Family Promise

Just when we thought resources to support the people in need in our community were impossibly scarce, one organization has figured out a way to tap into an existing abundance of supportFamily Promise is a national network that brings together congregations of all faiths to help homeless families.  Tune in to hear Rhonda Clinton, the executive director of the North/Central Palm Beach County chapter, to find out how they do it.   Listen to the story of Begel St. Juste, who found out firsthand what a difference this organization can make.  Family Promise helped him and his two sons get back on their feet. Volunteer Board Chair Peter Jones explains how you can help by joining the $360 Club (only a dollar a day). For further information on how to get your congregation involved, volunteer or make a donation, call  561-318-8864, or visit them online at their website here.  To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Family Promise  11/04/12


The thought of a child being abused is an unbearable thought, yet hundreds of children in our community have been removed from their homes due to abusive situations.  Luckily, a private, not-for-profit organization called ChildNet is focused on providing safety and stability to abused children as well as young people who have aged out of the foster care system.  The organization oversees services in both Broward and Palm Beach Counties under contract with the state of Florida.  Listen as President and CEO of ChildNet Emilio Benitez explains the services and tremendous strides they’ve made in creating a more comfortable and efficient support system.  Also hear from Sarah Thomas, who has grown from foster kid to ChildNet board member and future educator in the Broward School DistrictLarry Rein, the new executive director of ChildNet Palm Beach, rounds out the show with an enthusiastic pitch for financial support as well as foster parenting, an important need in both counties. For information about how to become a foster parent, call the recruitment hotline at 954-414-6001 in Broward, or 561-352-2501 in Palm Beach, or visit their web site here.  To listen to the program in a new window, click here: ChildNet   10/14/12

Island City Stage

Imagine an intimate theatre where you can enjoy a New York-level stage production while reclining in a soft chair and sipping a glass of wine.  The Island City Stage in Fort Lauderdale offers that homelike setting and more.  With only 56 seats, this new community theatre offers an LBGT flavor that is open to anyone who enjoys edgy entertainment and high caliber acting.  Listen as Artistic Director Andy Rogow and Resident Director Michael Leeds, both of whom bring New York experience to South Florida, discuss this exciting new venture and their plans to grow the Island City Stage.  Their success depends on community support, so call 954-600-7113, or visit their web site here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Island City Stage  10/07/12

PACE Center for Girls – Broward Chapter

In 1992, Aggie Pappas, executive director of PACE Broward, and her then-volunteer Judy Joffe, met on card tables to plan events to support the program for girls, ages 12 to 18, whose needs were not met in traditional school environments.   Listen to find out how Aggie has grow the program into a beautiful campus in Wilton Manors, where middle and high school age girls can learn academic and life skills.  Identified as “dependent, truant, runaway, delinquent, or in need of academic skills,” the PACE girls receive the help they need to be successful.  Judy talks about her more than 15-year reign as a volunteer and board member and how she involves her colleagues at NCCI in fundraising efforts to support PACE.  To find out more, call 954-561-6939, or visit their web site here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Pace Center Broward  09/23/12

The Hanley Center

Baby Boomers are one of the fast growing groups of people suffering from addiction diseases, according to John Dyben, the executive director of treatment services at the West Palm Beach-based Hanley Center.  Now part of the national Caron Treatment Centers network, the facility prides itself on individualized treatment based on age and gender, says Dyben.  Listen as he and his colleague Juan Harris, program director, Center for Older Adult Recovery, talk about the “accidental addicts” who unwittingly get hooked on prescription medications.  They also describe the treatment options available for adolescents through seniorsRachel Docekal, CEO of the Hanley Center Foundation, describes how scholarships help individuals, who would not otherwise be able to experience the Hanley Center, get the help they need.  For more information on how to support the organization’s treatment and prevention education programs, call 1-800-4-Hanley, the Foundation directly at 561-841-1211, or visit their web site here. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Hanley Center  09/09/12

Hope South Florida

Listen as Hope South Florida’s Eddie Copeland and Pery Canan outline their unique approach to helping individuals have hope and, as a result, overcome homelessness.  Organized by more than 50 churches, the organization provides both food and housing to more than 150 families a year.   Find out more about their goal to build hope, housing and community for families and individuals facing homelessnessHope South Florida organizes daily buses to take people to “sharing” meals at existing facilities, often a church.   Their goal is to be able to provide meals 365 days a year to people facing homelessness.  To find out more about Hope South Florida and how you can support their efforts, call 954-566-2311, or visit their web site at To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Hope South Florida  06/03/12

The Best Foot Forward Foundation

Two dedicated and compassionate women, Debbie Ellman and Donna Biase, join the show to talk about how their personal experiences with teenagers about to “age out” of the foster care system inspired them to start the Best Foot Forward Foundation. Together with West Boca High School Principal Mark Stenner, this organization, which was formed in 2010, provides critical individualized support to foster kids in the eighth grade and above. By donating everything from a simple birthday gift to college scholarships, Best Food Forward has enabled many young people to better themselves and avoid falling through the cracks of society. Both funding and volunteer support is needed to run this program, so call 561-470-8300, or visit, to discover how you can help. To listen to the program in a new window, click here: Best Foot Forward Foundation  05/27/12

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