I was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida, where I sparked my passion for helping others. I obtained a Bachelors of Social Work from Florida State University and a Masters of Social Work from Florida Atlantic University. Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to work alongside several agencies, helping various “at risk” populations. I joined Boca Helping Hands (BHH) three months ago and have had the unique opportunity to help mold the role of the Social Worker position to best assist our clients. As the new Soci...
It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the sad news of the passing of my patron saint, Mr. Arthur J. Remillard, Jr. Mr. Remillard was many things to many people, but at his core he was a man with a passion for helping others. Although his acts of philanthropy far preceded his involvement with Boca Helping Hands, his initial connection to BHH began a friendship between us that would stretch over 16 years. After relocating to South Florida, Mr. Remillard set out to find an agency he could support. He was introduced to BHH during its very hu... (click headline for complete story)
Through the combination of Phase 1 (Job Readiness), Phase 2 (technical training), and Phase 3 (Job Mentoring), BHH has developed a rigorous, engaging, and successful Job Training Program in an in-demand field designed to get students trained, certified, and employed.
This newsletter contains articles including our upcoming Annual End of the Year Matching Campaign, a Job Training Success Story, the Volunteer Appreciation BBQ, BocaHelpingHand.org's New Look and much more.
Yadira had a wonderful job as a patient advocate with a company she worked at for 9 years. In the 3 walls of her cubical at her corporate job she worked hard, earned her weekly paycheck and provided as the main breadwinner for her family. She felt comfortable in every sense of the word. Unbeknownst to her or her coworker, the company she had faithfully dedicated herself to for so long was committing fraud. With FBI agents immediately closing the doors, she found herself without a job and unsure of what to do next. Desperate for work, she found herself bouncing from dead-end job to dead-end job. Despite always giving it her all, each job would eventually fall short of the new career path she sought. It was through the suggestion of an old coworker (who had secured employment through our Job Mentoring Program) that Yadira discovered Boca Helping Hands. After completing the HHA program, Yadira approached every door, open or otherwise, with the confidence her certification provided. She has found great success in the HHA industry. She currently works privately and with three different agencies, providing her with a flexible schedule and a variety of settings. In addition, she continues to use the lessons from her Job Readiness Class to create a manageable work/life balance, and feels both comfortable and confident in the career she’s created for herself.
"After two decades of handing out groceries, 100-year-old volunteer to be honored by Boca Helping Hands"
At 100, Mel Lazerick isn’t slowing down. He volunteers three days a week at Boca Helping Hands where he’s been handing out groceries for the last two decades.
Boca Helping Hands is pleased to share that the BHH Backpacks Program for the 2018-2019 school year has officially started. The program kicked off as we welcomed the hardworking ladies from Junior League of Boca Raton. Each Thursday Night a volunteer group of approximately 7 volunteers individually prepares pallets for each of the 9 participating schools.
Boca Helping Hands held its 12th Annual Bowling for Bread Event & Food Drive on August 26th. Over 400 kids and supporters attended the event and enjoyed pizza, burgers, wings and more, as well as prizes, clowns and, of course, bowling at Strikes@Boca. Guests brought...
This newsletter contains articles including an Update on our 2018 Goals, a Job Training Success Story, Hitting 1 Million Pounds of Recovered Food, Thanksgiving Box Brigade and much more.
Boca Helping Hands Executive Director Greg Hazle was invited to speak with WAY-FM Community Impact Director David Wolf about ways in which BHH helps support the community.
Success doesn’t look the same to everyone. Whereas one individual views success as 2.5 kids, a picket fence, a full-time job with a 4-door in the drive, someone else views success as simply being able to get out of bed in the morning. Success is relative. For Freda Ann Johnson, success was one week in our Job Readiness Class. For Freda Ann Johnson, success was discovering who Freda Ann Johnson is. For over 10 years, Freda’s one purpose in life was being the primary caretaker for her adult and elderly family members. From the minute she woke up in the morning until the moment she went to sleep at night, her priority was the health and well-being of her ailing family members. Between the three of them, health concerns included heart disease, pulmonary disease, an aneurysm and long-term disability. She gave her all to their care and as a result lost herself in the process. As each of them eventually succumbed to their illnesses, Freda found herself alone, with no one to care for and no path ahead of her. That loss of purpose left her depressed and with no sense of self. Although she lacked direction, Freda still maintained a relationship with her church. It was there that her friend Karen, a past Job Training Program graduate, shared with her information about BHH. Having such an affinity for helping people, it comes as no surprise that she pursued enrollment in our Home Health Aide (HHA) program. After being accepted, Freda began to see the clearer picture of what her new path in life looked like. Freda carried that enthusiasm throughout her HHA training and quickly obtained her certification. She met with her Job Mentor, drafted a polished resume and submitted it to a friend who manages a Home Health Aide business. Since then Freda has written several letters of gratitude thanking the donors and contributors that support our Job Training Programs. When we last spoke with Freda, she had recently undergone surgery. We’re pleased to share that she’s recovering nicely and excited to get back to work. It’s true… success is relative. For Freda Ann Johnson, success was a journey of self-discovery and a future in a field she’s passionate about.
Boca Helping Hands is currently seeking an ESOL instructor to join us for our upcoming semester of classes. Prior ESOL teaching experience is required as well as a weekly commitment from September thru December. Those interested are encouraged to complete our online volunteer application by clicking here, as well as emailing our Program Director at Trina@bocahelpinghands.org.
West Boca, Delray, Good Samaritan, Palm Beach Gardens and St. Mary’s medical centers recently led a weeklong effort to help feed children during the summer called the Healthy Over Hungry Cereal Drive.
Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Strikes@Boca. Get a team together to bowl, sponsor a lane for non-profit children, and/or bring canned food to the day of Bowling for Bread. We would love for you to come and be a part of this wonderful event!
Many thanks to West Boca Medical Center and American Medical Response for today's cereal donation. Each year West Boca Medical Center hosts a cereal drive for BHH to help combat food insecurity during the summer months when students aren't in school. In an effort to broaden the impact, West Boca Medical Center connected with American Medical Response for this year's drive. Plus there was the added benefit of AMR transporting the cereal by ambulance! When the final box of cereal was unloaded, West Boca Medical Center and American Medical Response had donated a whopping 718 pounds! Thanks again for choosing Boca Helping Hands for such a generous donation.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital Community Outreach will be onsite at Boca Helping Hands this Wednesday, June 13th from 10am-1pm providing free health screenings. Representatives will be provide wellness counseling and review results including blood pres
Just one of the many local families Boca Helping Hands helps through our Children’s Assistance Program (CAP).
"If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?" It’s a question we’ve all been asked at least once in our life. Some of us conjure up childhood dream jobs (ice cream taste tester, movie star), others day-dream more lucrative careers (President, CEO of a big company). For Antonios Pavlidis, his answer was simple… he wanted to drive; specifically he wanted his Commercial Driver’s License. With a background in customer service and sales, he’s held jobs that he’s been good at but just not ones that fulfilled him. When he and his wife immigrated to the United States from Greece in 2016, he used it as an opportunity to research the trucking industry and its requirements. With his goal fixed, he (as with some of our other CDL students) independently obtained his CDL Class A temporary permit, the first stage in receiving a Commercial Driver’s License. From there, he was referred to Boca Helping Hands where he was blown away by the comprehensiveness of the curriculum in our Phase I Job Readiness Classes. When the time came for Antonios to take his CDL Class A driver’s examination, he had already completed his job search. Having already applied and interviewed with Schneider Transportation and Logistics Services, Antonios accepted an offer of employment the very day he received his CDL. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be? Antonios had his answer, and thankfully Boca Helping Hands had his solution.
"The rain wont' hinder our mission to feed people," said Bill Harper, Director of Food & Warehouse Operations. And feed people we certainly shall do. When the final donation was received, we had received a whopping 10,533 pounds of food - a 20% incre
Charity Navigator rates over 9,000 charities nationwide and examines two broad areas of a charity's performance; their Financial Health and their Accountability & Transparency. Boca Helping Hands is pleased to announce that we have received our 12th