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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 Third 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 Third quarter of 2018, a total of 3,760 jobs were filled. El Sol registered 75 new workers and 341 new Employers. For the quarter, an average of 83 community members registered at El Sol each morning with 57 specifically for work. The others joined us for breakfast only then leaving for prearranged jobs. Of the 57, on average 41 (72%) workers were hired each day. Volunteers provided 395 hours to the Labor Program at the Employer Desk and the Labor Desk.

Worker Development - On August 14th, 18 students from El Sol began the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Bridge Course at Palm Beach State College. El Sol's Worker Development Program offers vocational training courses, to enhance skills, raise job placement rates, and to remove barriers of employment, for our clients. The NCCER Bridge Course is the first step towards the opportunity to become certified nationally in construction skills, as well as specialize in areas such as electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and HVAC. This certification will open the door for many of our clients to attain in-demand and well-paying jobs. The students in this year's class represent eight countries from the United States, Central, and South America.

Ten of the original 18 students began the NCCER Core Course in September . After completing the Core, students will have the opportunity to move onto a Level 1 class to further hone their skills with specializations in Plumbing, Carpentry, Welding, Electric, and HVAC.

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

On Monday, August 18, El Sol ESL Classes begin their fall semester. An average of 31 students are currently participating per class day this quarter. Volunteers have provided 76 hours of service to El Sol in our Nighttime ESL Program in the third quarter and Volunteers have provided 130 hours of service in the daytime classes with a Professional volunteer providing 2 hours of service for the daytime classes. El Sol is in the middle of the Fall semester for the ESL Courses. Final graduation numbers for those classes will be reported in the Fourth Quarter Report.

Health Program - Expanding our clients’ capacity to be healthy and have active voices in their own lives and community.

The Promotores de Salud reached a total of 283 members of the community this quarter to discuss health issues of concern and educate the community. This quarter, the topics were about Environmental and Dental Health. 1,056 total individuals received education/information. 81% of clients followed up on their referrals. In the Third Quarter of 2018, 34 workers completed the OSHA 10 class.

El Sol’s Community Partner, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Palm Beach County, presented a series of healthy cooking classes at El Sol. Classes were repeated each Wednesday through October. This class is a part of HMHB’s Small Steps Great Parents program and is designed to help teach healthy eating and ways to prevent diabetes.

Our Community Life Program promotes opportunities for integration that build bridges between families in our community. This quarter, El Sol workers volunteered a total of 209 hours, valued at $4,885. Projects included: Rebuilding Together with SWA in Jupiter, and maintenance and painting inside the El Sol facility and in El Sol Sunshine Organic Community Garden.

The Legal Program is an avenue of information and education about the American legal system. In the Third Quarter of 2018, 48 individuals attended education workshops and 89 individuals received legal navigation and referrals.

During the Third quarter of 2018, volunteer attorneys, assisted by our Legal Coordinator and The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, helped a total of 89 people with legal questions. These cases consisted of immigration, criminal, labor, domestic, and miscellaneous issues. Volunteer Attorneys assisted and gave 64 hours towards El Sol clients this quarter.

Food and Nutrition - In the Third quarter of 2018, we served a total of 2,282 healthy meals with an average of 30 meals per day. 199 individuals attended nutrition workshops. C.R.O.S Ministries Pantry at El Sol served 991 individuals, averaging 330 individuals per month. Volunteers contributed 819 hours in the kitchen at El Sol.

356 pounds of food were harvested from our Sunshine Organic Community Garden providing food for 278 clients. 10% of the garden harvest is used in our hot meal program in the center. 61 Community members attended four workshops ranging from Choosing Seed for Fall Planting, Transplanting Trees, Preparing Gardens for Fall, and How to build an elevated bed. Community members volunteered 213 hours in the Sunshine Organic Community Garden.

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

School for Parents/ Escuela para Padres - takes place in two semesters, Spring and Fall with eleven classes each. The topics covered are universal, but with special emphasis on cultural sensitivity, including: adapting to a new culture, family emotional health, communication skills and strategies, child and adolescent development, behavior management, bullying, and finally on the importance of the relationship between the school and the family. Each session consists of a two and a half hour class on Saturday morning for parents. In tandem, child care support is provided for young children (6 months – 4 years), and older children (5 years – 12 years) participate in age-appropriate activities on the same topics as their parents. The overall goal of this program is to give focused support to 30 local families each year.

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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