Are You A Resident Of Broward County? Start A Successful Small Business

Have you ever wanted to start your own business but just did not feel confident enough to pursue your dream or think that you did not have enough knowledge to even start one. Well, this may just be what you need to take that first step.

Start-Up Now promotes entrepreneur skills and is presented by CareerSource Broward in partnership with the Innovation Hub @ Broward College using Federal funds under award ED16HDQ0200018 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

The application deadline for Start-Up Now cohort 2 is Friday, April 21, 2017. 

For more information

  • Visit START-UP NOW
  • Call  (954) 495 – 4346 ext 3
  • Email startupnow@careersourcebroward.com.

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A CALL FOR HELP!

12215695_1467121641.1397 Some of you may know Kathleen Ann Elizabeth Riley , better known as Mama Kat, whom lost her son…he was senselessly murdered in MD last year. She is living in a hotel right now and close to getting into a new residence. She is in desperate need of assistance because she only has 24 hours to move out of the hotel and get the rental on hold for her. She is only $500 short of her goal.   If you are local, please reach out to her via messaging on Facebook to save having to pay the fees for Go Fund Me. If you are out of her local are please use GO FUND ME to help her. The link is gofundme.com/29m96zw

A Dedication to Frances T. Payne For A Life Dedicated To Helping Others

Not too many people know this, but, I lived in Women In Distress (WID) the first three months of my life as a Broward county resident… and it was literally one of the best times of my life. My story with WID began when I had no where to go after a promise shelter for my children and myself was denied at the last minute. So, with only the clothing on our backs and a few dollars, I drove to the nearest police station to park my car to sleep (I felt it would be the safest place in an unknown area). It was a few minutes later when an Officer tapped on the window and inquired about my status. I explained my situation and he escorted my kids and I into the police station.

While there, I spoke to another Officer who mentioned there was an organization that may be able to house us. A phone call was made and I spoke to Rachel. After a series of questions, I was given instructions with directions to what would be my home for three months.  Once I arrived, I was questioned more while my kids slept on a made up bed on the floor. I spoke with Rachel about many things while we awaited dawn to come. She was very encouraging and level set me as to what will be expected from me while residing at the facility. My family was very fortunate because there were no available rooms until a young lady and her kids would be discharged from the facility.

As morning arrived, we were escorted to our apartment which would be shared with another young lady and her two kids. My kids and I got settled down and began our first day living in a shelter. My kids were taken to the day care on the premises and would speak with the Counselor for the kids and I would be taken to meet with the other residents and participate in group sessions.Here I would bond with a few ladies and my kids with other children but most of all we bonded with each other even deeper.

Since there was not TV, we spent a lot of time together. I would read to them; we always played some type of game; they would tell me how their day went in school and the daycare. They truly loved their daycare moments at Jack & Jill. This is where I met Fran Payne. She was the Executive Director of the day care and a wonderful person. We spoke ever so often and whenever we did it was always inspiring! We shared the same believe…”children are our future” You could see her passion for the kids and WID. Fran passed away last year November at the age of 82 just a month after her husband Darwin for over 61 years passed away that same year. sfl-frances-payne-20151103

You can read more about Fran Payne HERE

Well, this past Friday, I had to take a day off to deal with some thing personal in the Fort Lauderdale area. Now-a-days, I rarely get to go back to the community where I began my new journey in life. So, I decided to pass by Jack & Jill to say “HI” and see what was new with the facility. After a brief intro of myself, I got meet some of the “newer” staff members and to my surprise, I found out Ms. Mary Carter was still working at the facility. She was my youngest son’s teacher when he attended back in 1994 and she remembered him too!

20160415_155013(1)Lavern Swanson (right) & Mary Carter (left)

I also, inquired about the activity in the playground with all the volunteers. Come to find out that they were assisting with the remodeling of the playground in honor of the beloved Fran Payne. The daycare was paying homage to her that afternoon. Permitted to go ‘snoop’ about, I got a moment to witness people doing what I love to do best…creating a difference in our communities…

With this said, I want to take this moment and “THANK” Jack & Jill for being there for my kids and making affordable daycare for me during my transition in my first year in Broward county. Also, for those volunteers who were out there  giving the playground a new look, “THANK YOU”!

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For those who are looking to donate your time, money, or non-perishable items Women In Distress or Jack & Jill, please click on the links below to find out more information.

WOMEN IN DISTRESS

JACK & JILL

 

 

 

 

 

Florida Department of Children and Families Upcoming Homelessness Committee Conferences Calls

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Homelessness Affordable Housing Committee Conference Call

Event Type:

Public Meeting

Date/Time:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – 10:00

Location:

Conference Call

Tallahassee  Florida  32399

United States

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED:

AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMITTEE CALL:  This conference call will address the committees’ continued development of policy recommendations and work tasks to address the Council’s Annual Report on recommendations regarding affordable housing to end homelessness in Florida. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850, erik.braun@myflfamilies.com.

Dial Toll free:  1-888-670-3525 / Enter participant code:  701-539-8451 then #

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

For more information, you may contact: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com

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Homelessness Veteran’s Committee Conference Call

Event Type:

Public Meeting

Date/Time:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – 10:00

Location:

Conference Call

Tallahassee  Florida  32399

United States

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED:

VETERAN’S COMMITTEE CALL:  This conference call will address the committees’ continued development of policy recommendations and work tasks to address the Council’s Annual Report on recommendations to end veteran’s homelessness in Florida. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850, erik.braun@myflfamilies.com.

Toll free:  1-888-670-3525 / Enter participant code:  701-539-8451 then #

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

For more information, you may contact: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com

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Homelessness Annual Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2016

Event Type:
Date/Time:
Friday, April 22, 2016 – 14:00 to 16:00
Location:
4025 Esplanade Way, Room 320N
Tallahassee  Florida  32399

United States

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: The Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announces two public meetings to review the draft Annual Action Plan that will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The first meeting is a public workgroup meeting on March 23, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The second meeting is a Public Hearing on the draft Annual Action Plan on April 22, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

PURPOSE: To discuss the preparation of the Annual Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2016 and to review the draft of the Action Plan once it is completed.

SUMMARY: The State of Florida is required to submit an Annual Action Plan to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order to receive federal funding from that agency. The Plan must cover the grant programs funded by HUD. Grant programs included in the Plan are administered by four state agencies: the Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) by the Department of Economic Opportunity; the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) by the Department of Children and Families; the Home Investment Partnership (HOME) by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation; and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with Aids (HOPWA) by the Department of Health. The Plan must specify the manner in which the funds will be distributed to eligible applicants.

ACTION TO BE TAKEN: At the work group meeting to be held on March 23, 2016, staff from the CDBG, ESG, HOME and HOPWA programs will provide an overview of the programs and answer questions. Interested parties are encouraged to attend. Another public meeting will be conducted on April 22, 2016, to review and accept comments on the draft Annual Action Plan. The draft of the Plan will also be posted on the Department’s website: http://www.floridajobs.org/Annual-Action-Plan. The 30-day comment period on the drafted plan will commence on March 23, 2016, and will conclude April 22, 2016.

A copy of the agenda(s) may be obtained at http://www.floridajobs.org/Annual-Action-Plan, in person, by email or by contacting: Florida Small Cities CDBG Program, Department of Economic Opportunity, Caldwell Building, 107 East Madison Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399, Telephone: (850)717-8410, Email: ginger.waters@deo.myflorida.com, Email:george.hutton@deo.myflorida.com.

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Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 5 days before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Ginger Waters, at the Department of Economic Opportunity at (850)717-8410. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

Groups audience:

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Homelessness Continuum of Care Committee Conference Call

Event Type:

Public Meeting

Date/Time:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 – 10:00

Location:

Conference Call

Tallahassee  Florida  32399

United States

GENERAL SUBJECT MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED:

CONTINUUM OF CARE COMMITTEE CALL:  This conference call will address the committees’ continued development of policy recommendations and work tasks to address the Council’s Annual Report on recommendations from continuum of care lead agencies to end homelessness in Florida. A copy of the agenda may be obtained by contacting: , Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850, erik.braun@myflfamilies.com.

Dial Toll free:  1-888-670-3525 / Enter participant code:  701-539-8451 then #

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in this workshop/meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 48 hours before the workshop/meeting by contacting: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

For more information, you may contact: Erik Braun, Director, Office on Homelessness, (850)922-9850,erik.braun@myflfamilies.com

 

Groups audience:

Homelessness

Future Projects: Literacy ~ Homelessness ~ Animal Rescue

As you know Empowered Results is going for a new look. Indeed, there are other changes coming to this site. Since the whole ideal of this blog is to share, to communicate, and get involve with things that matter to me as a person, a mother, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a co-worker, etc. I have found out that helping people is what I do best. It is rewarding to use your skills or share your knowledge of things when it helps others. Yet, my lack of consistency, funds, and knowledge have prevent me from moving forward with my desires to assist how I truly would like to with the people in the  communities I interact with daily.

That is, until someone explained to me that there are many ways that we can assist in our communities that will help with gaining knowledge which will later allow the funds to flow for the cause . Whether you volunteer or donate or just bring awareness to that cause, you are giving assistance. You can research the organizations but to see how it is really done, you have to volunteer and communicate with the people who are behind the cause you select to support. With that said, as the fouder of this blog, I have decided to become a Supporter of three concerns: Literacy, Homeless, and Animal Rescue. Why these causes?

 

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of Graur Codrin at Free Digital Photos

Courtesy of Graur Codrin Free Digital Photos

LITERACY
There are too many of our youth who cannot read and are graduating from high school. This affects the individual throughout adulthood – throughout the person’s life. This some times leads to many negative outcomes which can include my next concern of interest: homelessness.

Man Looking In Litter Bin Stock Photo

Courtesy of Mister GC   Free Digital Photos

 

HOMELESSNESS
There are many people who walk throughout our communities that actually have jobs but no where to live. Yes, I found this unbelievable until I met someone  in this scenario. The fact there are so many people whom are homeless and really need the assistance, I feel compelled to do something. There are many challenges that come with this particular cause. I am learning more and more about the red tape associated with trying to do it the right way and will need to establish a network with the right people to accomplish my goal. 🙂

Cute Stray Dog At The Sea Stock Photo

        Courtesy of Pixbox77           Free Digital Photos

ANIMAL RESCUE

Anyone who knows me, knows I love animals. If I had acreage I would probably have a menagerie. Since there are so many organizations out there that assist with animals, I will try to keep my support within the range of my local community. As I do my homework on this cause and other two causes, it will not be so limited and I will be able to expand my support to other communities.

As my vision becomes more clear for this journey, it will be shared with you, my fellow Bloggers and dear Readers. Now you know what I am facing, I hope you can assist with the building blocks of knowledge. I seek information about organizations that are truly putting their dollars to such causes. Please feel free to send me information to empoweredresults@gmail.com.

Finally, I encourage you to pick a cause to support and share with all of us why you selected the cause.

Yours Truly!