WELCOME TO THE GLADES INITIATIVE
The mission of The Glades Initiative is to improve the coordination and effectiveness of the health and human service delivery system in the Glades area of Palm Beach County.
What We Do
We are the local source selected to identify and coordinate the health and human service needs of the community, as well as develop and encourage collaborative relationships to collectively address the community's needs.
Become A Member
If you're a health and human services provider serving the Glades area, please join us in helping to coordinate services for residents in need.
We believe coordination and collaboration result in your ability to serve our most needy residents to have the best services possible.
We want and welcome your input into the ever-changing issues and solutions to service provision to the Glades Community.
The Glades Initiative, Inc. joins effort to get 2020 Census counted in the Glades!
The Glades Initiative, Inc. is helping to get the word out on the 2020 Census and ensure that more of our residents in the Glades are counted. We are excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census!
As a partner, we’ll be working to ensure that our community is accurately represented. To learn about the upcoming census, visit 2020census.gov.
U.S. Sugar Support the Glades Area Food Bank through Multi-Year Partnership
In support of The Glades Initiative’s Glades Area Food Bank, U.S. Sugar is announcing a multi-year partnership that will help the nonprofit expand its food services throughout the Glades region.
The contribution strengthens the operational capacity of the nonprofit’s food services and brings additional food resources to the community. The Glades Area Food Bank utilizes a refrigerated truck and van for picking up food, specialized home delivery service, food pantry access, and local drop-offs.
Support from the company began in 2018 and continues through 2021, bringing improvements and new
opportunities for reaching even more residents facing hunger in the Glades.
“At its core, U.S. Sugar has always been about growing food and providing resources for our local communities,” said U.S. Sugar Community Relations Manager Brannan Thomas. “We are proud to continue this successful partnership with The Glades Initiative to help feed more families in need.”
“Our Glades Area Food Bank annually provides support to 14 partner agencies in our community that in turn ensure that thousands of families who are food insecure in the Glades have access to food throughout the year,” said Jose Jesus Zaragoza, Director of Communications and Advancement at The Glades Initiative. “Through U.S. Sugar’s generous support, we are able to expand the program’s reach and serve more local people.”
“The people of U.S. Sugar are an important part of the fabric in the Glades communities,” added Thomas. “In the Glades, we take care of our own and this partnership with such a wonderful organization is no exception.”
The Glades Initiative receives Bank of America 2019 Neighborhood Builders award!
The Glades Initiative, Inc. was thrilled to be awarded the Bank of America 2019 Neighborhood Builders award at the official celebration on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at a breakfast held at the Manatee Lagoon. Three of our Board Members, Irene Figueroa, Salesia Smith-Gordon and Julie Swindler were able to attend the event along with our President/CEO, Karis Engle
We were happy to see that in addition to The Glades Initiative award, Habitat for Humanity of PBC was also awarded and will be expanding their housing services in the Glades area.
This incredible award will allow The Glades Initiative to increase access to health and human services, increase healthy food access for at-home seniors, and will assist with the expansion of our recently acquired new building.
Many thanks to Fab Brumley, and her local Bank of America team, for their ongoing support of our work in the Glades!
Bank of America created Neighborhood Builders in 2004 to help non-profits make a bigger impact advancing economic mobility in the communities they serve through building leadership skills, providing flexible funding ($200k) and fostering a peer network.
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The Glades Initiative - Featured in the Palm Beach Post!
From The Palm Beach Post: "The Glades Initiative improves the quality of life in the Glades community (Pahokee, Belle Glade, and South Bay) by addressing the challenges that might prevent our low-income, underserved residents from accessing medical, health, food, legal and other critical health and human services ... "
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