Real Stories


Teens Engage In The Glades

  The future belongs to those who prepare for it today - Malcolm X. The future belongs to our children and the teens in the Teen Outreach Program in Pahokee are getting engaged in their community to ensure that their concerns are heard and their vision of a brighter tomorrow is clearly

A Reason To Smile: Sam and Anna's Story

  Sam smiles. He is always smiling. His 13-year-old sister Anna flashes a grin in return, but Sam doesn’t register his sister’s sparkly brown eyes or the way she beams at him. Confined to a wheelchair, 17-year-old Sam has Down Syndrome and Spina Bifida. He’s non-verbal, gets his

Anger Management - JD's Story

All children throw tantrums occasionally but JD’s were a little different. He was physically and verbally aggressive – throwing objects across the room, name-calling, pushing and breaking things – and routinely ignored the adults in his life. Being separated from his caregivers, not

Lego Trucks Today, Rocket to Mars Tomorrow

  Technology is the wave of the future and thanks to the Palm Beach County School District and Mentoring at Highland Elementary , our children will be surfing that wave with ease. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is one of the fastest-growing areas of the economy and

New Location, Same Roots

  Deep roots tangle and weave together in this earth – as dark as espresso grounds and often referred to as, “black gold.” Belle Glade’s rich and loamy soil may be her fortune but those willing to take a closer look at this Western Palm Beach County community knows that there are also

It's Never Too Late To Learn Something New

  Graciela Hernandez talks with her hands. No. Graciela doesn’t just talk with her hands. She conducts symphonies. She constructs imaginary skyscrapers, lassos tornados and she carves out technicolor daydreams with the constant fluttering of her hands. Arriving from Mexico seventeen

Love, Grace and Community - Miriam's Story

  When Miriam first arrived at BRIDGES at Highland, she had one goal in mind - to improve her English language skills.  A recent immigrant from the Dominican Republic, Miriam knew that the key to success was communication and when she heard about the free language classes BRIDGES offered,

I Am The Change - Cleveland Wester

Director of Client Outreach Services Jibby Ciric and Director of Targeted Case Management Cleveland Wester “We didn’t have running water. We had to dig holes in the backyard just so we could go to the bathroom.” A statement like this conjures up imagery of a long-passed era of American

We Only Have What We Give

  “We only have what we give”  Isabel Allende. If this is to be believed, then Community Partners’ Wraparound Case Manager Supervisor Jody is one of the wealthiest people on earth. Two years ago, a referral came across her desk. The Vogels had just moved to Palm Beach County and

More Than Just A Place To Live - Karin's Story

The paradox Karin faced was heartbreaking. The victim of sexual abuse and trauma, she was suffering from depression, anxiety and agoraphobia so severe, she couldn’t leave her home. But now, Karin didn’t even have a home to leave. In June 2015, Karin was referred to Community Partners