Southeast Regional News

FCC-10 Chairs donated unwrapped gifts to the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center in Ft. Lauderdale. Gilda Pacheco and Marty Norris, FCC-10 Co-Chairs, brought these gifts to the center. Audrey Evans, one of the center’s Family Resource Specialist, was there on December 15 to receive the gifts from the ladies. Pictured from left: APD Operation Analyst Milory Senat, FCC-10 Co-Chairperson Marty Norris, Family Resource Specialist Audrey Evans, and FCC-10 Co-Chairperson Gilda Pacheco.

This holiday season, Christmas gifts were donated generously though the efforts of Bill Shea, a retired APD employee. Shea has been “Santa’s Helper” for over 12 years. These donations enhance the holidays for many individuals living in group homes who will not be getting gifts from other sources (family, friends, church, etc.). Shea received donations of toys mainly from his contacts at the Last Dream Soccer Club. He also secured donations of six gift cards which were given to individuals in Supported Living who may not have enough funds to enjoy the holidays. We would like to thank Bill Shea for his selfless dedication to the individuals we serve; Alan Barttoff and the Knights of Columbus OLQA Council 12376 for donating the gift cards; and President of the Palm Beach "Last Dream" Soccer Club Ralph Abbernante and Mike/Santa Miller for donating the gifts.

Pictured from left are Maria Rubin, Senior Human Services Program Specialist, Martin Markowitz, SE Region CMS Assessor, Gertrude Sanchez, Administrative Assistant, Bill Shea, and Ashley Cole, Regional Program Supervisor.

The SE Region held its annual holiday party on December 14, 2017. Here are members of the team singing the Twelve Days of Christmas. Staff brought their potluck holiday dishes and desserts for everyone to share.