Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive To Benefit Helping People Succeed Families

It’s that time of year to support the Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive, now underway at its Jensen Beach bookstore. Helping People Succeed’s Healthy Families program will benefit from this annual campaign.

From now until mid-December, a variety of children’s books will be on display behind the B&N check-out area and in a display in the center of the store. At checkout time, staff will ask each customer if they wish to participate in the book drive. Over the years, the Barnes & Noble Book Drive has provided hundreds of books benefitting children in Helping People Succeed programs.

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Helping People Succeed Community Connections Participants Cast Their Vote

Casting their absentee ballots on November 4th are Helping People Succeed Community Connections participants Eugene Grondin, Ed Grant and Trisha Overton.

The trio, showing off their I VOTED stickers, went online to study candidate positions and issues, filled out sample ballots and took them to the Martin County Supervisor of Elections office to vote.

Healthy Families Support Worker Receives Family Support Worker of the Year Award

Helping People Succeed’s Maria Velasco is the Family Support Worker of the Year for Healthy Families Florida, an evidence-based voluntary home visiting program that is proven to prevent child abuse and neglect in Florida’s highest risk families. She is one of more than 350 workers serving families in the State of Florida.

A 10-year employee at Helping People Succeed, Velasco works intensively with an average of 28-30 families each year in Martin County, which includes families from Hobe Sound and Indiantown to Jensen Beach. Many of her participants stay in the Healthy Families program for four years or more.

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Helping People Succeed Coordinates New Autism Council: More than 20 vested community leaders joined in at the Kick-Off meeting

Helping People Succeed has coordinated its first meeting of the newly-formed Autism Program Council, comprised of community leaders, autism specialists and family members affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Recently, the Center for Disease Control reported that one in 68 children will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder each year. Four out of five diagnosed will be boys.

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The Real Men of Helping People Succeed Support the Children’s Services Councils

Bikers Ken Dannewitz, center, and Al Ragl, far right, bring together Helping People Succeed participants, board members, and staff and their families, in support of the Children's Services Councils from Martin, St. Lucie, and Okeechobee counties.

They gathered in support of the upcoming November 4th vote on continuing these services in the three counties where Helping People Succeed offers its many child-serving programs.

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Helping People Succeed Announces Artists For Its 2015 Art for Living Calendar

Helping People Succeed is pleased to announce 13 noted local artists and a student artist, all to be featured in its popular 2015 Art for Living Calendar.

The artists are listed in the order of the calendar months, January 2015-January 2016: Kevin Hutchinson, Jackie Brice, Susan Roberts, Sue Winocur, Lois Sommers, Dan Mackin, Jane Blatt, Nanette Carton, Pam Patterson, Julia Kelly, Curt Whiticar, Valerie Lally, Stacy Ranieri and a special featured student artist Bradley “Brad” King.

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Helping People Succeed Welcomes New Board Member

Bliss Browne, the founder and president of Imagine Chicago, has joined the board of Helping People Succeed and is serving on the non-profit organization’s Marketing Committee.

A mother of three, she served as a Division Head for the First National Bank of Chicago for 16 years. Her life in Chicago included numerous civic duties, from serving as Chairman of the Center for Neighborhood Technology and the Chicago Ethics Coalition to membership on the Community Advisory board of the Chicago Historical Society, the Illinois Governor’s Public-Private Child Care Council and the Saguaro Seminar on Civic Engagement in America, convened by Robert Putnam at the Kennedy School of Harvard University, that recognized national innovators in developing social capital.

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Seacoast’s Kevin Burn Joins Operating Board Of Helping People Succeed

Kevin Burn, a Private Banking Officer for Seacoast National Bank in its Main Office on Colorado Avenue, has joined the Operating Board of Helping People Succeed.

A resident of the Treasure Coast for the past six years, Burn has worked for Seacoast for two years and has been in the finance services industry for eight years. He has handled areas of insurance, investments, retirement planning and banking, both on the business and personal sides.

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Our Thanks To Staff, Volunteers, Physicians, And Donors For Support

“She has given our Foundation life,” said Suzy Hutcheson as she presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Glenna Parris, on the job as Helping People Succeed Foundation’s Gift Planning Officer since April 2013. In that one-year time frame, Parris has raised more than $250,000 from individuals, underwriters, corporate businesses, and foundations. These funds will support the organization’s many programs and services, including the new autism classes and counseling programs. Parris also organized the Memories and More celebration of Helping People Succeed’s 50th Anniversary, the April Showers Baby Shower seeking donations for babies and their families and Parris coordinated a campaign for friends, family, staff and many others to support Helping People Succeed in the GREAT GIVE Day, presented on May 6, 2014.

Executive Assistant Lynn Austin could be considered Suzy Hutcheson’s “right-hand woman” when it comes to day-to-day-activities, special events, correspondence and much more. Besides her administrative duties, Austin now has added the Helping People Succeed Foundation to her job listing, assisting Glenna Parris, the Gift Planning Officer. A former Helping People Succeed Board Member, Austin was recognized for her dedication to the non-profit organization and her many extra volunteer hours. Austin, left, receives a Certificate of Appreciation from Hutcheson.

Serving Helping People Succeed for 17 years, Madeleine Greenwood is Vice President of Human Resources, Administration and Community Connections, with oversight on the Employment Options program. Greenwood, left, is recognized for her outstanding dedication, hard work and enthusiasm. “Everything she touches works,” said Hutcheson.

Helping People Succeed’s Behavioral Health Specialist Janet Cooper, left, is recognized for her work within her department and her dedication to volunteer work with the organization’s online / website activities and its popular holiday tours and decorations. Cooper has been with the non-profit for 13 years. Hutcheson described her as the “cement” that keeps many projects and staff together.

Lee Fleury of Behavioral Health Services, left, receives recognition from Hutcheson, who described her as “the glue that holds it all together.” She works daily with Behavioral Health programs and physicians who treat Helping People Succeed’s many participants. The non-profit started 50 years ago with one doctor day per month and now has expanded to two doctor days per week. Three local psychiatrists, who meet with participants of all ages, are Jose Marrero, M.D., Marshall Teitelbaum, M.D. and Richard Losardo, M.D.

Helping People Succeed psychiatrist Jose Marrero, M.D., center, receives recognition from Behavioral Health Services for his continuous work in dealing with children in the mental health program. From left in the photo are Ginny Jones, Jose Marrero, Pam Christofori and Suzy Hutcheson.

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Helping People Succeed provides choices and opportunities that help children, families and adults improve their quality of life through education, 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


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