From Homelessness to Educational Success

Five years ago, Will Clervil and his family were found homeless and living in the woods by Palm Beach County authorities; however, Will has overcome these obstacles and graduated with honors last month from Jupiter Christian School. After bouncing between homelessness and foster care, he and his younger brother were placed with Place of Hope, Palm Beach County’s largest child welfare organization. There, during the last five years, he finally found stability, after losing a year of school and protecting his family from the elements and dangers as best he could. His mentor/foster father, Sal Tiano, now provides a home […]

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Mission United Breaks Ground on Center for Veteran Services

Mission United supporters Roy and Kathryn Krause, Jean Colker and Ray Ferrero Jr. joined United Way of Broward County President/CEO Kathleen Cannon at the Jean and David Colker Center Ground Breaking Ceremony in May. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2015, the new center located on United Way of Broward County’s property, will serve as a centralized location where veterans and military service members can receive case management services provided by Mission United. Jean Colker and her late husband David have impacted our community through their family business and philanthropic contributions for more than 50 years. Jean is proud […]

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Church Celebrates Mother Elsa Lee’s 100th Birthday

First United Church of Jesus Christ in Lauderdale Lakes celebrated the 100th Birthday of their church mother, Else Lee, on May 30. Not long after moving to Florida in 1978, Lee opened and used her home as a church for Sunday services until a permanent place of worship was found for the church, said Bishop Izett R. Scott, pastor of First United Church of Jesus Christ. “Serving the Lord has been her priority; especially helping and assisting others has always been her lifestyle,” he said. Lee was born May 29, 1915, in Manchester, Jamaica, and migrated to the United States […]

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ForeHOPE Golf Tournament Raises $230K for Homeless Families & Vets

The much anticipated 8th Annual ForeHOPE Pro-Am Golf Tournament kicked off its festivities with an exclusive PGA Pairing Party hosted by the new Auberge Beach Residence and Spa, presenting sponsor. Title sponsors, Moss & Associates and The Florida Panthers were on hand to welcome guests and address those gathered about the topic of community and giving back. ForeHOPE strives to rally the business, civic and faith community around the cause of family and veteran homelessness in Broward County with proceeds benefitting those served through HOPE South Florida. For the fourth year, PGA Pro Tour guests were paired with each foursome […]

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Kids flock to Vacation Bible School Programs

Full of hands-on Bible explorations using skits, songs and stories, interactive games, cool crafts and delicious treats, Vacation Bible School (VBS) is designed to give kids a memorable summer experience that conveys a gospel message. A summer tradition for almost a century, VBS was originally begun by a doctor’s wife, Mrs. Walter Aylett Hawes, who wanted to get kids off the street in New York, and it has been adopted by many churches as a way to engage young children with the word of God in a fun and enjoyable way that helps them learn to overcome obstacles with the […]

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A Case of Mistaken Identity

In a culture obsessed with self-image and success, it is natural to see our own self worth in terms of our own achievements. It is easy to believe that our value is defined by our abilities, that the smarter, richer and more powerful we are the more important we are. However, this way of seeing ourselves is very different from the way God sees us. God’s Word takes this narrative and turns it completely upside down. For God, nothing is everything.   They story of Sisyphus The entire book of Ecclesiastes paints a vivid picture of the futility of human […]

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Evangelicals Hold Steady Amid U.S. Faith Decline

(WNS)–Christianity is waning in the United States. That’s the primary finding of a major new survey of American religious belief published Tuesday by the Pew Research Center. The telephone survey of 35,071 adults from all 50 states found just 71 percent of Americans now identify themselves as some category of “Christian.” (The study included Protestants, Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Mormons, and Jehovah’s Witnesses in that category.) That proportion is a decline of nearly 8 percentage points since 2007 when Pew conducted its first Religious Landscape Study. But while mainline Protestants and Catholics saw significant declines in numbers during that period, evangelical […]

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Hoffman’s Chocolates Celebrates Grand Opening in Plantation

In honor of their new location in The Fountains shopping center, Hoffman’s Chocolates will be hosting a celebration highlighted by family-friendly activities, product sampling and prizes on Saturday, May 30 at 11 a.m.   The morning kicks off with a ribbon cutting with elected officials including Councilwoman Lynn Stoner and Hoffman’s Chocolates executives. Attendees will have a blast with tunes spun by DJ Bruce “Boomer” Woliver and DJ Josh Rose, balloon animals, face painting, a Chocolate Fountain, giveaways and live performances by character education music group, The Achievables!   Free samples of Hoffman’s Chocolates favorites include gourmet, double-dipped Chocolate Covered […]

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ISIS Executes 35 Ethiopian Christians

(WNS)–The Ethiopian government declared three days of mourning after officials confirmed Islamic State militants executed at least 35 Ethiopian Christians held captive in Libya. As with other mass killings, the terrorists on April 19 released a video of the murders. An Ethiopian government spokesman said the slain Christians likely were migrants trying to reach Europe. The grisly video bore the grim trademark of Islamic State (ISIS) footage in February that showed the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians on a Libyan beach. The Egyptian government ordered airstrikes against Islamic State targets in response. The new 29-minute video showed black-clad ISIS militants […]

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Volunteer Recognized for Music Program

Tino Negri, of ComForcare Home Care, was recognized as an outstanding volunteer for his dedication to the Alzheimer’s Unit patients at Brookdale Boynton Beach Senior Living on April 15. Negri, who is a percussionist and certified Alzheimer’s educator, marries caring for people and his love for music through an interactive musical program that allows Alzheimer’s patients to interact with familiar music that stimulates their long term memories and lifts spirits. Stephanie Newark, Clare Bridge Program manager, said “We are delighted to recognize this wonderful man with such a big heart who is dedicated and compassionate about what he volunteers his […]

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