Florida rest stops serviced by adults with disabilities

Florida rest stops serviced by adults with disabilities

 

 

 

If you drive in Florida, especially on state roads like I-95, you have seen and probably used one of those rest stops along the highway. It’s where drivers and truckers can take a bathroom break, rest a bit, stretch their legs, and have a snack.

Finding workers to keep them clean and functioning can be a challenge. But thanks to Florida’s innovative thinking and willingness to partner with non-profit groups, we all get to enjoy the benefits.

You see, non-profits around the state provide workers to fill positions we all take for granted. One such partnership has developed between the Florida Department of Transportation and the ARC of Martin County.

Four rest stops Northbound and Southbound on I-95 in Martin and St. Lucie Counties are now being serviced by adults with disabilities from the ARC of Martin County.

The non-profit contracted with FDOT through the RESPECT of Florida program to provide jobs for men and women who are part of the ARC of Martin County’s Advanced Employment Services Program, also known as, AES. RESPECT of Florida is the Central Non-profit Agency for the state of Florida that creates employment opportunities for about 1,000 Floridians who are blind or have disabilities through contractual services and the production of commodities that are sold to government entities. The ARC is able to tap into this program to ensure a pathway to employment for adults with disabilities in the ARC’s AES program.

Business partners help these adults build on their strengths while they explore new employment interests and skills in a variety of industries. The work gives them functional work skills that leads to self-worth, confidence, and independence while filling employment needs across the state.

Currently, 30 adults in ARC of Martin County’s AES Program are working at the four rest stops handling janitorial services as well as taking care of the landscape, picking up trash, and essentially keeping the facilities clean.

The state’s transportation department is managed by Governor Ron DeSantis. Its business practices include organization-wide values such as integrity and respect and a philosophy that individuals with disabilities should be considered for jobs in an environment that gives them the freedom to compete on a fair and level playing field.

ARC of Martin County’s AES program works with organizations like the FDOT practicing inclusive policies that cultivate a diverse workforce. Various businesses train and support adults with disabilities by providing coaching services, resume writing, and interview preparation.

It’s a win-win for everybody!

 

 

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Dec. 2, 2022|

Helping People Succeed’s 2023 Art for Living calendars now on sale 

Helping People Succeed’s 2023 Art for Living calendars now on sale

 

 

It’s the time of year when Helping People Succeed distributes its popular Art for Living Calendar for residents and visitors at local businesses, including Barnes & Noble Book Store in Jensen Beach. Looking for that perfect gift? Helping People Succeed's 2023 Art for Living Calendar reflects the beauty found right here on the Treasure Coast. Each month is represented by the work of a talented local artist. Calendars sell for $25 each.

The featured artists this year include: Alene Sirott-Cope, Yolanda Luce, Kirsty Innis, Janet Kipp Tribus, Marta Elena Gonzalez, Susan Roberts, Susan Clifford, Pam Patterson, Christine Grosso, Julia Kelly, Diane Raymond, Dan Mackin and Patrice Scott.

Helping People Succeed is also thankful for underwriters Water Pointe Realty, Stuart Business Systems, Green Design, Sandhill Cove Retirement Living, All Creatures Animal Hospital, NisAir Air Conditioning & Heating, Leonardo and Company, EW Consultants, Ross Mixing, Mary Kay Buckridge, Ashley Capital, Oral-Facial Surgical Associates and Dale Forbes.

The calendars are available for purchase at the Helping People Succeed offices, 1601 NE Braille Place, off Savanna Road in Jensen Beach, as well as throughout the Treasure Coast. For a complete list of locations where you can find them, visit www.hpsfl.org.

Back by popular demand is the Art for Living Gallery. Not only can you view and/or purchase the artwork that is featured in the 2023 Art for Living Calendar, you can also see artists’ additional works, which are for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Helping People Succeed. The gallery can be found at www.hpsfl.org. This state-of-the-art exhibit is currently available for viewing through Nov. 2023.

 

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Dec. 2, 2022|

We’ve made room at the inn: A holiday treat to benefit Mary’s Home

Holiday treat to benefit Mary’s Home

 

Kaitlyn, Vanisha, Casey holding Jayciee, Hendrix hiding behind the Room sign, Nneka holding Nuyveya, Madison (on the floor) Jillian holding Remi

 

After a two-year absence, one of the area’s most heartwarming holiday celebrations returns when Mary’s Home of the Treasure Coast presents We’ve Made Room at the Inn.

Local businessman and philanthropist Steven Vitale has given the nonprofit access to his award-winning Inn and guest houses on Seminole Street and Colorado Avenue, which in turn have been spectacularly decorated by some of the Treasure Coast’s most respected designers. Divine Designs of the Treasure Coast -Trisha Piazza, Wonder Walls by Nikki K Interiors and Doris Clements Interiors have offered their expertise and talent and the result is charming cottages with Christmas décor that have no equal. The Ernest Lyons House will be decorated by the residents and staff of Mary’s Home.

The houses will be open from 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 and from noon – 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11.

The Old Colorado Inn is located at 211 S. Colorado Avenue in Stuart.

Tickets are $50 per person and include yummy Christmas treats, a raffle ticket for a Christmas Tree decorated by Dana Godfrey of Treasure Coast Home and Décor, as well as assorted holiday and gift baskets and entertainment provided by choirs and bands from local churches and schools.

Sponsorship opportunities for We’ve Made Room at the Inn are available at a variety of levels. Tickets can be purchased online at www.maryshome.org or at the door.

Now in its second decade, the role of Mary’s Home remains the same: to provide homeless, pregnant women with the support and guidance they need to become self-sufficient and make good choices for themselves and their children. To learn more, visit www.maryshome.org.

 

 

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Nov. 7, 2022|

Volunteers come together for United Way’s 27th annual day of caring

Volunteers come together for United Way’s 27th annual day of caring

 

Sharon Doris, Jesse Silva, Sabrina Silva, Dean Phillips, Sally Bross, Mario Massano

 

Many nonprofit and volunteer organizations throughout Indian River County offered their services to the community on Saturday, Oct. 15 for United Way’s 27th Annual Day of Caring.

As the largest one-day of service event on the Treasure Coast, the nonprofit brings nearly 1,000 volunteers together to participate in community service; sponsored once again by Publix Super Markets.

This year’s event hosted over 950 volunteers who completed 57 projects. Volunteer groups included Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Elliot Merrill, Girls on the Run, Northern Trust, Nuttal, Donini and Associates, CPA’s, Publix, Rehmann, Seacoast Bank, Vero Beach Oceanside Rotary, and the Tax Collector’s office of Indian River County, among many others.

The event kicked off at the Vero Beach High School’s Billy Livings Field, where hundreds of volunteers gathered for breakfast, donated by Joe and MaryAnn Conrado and Jeremy Odom, owners and operators of the local McDonald’s, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice, and homemade cookies from Thelma Jean’s Bakery. Following the morning announcements, volunteers were energized by routines from the VBHS Cheer Squad and a fun warm-up from TBLB Fitness.

Projects were hosted by the Children’s Home Society of Florida, Crossover Mission, Hope for Families Center, Substance Awareness Center, The Arc of Indian River County, and many others. From painting, weeding, and trimming to organizing and writing greeting cards, volunteers had their hands full. Plus, 250 literacy kits were assembled and donated to Head Start of Indian River County.

Many of the volunteers said it was an incredible day to meet with nonprofits working to make Indian River County a healthier and stronger community. “There are so many of our neighbors struggling right now in their day-to-day lives, so every little bit of support helps,” said Meredith Egan, United Way of Indian River County CEO. “Any chance we have to give back is an opportunity to contribute to something good and feel good about doing it.”

Additionally, United Way would like to thank Gould Cooksey for donating water and CVS Distribution Center for donating many of the supplies used for the early learning kits.

United Way’s hub for opportunities, Volunteer Indian River County, is currently undergoing a facelift, but will soon offer year-round opportunities for those looking to get involved.

View the Day of Caring 2022 photo gallery, please visit UnitedWayIRC.org.

About United Way of Indian River County

United Way of Indian River County (UWIRC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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, UnitedWayIRC.org

 

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

Oct. 31, 2022|

Anne Wallace Posey to lead Tykes & Teens

Anne Wallace Posey to lead Tykes & Teens

 

 

Anne W. Posey, LMHC, NCC

The Board of Directors of Tykes & Teens, Inc. announces the appointment of Anne W. Posey, LMHC, NCC, as Chief Executive Officer of the organization, effective Nov. 7, 2022.

Posey comes to Tykes & Teens with 25 years of experience in behavioral health and healthcare systems leadership in agencies across Florida’s Treasure Coast. She most recently served as the Regional Administrator of Behavioral Health for Cleveland Clinic Florida and the Administrator of Neuroscience, Orthopedics, and Rheumatology for Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital in Vero Beach, Florida.

“Ms. Posey’s commitment to serving youth and families and ensuring access to appropriate evidence-based behavioral health services is consistent with the mission of Tykes.  Her record of community service and collaboration reflects the values of Tykes.  Her leadership achievements and energy are exactly what Tykes sought in its next CEO.” said Ken Kenworthy, President of the Board of Directors.

Ms. Posey holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Marshall University in Huntington, WV, and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida, as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has extensive leadership experience in systems that serve, including behavioral health, child welfare, and juvenile justice.  Ms.  Posey enjoys serving her community and is on the board of several local nonprofits.

“I have collaborated with Tykes over many years and very much look forward to leading the organization at this time of increased mental health challenges for our children from infant through young adult.  Our communities, schools, and caregivers are stretching to expand access and meet the range of demands for mental health services today and I am eager to help Tykes more fully deliver on its vital mission,” said Posey.

 Tykes & Teens,  Inc. has been a leading mental health provider for children and adolescents with evidence-based programs and services for 26 years.  With a mission of prioritizing children’s mental health in our families, schools, and communities through a wide range of prevention, education, and treatment programs and services, Tykes provides affordable quality mental health services for children in Martin. St. Lucie, Okeechobee, and Indian River Counties, comprising Florida’s Treasure Coast.  Follow them on FacebookInstagram, and LinkedIn.

 

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

Oct. 31, 2022|

United Way’s education grant funding is available

United Way’s education grant funding is available

 

United Way of Indian River County is now accepting Letters of Intent in our Education Impact Area through the Community Impact Fund. The Community Impact Fund was established to invest in high-performing nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services aligned with our strategic priority Impact Areas of Education, Financial Stability, and Health. Grant funding recipients help to improve community conditions across our county.

UWIRC functions on a 2-year funding cycle and is currently open to organizations providing services to Indian River County residents and must measure participant progress based on outcomes and indicators established by UWIRC and its Vision Councils in one of the following Education Priority Areas:

  • Early Learning – All children are nurtured by caregivers who promote early learning and development to prepare them for kindergarten.
  • School and Academic Success – All children succeed and achieve in school, and students will continue to stay on track for High School Readiness.
  • Graduate for Success – Students graduate high school on time, prepared for continuing education, work, and life.

Agencies and programs must submit a Letter of Intent by 4:00 PM on November 13, 2022, to be considered for grant funding. The LOI must be submitted electronically through the  United Way’s web-based grant platform e-CImpact. Once all submitted LOI’s are reviewed, agencies will be notified if they are approved to move to the application stage of the grant process.

For a copy of the Funding Eligibility Guidebook and link to the e-CImpact system, please contact Deana Shatley at [email protected] or visit https://unitedwayirc.org/grants.

Deadline for Letter of Intent submissions is 4:00 p.m. on November 13, 2022.

United Way

About United Way of Indian River County

United Way of Indian River County (UWIRC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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, UnitedWayIRC.org.

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]
Oct. 24, 2022|

October is National Disability Employment Awareness month

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness month. And lest you think the only people this affects favorably are those who have found jobs that match their individual skill sets, the fact is their employers and the general population of the United States benefit, too.

Helping People Succeed, the nonprofit that’s been making a difference on the Treasure Coast for more than half a century, has two programs that match employers and employees: Successful Futures and Project Search... Read More>>

Sunshine Kitchen hosts student culinary cook-off Oct. 25

The public is invited to a Culinary Cook-Off as the Sunshine Kitchen hosts a student cooking challenge on Tuesday, Oct. 25, starting at 10 a.m. for a chance to win a $1,500 scholarship.

Presented by the Treasure Coast Education and Research Development Authority, this student cooking contest will pair Indian River State College students with St. Lucie Public School students as they compete for $1,500 in scholarship funds. Prep work will begin at 9:50 a.m.; cooking starts at 10:05 a.m.; judging will take place at 11:05 a.m., with awards being presented at noon... Read More>>

This year’s Pinot & Picasso has tropical twist

Helping People Succeed’s 9th Pinot and Picasso will feature the talented artists whose works grace the 2023 Art for Living Calendar, the unveiling of the Calendar, and a fun-filled party, all with a tropical twist.

Thanks to the generosity of local philanthropist Bill Lichtenberger, the elegantly casual event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 19, starting at 5:30 p.m., at Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club. Calendar art paintings, as well as other art, will be on display at the clubhouse ... Read More>>

Bank of America finds 66% of small business owners expect revenue increases; 52% plan to expand their businesses

Despite headwinds from supply chains, inflation and labor shortages, small business owners are forecasting a strong year ahead, according to the 2022 Women & Minority Business Owner Spotlight, a new report from Bank of America exploring the outlook of entrepreneurs nationwide. The report is based on a survey of more than 1,300 small business owners across the country, with additional insights into gender and ethnicity, and found that revenue expectations rose to a seven-year high, and expansion plans increased significantly since the spring... Read More>>

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Oct. 18, 2022|

 Help Family Promise of Martin County buy a “home” of its own

 Help Family Promise of Martin County buy a “home” of its own

 

Emmanuel and Carmen, a former guest family that was served by Family Promise

The mission of Family Promise of Martin County, a non-profit, interfaith hospitality network, is to provide temporary housing, caring support, meals and a host of social services for families with children experiencing homelessness.

The housing takes place in local religious congregations that have joined in a consortium to support the guests who turn to – or are referred to – Family Promise of Martin County.

The heart and soul of the non-profit is its Family Center, which is open Mondays-Fridays from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. An on-site Family Service Coordinator, April Young, works with guests to develop an individualized plan to help them regain permanent housing and self-sufficiency. The Center also has laundry and shower facilities, as well as phone and Internet access for employment searches.

It’s the hub from which transportation to work, school, job interviews and medical appointments is offered by the Family Promise driver and van or public transportation.

Now, in a stroke of almost divine intervention, the building in Stuart from which the nonprofit (which was established in 2018 and opened its doors in Nov. 2020) has operated is available for purchase.

Madeleine Bozone Greenwood, Executive Director of Family Promise of Martin County, says the building fits their needs in virtually every way. “It’s close to stores, transportation, parks, medical facilities, just about anything our guests may need, even if they don’t have their own transportation.”

Adds Cher Fisher, Director of Development & Community Engagement, “We’ve got a gathering place for families, two offices, two bathrooms, a reception area, kitchen, laundry, garden with kids’ playground and a storage room for our guests to use. It’s perfect.”

The current asking price is $350,000. Family Promise has $40,000 that has been donated towards its purchase and is engaging in its first Capital Campaign to raise the balance.

Naming rights are available if you’d like to direct a contribution towards a specific room or part of the Center and plans are being developed for opportunities like personalized brick pavers.

Family Promise, which is an affiliate of a national 501(c)(3) organization with a 35-plus year successful track record, is helping change lives every day. But as Bozone likes to assure people, “Every cent we raise stays right here in Martin County. As a matter of fact, the way the national organization is structured, they return funds to the local affiliates – the opposite of many similar non-profits.”

Since it’s opened, Family Promise has served 288 families.

If you’d like to find out more about Family Promise or how your contribution can help them purchase their own “dream home” from which to service guests, visit www.mcfamilypromise.org or call 772-266-9327.

 

 

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

 

Oct. 10, 2022|

Catch The Wave of Hope helps educate area nonprofits

Catch The Wave of Hope helps educate area nonprofits

Brandon Battle, Case Manager, Boys & Girls Clubs of MC Indiantown Club; Sarah Henry, Community Development Director of CTWH and Patricia Brown, 21st Century Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of MC Indiantown Club

 

Catch the Wave of Hope (CTWH), the 501(c)(3) with the mission to prevent the sex trafficking of children through awareness, education, restoration and legislation, was honored by Kiwanis Club of Stuart as its Sept. nonprofit of the month.

Sarah Henry, Community Development Director of CTWH, gave a presentation on “Sex Trafficking 101”. She shared tools on how to identify, report and be aware of this heinous issue in Martin County and how members can safeguard themselves and their children.

Henry also accepted a generous monetary donation from Kiwanis Club of Stuart.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County invited Catch the Wave of Hope to do a “Two-Minute Teach” to parents and families at student pickups. Henry talked about child exploitation and sex trafficking and distributed flyers and cards with a human trafficking hotline number and information on CWTH, its mission, vision, therapy services and how to protect their children.

Henry interacted with more than 100 families at the Hobe Sound, Port Salerno, Palm City and Indiantown Clubs.

Although most people are certain they know the telltale signs of sex trafficking, they’re often shocked when they are introduced to reality. Henry is available to speak to groups of any size and age to share the information and tips that Catch the Wave of Hope has amassed. Contact her at www.catchthewaveofhope.org.

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]
Sep. 30, 2022|

Those who work for the cause, not for applause, honored at House of Hope’s 2022 awards

Those who work for the cause, not for applause, honored at House of Hope’s 2022 awards

 

Fellow House of Hope volunteers and the organization's CEO celebrate Walt Keller, a 2022 Hope Award Honoree. Pictured left to right: Sally Brooks (another 2022 Hope Award Honoree), Pat Bartlett, Diane Harman, Walt Keller, Colette Klisky, and Robert Ranieri (CEO of House of Hope)

House of Hope supporters truly “work for the cause, not for applause,” and they never expect any recognition for their efforts. Once a year, however, House of Hope honors the people, businesses, partner agencies, faith-based organizations and neighborhoods that perform extraordinary work hand-in-hand with House of Hope to empower Martin County residents to overcome hunger and hardship.

This year’s annual Hope Awards Recognition Breakfast was held on Sept. 14 at Monarch Country Club in Palm City, with HBKS Wealth Advisors as the Presenting Sponsor and Stuart Main Street as the Silver Sponsor.

“Our award recipients this year – and every year – have a significant, positive impact on our community. They contribute their passion, expertise, creativity and resources to help us carry out our mission,” said Rob Ranieri, CEO of House of Hope.

A special moment in the ceremony was the awarding of the Barbara Trimble Legacy Award, named after a long-standing philanthropist of House of Hope and other community nonprofits. For his contributions of time, talent, and treasure to House of Hope over many years of service, the Barbara Trimble Legacy Award was presented to Stephen Schramm, of HBKS in Stuart.

Another heartwarming recognition was in honor of Walt Keller. At 96 years young, Walt was celebrating his nine-year anniversary as a House of Hope volunteer, donating 4,000 hours of his time working in the Stuart Pantry and Thrift Store. Beyond his volunteer time, Walt is especially beloved by House of Hope for bringing delicious, homemade baked goods for staff and volunteers to enjoy - even through COVID and for his heartfelt handmade cards for special occasions.

The Hope Award recipients for 2022 are:

  • Walt Keller
  • Dr. Erin and Bryan Arruda
  • Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
  • Colab Farms
  • Copper Key Scholarship Promise – recognizing the team efforts of Nina Haven Scholarships, The Community Foundation Martin St Lucie, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County
  • David Hafner
  • EKO North America
  • Treasure Coast Wings
  • John Van Cora
  • Katie Makemson
  • Keith Cutshall
  • Kelly Hawkins of Less is More! Treasure Coast
  • Monarch Women’s Golf Association & Monarch Women’s 9 Hole Golf Association
  • Premier Realty Group
  • Sally Brooks
  • Shoes from Susan through The Community Foundation Martin St Lucie
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church
  • UNEW, Inc.
  • Stephen Schramm – Barbara Trimble Legacy Award

“These award winners have given hope to every client who has benefited from House of Hope programs. From our food and nutrition services to financial assistance, clothes closet, case management, and information and referral, House of Hope keeps our neighbors safe, housed, healthy and secure,” added Ranieri. “We were also very pleased that over 100 guests who were in attendance at this year’s event left with a deeper understanding of the scope and scale of what we do every day at House of Hope.”

 

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 Enrichment Centers in Golden Gate (in Stuart) and Jensen Beach offer 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 hohmartin.org or call 772-286-4673. Updates and announcements can also be found on Facebook, Instagram Instagram, and Twitter.

 

Treasure Coast Business is a news service and magazine published in print, via e-newsletter and online at tcbusiness.com by Indian River Media Group. For more information or to report news email [email protected]
Sep. 27, 2022|