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									      Best Wishes for a Holiday Season Full of Joy and Thanksgiving
                 Immokalee Inter-Agency Council (IIAC)
                            Monthly Newsletter
                             December 2004
The IIAC Newsletter is not intended to shape opinion. It is a member information resource. Ideas expressed are those of
the information provider and do not reflect the views of the membership in general. Please send comments,
recommendations and articles to: (preferably) or mail to: Diane Christianson, Bethune Education
Center, 614 S. 5th Street, Immokalee, FL 34142 Phone (239) 377-9906 Fax (239) 377-9901 (Local phone 658-7064)

The November Meeting featured Bob Bencivenga, Collier County Legal Services, who fielded many
questions about legal service availability and specialties for those with financial need. The members
were pleased to hear that the non-government funding provides more opportunities to serve persons who
otherwise might fall through the gaps. The range of services is impressive. They will be cooperating
with other legal services in Immokalee to meet the wide range of needs. Call 239-775-4555.

December 8, Nancy Frees, Collier County Health Department will be sharing the latest health care
information and answering questions about the many services provided by the Immokalee Division of
the County Health Department. Most recently, Nancy took the lead in bringing the first Migrant Matrix
conference to Immokalee. Collier County Health Department: 657-7300

January 12, Mr. Raymond Baker, Superintendent, Collier County Public Schools (CCPS) will be the
guest speaker for our joint Rotary/IIAC light potluck luncheon. Send food item names and/or donations
for lunch to Diane Christianson at Bethune if you are not attending the December 8 meeting where a list
and envelope will be passed.

Please email questions for guest speakers to so they can be included in their
presentations. They want to provide the information you need.

The IIAC newsletter continues to feature community organizations that send their feature article,
preferably as a word document email attachment, to

The Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board main office is located in Bonita Springs.
However, the multiple services they oversee are found in the One Stop Career and Service Center
system serving Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties. Immokalee is fortunate to have a
full service One Stop Career and Service Center located next to the Bethune Education Center.
Among the many services, Immokalee’s Center is one of the few that still assist customers with
unemployment insurance claims. The rest of the state requires online, phone and mail registration.
Other services at the One Stop Career and Service Center include Children and Families services,
Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Welfare Transition, Vocational Rehabilitation, and all jobs
and education services provided by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Additionally, other
government and non-profit organizations are located at the One Stop Career and Service Center. The
Workforce Investment Act programs provide job placement, career development and training services,
depending on the funding available. The Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board also issues
competitive Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) for special training and job development needs. Critical to
area employers: the One Stop Career and Service Center is the place to list job openings and receive

referrals through employment specialists. It is the place for job seekers to register and receive
referrals. Contact the One Stop Career and Services Center of Immokalee by calling 658-3300.

COMMUNITY NOTES: (Items with an asterisk are repeats still providing valuable information)

December 8, 2004 1:00 PM Chuck E. Cheese founder to speak in Immokalee One Stop Career and
Service Center, Cost: $10.00/ includes Mexican lunch catered by Immokalee Kiwanis. Dr. Gene
Landrum is a high-tech startup specialist turned teacher, author and lecturer who consults on strategic
marketing opportunities, visionary leadership, new product launches and startup. As an entrepreneur he
created the Chuck E. Cheese concept of family entertainment among other consumer electronic
ventures. After years of interacting with creative geniuses in Silicon Valley he decided to see if the
Einstein's of the world were similar to the iconoclast in the Valley. This resulted in a doctoral
dissertation on the personality characteristics of creative and entrepreneurial genius titled, The
Innovator Personality, plus nine books on the secrets of fame and fortune. RSVP: Contact Ana Salazar
at 658-3300.

*Collier County Public Schools Phone numbers have changed system-wide, including Bethune
Education Center and all CCPS schools in Immokalee. The new system phone numbers begin with
area 239-377-XXXX and are long distance calls for Immokalee residents. Please note: Sylvia Puente
and Library staff have put together a list of LOCAL PHONE NUMBERS for all CCPS locations in
Immokalee. Please pick up your list at the Immokalee branch library. Sylvia Puente 657-6807

*Commissioner Coletta can be reached at his Immokalee office by contacting his aide, Nancy Rosiak,
at 658-9293 to assist in scheduling.

*January 31 is the start date of the day Bethune Certified Nursing Assistant 165 class. The FJEP,
COFFO, IMMCA and the Empowerment Alliance have financial help for those who qualify. Seek
financial aid and finish class prerequisites before class start dates. Contact Nancy Iacovone, 239-
337-9900. A revised class schedule for January can be found in the Immokalee Bulletin and at the
Bethune main office.

February through May, six Legal Checkup Dates sponsored by the University of Florida /IFAS
Extension. Program is in Naples. Call 239-353-4244 for information regarding fees and registration.

Youth Haven sponsors a Natural Helper Program, home-based parenting. Contact: April Schutz, 239-
774-2904 ext. 243 or

*U.S. Citizenship classes at the Immokalee Branch of the Public Library. Call 657-2882

*Contact Collier County Public Schools Superintendent, Mr. Raymond Baker, at Go to for the CCPS Board meeting dates and board
member email addresses. Mr. Raymond Baker is the IIAC guest speaker for January.

*Career and Service Center of Collier County – Immokalee has career workshops scheduled for
resume writing, interviewing, Internet job searching and job applications. Contact Thais Kuoman 239-
658-3338 for a schedule.

*Money Available for Home Repair to Low- Income Residents!!!!!Home Ownership also!
The program is for very low-income homeowners (no rental units at this time). The Empowerment
Alliance is partnering with the County's SHIP program, a home repair program in the area. Contact
Wendy Klopf from the County at 659-5701 or Ana Salazar of the Empowerment Alliance at 658-3300.
Also inquire about home ownership. Their offices are now located at the One Stop and Career Services
Center of Immokalee.

*Contact for information about preparation for the Florida Family Development
Credential, a partnership that includes Florida Gulf Coast University as the credentialing agency.

*Visit the Florida Regional Community Policing Institute (RCPI) website
to register for generally free or inexpensive community leader workshops at St. Petersburg College.

*Hospice of Naples services, call 239-261-4404 and visit web site

*Elder Helpline of Southwest Florida for seniors 60 years or older: 1-866-505-4888

*Non-profits may find a useful website.

*Request The Leadership Center of the Community Foundation training and events calendar for non-
profits and businesses from Pam Becker, Leadership Center of the Community Foundation, Naples, (239) 649-5000, (239) 649-5337 fax.

*Naples Free-Net (NFN) provides, in collaboration with the Immokalee Public Library, free classes on
the Internet, which are posted on the community pages and the community calendar. Call the library at
657-2882 to pre-register for classes. NFN will also provide speakers and demonstrations for
Immokalee community organizations. NFN services are supported by member’s monetary donations
and volunteer labor. Donations are not required in order to obtain service but donations are always
welcome. Current volunteers with Naples Free-Net at Immokalee include Webmaster Birgit Pauli-
Haack, Joy Prichard, and Immokalee resident, Shelley Lieb, with the help of many Naples Free-Net
volunteers. More Immokalee volunteers are needed. – Joy Prichard,

*Seasonal and migrant farmworkers and their dependents contact Sylvia Mendoza 658-7064 at
Farmworker Jobs and Education Program (FJEP) for assistance with career planning and school
expenses. Additional support for low income Immokalee residents includes: Coalition of Florida
Farmworker Organizations, Inc. (COFFO) Contact: Maria Adame 239-657-7272; Immokalee
Multicultural Multipurpose Community Action Agency, Inc. (IMMCAA) Contact Sheri Bennett 239-
657-2213; and Workforce Council of S.W. Florida Contact Amanda Campos 239-658-3300.

*Immokalee Friendship House provides homeless persons with shower, shelter, laundry, bed, clothing,
p.h. products and food at no cost. Call 239-657-4090.

*Horizon Village: low-cost dormitory rooms ($7/day) for single farmworkers. Call 239-657-3649.

*The Health Department will hold a 5-week quit smoking class at your agency at your convenient hours
such as lunch or after-work hours. This will help agencies lower health care costs, enhance your agency
image by promoting health, and help the community achieve its health objectives. No charge to
agencies! For more information, call Koko DeLisi at 658-7343.

*IIAC Information Available on Diskette: Contact Silvia or Sandy at the Immokalee Branch Library
office located on North First Street in Immokalee or call 657-6807.

If you note grant opportunities or job announcements that may be useful to members, please submit them
to the newsletter for publication here. Note that lead times are critical for grants. If lead-time is an
issue, send the information via the listserv also. The IIAC newsletter will post job announcements.
Please send the job title, agency name, contact person and closing date to:

February 1, 2005 – 5:00 PM due date. Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving & Johnson & Johnson
offer awards $1,000 to $10,000 on a one-time basis to non-profit agencies to enhance the delivery of
existing caregiving service to caregivers, to respond to newly identified needs arising form the
hurricanes of 2004. Contact Laura J. Bauer, MPA,
Project Director email:

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida: The Make-A-Wish Foundation
grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience
with hope, strength, and joy.

*Volunteer speakers: Head Start Program has an opportunity for you! Speakers are needed for parent
meetings and trainings. Topics: volunteer training, dental health, first aid, simple cooking, healthy
snacks, positive discipline, father involvement, managing money, home ownership, car buying, parenting
skills, advocacy, mental health, etc. Contact Shirley Sloan at email:

* created and managed by The Education Foundation, allows you to
post your student projects in need of funding as well as your needs for volunteers or materials/supplies.
Last year, Connect with a Classroom generated almost $80,000.

*NOTE: The Explore Program at Bethune Education Center is looking for paid work activity for their
students at Bethune to learn work readiness skills. If your organization has copying, collating, small
assembly work and projects, please contact Israel Lopez, 239-377-9900.

!!Reminder of upcoming meetings – clip this page and save it for your calendar!!

December 8 – Nancy Frees, Director of Immokalee Division, Collier County Health Department
January 12 – Dr. Raymond Baker, Superintendent, Collier County Public Schools (joint
w/Rotary – light potluck luncheon.)
February 9 – Dr. William C. Merwin, President, Florida Gulf Coast University
March 9 - Hospice
April 13 – Dan Summers, CEM, Bureau of Emergency Management – rescheduled hurricanes
and homeland security

                           For more information about IIAC events
      Come to this December’s IIAC meeting. Wednesday, December 8, 12:00 noon -1:00 PM
                          At the Immokalee One Stop Career and Service Center Building
               Located at 750 South Fifth Street, next to the Bethune Education Center in Immokalee.

                                                       IIAC MEMBERSHIP
 The Immokalee Inter-Agency Council is an entirely volunteer organization with no membership dues or fees and no paid staff.
  Its sole purpose is to serve its members by providing a forum to share ideas and resources that benefit Immokalee residents.
ALL IIAC meetings are open to any and all interested parties and individuals. To become a member requires nothing more than
    attending meetings and sharing with others who you are and any announcements that could benefit Immokalee residents.
       If you have a need or interest and wish to contact someone from the Immokalee Inter-Agency Council, you can call
                                Diane Christianson, President, at 658-7064;
                       or Koko DeLisi, Vice President, at 658-7343 Thank You.
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