Tax Deductible 
Donations
 
501(c)(3) organization





Telephone:
(561) 702-1618



Email:
info@atruejewel.org



Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6248
LakeWorth, FL             33466-6248





Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for Upcoming Events !
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Past Events

Sunday ~ October  25th, 2015    
11 AM - 6 PM
Pompey Park Recreation Center in Delray Beach

Free online Registration ~ Click here
**Caregivers can also register at the event**

KEYNOTE SPEAKER ~ JAN JESSUP

  
Author, Investigative Journalist, Psychiatric Social Worker, Mother of Special Needs Child, now 62 years old, Jan has researched other parents and families of children & adults with special needs.

*Following times of speaking, Jan is also available for counseling & question/answer time.  


"I want to give people not just advice, but hope, " Jessup said, "because these children can end up being treasures."

Frias, C. (2015, June 25). Boca mother writes book about developmentally disabled daughter. Palm Beach Post.
 






FEATURED GUEST
CINDY MAUNDER
As Director of Academics, Cindy has overseen the Gulfstream Goodwill Industries Transition to Life Academy since its inception. Cindy helps young people with their transition from school to the work force. Cindy is also the mother of an adult with special needs.

Gulfstream Goodwill Academies
Providing skills necessary for each individual to be an independent, self-sufficient, and contributing member of the community. 

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SPECIAL PRESENTERS
(click here for Event Schedule)

Lakisha Foxworth


Author of "I'm Coming Out" and "Psalms from the Heart" - Lakisha is the primary caregiver for her younger brother who has special needs.  A distinguished alumnus of Palm Beach Atlantic University - she earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology.


Video ~ Courtesy of Marti Glaser - WPEC-News 12
           
                                    Kathi Deakyne


TOPIC:  "Letting Go"
The topic of this session, as indicated in its title, is that Caregivers MUST learn to "Let Go & Let Others". The hardest lesson to ever learn.
I speak to you as a 'professional' caregiver who has dedicated her life to the care of other parents' children in my capacity as a NICU & PICU Nurse & as the Director of Clinical Services for Just For Kids, Inc. Home Health & as DOCS for the JFK Residiential Group Homes. 
But I also speak to you as a personal caregiver to a severely handicapped infant placed in my care "for 2 weeks over Christmas" ~ a child who ended up staying with my husband & me for almost 3 years!
I also speak to you as the Legal Guardian/Caregiver of my aged Mother. 

So I think I've walked in your shoes at least a bit.  Hopefully you will learn lessons I NEVER learned & will listen to advice I NEVER heard.

~Kathi Deakyne

                                  
Stella Husch


Stella Husch is the owner of Strive Recreational Therapy Services, Inc. She has over 15 years experience in providing recreational opportunities and recreational therapy to those with disabilities.  Stella is proud that STRIVE actively works with area organizations and resources to provide the most fulfilling lifestyle for individuals with a variety of abilities.  Her accomplishments include Crain's Detroit HealthCare Hero Award and Oakland County L. Brooks Patterson's Elite 40 under 40. 

                            Mary Jo Walsh-Watson
                 

Mary Jo Walsh-Watson is Owner and Founder of Mountaineer's School of Autism - a new, private school for students with autism - providing a unique set of services with a holistic approach.  


                                   Elizabeth Coomber
 
Elizabeth is the Program Manager of "Deliver the Dream"   a  program that provides retreats for families, free of charge, so they can relax, enjoy time together, forge new friendships and create support groups with the other families dealing with illness and crisis.
                                                         
                                          Jill Vassi
Jill is the vice president of Exceptional Services Group. Jill is a yoga enthusiast. She is certified in Creative Relation and Yoga for Individuals with Special Needs. 

Exceptional Vacations provides high quality supervised vacation opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs.  

Exceptional Wellness offers therapeutic services such as yoga and mindfulness classes taught by registered teachers in a small class environment.

ROGER MERRIAM
TOPIC: "Coping Spectrum"
Roger is an alum from Mercer University and Emory University School of Law. He was diagnosed (informally) with a mild case of Asperger's Syndrome.  He served as his wife's caregiver and advocate until her death in 2013. 



JOCELYN BROWN 
TOPIC: "Benefits of a Healthy Environment & Natural Foods"

Founder/Chair of Earth Restored Inc., Jocelyn has significant experience in environmental management throughout South Florida. 




Make new Friendships ~ Meet those who understand ~ Connect with others

Sunday, December 7, 2014

3:00 - 6:00 PM
2nd Annual  Social Event/Fundraiser

  
 Enjoy a festive time ... Food ~ Music ~ Gifts ~ Inspiration
 
Cypress Creek Country Club
 9400 S. Military Trail
 Boynton Beach, FL  33436
    
 
  Tickets - $50 (tax deductible)
  
FREE Tickets for caregivers - based on availability
Call 561-852-0910 for more information


  Keynote Speaker ~ Kathi Deakyne 
 

 Founder, President, & Director of Clinical Services at
Just for Kids, Inc. and JFK Group Homes



~Menu~
 Garden Salad
 Chicken Marsala
 Roasted Potatoes
 Julienne Vegetables
 Rolls & Butter
 Chocolate Mousse
 Assorted Beverages

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Special Parents' Get-together
3:00 - 6:00 PM
HERENCIA  
Experiential ArT  Center, Inc. 
1270 North Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL  33409
Meet & Greet
 Refreshments Served
 Gifts & Door Prizes
Relax and enjoy serenity in a peaceful environment.
 ~Herencia~
Bringing healing, kindness, and hope to all individuals. 

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 SUPPORT GROUP

Sunday, March 16th, 2013

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

***REFRESHMENTS SERVED*** 
FREE PRIZE RAFFLE !!


Exceptional Services

9070 Kimberly Blvd. #50
Boca Raton, FL     33434
(561) 852-0910

 Facilitator:  Sally P. Moore
www.perksnmoore.com
(561) 215-8732

Host:  Jill Vassi
www.exceptionalservices.net



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Sunday, December 1, 2013
 3:00 - 6:00 PM

1st Annual  Social Event/Fundraiser

  To commemorate International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Theme:Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all

 
 
Cypress Creek Country Club
9400 S. Military Trail
 Boynton Beach, FL  33436

 Dinner ~ Music ~  Special Presentations

 Speakers: Sally P. Moore and Darlene Foster

 Special Presentation:  Lakisha Foxworth (Caregiver)

$40 per person
Tickets now available

 ~Menu~
 Garden Salad
 Chicken Marsala
 Roasted Potatoes
 Julienne Vegetables
 Rolls & Butter
 Chocolate Mousse
 Assorted Beverages

 CypressCreekCountryClub.com

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 Sunday, August 18th, 2013
3:30 PM - 5 PM
 

PARENTS' GET-TOGETHER

Theme:  Caregiving Strategies: Positive Methods

Lantana Branch Library

Main Meeting Room
4020 Lantana Road
Lake Worth, FL     33462

 Special Presenter
Sally P. Moore
www.perksnmoore.com

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Sunday, June 30th, 2013


3:30 PM


**ZUMBA® DANCE CLASS**   


 
Theme:  "Using Movement to Improve Health and Increase Stamina" 

  Quantum House
901 45th Street

West Palm Beach, FL  33407
www.quantumhouse.org
where hope has a home®












Certified Zumba® Instructor - Noemi Aguilar

Wear comfortable clothes & footwear
Refreshments Provided
You don't have to be a pro ~ Just move and have fun!

 A great time for your mind & body!!


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Sunday, June 16th, 2013  

3:30 PM


*PARENTS' GET-TOGETHER*

 

 Theme:  "How to Be More Inspired Everyday" 

Fitness by Avis Studio 
2960 Jog Road
Lake Worth, FL  33467
www.fitnessbyavis.com

Meet & Greet 


Food provided by Caribbean Top Taste Restaurant ~ Lantana, FL

Games & Prizes

 Presenter: Yolanda Robinson of TnM Funworld

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Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
6:00 PM



*Get-Together* 
with
Holistic Life Coach ~ Mateja Petje
www.triglavlifecoaching.com

Theme:  Stress Managment

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Event Location
Exceptional Services Group

 Home  
9070 Kimberly Blvd., Suite 50
Boca Raton, FL  33434
954-972-3667
www.exceptionalservices.net

Refreshments Provided by STRIVE Recreational Therapy, Inc.

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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
 Yoga Class for Children with Special Needs
and their Parents

9:30-10:30 a.m. OR 2:30-4:00 p.m. 
 (30 minute classes)

CALL TO REGISTER!
954-977-5035
Ask for Louise



Every parent will receive a free Yoga DVD 

Relaxation Now ~ Yoga Center
827 SE 9th Street
Deerfield Beach, FL  33441
http://www.relaxationnow.net/index.html
 
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Sunday, MAY 19th, 2013 
3:30 PM

**PARENTS' GET-TOGETHER**
 

Theme:  "Hope in Difficult Times"

HERENCIA
Experiential ArT  Center, Inc.
1270 North Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL  33409
www.herenciagallery.com
Meet & Greet
Refreshments Served
Gifts & Door Prizes

Relax and enjoy serenity in a peaceful environment.
Explore the beautiful work of  local, national, and international artists.

Guest Presenter:  A. Wayne Gill 
oasiscompassion.org

Live Music by Flamenco Guitarist ~ Jorge Wojtas

www.vivoflamenco.com

Herencia ~ Bringing healing, kindness, and hope to all individuals. 

 

 


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Sunday, APRIL 21st, 2013


  3:30 - 5:00 PM

**PARENTS' GET-TOGETHER**


Theme:  Techniques & Tips for Wellness

  Lantana Branch Library
~Main Meeting Room
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4020 Lantana Road
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Parents' Get-Together * 

Meet & Greet
Gifts/Door Prizes
Complementary Chair Massages - by Karen McCray

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Tuesday, APRIL 16th, 2013 

  6:00 PM
*
LATIN STYLE DANCE CLASS * 

Theme:  Using Exercise for Stress Reduction



          No Fee for Parents with A True Jewel, Inc.
Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton, and much more!!

Lantana Middle School
1225 West Drew Street
Lantana, FL  33462


Wear comfortable clothes and footwear.
Bring a towel and water.

Great atmosphere. 

You don't have to be a pro ~ just move and have fun !!
 


 


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Sunday, March 17th, 2013 
4:00 PM
**PARENTS' GET-TOGETHER**

Theme:  Orientation & Specialized Travel Services

Lantana Branch Library
~Main Meeting Room
~
4020 Lantana Road
 

Meet & Greet

Gifts/Door Prizes

Presenter:  Michael Covello ~ Vital Flights, Inc.

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