Helping People Succeed Families Thank Village Bootery for Shoe Donations

For the second year, Village Bootery in Cedar Pointe Plaza in Stuart, donated women’s shoes to Helping People Succeed recipients. This year’s donation was a surprise visit from Tim O’Brien delivering 110 pairs of women’s shoes of all types.

O’Brien, General Manager of the Stuart shoe store, said this has been a project of Village Bootery for 33 years, dating back to its Lake Park founding store. Besides the Stuart location, Village Bootery has a store in Tequesta. Village Bootery has been in business for 53 years with the Stuart store opening 50 years ago.

“Who would most benefit from the shoes?” said O’Brien, who asked the question. “We have considered homeless families, young people with autism spectrum disorder and adults with disabilities. We’re always looking for the right fit for the right customer and that includes local non-profit organizations that can assist with distributing the shoes to the families it serves. Helping People Succeed was exactly that match.”

“We are humbled to be the recipients of this generous contribution,” said Glenna Parris, Gift Planning Officer for Helping People Succeed. “Some of the clients we serve have never had the fortune to buy a new pair of shoes. This gift has truly made a difference in the lives of many.”

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Attorney Phyllis Gillespie New Chair For Helping People Succeed Board

As Helping People Succeed begins its 51st year, the local non-profit organization welcomes new Operating Board chair, Phyllis Gillespie, attorney with the firm of Laws-Scott & Gillespie PLLC in Stuart.

On the non-profit organization’s board for the last four years and two years as Vice Chair, Gillespie has been active in Helping People Succeed programs, as well as board committees and community projects throughout Martin County. She is a member of the National Bar Association, the Virgil Hawkins Bar Association, the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, The Florida Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association.

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Helping People Succeed Receives Annual Spirit Award From United Way of Martin County

Helping People Succeed is the recipient of United Way of Martin County’s Agency Spirit Award, recognizing the non-profit organization’s community activities to benefit United Way and local businesses.

“When it comes to United Way, Suzy Hutcheson and her staff always bring a high level of spirit,” said United Way Executive Director Jim Vojcsik. “Not only did Helping People Succeed run a terrific workplace campaign, but the dedicated staff also helped coordinate the annual Merrill Lynch Bull Run, volunteered during Day of Caring, and even helped with workplace presentations at local businesses.”

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Artists Selected for Helping People Succeed’s 2016 Art for Living Calendar

Thirteen area artists will be featured in Helping People Succeed’s 2016 Art for Living Calendar, offering tropical themes, historic locations and other scenes related to the Treasure Coast. The calendar will be available in September 2015.

Thanks to the following artists who were selected to appear in the popular calendar. The artists include Dan Mackin, Julia Kelly, Cristina de la Vega, Pam Patterson, Carol Kepp, Ginny Jones, Valerie Lally, Sharon Ferina, Linda Relis, Sue Ann Mosley, Marian Vitale, Yolanda Luce and Denise Jenkins.

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France Mason Named VP Of Successful Futures

Helping People Succeed recently named its Community Relations Director France Mason to Vice President of Successful Futures, including Employment Options and Community Connections. She received the recognition, working with adults with disabilities for employment positions and social skills.

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Artists spruce up t-shirts, aprons, tote bags, into White Shirt Night wearable art

Turn your plain white t-shirt, a special white apron, your favorite tote bag or even a popular ball cap into a colorful display of Treasure Coast and Florida tropical scenes as eight noted artists “paint” their unique designs into wearable, autographed art.

It’s all part of Helping People Succeed’s White Shirt Night on Saturday, June 13 at Taste Casual Dining in Hobe Sound. The evening of art includes artists Dan Mackin, Kevin Hutchinson, Valerie Lally, Sharon Ferina, Paula MacArthur Cooper, Sue Winocur, Ginny Jones and Pam Patterson, all ready to show off their art work in riverscapes, backwoods scenes, pelicans, egrets, turtles and much more. Each artist will design and present three or four scenes for guests to select.

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Thomas Charitable Trust Supports Helping People Succeed’s Autism Program

Thanks to the William & Helen Thomas Charitable Trust, Helping People Succeed will be expanding its autism spectrum disorder classes for young adults into transition programs that could open employment areas or college education programs.

The Thomas trust recently donated $20,000 to Helping People Succeed. This is the second consecutive year the trust has supported the autism program, following one of the main goals of educational opportunities through the trust. The U.S. Trust offices in Stuart maintain the Thomas Trust.

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Helping People Succeed Receives Proclamations

Helping People Succeed received several Proclamations during the month of April from the Martin County Commission, the St. Lucie County Commission and the City of Stuart for National Autism Awareness Month.

In addition, Helping People Succeed also received a Proclamation from Okeechobee County for National Child Abuse Awareness Month.

The non-profit organization coordinates autism programs for elementary, middle and high school students and is working on transition programs into college classes, employment and social skills.

Helping People Succeed also helps more than 4,500 families in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties regarding autism, abuse and everyday services in the development of babies and children.

Photos for Martin County and Okeechobee County by Bob Dobens

Helping People Succeed Receives Publix Donation

Helping People Succeed President/CEO Suzy Hutcheson, center, received a $10,000 donation from Publix at its Miami offices.

Making the presentation were Publix executives, rear left, Northern Regional Director Richard Rhoads, Making Change President and CEO Larry McCurry, Miami Division Vice President Kevin Murphy and Director of Merchandising for Miami Division Garry Correll.

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National Autism Awareness Month

St. Lucie County Commissioners authorized a Proclamation recognizing April as National Autism Awareness Month.

On hand to accept the Proclamation from County Commission Chair Paula Lewis, center, was Adrienne Moore, left, and Suzy Hutcheson, right, President/CEO of Helping People Succeed.

Helping People Succeed coordinates autism programs for elementary, middle and high school students and is working on transition programs into college classes, employment and social skills.

Helping People Succeed Brings April Showers Gifts, Donations To Families and Children

Helping People Succeed is celebrating its second annual April Showers program to benefit the children and families served by the local non-profit organization in Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee communities.

From developmental toys and games, diapers and wipes, books, rattles and baby clothing, April Showers calls upon a variety of community organizations, including non-profits and area churches, to support the month-long campaign. The donations will provide early infant needs and equipment in those early years to assist young families.

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Helping People Succeed Recognizes Long-Time Staff Members

As Helping People Succeed completes its 50th anniversary year, two of its long-time staff members celebrate their own anniversaries with the non-profit organization – 40 years for President/CEO Suzy Hutcheson and 30 years for Kathy Derringer, Vice President of Successful Families.

Hutcheson, in the president’s position since January 1977, joined Helping People Succeed in 1975 as its Executive Secretary. She began work as the President/CEO when the Helping People Succeed was known as Tri-County Rehabilitation Center.

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Helping People Succeed transforms lives by realizing potential, creating hope and building futures through education, counseling, training and employment.

Our passion is building successful families and futures–one life at a time!

Helping People Succeed
1601 NE Braille Pl
Jensen Beach, FL 34957

Tel: 772.320.0770


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