Wednesday, November 9
Children’s Services Council
2nd Wednesday monthly
101 SE Central Parkway, Stuart FL 34994
Newsletter articles by 1st Friday to mailto:[email protected]
(Green building between Bridges
Montessori and Unity Church)
The Indiantown IAC meets on
the second Thursday of each
month 8:30 a.m. at the
Contact Sonia Snyder at
STUART MCIAC - NOVEMBER 9
8:30 - 8:40 Networking and coffee
8:40 - 8:50 President and Treasurer’s Report
8:50- 9:25 Program and Q & A:
Join us for an Agency Fair - Share information and learn
more about your fellow MC IAC members. To reserve a spot
contact: Diane Tomasik at [email protected]
8:30 – 9:30 November 9, Stuart
8:30 – 9:30 November 10, Indiantown
Treasure Coast Food Bank, David Vaina
9:25- 9:35 Program-related announcements/updates
9:35 - 10:00 Networking
Thank you, and see you on Wednesday!
~ Renay Rouse, President • mailto:[email protected]
Do you want to
Mark your Calendar! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
spotlight your agency at the
2016 Stuart • Oct. 12 • Nov. 9 • Dec. 14 • Jan. 11 •
next Stuart MCIAC meeting?
• Feb. 8 • Mar. 8 • Apr. 12 • May 10 • Jun. 14 •
Simply provide coffeeand treats
for approximately 25-35 attendee
sand you will receive a fi
ve-minute “Coffee Sponsor Spotlight”
to share information about your
I t’s first-come, first-servedto get
onto our calendar. The Stuart
MCIAC meetings are on the
second Wednesday of each month
September through June.
2016 Indiantown • Oct. 13 • Nov. 10 • Dec. 8 • Jan. 12
• Feb. 9 • Mar. 9 • Apr. 13 • May 11 • Jun. 8 •
Contact Renay Rouse, President •
to sign up for a coffee sponsorship!
Trustworthiness - Respect - Responsibility - Fairness - Caring - Citizenship
CHARACTER COUNTS! in Martin County
is calling for nominations for the 2016-17
Joe Kordick Youth Character Awards!
Nominees must be a 7th, 8th or 12th grade student
currently enrolled in any Martin County public school.
4:30 p.m. Nov. 14
Nomination forms are available at
www.UnitedWayMartin.org/CharacterCounts or by emailing
Request for toys should be made through your
child’s school’s guidance counselor.
Deadline for all referrals is November 11th, 2016.
Welcome to Toys for Tots in Martin County
~ Toys For Tots Coordinator Carol Hodnett
It all began in December 1947, with a hand crafted doll. The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots
Program collection and distribution sites have
become an important and familiar element of the
Christmas Holiday landscape.
The White Doves Holiday Project will kick off its
Marine Corps Toys for Tots Drive on November 15th. White Doves is the official
Local Coordinating Organization (LCO) for the Toys for Tots campaign in Martin
County in support of the U.S. Marine Corps
Reserve Toys for Tots program.
All toys collected in Martin County are then distributed through the White Doves
Holiday Project where economically disadvantaged families are referred by social
service agencies and schools. As in past years, White Doves relies on the agencies
to refer only families that are struggling to provide toys for their children.
Children will be validated.
We wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season!
PAYCHECKS FOR PATRIOTS
NOVEMBER 14TH, 2016
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE
ST.LUCIE WEST PRUITT CAMPUS
SCHREIBER CONFERENCE CENTER BUILDING-D
5500 N.W. CALIFORNIA BLVD.
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL 34986
Be prepared for
copies of your
For more information contact:
Robert Morgade Library
5851 SE Community Drive
Stuart, FL 34997
Saturday, December 3, 2016
10:00am – 5:30pm
Bring a Friend!
The Willow Project is a 14-week program designed for at-risk teen girls (14-19) that desire to
attain coping skills to address poor choices as a result of a traumatic event they have experienced or are currently experiencing. Our program utilizes licensed psychotherapists, professional female business leaders, and the skilled trades to elicit positive change.
Paid-Internships will include, but not limited to:
Customer Service / Retail /Purchasing
Budgeting / Money Management
General Office / Clerical Skills
Textile / Industrial Skills
Medical and Health Care Management
Fitness / Recreational Management
Our mission is to strengthen girls from the inside out
and create confident, empowered
and compassionate girls.
To Enroll Now, please contact Nicole King,
Program Director at Project LIFT at (772) 221-2244
or [email protected]
The Coalition for Independent Living Options (CILO) is pleased
to announce taxi rides and travel training for people with
disabilities in Martin County.
Please help spread the word to low-income Martin County residents with
disabilities in need of recurring transportation trips to:
(1) vital medical appointments (such as: dialysis, radiation, chemotherapy,
(2) work during a probationary period; or
(3) vocational training, including college courses.
For more information and/or to enroll in the program, please call Angela Van
Etten, CILO Coordinator of Treasure Coast Services, at 772-485-2488.
Rides are funded under a grant from the United Way of Martin County.
To maintain a safe shelter for
children who are abused, abandoned
and neglected by providing
prevention, early intervention, and
advocacy in quality residential,
assessment and recovery programs.
Over 1,700 children and families served
Hibiscus has provided over 300,000 safe nights to abused children.
The Tilton Family Children’s Shelter in Jensen Beach serves children
ages birth to 12 years and the Hibiscus Children's Village in Vero Beach
serves youth ages 13-17 years.
Children and youth receive medical, dental, educational and literacy services and enriching opportunities.
Our teens at the Village receive career preparation, training, community internships and on-site GED Lab services.
Mental Health Services
Master-Level Professional Counseling to
over 1,060 children annually in our care and
in the community. Services include
Specialized Sexual Abuse Counseling and
Infant Mental Health Services.
Supporting Families in Crisis
Voluntary prevention services to over
590 children and families annually in
St. Lucie County.
JOIN US AT TYKES AND TEENS
3577 SW CORPORATE PARKWAY, PALM CITY
A Social/Support Group for LGBTQ Youth
Youth 13-18 Welcome
EXCEPT NO-SCHOOL/EARLY RELEASE DAYS & HOLIDAYS—please call to confirm!
CONTACT: DOT BROOKING • mailto:[email protected] or 220-3439Ext. 182
Anyone is welcome to join us for a casual get together in a safe space
provided by Tykes & Teens Prevention Services.
Although no formal registration is necessary, a sign-in sheet is used.
Discretion is Encouraged & Personal Comfort is Guaranteed!!
Mental Health Matters in Martin County — Everyday!!
Supporting and strengthening our community through quality prevention, education
and social-emotional healing services for children and their families.
I was chosen, I was wanted,
I was cherished, I grew in
their hearts, I was the missing piece, I was loved, I was
adopted - unknown author
November is National Adoption Month. All month, we
will bring you stories of adoption, upcoming events and
ways to get involved. Don’t
miss a single minute of our
adoption story! Follow us on
Twitter @devereuxcbc and on
Devereux CBC marks
Port St. Lucie -Devereux
Community Based Care of
Okeechobee & the Treasure
Coast turned 3 today, marking
its birthday with a long list
of improvements to the local
“This anniversary is more
about the community than
it is about any one system,”
said Carol Deloach, CEO for
Devereux Community Based
Care, the non-profit organization that coordinates and
oversees child-welfare services in Indian River, Martin,
Okeechobee and St. Lucie
counties. “Staff and volunteers
from many different agencies
make the system what it is, so
they are responsible for any
successes attributed to it,” she
Other achievements include
establishing a local version
of the nationally acclaimed
model to ensure children find
permanency safely and quickly, and stabilizing turnover of
staff, particularly in St. Lucie
County, where the turnover
was more than 80 percent in
For more information about
Devereux Community Based
Care, visit us at
“We wouldn’t be celebrating
today if it wasn’t for them.”
Some of the most recent successes include an increase in
adoptions and in the number
of foster homes, a reduction in
the number of children served
out of the area or in group
care and an overall reduction
Devereux Community Based
Care also implemented a
County Director model in two
of its four counties, bringing
the administration of services closer to local families,
and reversed a projected $1
million deficit in its first two
Jill Poole gets a hug from adopted brothers during a 2014
trip to Tallahassee, where the
trio advocated on behalf of
the foster-care system.
Debt Management Credit Counseling Corp, (DMCC) a not for profit HUD Housing and credit
counseling agency, is pleased to announce the opening of its office located at 955 SE Central
Parkway in Stuart Florida. Education Manager, Jason Athas can be reached at 866-742-3328 x
5902 or via email at [email protected]
Debt Relief Services
Debt Management Plans (DMP) Our DMP program can provide you a repayment plan that you
can afford for your credit cards, IRS debts, collection accounts and other unsecured debts. It is
designed to eliminate or reduce high interest rates, consolidate your debt payments, eliminate
over-limit charges and late fees, stop collection calls and payoff your accounts within 5 years or
less. Payday Loan Assistance DMCC can get you an affordable repayment plan for your payday
loans; PLUS, if you are a Florida resident, a 60 day deferment.
Mortgage Payment Assistance DMCC has been approved as a Florida Hardest-Hit Fund Advisor
Agency and can now assist Florida homeowners who have suffered a loss of income or property
value with a free program that will help pay your mortgage. Foreclosure Prevention and Loan
Modifications As a HUD Approved Housing Counseling Agency, DMCC will help you identify the
best solution to avoid foreclosure while meeting your personal goals; PLUS, if you are a Florida
homeowner, we will prepare your loan modification documents for free. Home Buying
Education Learn about the ins and outs of buying a home and, if you are a South Florida
resident, obtain the education required for many financial assistance programs. Reverse
Mortgage Counseling If you are 62 or older, learn about the loan that pays you and get the
required counseling certificate.
DMCC provides free education at its online site DMCC University. You can learn everything
from creating a balanced budget, understanding and improving your credit, purchasing a home
or developing a plan for a successful financial future. You can read from an extensive library of
financial articles, watch educational videos, take an educational course online, sign up for our
newsletter or use our educational tools and trusted resources to improve your financial health.
We also provide free educational seminars for the state of Florida and New York. DMCC
University is committed to equip you with the most complete education regarding all areas of
your personal finances.
[email protected] • http://www.dmcccorp.org
Giving Guide to the Holidays
Donations, Food drives,
This is a traditional time for individuals and groups to inquire
about doing something to bring
joy to the lives of their struggling Martin County neighbors
at Thanksgiving and Christmas For hundreds of local families, Thanksgiving dinner is
simply not in the household
budget. Every year local famiFollowing are some specific
lies sign up to receive a turkey
ideas, but please also know
that food drives and monetary from House of Hope and we
count on the community comdonations are welcome and
appropriate at any time of year. ing together to help us assist
these households. We are now
For further details about dona- seeking donations of frozen
turkeys or funds to help with
tions or any of the following
information, please contact our the Holiday program. Finandonor relations manager, Dawn cial contributions enable us to
purchase even more turkeys
Abate at (772) 286-4673, ext.
at wholesale prices, stretching
1002 [email protected]
your donation dollars even
further. Please stop into any of
Please see our locations page
for service center hours to drop our locations to drop off your
donation of frozen turkeys or
http://hohmartin.org/locations/ funds. We will begin distributing turkeys to our clients
starting on November 14th.
Suggestions for Christmas
• Donate gifts: New, unwrapped gifts for children
ages 2-15 are welcome. Please
bring them to our main Stuart
location at 2484 SE Bonita St.
before Dec. 5.
• Donate gift cards for grocery
and department stores.
• Pre-pay for Christmas dinners at grocery stores that
client families can redeem.
• Provide monetary donations
for House of Hope to purchase
food or items of greatest need.
Check out more gift ideas for
these topics on our website:
• Teens and Tweens
• Gift Cards to Specialty Stores or for Haircuts, Movies and
Fast Food Restaurants
• Gifts for Girls and Boys
• Unisex Gifts
Proposed Tax Credit Would
Reward Employers Who Hire
Former Foster Youth
By Sarah Barr 10/10/16￼
WASHINGTON — A proposed
federal tax credit aims to encourage
employers to hire former foster
youth as they transition out of the
child welfare system.
Under the bipartisan Improving
Employment Outcomes for Foster Youth Act (HR 5947, S 3409),
employers could receive an annual
tax credit for hiring former foster
youth between ages 18 and 27.
The goal is to broaden the pool
of jobs available to former foster
youth as they build independent
lives. Research shows former foster
youth are less likely to be employed and earn lower wages than
their peers, including other low-income youth.
“Our foster children have endured hardships most kids never
have to face and can be at a disadvantage when entering the job market. By giving them the tools to be
independent, this bill helps provide
foster youths with the opportunity
to live productive and successful
lives,” said Rep. Dave Reichert,
R-Washington, a co-sponsor of the
The bill would make foster
youth an eligible population for
the Work Opportunity Tax Credit
(WOTC), which already includes
groups such as veterans, former felons and recipients of some welfare
Lawmakers introduced the bill
in the waning days of the legislative session. Supporters are hopeful
the measure could become part of a
year-end tax deal that could include
renewing provisions of the WOTC.
“This would be the perfect opportunity to expand it,” said Sean
Hughes, a consultant who worked
with the national nonprofit iFoster
to push the legislation. The bill
would apply to young adults who
spent time in foster care at age 16
and older. Employers would be eligible to claim up to $2,400 per year
for hiring qualified youth.
The bill has its roots in a jobs
program created by California-based iFoster, which provides
an online platform connecting
foster youth and their families to a
variety of resources.
Two years ago, iFoster and
the grocery industry in California
launched a pilot program that provided former foster youth with job
training and employment opportunities at local grocery stores.
The nonprofit provided former
foster youth with support before
they ever walked through the door
for an interview, working through
issues such as transportation,
communication and background
“We try to knock down all barriers before a kid has even applied,”
said Serita Cox, iFoster’s co-founder and executive director.
Since then, the program has
grown to include 12 employers
across several industries. More than
150 youth have been hired, with a
90 percent retention rate after six
months on the job, according to
When iFoster sought employers’
advice on what would encourage
them to hire even more former
foster youth, they heard that employers didn’t want to deal with
complicated programs that required
lots of paperwork or interfered with
union hiring rules. Instead, they
pointed to the WOTC as an incentive they already used and would
If the bill were to pass, employer participation alone won’t make
the difference for former foster
youth, Cox said. Communities also
would have to find ways to support
youth as they transition into jobs.
To facilitate that process, iFoster
plans to make its curriculum and
technical assistance available to
other communities throughout the
“The only way it can work
is through a true public-private
partnership and many agencies and
companies and organizations coming together,” Cox said.
Reichert and Reps. Jim McDermott, D-Washington; Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas; Danny Davis, D-Illinois; and Tom Reed, R-New York,
introduced the bill in the House.
Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania,
did so in the Senate.
Photo: iFoster Youth
211’s Message Is
The Loss Of
A Vero Beach
In light of the recent and tragic
loss of Vero Beach Firefighter,
David Dangerfield, 211 urges
everyone to help get the word
out about its life-saving service. This past week, the 27
year veteran took his own life
after a longtime battle with
PTSD. His family, friends and
fellow firefighters remember
him as a fun and caring man,
loved by all.
Often times with rescue responders they are the first to
arrive on the scene when most
needed, but the last to reach
out for the help that they may
In his final post on Facebook,
David urged his fellow firefighters and other viewers to
take PTSD seriously, and to
seek help. “PTSD for Firefighters is real. If your loved
one is experiencing signs get
them help quickly…”
211 is that lifeline, here to
assist people in crisis situations any time of day or night.
You can call to seek help for
yourself or to ask about help
for someone else-simply dial
2-1-1. Staff average 300 calls
per day from people in need of
services of which 6 are from
people with suicide thoughts
“Suicide is preventable… and
as a community, we can all
work together to break the
stigma associated with reaching out for help,” said Sharon
L’Herrou, 211’s President/
If you or someone you know
feels overwhelmed and needs
to talk, the caring staff at 211
are here to listen. Calls to 211
are free, confidential and 24/7. If you are in need of community resources or services,
you can also call 2-1-1 or visit
Nonprofit 211 Helpline’s
mission is to connect people
to services 24 hours a day by
understanding their individual
emotional, financial and community needs and to support
the health & human service
system as a whole.
Patrice Schroeder • Community Relations • 211 HelpLine
Phone: 561-383-1149 • Cell: 561-667-1332 • Email: [email protected]
also Tara Murray @561-383-1128
http://www.211palmbeach.org or http://www.211treasurecoast.org
In This Issue
It’s Flu Season!
By the numbers
Florida KidCare –
Application & Information
Healthy Kids –
Application & Resources
Health Council of
Southeast Florida –
County Resource Guides
to Certified Application
Assistance Sites (CAAS)
Flu Shot = Covered with Florida KidCare!
To prevent the flu and potential health care costs associated with it, Florida Healthy
Kids Corporation (FHKC) recommends that children get the flu vaccine – sooner
rather than later! According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
each year, more than 200,000 children nationwide are hospitalized because of the
flu, and two years ago, more than 140 children lost their lives to the flu1. If a child
you know is uninsured apply for Florida KidCare so their flu shot and other medical
needs are covered! Health insurance is critical for children and their families to stay
well and healthy, especially during the flu and winter months. Florida KidCare offers
health insurance for children up to age 19, eligibility is determined by income and
Source: “Florida Healthy Kids and Florida Department of Health Encourage Parents to Apply for Children’s
Health Insurance and Remind Them: ‘Vaccine Before Halloween” Press Release 10/26/2016
Uninsured rates in the Treasure Coast
The Florida KidCare Healthy Kids Corporation has pursued a research endeavor to
identify areas around the state that have a large population of uninsured
children. The numbers below illustrate how many children are without health
coverage on the Treasure Coast.
Indian River County
Indian River County: 1,031
St. Lucie County: 5,488
Okeechobee County: 1,129
St. Lucie County
2016 FKC Guideline
Treasure Coast Regional
Navigator & Program
561-844-4220 ext. 1500
Martin County: 1,759
To learn how you can make a difference, contact Tiffany Parrish. Community
partners come in all shapes and sizes: School Districts, Civic Organizations,
Health Care Providers and centers, etc. Become a Certified Application Assistance
Site to offer one-on-one application assistance or simply share marketing
materials with the population you serve.
Source: “Ages 0-17 Uninsured” U.S Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2014
Applying is easy!
Florida KidCare accepts applications year-round from families with uninsured children
under the age of 19. Most families pay a monthly premium of $15-$20 or nothing at
all. Families are encouraged to apply online at www.floridakidcare.org or visit a
Certified Application Assistance Site (CAAS) for one-on-one enrollment assistance. To
find a CAAS near you, click your county’s link on the left-side menu.
To promote health and human services by providing a common
meeting ground for Martin County Interagency Coalition members
to network and share resources.
Join the Martin
Coalition by filling
out the Membership
Profile forms on
the last 2 pages of this newsletter
and bring your check to the next meeting!
If you prefer to pay by credit card - log on
to our website and fill out the registration
This newsletter has Active Links - just click on an email
or web link in green - and off you go! Please email items
of interest throughout the month for the next newsletter to
Chris mailto:[email protected] • (772) 283-5646
P. O. Box 3012
Stuart, FL 34995-3012
2016 - 2017 Officers
President: Renay Rouse
Martin County Health Dept.
1st Vice President: Jodi Hessing
2nd Vice President: Madeleine Greenwood - Mary’s Shelter
Treasurer: Genevieve George
Hill, Barth & King
Secretary: Kim Ouellette
Volunteers in Medicine
Newsletter & Web: Chris Kilbride
University of Florida
Quit Doc Research & Educ.
Kim Nash Quit Doc Research & Educ.
Library Branch Manager
Boys & Girls Clubs Martin Co.
Tykes & Teens
Debt Mgmt. Credit Counseling
Ex-Officio Board Members
Children’s Services Council
United Way of Martin County
Past President: Diane Tomasik
House of Hope
Habitat for Humanity
Boys & Girls Clubs Martin Co.
Membership Invoice & Organization Profile
July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Please return these completed forms with your dues payment.
Organization Name: _____________________________________________________
Mailing Address: _______________________________________________________
Telephone: ______________________________ Fax: ________________________
Primary Representative: _________________________________________________
Position Title: __________________________________________________________
Members and their emails from your organization who may be attending Interagency Coalition
Annual dues: $25 per organization
New member ______
Fiscal year: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017
Please make checks payable to Martin County Interagency Coalition
Mail these forms and your payment to:
Martin County Interagency Coalition
PO Box 3012
Stuart, FL 34995-3012
ALSO e-mail these forms to: MCIAC President Renay Rouse,
The purpose of the Martin County Interagency Coalition is to provide a common meeting ground
to improve the service delivery system of health and human services in Martin County.
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2016 - 2017
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