Cooper Named New Vice President For Helping People Succeed

Janet Cooper, a 15-year employee at Helping People Succeed, was recently named Vice President of Behavioral Services for the nonprofit organization serving Martin and St. Lucie Counties. Her new position oversees and manages activities of the Behavioral Services Division, which includes management and administrative duties for Successful Families and Successful Futures divisions.

Over the years, Cooper’s assignments have included maintaining Electronic Medical Records and Billing Systems. She started as the Behavioral Services Coordinator, an Operations Director and Compliance Officer.

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UBS Honors Helping People Succeed’s 2016 Art for Living Calendar Artists

From the beauty of beach scenes and birds to the Old Colorado Inn in downtown Stuart, Helping People Succeed’s 2016 Art for Living Calendar brought together more than 75 guests to enjoy the art work of 12 area artists featured in Helping People Succeed’s annual calendar.

The evening of art was hosted by Price Wealth Management and UBS Financial Services Inc., at their East Ocean Blvd. offices. On hand to greet UBS guests included Craig Price, Raymond Klahne, William John Gilcher, and Clifford Mandody.

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The Elliott Features Classic Car Host

Our thanks to Master Car Restorer Wayne Carini and The Elliott Museum for the television host’s recent lecture on classic cars and Carini’s interest in Helping People Succeed’s autism spectrum disorder programs.

Carini is host of the Velocity Channel’s Chasing Classic Cars show and has worked on cars for such named clients as David Letterman and the DuPont Family. His television program has been broadcast for about eight years.

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Helping People Succeed, Martin Medical Center Receive Second Place Honors for Collaborative Program

The state of Florida held its first ever collaborative conference called the First 1000 Days Florida Summit, through the efforts of the statewide Children’s Services Councils, Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, the Early Learning Coalitions, the Florida Association for Infant Mental Health, and United Way of Florida. The conference was held in West Palm Beach and was filled to capacity at the Palm Beach Convention Center.

At this summit, Helping People Succeed and Martin Medical Center were awarded second place honors for their popular Building Readiness Among Infants Now (BRAIN) program.

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A Gift of Song Supports Helping People Succeed

Joyous singer and songwriter Claudia Schmidt and internationally acclaimed countertenor Terry Barber were back in Martin County on February 4th for an encore Helping People Succeed blockbuster performance for more than 120 concert guests at Loblolly in Hobe Sound.

“Bringing Claudia and Terry to Loblolly was our way of saying 'thank you' to such a generous community. The residents of Loblolly and the Loblolly Foundation have been supportive of our mission in an incredible way. And it's made such a difference!" said Suzy Hutcheson, President/CEO of Helping People Succeed.

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New Employment Consultant For Project SEARCH

Jennifer Martin is the new Employment Consultant for Helping People Succeed in the local program of Project SEARCH, a national organization for job training and social skills for young adults between 18 and 22 years old. In its sixth year, the program is coordinated by Martin Health System, Helping People Succeed, ARC of Martin County, the Martin County School District and FL-DOE Vocational Rehabilitation.

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Stockings of Love

For the past six years, Stockings of Love has provided hundreds of filled Christmas stockings for the children enrolled in Helping People Succeeds programs.

This year, Stockings of Love founder Lynn Flynn made sure that 370 families had stockings on Christmas morning for their young children.

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Treasure Coast Music Teachers Presented Area Students at Its Annual Music-Thon

Hosted by the Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association, the students represented Martin and St. Lucie, counties. The Treasure Coast Mall visitors were entertained throughout the day by pianists, vocalists, flutists, violinists, a choir and other music combinations.

Each year, the Treasure Coast Music Teachers Association provides a donation to a local nonprofit organization. Helping People Succeed, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, was the local charity selected this year. More than $84,000 has been raised to benefit local charities since the Music-Thon kicked off in 1991.

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Music, Art and Auctions Benefitted Helping People Succeed At Its Second Annual Pinot & Picasso Special Event

Helping People Succeed’s Pinot & Picasso evening of fine wine and art presented the 2016 Art for Living Calendars for signing by 13 artists featured in the calendar and their latest art from beach scenes, birds and Florida citrus to a turn of the century downtown hotel location, all presented at The Floridian country club in Palm City.

Thanks to the support of host Bill Lichtenberger, who coordinated the evening for the second year, more than 150 guests were on hand to view the art work, bid on silent and LIVE auction items from additional art works from the artists and specialty items such as a trip to NASA and lunch with an astronaut, to a foursome with noted Florida PGA champion Larry Laoretti of Palm City and a Day on the Floridian full day fishing charter.

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Kiwanis Club of Stuart President Named Outstanding Club President of the Year

Most Martin County residents and others around the State of Florida know Suzy Hutcheson for her 40 years dedicated to the programs and services of Helping People Succeed, a non-profit organization that serves more than 4,500 children and families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties.

Others know Hutcheson for her dedicated club work with Kiwanis of Stuart and this year as Club President raising funds for an extension to Kiwanis Park at Woodlawn in downtown Stuart, dedicating other funds for K-Kid Clubs, Builder’s Clubs and Key Clubs for students involved with Kiwanis projects and attending Kiwanis state and international conventions.

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Helping People Succeed Families Thank Village Bootery for Shoe Donations

For the second year, Village Bootery in Cedar Pointe Plaza in Stuart, donated women’s shoes to Helping People Succeed recipients. This year’s donation was a surprise visit from Tim O’Brien delivering 110 pairs of women’s shoes of all types.

O’Brien, General Manager of the Stuart shoe store, said this has been a project of Village Bootery for 33 years, dating back to its Lake Park founding store. Besides the Stuart location, Village Bootery has a store in Tequesta. Village Bootery has been in business for 53 years with the Stuart store opening 50 years ago.

“Who would most benefit from the shoes?” said O’Brien, who asked the question. “We have considered homeless families, young people with autism spectrum disorder and adults with disabilities. We’re always looking for the right fit for the right customer and that includes local non-profit organizations that can assist with distributing the shoes to the families it serves. Helping People Succeed was exactly that match.”

“We are humbled to be the recipients of this generous contribution,” said Glenna Parris, Gift Planning Officer for Helping People Succeed. “Some of the clients we serve have never had the fortune to buy a new pair of shoes. This gift has truly made a difference in the lives of many.”

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Attorney Phyllis Gillespie New Chair For Helping People Succeed Board

As Helping People Succeed begins its 51st year, the local non-profit organization welcomes new Operating Board chair, Phyllis Gillespie, attorney with the firm of Laws-Scott & Gillespie PLLC in Stuart.

On the non-profit organization’s board for the last four years and two years as Vice Chair, Gillespie has been active in Helping People Succeed programs, as well as board committees and community projects throughout Martin County. She is a member of the National Bar Association, the Virgil Hawkins Bar Association, the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, The Florida Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association.

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Helping People Succeed transforms lives by realizing potential, creating hope and building futures through education, counseling, training and employment.

Our passion is building successful families and futures–one life at a time!

Helping People Succeed
1601 NE Braille Pl
Jensen Beach, FL 34957

Tel: 772.320.0770


Healthy Families Florida
Healthy Families America
Ounce of Prevention Fund
 Florida Department of Children and Families
Agency for Persons With Disabilities
United Way of Martin County
United Way of St. Lucie County
United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee
Cleveland Clinic Martin Health
 Children's Services Council Martin County
Children's Services Council St. Lucie County
Children's Services Council of Okeechobee County
Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network
Florida Department of Education Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
The Community Foundation Martin - St. Lucie
Florida Department of Transportation
Florida KidCare
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
*The Florida Department of Children and Families. Partially funded by the Martin County School District.

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