31 years at Helping People Succeed

Sheryl Paul retires after 31 years at Helping People Succeed


Sheryl Paul spent 31 years at Helping People Succeed, teaching countless families how to build meaningful connections with their young children and make the most out of those very important first years. She helped pioneer the BRAIN Program, taught countless hours of Infant Massage and helped new parents have “The Happiest Baby” long before the invention of the beloved Snoo. Some might say, Sheryl is kind of the Baby Whisperer of Martin County.

On Thursday, Sept. 15, Paul retired after more than three decades at the Treasure Coast nonprofit, where she put her distinct imprint on several programs.

Just six weeks after relocating to the Stuart area from Chicago with her husband Elliot and their three children, she started in the Developmental Intervention program of Helping People Succeed, which involved making weekly home visits to families with children from birth to the age of three whom had either diagnosed or at-risk developmental differences.

She remained in that job for eight years and then transitioned into the newly established BRAIN (Building Readiness Among Infants Now) Program, where she remained for 20 years. This program, which is funded through the Children’s Services Council, is available to all parents of newborns in Martin and St. Lucie counties and focuses on early brain development and how parents can give their babies the best possible start in life.

Sheryl said “I had the privilege of doing visits with the same families many times over the years and no two visits were ever the same because no two babies are ever the same. I like to believe that moms and dads took something different away with them each time we met.”

For the last three years, she’s been the sole facilitator of the Wee Talk program, training key staff at local nonprofits such as WIC, Healthy Start of Martin County, Martin County Library System and the other departments at Helping People Succeed on the connection between language and literacy, and the importance of passing that message on to all the families they interact with.

When Sheryl first moved to Martin County, she could never have predicted that that change would lead her to a job that would give her personal fulfillment as well as co-workers who turned into friends and now, 30 years later, feel like family. “My life has been so richly blessed by the work I have gotten to do and the people I have gotten to do it with,” Sheryl says.

Now the proud and doting grandmother to six (almost seven) grandchildren, all of whom live locally, Paul says the time is right to move to the next phase in her life, spending as much time with them as possible.

She says, “My treasured time is time in the car with my grandkids. My family is precious to me and I look forward to being with them. I have had a beautiful journey with Helping People Succeed and I will carry the memories with me as I move on to my next chapter.”



Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]
Sep. 19, 2022|

United Way offers training for volunteer reception center in case of emergency

United Way offers training for volunteer reception center in case of emergency 


Nate Bruckner goes over locations and directions with Bernice Keller and Stacy Benezra at a Volunteer Reception Center Training


In the event of a hurricane, United Way operates the Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) after a disaster located at the United Way Center on 14th Avenue, Vero Beach.  

United Way of Indian River County in conjunction with the Indian River County Emergency Management Division will be the liaison in connecting volunteers to individuals needing assistance with hurricane clean-up in Indian River County. The  VRC is set up and staffed to intake and match volunteer skills with unmet needs in the community in the event of a  disaster.  

In order to plan ahead, VRC volunteers are encouraged to attend our 1-day certification training provided by Volunteer  Florida on June 30th at the United Way Center from 9 AM to 4 PM. Registration is required. 

Examples of opportunities:  

  • A request from the Emergency Operations Center may be for volunteers to help victims of a disaster in  need of blue tarps and installation on damaged roofs 
  • Salvation Army may need volunteers to help in their mass-feeding kitchens following a disaster • The American Red Cross may need volunteers to case-manage victims of a hurricane and direct them to  temporary assistance 
  • An elderly person may need volunteers to help clear debris from their yard or flood-soaked carpet  removed from their home 
  • Home-bound victims may need water or food delivered by volunteers 
  • and many, many more opportunities. 

Volunteer Reception Center positions include registration and volunteer intake and interviewing, data collection and entry, safety training, phone bank, runners, greeters, etc.  

The VRC serves to coordinate spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteers to help support the relief effort of ESF#15  (volunteers and donations) under the direction of IRC Emergency Management. Spontaneous volunteers will be assigned duties as needed by the VRC volunteer staff. A spontaneous, unaffiliated volunteer or SUV is a person that has not received current, formal disaster response training from a state organization or agency active in disaster.  

There is a role for anyone who would like to become certified and assist at the Volunteer Reception Center in times of emergency. Volunteers must be 18 years or older. No special skills are necessary. 

To register as a Volunteer Reception Center volunteer, please visit or contact Stacy Benezra at (772)  567-8900, ext. 120 or [email protected].  

United Way of Indian River County (UWIRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fights for the health, education,  and financial stability of every community member. United Way works with local programs to provide resources to individuals and families in crisis today while working year-round to improve community conditions and create lasting solutions. We are effectively building a strong foundation and improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. For more information about your local United Way, please call (772) 567-8900 or visit our website,  



Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]
Jun. 4, 2022|

House of Hope’s 2022 Top Chef Competition

House of Hope’s 2022 Top Chef Competition



(Left to Right) Ed Ciampi, Craig Ahal and Rob Ranieri celebrating the Best Dish award from Top Chef 2019.

Six local people who love food, love to cook, and love the mission of House of Hope will compete on Monday, June 6, for bragging rights to be called the Top Chef of Martin County.

The fourth annual Top Chef competition will be held this year from 7 to 10 p.m. at The District Table and Bar in Stuart. Contenders will learn which protein they’ll be working with a week in advance, but what ingredients are on hand and what the “Special Surprise Ingredient” is for 2022 will be a secret until the competition begins. Some of the ingredients will come straight from House of Hope’s Growing Hope Farm.

During the event, 11 local restaurants will be serving small bites to attendees to stave off their hunger as they watch the chefs prepare their delicious dishes.

“This is a really fun and lively event,” said House of Hope Chief Executive Officer Rob Ranieri. “Our volunteer chefs, none of whom are actually professional chefs, always surprise and impress us with the dishes they prepare.”

The event also has a serious side. House of Hope is seeing an ever-increasing number of Martin County residents who are food insecure and need the services of the organization to feed their families. Funds raised from this fun, food event will go directly to feeding hungry neighbors.

The 2022 competitors are: Donna Forcella, Donna Jenson, Julian Maiucci, Pete Morello, Marybeth Peña, and Joe Tomasiello. Judges will award prizes to the Top Fundraiser and the Best Dish, with the Overall Winner prize going to the chef who excels in a combination of both categories.

Sponsorship support from the following people and organizations is appreciated: Colab Farms, Whiticar Boatworks, Coastal Drive Magazine, The Firefly Group, Florida Power and Light, HBKS Stephen Schramm, Elaine and Jim Matts, McCarthy Summers Law Firm, Rick Carroll Insurance, and the Wong Family Foundation.

Only 200 tickets are available, and tickets from the 2020 event are being honored, so space is limited. To purchase tickets, become a sponsor, or support a favorite chef, go to

About House of Hope

Founded in 1984, House of Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship. House of Hope touches the lives of more than 7,000 people each month helping with basic needs such as food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance, as well as longer-term case management services that help build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The organization has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, and Jensen Beach. House of Hope’s Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in Stuart offers free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health, and overall well-being. House of Hope also operates the Growing Hope Farm in Palm City and several nutrition gardens that provide sustainable sources of fresh produce for clients as well as nutrition education and vocational opportunities to the community. For more information, visit or call 772-286-4673. Updates and announcements can also be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter



Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]

May. 16, 2022|

Pulte Announces New Community in Martin County, Highpointe

Pulte Announces New Community in Martin County, Highpointe


Pulte Homes is continuing its push into Martin County, announcing a new 284-single-family community called Highpointe on 321 acres acquired from Christ Fellowship Church. Pulte will donate a portion of the land to Operation 300, a local nonprofit that supports the families of fallen military personnel.

Highpointe is located on the east side of Pratt Whitney Road, approximately two miles north of SW Bridge Road in Stuart. It is 10 miles from downtown Stuart and about a 15-minute drive from Jupiter.

The gated community will feature consumer-inspired homes with open-concept floor plans, flexible living spaces, gourmet kitchens and large outdoor living spaces.  Home sizes will range between 1,850 to 3,820 square feet with prices starting from the $500s.

Owners will have access to a robust amenities package including a state-of-the art clubhouse, fitness center, resort-style pool and sports courts.

As a company that prides itself of giving back to the community, Pulte will donate 20 acres of land to Operation 300, a nonprofit organization that operates outdoor camps and provides mentorship for children of fallen service members.

“We are very excited about our newest project in Martin County,” said Brent Baker, president of PulteGroup’s southeast region. “Not only are we addressing a housing shortage in the area, but we also have the privilege of helping children who lost a parent serving our country in the name of freedom.”

Pulte recently started land development.  Interested buyers can visit or call 772-208-6939 to sign up for Highpointe’s VIP list to receive updates and more information.

PulteGroup is becoming one of the most active builders in Martin County. It is currently building luxury townhomes at its boutique Stuart community called Ocean Cove near downtown Stuart.  Further south, near the Palm Beach County line, DiVosta, is actively selling in Bridgewater that is planned for 107 estate homes on one-to-five-acre lots.

In Southeast Florida, PulteGroup builds under the Pulte Homes, DiVosta and Del Webb brands. New communities are under construction from Vero Beach south to Broward County with home prices that range from the mid $300s to over $2 million.

Rendering of a home design that will be built in Highpointe, a new Pulte community in Martin County.


About PulteGroup:

PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of America’s largest homebuilding companies with operations in 40 markets throughout the country. Through its brand portfolio that includes Centex, Pulte Homes, Del Webb, DiVosta Homes, John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods and American West, the company is one of the industry’s most versatile homebuilders able to meet the needs of multiple buyer groups and respond to changing consumer demand. PulteGroup conducts extensive research to provide homebuyers with innovative solutions and consumer inspired homes and communities to make lives better.

About Pulte Homes:

Pulte Homes is a national brand of PulteGroup, Inc. (NYSE: PHM).  Pulte Homes builds consumer-inspired homes and communities that provide the move-up buyer the best quality of life.  Only Pulte Homes offers the combination of innovative Life Tested Home Designs® with an unwavering commitment to quality and attention to detail.  For more information about Pulte Homes, visit

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]
May. 16, 2022|

Fort Pierce Gold Hammer Awards Nominations Now Open

Fort Pierce Gold Hammer Awards Nominations Now Open 


Mayor Linda Hudson is now accepting nominations for Gold Hammer Awards. The award recognizes the efforts of residents and business owners in the Fort Pierce community that have significantly improved their homes or businesses through new construction or rehabilitation efforts.

The Gold Hammer Awards will be announced at the Coffee with the Mayor on April 15, 2022, at 8:00 AM at the Fort Pierce Yacht Club. Forms are available in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall or online at For more information, call 467-3065.

The deadline for nominations is March 25, 2022, and should be submitted to the Office of the City Clerk, 100 N US Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34954 or via email to [email protected]    The form can be found at:


2021 Gold Hammer Award


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Mar. 21, 2022|

Mariner Sands Country Club Approves New $4.6 million Improvement Plan

STUART- Mariner Sands Country Club Approves New $4.6 Million Casual Dining, Pool, and Tennis Improvement Plan

Bill Ward, General Manager and Chief Operation Officer of Mariner Sands Country Club, is pleased to announce the private club’s membership’s approval to move forward on a new $4.6 million Casual Dining, Pool, and Tennis Improvement Plan.

“This project […]

Feb. 20, 2017|

Stuart becomes a Competitive Florida Partnership community

STUART – On July 13, 2016, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity designated Stuart, Frostproof and Hendry County as new Competitive Florida Partnership communities.

The Competitive Florida Partnership helps a community value those assets that make them special and challenges them to set realistic goals for advancing their economic development visions. A community that participates […]

Jul. 24, 2016|

New fixed wing air ambulance company launches

FORT PIERCE – Mexican based Jet Rescue Air Ambulance’s CEO, Carlos Salinas, and US air ambulance pioneer James Hoehn have announced a strategic partnership, resulting in a new Florida based organization, American Jet Rescue Worldwide Air Ambulance.

Both leaders are twenty-five plus year veterans in the global jet air ambulance arena. The joint venture brings […]

May. 16, 2016|

Tom Manwaring hired as new development associate

VERO BEACH – SafeSpace, the Treasure Coast’s only regional Certified Domestic Violence Organization, is pleased to announce the hiring of Tom Manwaring as a new development associate. Located in Vero Beach, Manwaring will assist Director of Development Tracy Levy with fund development, donor cultivation and community engagement efforts, focusing primarily on Indian River County.

Manwaring […]

Apr. 9, 2016|