NOAH E-Newsletter Nov 2006 / Issue VI


The Dream of Home ownership
NOAH Kids in Coronation Fundraiser
Search for New Board Member
Raiders of NOAH's Ark


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Home Ownership at Covenant Gardens

Rosalind Lynch walked into her home on September 16 and realized something -- a dream.

It was Lynch’s first day as a homeowner thanks to NOAH's Covenant Gardens Renaissance Housing program in Belle Glade.

"The best thing is leaving from project housing and moving into your own home," said Lynch, who dreamed of owning a home for about 10 years. "You have more space, and you have a place for your washer and dryer and central heat and air conditioning. It's great. You have your own land, your own house, your own space, and you can paint it and decorate how you want to."

That sums up her success story, and NOAH continues to work toward creating similar summaries. To date, there have been 29 new construction homes sold to first-time homebuyers in the program. The last homeowner in the second phase of the program closed on a home Oct. 22, and a new phase is set to begin at the beginning of 2007 and will include 12 new homes.

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Noah Kids Coronation

Children from NOAH’s Farrar and Mary Alice Fortin and Building Blocks Family Development Centers sit patiently in their Sunday best during the inaugural coronation ceremony.


When did crowns, tiaras and kids in formal wear begin to coexist peacefully with Raiders wearing skull and crossbones?

Since the new Royal Court of the Farrar and Mary Alice Fortin Family Development Centers joined the Glades Central High School homecoming parade themed Raiders of the Caribbean. The newly crowned sovereignty of kings, queens, princes and princesses cut dignified figures on a float decorated by the staff at NOAH’s childcare centers.

A new tradition was born at NOAH on October 18 when a coronation brought together kids, family members and child care workers. In the past, kings and queens have been chosen at the centers, but this is the first time there has been a coronation and fundraiser. Patricia Longoria said it will become an annual event.

"We wanted to have a fundraiser, so all of the children had to raise money, and whoever raised the most money would be named the King and Queen," said Longoria, a secretary at the Farrar center, who developed and organized the event. The children raised $1,130, which will benefit other center events.

The coronation was a formal affair -- Alethia Moulton was the Mistress of Ceremonies. The children were at their adorable best, including Cera Dunnon, a pre-K student at Farrar, who led a prayer. The teachers at the centers helped lead the children in songs fit for the occasion. Matilda R. Edwards, Director, Farrar/Fortin Development Centers, and Thomas Roberts, Executive Director of NOAH, shared encouraging comments with the children and their parents, all clad in black and white attire.

Two days later, NOAH’s new royalty strode through the parade on a white float designed as a pirate ship, bedecked with flags of skulls sporting fashionably red bandanas and crossbones. Staff members donned pirate hats.

NOAH Parade
The Royal Court included:
Farrar Center King Danorris Neal
Farrar Center Queen Wilshara Bens
Farrar Center Princess Odolphia Desire
Farrar Center Miss Pre-K Shakeira Bush
Fortin Center King Joshua Amede
Fortin Queen Ronteria Joseph
Fortin Prince Rontavius Joseph
Fortin Princess A'aliyah Thornton


Dr. Monika Reuter is a self-described "middle-age German with long hair, glasses, and a curious mind — a left-over from the '60s with an intense interest in human and civil rights."

That combination of characteristics fit well on NOAH's 11-member Board of Directors, which has the task of replacing Dr. Reuter following her resignation from the board after years of service.

"She was an excellent board member," said Edna McClendon, president of NOAH's Board. "She brought grant writing skills to the organization and a strong zeal for helping people who were less fortunate. She was an excellent researcher, and she brought that diversity piece that we needed on the board."

Dr. Reuter worked at University of Florida's Everglades Experiment Station in Belle Glade when she joined the board. "It was good to see someone come in who was already serving the majority of our clients, and we are very sad to see her leave," McClendon said.

Once she began teaching at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, it became difficult for Dr. Reuter to continue to serve.

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Sophia Green
Sophia Green
was hired as a
Family Support Worker
on July 6
Stacy Canty
Stacey Canty
was hired as a
Family Support Worker
on July 7
Zoraida Fonseca
Zoraida Fonseca
was hired as a Family Support Worker
on Sept. 7
Pilar Gonzalez
Pilar Gonzalez,
who is bi-lingual,
was hired as a recruiter
on Oct. 9

There is a constant invasion of Raiders on NOAH territory, but no one seems to mind. In fact, they are always quite welcomed.

There are plenty of new faces to welcome on the NOAH staff and a lot of them are graduates of Glades Central High School, who are spreading Raider pride throughout the agency. Not to be overlooked, Pahokee Blue Devils also are represented among the new faces.

Glades graduate Sophia Green was hired July 6, and Stacey Canty was hired a day later, both as Family Support Workers in the Healthy Start program, said Claudia Garrison, Healthy Families Supervisor. The new employees visit homes with prenatal and postnatal information and help enhance bonding and parent interaction between young mothers and their babies.

Green already has experience visiting homes from her previous job at Workforce Development, where she processed eligibility papers for workers compensation. Part of her job was visiting homebound clients. Garrison said Green’s personality fits her new job.

“She is personable, friendly and has an extreme ability to listen and a desire to help in any way possible,” she said.

Canty was previously with Gold Coast Federal Credit Union, where she worked as a teller and previous to that worked with a migrant program in the Glades. At the credit union, she provided direct deposit banking services for NOAH clients.

“She was very knowledgeable, friendly … very teachable and had a willingness to learn,” Garrison said.

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NOAH High Performers
he QIS Directors completing this training were Lydia Bartram, Shana Beaumont, Mary Dent-Maher, Matilda Edwards, Maria Geremia, Gladys Givens-Barber, Nancy Rivera, Alicia Huerta and Adrianna Sotelo.

The first cohort of child care center directors in Palm Beach County has completed a new leadership development series offered through Palm Beach Community College’s Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education.

The High Performing leaders series enrolled 20 child care center directors in a series of targeted educational programs developed in collaboration with PBCC’s Institute of Government. The monthly sessions, led by training facilitator Dr. Roland Williams, concluded in June. Participants examined leadership challenges, personal excellence, professional communication strategies, performance management, presentations and people skills.

The directors were selected because of their demonstrated support for improving the quality of early care and education. They serve at centers located throughout Palm Beach County and participate in the county’s Quality Improvement System.

“Through this powerful leadership series, 20 committed directors have become a strong cohort of community leaders who will raise public awareness of the importance of quality in early education and its essential role in our society’s future,” said Mary Sibley, education coordinator for the Institute of Excellence in Early Care and Education.

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