NOAH Newsletter November 2005 / Issue II

IN THIS ISSUE:

A Message from the Executive Director
Four Star Rating!
NOAH's Mentoring Program
New Board Members Sought
NOAH News

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Welcome back to the NOAH Newsletter. We hope that you weathered Wilma well. We certainly took our share of bumps and bruises. Please see the "Message from the Executive Director" below for more information on our recovery efforts. And, as always, we welcome your feedback. Please let us know your thoughts.

FOLLOWING HURRICANE WILMA, A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NOAH, THOMAS ROBERTS

Our Recovery
 
It will take some time, effort and investment, but the Glades and NOAH are on their way back after Hurricane Wilma. The under-estimated Category 2 storm did much-publicized damage to the economy and infrastructure of our area, dislocating residents and temporarily suspending the momentum of the cities’ growth.


However, no lives were lost, and our communities are busy re-building and re-focusing to come back better than before.

As of November 1, NOAH has received full power to our offices, and we are evaluating the full extent of Wilma’s impact on our properties. Our Belle Glade facilities – both housing and social services – are functioning, and our Building Blocks Child Development Center re-opened November 3. There has been damage to structures, most notably at our Pahokee sites, and we have had to relocate a number of families from Amaryllis Gardens.  Our Fortin and Farrar Child Development sites have been without power since October 24, but the Farrar Center should re-open November 11, and we hope to re-open the Fortin Center during the week of November 13.

NOAH staff is in the midst clean-up and repairs as fast as resources become available.  Some of our staff members have lost their homes along with all their possessions. We will assist them in every way possible to regain normalcy.
We are thankful that we have received no reports of physical injury to residents, clients and staff.  Wilma was a strong storm, but we will persevere, console and strengthen our people and continue our Mission to better the lives of the residents of the Glades.

Thank you for your continued support of NOAH.

Child with Flower

Girls Rule!

NOAH'S FAMILY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS EARN FOUR-STAR RATING

As they compile success stories from the residents who take advantage of their services, two of NOAH's family development programs are compiling successes of their own.

Building Blocks of NOAH Inc. and the Farrar Family Development Center so exquisitely epitomize excellence in early childhood education that they each earned the highest rating on the assessment scale during a recent evaluation by Family Central Inc. It is the second time Building Blocks received the four-star rating, evidence of its sustained commitment in helping young mothers raise healthy, well cared for babies from birth through age 5.

As part of the Palm Beach Early Learning Coalition Quality Rating Scale Program (ECERS), Gladys Givens-Barber, the director of NOAH's Family Services Division, had her staff trained in the program improvement tool. It evaluates 43 items organized into seven categories that include space and furnishings, personal care routines, language and reasoning, activities, interactions, program structure and provisions for parents and professional development of staff.
  Smiling Child

NOAH'S MENTORING PROGRAM HELPS LIFTS GRADES, BURDENS AND SPIRITS

A second grader could not spell words common for other second graders. In fact, he didn't know his own address or how to spell his own name — until he started meeting with a mentor who helped him accomplish all of these things.

A third grader facing personal difficulties and challenges anticipated failure as the statewide FCAT test approached — until he met with a mentor who "stayed on him" and talked about the importance of remaining focused. The third grader performed well on the FCAT and even received an award for his reading ability.

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NEW BOARD MEMBERS SOUGHT FOR NOAH

NOAH is seeking motivated and committed persons to serve on its Board of Directors.  The Directors meet the last Thursday of each month at its executive offices in The City of Belle Glade. The Board is seeking directors who will strengthen the oversight of its burgeoning development efforts, strengthen its fundraising activities and reinforce its capacity to exercise its fiduciary responsibilities.

Please send your letter of interest with a resume to:
Edna O. McClendon, President
NOAH, 601 Covenant Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430.

NOAH NEWS:

The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Nov. 17, 2005.

NOAH will be sponsoring a special holiday event for staff and members of the Board of Directors. On Dec. 16, we will celebrate the holidays with a Palm Beach Princess cruise. Please call the office for details.

NOAH has the following job openings:

  • Lead teacher for Early Childhood (Qualifications: National CDA certification or AA degree in Early Childhood Education, minimum 40 hours certification and up-to-date CPR and First Aid training).
  • Recruitment/Liaison specialist, Spanish-speaking (Qualifications: High school diploma and some experience working with families in a bilingual setting, must be able to communicate in Spanish fluently).

NOAH is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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