For Veterans Day, we want to honor and thank all who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces. One of the many service members is Navy Lt. Louis Sanchez, a true hometown hero serving his country, he is a 1989 Miami Killian Senior High School graduate and for the past 5 years, has served as a clinical social worker in the Navy. He is deployed right now on the USS Bataan, the flagship of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group. The deployment is part of a regular rotation of forces to support maritime security operations, provide crisis response capability, increase theater security cooperation and forward naval presence in the U.S Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet area of responsibility. As the only clinical social worker serving in the BATARG, Sanchez supports more than 4,200 Sailors and Marines.
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The Historic Preservation Association of Coral Gables (HPACG), is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1991. HPACG promotes the understanding of the importance of historic resources and their preservation and supports an environment in which its members and all community citizens can understand, appreciate, exchange information and live with Coral Gables history. The President of the Association, Dr. Karelia Martinez Carbonell, speaks with Shelly Lynn about the different volunteer opportunities available to the community.
To fully understand why the Independent Living programs were created, and ensure that they are implemented to best fulfill their purpose, it is necessary to think about how children are normally raised by their own families. Parents are responsible for ensuring their children are trained in the family’s values and receive discipline to inculcate those values. Parents also help with their children’s formal education. We don’t often think about the day-to-day, common-sense information that parents also impart to their children. And until the “Road to Independence Act” was passed in Florida, children’s advocates did not focus much, if at all, on ensuring that foster children somehow learned this day-to-day information. Clearly, ensuring that foster children receive an appropriate formal education and health care services, and that they live in an appropriate foster home, can itself be a full-time endeavor.
The statistics, however, indicate just how important it is that foster children also learn all those things that parents typically impart to their children on an informal, daily basis. These things include: budgeting and money management, including how to write a check, and how using credit cards can increase the cost of purchases; menu planning, shopping and cooking; completing forms and applications; knowledge about paying taxes and timely filing tax returns; dressing appropriately for job interviews; and on and on. Those children fortunate enough to live in a family foster home, and to be stable in that foster home, can learn these things. But foster children who are moved frequently, or who live in group homes where these tasks are not modeled, simply do not learn these things. And when these foster children graduate from the system at age 18, they usually lose the adult supports they had; they are frequently unable to successfully perform the activities of adult daily living. Past studies have shown that approximately 50% of adults who aged out of the foster care system experienced homelessness and/or joblessness, were welfare recipients, or engaged in criminal activities for which they were imprisoned. This painted a grim portrait of life after foster care.
At Branches, the Achieve family of programs provides a continuum of financial services that equips and enables families to achieve increased financial stability and long-term success in life. Achieve programs create opportunity, stimulate productivity and ultimately lead to stability.Financial freedom cannot come through knowledge alone but necessitates an opportunity to exercise that knowledge. Branches opens up new opportunities for clients to improve their situations and lives. The coaching process reorients the expectations of a client to overcome self-imposed barriers while also navigating external barriers through access to uniquely targeted tools and services.
The Key Clubhouse of South Florida has psychosocial rehabilitation services designed to assist individuals whose lives have been disrupted by severe and persistent mental illness. These individuals recover meaningful and productive lives through reintegration into the community and the workplace. The program provides a work-ordered day in a structured therapy environment providing opportunities to combat social isolation and establish workplace expectation through habits and skills. Board President, Amy McClellan and Assistant Public Defender in the Miami Public Defender’s Office, Kathy Strobach talk about mental health, advocating for more support and funding.
Through their six core programs, Agape brings assistance to literally hundreds of underserved individuals caught in the expensive and non-rehabilitating hospitals, jails, and institutions. Agape’s success stems from a one-of-a-kind integration of services to meet clients’ Psychological, Social, Physical and Spiritual needs. Claudio Perez, President and CEO of AGAPE Network, talks about the importance of having healthy women in our community and how that translates into our society.
NATIONAL SOCIAL WORK MONTH: National Association of Social Workers introduced National Professional Social Work Month for the first time in March 1963. The original purpose was to encourage public support and interest in social work as a profession. Social workers are the backbone of our work and are the first line of defense in being able to service families in crisis. For more information about this profession, visit: http://
Patricia “Shannen” Davis, MSW CAP (Certified Addictions Professional) CWP (Child Welfare Professional) is the current Program Director for Gulf Coasts’ Intensive Family Preservation Program in Miami-Dade County. She was previously employed as the Family Intervention Services Program Manager. She started as a Court Dependency Case Manager (CDS) and Family Intervention Specialist funded by TANF.
In the latest edition of The Weekly Voice’s “Let’s Talk” segment, the topic of in-depth discussion is the ongoing diplomatic crisis between US/EU/Russia/Ukraine over Crimea.
Kamila Orlova is a student from Russia majoring in political science.
Dr. Roger Kanet is a International Studies professor and longtime academic focussing on all things related to Russia and Europe.
Hyan Freitas is the host of “The Weekly Voice” which airs Fridays at 10am on 90.5FM and online at WVUM.org
[Show originally aired March 21, 2014]
Housing Discrimination affects more than the direct victims; it impacts the whole community and society at large. Education is one of the most important keys to eliminating housing discrimination. HOPE, Inc. is increasing its outreach campaigns to educate more housing providers across the County. In 2013, HOPE, Inc. delivered fair housing training to nearly 200 housing providers in Broward County. “Housing providers” could refer to private realtors, homeowner associations, condo boards, co-op governing boards, mortgage lenders, banks, landlords, etc.
The amended federal Fair Housing Act prohibits nationally, any discrimination in the sale, rental, lending, insurance, or advertising of housing on the basis of: race, color, national origin, religion, disability, sex, and familial status. Rob Collins joins me to talk about what to do when encountering housing discrimination.
Adoption is the legal transfer of the parental rights and responsibilities from a child’s birth parents to the adoptive parents. But adoption is not the only way to help children in crisis, you may be interested in becoming a foster parent or a Guardian Ad Litem. Two foster parents, Trudy and Lisa, discuss the various challenges in the foster care system. For a prospective adoptive parent, fostering to adopt makes the adoption process easier to navigate. For Trudy and Lisa, parenting through adopting can be one of the most life-changing and yet rewarding experiences, but it is important to understand the adoption process and the different adoption opportunities available. Our Kids of Miami-Dade and Monroe can provide you with additional information and referral services, support groups, adoption-related libraries, case management and training.