Anthony Westbury: Art is beginning to bloom in Port St. Lucie
"Beautiful," an acrylic painting by Marlene Baptiste and donated by the Ingraldi family, is one of seven pieces of public art hanging outside of the Goodwill store and donation center at 1082 Gatlin Blvd. in Port St. Lucie.
Photo by Christopher Arnold
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To the casual observer, the bright yellow and blue building on Gatlin Boulevard looks like just another Goodwill donation center. For the city of Port St. Lucie, though, it represents a landmark of sorts.
The 14,000-square-foot thrift store is the first building in the city to adopt a rule that new commercial structures should include a substantial piece of art visible to the public.
Since 2007, the city has been grappling with an ordinance that requires developers of new nonresidential buildings to include public art on site. Or they may pay a fee in lieu of actually adding sculpture or paintings to their building. That money, currently about $15,000, is held in a special fund and cannot be spent on anything other than public art.
Yet bringing the ordinance to life has proved to be a long and laborious process, complicated partly by the recession, the general dearth of new commercial buildings going up in the city, and the actual process of setting up the advisory board.
The Goodwill store — the fifth one in St. Lucie County — opened Friday and already seems extremely popular with customers, although most of them I saw Wednesday seemed oblivious to the giant yellow flowers and a purple and yellow fish murals adorning the building.
The large painted panels on the front of the building are enlarged versions of artwork created by developmentally or physically handicapped participants in Goodwill’s Transitions program.
Normally, the city ordinance requires a developer to pay a fee to the city based on the footprint of the new building. The developer can then choose to add art or leave the fee in the city’s hands. The city is planning to allocate the unused money to create its own public art — a mural on a prominent wall at City Hall.
In Goodwill’s case, however, developer Peter Ingraldi sought City Council’s permission to use Goodwill participants to create the artwork themselves. Instead of paying the city $32,000, Ingraldi was allowed to pay $15,000 to Goodwill for the materials and then make another $15,250 donation to Goodwill’s Transitions program.
City and Goodwill officials alike are delighted with the results.
City Director of Planning Daniel Holbrook said while City Council has consistently supported the concept of public art, there has been pushback from some in the development industry. Tough times made paying extra fees to the city unpopular to some people, Holbrook admitted.
Yet an amended version of the public art ordinance scheduled to go before City Council in March should turn that negative into a positive. The new advisory board will include representatives from the St. Lucie Chamber of Commerce and the Treasure Coast Builders Association — both of whom had expressed reservations about the public art program, Holbrook said.
Richard Gabel, executive director of the Arts & Cultural Alliance of St. Lucie County. is also a member of the PSL advisory board.
“For many, public art is the first impression and exposure to art in the community,” Gabel explained. “Public art helps define our city ... and helps us feel the vibrancy and quality of life. Just as with parks and other gathering places, public art provides a means to connect people.”
Gabel also pointed out that public art provides jobs for local artists and can favorably impact economic development because it often translates into higher rents or more desirable office locations.
PSL residents should be seeing a lot more public art soon. Both the Martin Memorial hospital and the Mann Research Center now going up in Tradition will include significant public art.
Scott Samples of Martin Memorial Health System said the new $134 million hospital will have more than $50,000 of artwork on its walls and in the main lobby. Nature photographs by iconic St. Lucie County rancher Bud Adams, work by Stuart photographer Diane Dultmeier and a bronze statue by Stuart sculptor Geoffrey Smith will grace the new building.
It’s good to see public art showing its face in Port St. Lucie. It’s something that’s long been lacking in the city. Let’s hope the big guys in Tradition — where community developers are also talking about adding more artwork to areas around the lake — will spur smaller builders to follow suit.
Other cities — Lake Placid and its murals comes to mind — have even parlayed their collections of public art into tourist attractions. Imagine tourists of the future being attracted to PSL for golf, spring training AND art. Stranger things have happened.
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc. Again Achieves Top Accreditation Status as a
Health and Human Services Nonprofit Organization
The International Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International) has accredited Gulfstream Goodwill Industries with the maximum three years after a demanding audit recently conducted by the independent nonprofit accreditation agency for Health and Human Services Agencies within the following services:
Community Employment Services: Employment Supports
Community Employment Services: Job Development
Comprehensive Vocational Evaluation Services
With Governance standards applied throughout the audit this achievement is an important indication of Gulfstream Goodwill Industries’ dedication and commitment to improving the quality of lives of the persons served. The official notification of January 10, 2013 emphasizes that services; personnel and documentation clearly indicate an established pattern of excellence with recognition of an active, knowledgeable and dedicated Board of Directors and staff.
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries takes pride in achieving this high level of accreditation once again and is equally proud to continue to assists people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to become self-sufficient, working members of our community.
The Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaller Commandery of Florida awards grant to Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc. fromCountess Henrietta De Hoernle’s 100th Birthday Celebration Gala.
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc. received a $40,000 grant from The Order of St. John (OSJ), Knights Hospitaller Commandery of Florida as a result of the proceeds received from Countess Henrietta De Hoernle’s 100th Birthday Celebration Gala on September 24, 2012. The funds are directed toward Goodwill’s Project Success and Project Succeed residential service programs. An additional $5,000 dollars will be awarded in June 2013.
Project Success provides homeless individuals with residential services for up to two years, while participants are provided with comprehensive case management and vocational services as well as financial planning, life skills training and support services. Project Succeed offers rent assistance and long-term support services to enable persons with disabilities who were formerly homeless to maintain their own apartments in the community. The Senator Philip D. Lewis Center is Palm Beach County’s central point of entrance for homeless individuals to receive services for ninety days. The center offers referral, intake, assessment, medical services, shelter beds, and vocational placement and life skills training.
The September birthday celebration was hosted by The Order of St. John. Leading the Gala Committee were Honorary Chairs Christine Lynn and Barbara and Dick Schmidt with Gala Chairs OSJ Commander Dame Isabelle Paul and Hospitaller Dame Alyce Erickson with OSJ Chevalier Gregory Schultz as the Master of Ceremonies. Joined by family and friends from throughout the world, Countess de Hoernle’s decades of philanthropy was highlighted by a powerful multi-media presentation preceded by a full military multi-service honor guard and The Order of St. John, Knights Hospitaller ceremony acknowledging the Countess’ generosity and personal allegiance to the military, military families and her giving across the United States and globally.
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc. was selected as a leading nonprofit, which provides services and programs for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Goodwill is working to end homelessness in Palm Beach County as lead agency for the Senator Philip D. Lewis Center partnering with Palm Beach County, Division of Human Services, The Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, Adopt-A-Family and The Lord’s Place among other community partners.
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries has been an integral part of Palm Beach County as a nonprofit for 46 years and is engaged in 18 very different, yet vital human and social services needs to include, The Senator Philip D. Lewis Center (PB County Homeless Resource Center); The Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches (76 years of service); The Transition to Life Academy Charter School in Boynton Beach (students with disabilities ages 18 – 22); Employment Services for people with disabilities and other barriers; as well as managing Residential Facilities for 160 people who are in transition to self-sufficiency.
Goodwill partners include State of Florida Vocational Rehabilitation, Palm Beach County Division of Human Services, Florida State Division of Blind Services (DBS), The School District of Palm Beach County, Workforce Alliance, State of Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, National Industries for the Blind (NIB), Respect of Florida, Ability One, The Army Corps of Engineers and Florida Brain & Spinal Injury Program. Gulfstream Goodwill Industries is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF); National Accreditation Council for Agencies Serving People with Blindness or Visual Impairments (NAC) and Nonprofits First. All these partnerships and collaborations add credibility to the depth of experience and success of Gulfstream Goodwill Industries staff and the success the organization has enjoyed over the years.
President and CEO, Marvin Tanck stated “Gulfstream Goodwill Industries’ Board of Directors, staff and program participants are extremely grateful for the OSJ grant and it is even more special to have been recognized in the presence of Countess de Hoernle at her 100th birthday gala!”
DaVita, Sunsational Division, Team Endeavor makes a donation to
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc.
Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc. received a $2,000 donation from employees from DaVita, Sunsational Division, Team Endeavor division after being selected as one of this year’s charity of choice for this region.
DaVita is the dialysis division of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., a Fortune 500® company that, through its operating divisions, provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout the United States and abroad. A leading provider of kidney care in the United States, DaVita delivers dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita Divisional Vice President Vicki Burrier stated DaVita recognizes the importance of community involvement and the employees take great pride in helping do their part to give back to the community needs.
DaVita’s donation will go a long way toward funding programs and services that assists people with disabilities and other barriers to employment to become self-sufficient, working members of our community through Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc.
Homeless center finds itself dealing with many more clients than originally anticipated
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No one underestimated the county's need (local officials estimate some 3,200 people have no place to sleep every night in ). But they never predicted the bulk of the response, workers said.
More than half of the people assisted at the Lewis Center were homeless for the first time, said Marilyn Mu¿oz, executive director of the Homeless Coalition, a nonprofit fundraising arm of the county's efforts. About one in 10 clients had been homeless for a year or more.
Despite the high response, there are obstacles to the Lewis Center's resources. One is the location; West Palm Beach is a long way from Belle Glade. Another is a requirement that clients must be referred from other agencies, such as police departments. The center does not accept walk-ins.
In 2009, Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc., (GGI) in West Palm Beach, Florida, implemented the Fit Club Health and Wellness Program, through a grant from the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council. As we conclude the third year of life- changing services for persons with developmental disabilities through the Fit Club, staff and participants extend a heartfelt thank you to FDDC for recognizing, funding and supporting this effort.
For three (3) years The Fit Club has offered persons with developmental disabilities the opportunity to participate in activities and receive education that promotes healthy living. Through behavior changes and heightened understanding of the importance of making choices that support a healthy lifestyle, participants have experienced increased self-esteem, health awareness, and weight loss in supportive community and facility-based environments.
Our program was initially modeled after and mentored by Goodwill Industries in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was our goal to develop a replicable program and expand Fit Club into new Goodwill territories. At the conclusion of year two, GGI developed a Program Replication Guide, and in year three mentored and developed a replicated program at Suncoast Goodwill in St Petersburg, Florida. The activities, events, community integration, and educational offerings have touched the lives of over 100 persons with developmental disabilities who previously had limited access to, and understanding of, the concept of healthy living.
Through the Advisory Committee; parents, participants, support providers and therapists were engaged and provided guidance for growth of the program. Their involvement enabled the program goals to be supported at home and in the community as well.