El Sol Shines “working together for a better community"

EL SOL NEWSLETTER - HIGHLIGHTING OUR SEVEN AREAS OF FOCUS and the positive impact they are having in the Town of Jupiter and surrounding communities for the Second Quarter of 2018.

Our Labor Center is open daily to provide day labor opportunities, which result in meaningful work and income for workers, and access to workers for employers. In the Second Quarter of 2018, a total of 3,964 jobs were filled. El Sol registered 49 new workers and 352 new Employers. Volunteers provided 413 hours to the Labor Program at the Employer Desk and the Labor Desk.

Adult Education - Removes barriers to employment by empowering people to improve their financial self-sufficiency and economic freedom for themselves and their families.

Summer Graduation 2018

El Sol was excited to welcome the Town of Jupiter Mayor, Todd Wodraska to open our graduation ceremony with a positive message reminding us that we are all "uniquely Jupiter". We also welcomed the Consul General of Mexico in Miami, Dr. Horacio Saavedra who congratulated all the students; especially the students participating in Plazas Comunitarias. This program from the Mexican government offers literacy instruction and the ability to complete a Mexican High School Diploma in Spanish. We celebrated 8 students who are actively participating in the program and 4 who graduated with their high school diploma.

30 students graduated a level within our ESL Nighttime Program. 41 students successfully completed the Florida Literacy Coalition's Health Literacy Education Program and 36 completed the Financial Literacy portion of the program. El Sol thanks Florida Blue and Wells Fargo for their continued support. 13 students completed our Computer Skills course and 6 talented ladies graduated from our sewing program. The Kitchen Training Program applauded 2 graduates who have completed their certificate in ServSafe and are on their way to finding full-time employment within a professional commercial kitchen.

In the Second Quarter of 2018, volunteers provided 108 hours of service to El Sol in our Nighttime ESL Program and 136 hours of service in the daytime classes. Professional volunteers provided 8 hours of service during the daytime classes.

El Sol's Health Program expands our clients’ capacity to be healthy and have active voices in their own lives and community. Quarter II Progress: 936 total individuals received education/information. In the second quarter of 2018, 62% of clients followed-up with their referral appointment. 51 workers completed the OSHA 10-hour training courses.

Zumba in the Park is a free dance exercise class held every Thursday from 6-7 PM at Officer Bruce St. Laurent / Pine Gardens South Park. The participants are women and children who come out once a week for a fun interactive activity. It is a partnership with Healthier Jupiter, the Town of Jupiter and El Sol. It is open to the entire Jupiter community. Come out and join us!

Our Community Life Program promotes opportunities for integration that build bridges between families in our community. During the April Solid Waste Authority Paint Your Heart Out Community Service event, El Sol's clients were there to give back to the community. In the Second Quarter of 2018, our clients gave a total of 351 volunteer hours back to our community through community service events.

The Legal Program is an avenue of information and education about the American legal system. In the Second Quarter of 2018, 130 individuals attended education workshops and 121 individuals received legal navigation and referrals.

The Legal Program is an avenue of information and education about the American legal system. In the Second Quarter of 2018, 130 individuals attended educational workshops and 121 individuals received legal navigation and referrals.

Food and Nutrition - Fights hunger in America and encourage healthier eating by providing food security to the neediest families in the community. El Sol served a total of 2,239 healthy meals with an average of 29 meals per day. 394 individuals attended nutrition workshops. 530 pounds of food were harvested from our Sunshine Organic Community Garden providing food for 346 clients. C.R.O.S Ministries Pantry at El Sol served 851 individuals.

Child Development - Supports the healthy development of children and equips parents with tools to strengthen family bonds and community engagement.

El Sol’s Sunshine Summer Camp Program is a six-week educational and fun camp for children from low-income families that live in our community. 20 children attended our Summer Camp held at El Sol from June 11 through July 20.

El Sol Sunshine Summer Camp 2018 was a blast! The campers went Under the Sea, In the Ground, Around the World… and Beyond right here in their own backyard of "Jupiter". They went to The Loxahatchee River Center and learned about Mangroves, food chains and the Loxahatchee Rivers special and unique ecosystem. Campers had an eye-opening trip to participate in the release of Guy Harvey a sub-adult loggerhead at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Learned some boxing skills with Southpaw Prince, a real confidence builder. Swimming at the Jupiter Aquatic Center got them in shape and educated them about water safety. The children enjoyed some culture at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery & School of Art. At the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary the children learned about the services they provide for our local injured animals. And let's not forget their trip around the world at Epcot Walt Disney World. It was an amazing summer! Thank you to all who volunteered, sponsored and assisted in this wonderful program that gives our children the opportunity to enjoy their summer.

The second session of our School for Parents started off well. We had 15 Parents including 3 couples, 2 newcomers, and 24 children.

The topic for the first School for Parents class was the emotional health of your family. Together the group discussed understanding how their own childhood experiences affect their own child-rearing methods. The stories shared were heartfelt; domestic violence, lack of interest from their parents, alcoholism, and also some very loving memories. A majority of the participants shared how they had to work, as young as nine years old, to help support their family. Education was important to some of the parents since they were only able to attend up to Primaria (Elementary School). The cost of attending school after that age was financially difficult for all of their families. In all of the stories shared the focus was on how each parent wants a better life and future for their children.

El Sol, Jupiter’s Neighborhood Resource Center is on a mission to improve the quality of life for the residents of Jupiter and surrounding communities by providing services primarily to day laborers, their children and families.

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