July 2011

Earn It, Keep It, Grow It

Participants receive certificates of achievement after completing a comprehensive workshop on career and financial planning.

Through the new Center for Working Families (CWF), more low-income families in Broward County are on the path to self-sufficiency. A partnership between Hispanic Unity of Florida and Urban League of Broward County, CWF's significant funders are The Jim Moran Foundation, United Way of Broward County and Children's Services Council.

Its secret to success is "bundling" services. Participants learn to earn, keep, and grow their income through an intensive, long-term skills training program that includes financial literacy workshops and services, assistance with public benefits, career planning, job placement and more.

One client, an unemployed mother of two struggling to make ends meet, attended CWF's orientation and made a commitment to the program. Over subsequent weeks, she met with financial and job coaches, completed job readiness and financial literacy workshops, created a family budget, and interviewed with local employers. Last week, she started a new job. Through continued support from CWF and her hard work, she is contributing to her family's income and building a sustainable future for her children.

Since launching in March, nearly 100 clients have attended an orientation session. If you know someone who may benefit from CWF, provide this informational flyer or call 954-964-8884, ext. 216.

Helping Seniors in Crisis

Hundreds of seniors each year count on a rapid response through SLF's Help Line, (904) 268-9128.

In Jacksonville, the Senior Life Foundation (SLF) provides emergency support to seniors with funding from individuals and private donors, such as The Jim Moran Foundation. Assistance may include urgent medical supplies, prescriptions, food, utilities assistance, and rent/mortgage payments to halt eviction or foreclosure.

In one instance, a 90-year-old man, whose wife was in the final stages of cancer, called for help when their air conditioner needed repair. Without it, his wife would have been unable to remain at home during her final days. SLF had it fixed immediately.

Run by dedicated volunteers, approximately 96% of its donations go directly to aiding those in need.

"Together we are making a difference...one senior at a time," said Mari Terbrueggen, president of the Senior Life Foundation.

Learn more about Senior Life Foundation.

New Location Opening for Drop-Out Prevention Program

A blended learning model engages students through a virtual classroom and on-site assistance from a certified teacher, program coordinator and guidance counselor.

During the 2011/2012 academic year, struggling high school students in south Palm Beach County will be able to earn credits to put them back on track for graduation. The Urban League of Palm Beach County, which currently delivers a successful credit recovery program at Roosevelt Full Service Community Center in West Palm Beach, will open its second location at Village Academy in Delray Beach with support from The Jim Moran Foundation and other funders.

Students from any area high school are eligible to attend. It will run Monday through Thursday between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Learn more about Urban League of Palm Beach County.