It’s that time of year when Helping People Succeed distributes its popular Art for Living Calendars, available for residents and guests at local business outlets, including Barnes & Noble Book Store in Jensen Beach. The calendars are $20 each, with this year’s art work designed by 13 local artists.
The following artists will be on hand for the calendar signing at Barnes & Noble between 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 10 at Jensen Beach. On hand will be: Kelly Arnold, Chris Kling, Sue Ann Mosely Saleeby, Karen Leffel-Massengill, Pam Patterson, Val Lally, Dan Mackin, Kathy Pitts, Susan Roberts, Ginny Jones, Jillane Heveron, Marian Vitale, and Susan Fowler.
Thanks to Helping People Succeed’s Baby Steps program and their expertise in baby calming techniques, parents are learning ways to comfort their babies resulting in reduced stress during the often challenging newborn stage. It’s all part of the Happiest Baby Program offered by Helping People Succeed for the last 10 years.
Bliss Browne, the founder and president of Imagine Chicago, will serve as Helping People Succeed’s Board Chair on the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County. In this new position, she is prioritizing community engagement, fundraising, and strategic collaborations. Helping People Succeed will launch its first capital campaign this year.
One of the first projects to be coordinated since Browne became Chair was moving Helping People Succeed to a new permanent location, in Jensen Beach off Savannah Road. The expanded site offers larger space for programs and public events. It will transform into an exhibit space for this year’s Pinot & Picasso fundraiser, scheduled for Saturday, November 18.
As a kick off for the opening of Helping People Succeed’s new facility, officials from five local Chambers of Commerce, and many guests were on hand for a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony, introducing “Our New Home” at 1601 Braille Place in Jensen Beach.
Browne, who presided at the event, spoke of the importance of public / private partnerships to sustain critical support work for vulnerable populations: “I am inspired by the chance for us as a whole community to build a truly permanent home base where we can sustain the vital work of building productive lives through training, employment and community connections.“
Helping People Succeed has been on the move in the last month – moving to new offices at 1601 NE Braille Place off of Savannah Road in Jensen Beach and announcing its new Board Members for 2017-2018. With 5,100 families served by the organization and approximately 125 staff members, the recent changes will only enhance its mission.
“We’re thrilled to have this new opportunity for our organization,” said Suzy Hutcheson, President/CEO of Helping People Succeed. “In business more than 53 years and currently serving five departments – Baby Steps, Healthy Families, Behavioral Services, Employment Options and Community Connections – we are pleased to present this new look for our clients in a one-story structure.
Helping People Succeed received several Proclamations during the month of April from the Martin County Commission, the St. Lucie County Commission and the City of Stuart for National Autism Awareness Month.
In addition, Helping People Succeed also received a Proclamation from Okeechobee County for National Child Abuse Awareness Month.
Helping People Succeed coordinates autism programs for elementary, middle and high school students and helps more than 4,500 families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties regarding autism, abuse and everyday services in the development of babies and children.
Okeechobee News recently published an article featuring staff members from the Healthy Families Florida department that operate out of the Okeechobee office of Helping People Succeed.
To read the article, please click here.
The artists, featured in the 2017 Art for Living Calendar, recently unveiled Helping People Succeed’s calendar at the Third Annual Pinot & Picasso event. This evening of fine wine and art was held at Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club hosted by residents Bill Lichtenberger and Bill Crandall.