April 2019

        TOO GOOD TO HOLD FOR A MONTH – Last week Amber Lott talked with a hungry disabled veteran who was in too much pain to take a Palm Tran bus to get food from our pantry. She asked the Feed the Hungry Pantry if a delivery could be made and Saturday the vet received fresh corn, lettuce, potatoes, oranges, mangoes, 30 lbs. of meat, milk and 50 lbs. of canned and dry goods. And he will get a monthly delivery as long as he needs it due to the power of partners.

A picture of the new food pantry' s  space on the 4th floor of CILO's new location.
        The entire staff pitched in, and we moved our offices to the 4th floor of the main tower on the former Palm Beach Post campus. We have 1,000+ more square feet for the same price and a new pantry (right). Remember when we didn’t have a pantry refrigerator? Now we have two and a separate freezer. By December we need to negotiate a new lease or look for another home.


Staff (who is right of the middle in the back of the picture) attending the 19th Judicial Circuit Vigil!

        Libby attended the 19th Judicial Circuit Vigil to honor victims who lost their lives to violence (she’s right of the middle in back).


        Irene Sirois assisted a client with getting into the Hospitality Training Program of the Palm Beaches for its 12-week career training, which led to them being hired by the Hyatt Place Hotel in Delray Beach!

        JM is a mother of four children and a victim of domestic violence.  After being found guilty and being given a no contact order, the man returned to the home and broke a window. Now there is an arrest warrant out or him. Libby Snider is arranging for a restraining order and arranged food for the family. 

        Due to physical disabilities, including an amputated leg, JC, 67, asked Joe Anderson to help him stay independent. A deputy had stopped JC and had his car towed and took his license plate because he didn’t have a hand-controlled gas pedal for amputees. Joe found and CILO purchased the pedal and got JC back on the road. 

        Michele Sanz was invited to Our House in Vero Beach to run a support group with its clients. Michele Sanz also set up a fundraiser with My Pie in Stuart.  

        Darlene Williamson assisted a Palm Beach State College student, who was denied educational accommodations. After Darlene successfully advocated for the woman, the professor said she had a greater understanding of the disabilities and educational needs and wished she had “known sooner”. 

       Staff is smiling holding a certificate for being nominated for the Treasure Coast advocate of the year.  

       A woman with medical and physical disabilities is struggling to maintain her home and get around. Terry Burke got her on a list for housing assistance and provided her with food. Terry also was nominated for Treasure Coast advocate of the year (left).




      Staff was honored by United Way of Martin County with its Pillar of Character award!

          United Way of Martin County honored Libby with its Pillar of Character award.


        Tanya Meade and William Genem explained to the DUI Task Force the array of free services CILO offers.

        Brianna Scerenscko received a referral from the CILO VOCA program about a high school student with Autism who wanted to transfer schools.  After talking with the family, Brianna encouraged them to remain positive and see what academic, social, and emotional growth opportunities are available at school. Brianna attended the student’s IEP meeting and advocated for more inclusion and social interaction with peers.  Brianna and the IEP team encouraged the student to get involved in an after-school club and to also have lunch with a group of both disabled and non-disabled peers.  

        Brandy Macaluso hosted 2 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week events: one in Palm Beach and one in the Treasure Coast. The first event, CILO’s THRIVE event attracted 60 attendees and featured 10 crime survivors with disabilities performing. CILO’s SPEAK event featured Dr. Ken Brown of Hope Counseling speaking about trauma-informed care of crime victims and of victim service professionals. There were approximately 50 in attendance for this training.