Women's Alliance
  • The Deercreek Women’s Alliance is grateful!

    “Ciao Bella,” the fashion show hosted by the Deercreek Women's Alliance was a huge success. Over 100 ladies were in attendance the evening of November 16th and after a delicious meal, the lovely Deercreek models paraded in fashion pieces provided by Dillard’s. Thanks to all the attendees, donors, and volunteers who were a part of the evening's festivities. This is one of the biggest fundraiser efforts that supports the mission of the Alliance and the charities that we donate to each year.

    Thank you again, we are blessed by everyone's generosity.

  • A Very Stylish Organization

    New Heights (formerly Cerebral Palsy Center of Northeast Florida), driven by its mission “to enrich the lives of persons with disabilities and their families and empower their independence through lifelong growth and quality services”, provides educational, employment, and therapeutic programming to individuals with disabilities in the five-county area of Northeast Florida: Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St Johns. They have been in business for over 60 years and serve individuals with all types of disabilities including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism, developmental delays, Down syndrome, spina bifida and others.

    The programs of New Heights are designed to meet the special needs of each individual and family serviced, with a common goal: to enable people with disabilities to reach their greatest potential and achieve productive lives as fully participating members of their family and the community. The services currently offered include: (1) developmental, speech, physical and occupational therapy for infants and toddlers aged birth to three with developmental delays where therapists go into the family home or child’s day care center to work with the child; (2) respite care for children and adults; (3) supported living; (4) supported employment; (5) speech, physical, and occupational therapy for adults with disabilities; (6) adult developmental training; (7) in-home personal supports.

    The adult developmental training program provides training to adults with disabilities to increase skills in grooming and self-care, basic knowledge, job readiness, motor skills, and daily living. Fifty adults receive adult developmental training (ADT) services at New Heights. The goal of the ADT program is to increase an individual’s independence and self-sufficiency to the greatest extent possible. Participants are taught job preparation skills (how to complete a job application or interview for a job), social skills (how to appropriately express anger or how to get along with classmates), basic living skills (how to use a microwave or wash dishes), reading, writing, and math skills (how to count money or read the sign on a public bus), and computer skills while attending the program. Individuals attend the ADT program for six hours, one to five days per week, depending on their funding.

    Supported living coaches provide training and assistance in a variety of activities to participants in their own homes including the acquisition, retention, or improvement of skills related to activities of daily living such as personal hygiene and grooming; household chores; meal preparation; shopping; personal finances; medical; transportation; and the social and adaptive skills necessary to enable participants to reside on their own. Supported employment coaches provide training and assistance to support participants in sustaining paid employment at or above minimum wage.

    The Deercreek Women’s Alliance has generously donated $1,000 per year for the last three years. The funds have been used to provide a small gift to the 60+ adults who attend the annual holiday party.

    This year's holiday party will be held on Dec 16th from 10-2pm. Board member, Michelle Abner is looking for 5 volunteers to help with food preparation and possible donations. Please contact Michelle at (904) 885-0597 or by email at abner.michelle@gmail.com

    Supporting New Heights by turning disabilities into capabilities.

  • The DWA Ciao Bella Fashion Show

    On Thursday, November 16, the DWA will proudly present its 16th annual fashion show. Stunning fall and holiday season fashions from Dillard’s will be strutted on the runway by Deercreek residents. The hair styling for the models will be provided by Heads Up Salon’s Sarah Keene. Dior of Dillard’s cosmetologists will put on the finishing touches.

    This enchanted evening will begin with a social hour starting at 5:30. In honor of the fashion show, the bar will have a special ”Ciao Bella” cocktail available. Dinner will be served at 6:30. Dinner will be a tasty three-course meal followed by a parade of beautiful fashions. To add to the excitement of the evening, the DWA will be raffling off several fabulous prizes with a value of $50 or more. It’s not too late to purchase your ticket for $35, which covers the dinner and a contribution to the DWA to help support various local charities. To purchase tickets, call Donna Bernard at 464-0910 or send a check to her at 9907 Vineyard Lake Lane.

    Thanks to Our Generous Deercreek Community 

    The DWA Board wants to applaud our DCC community for the amazing support of our charity drives. The Books-A-Go GO Drive in August was outstanding, thanks to donations of 406 new and gently used books for children from low income families. These books are given to Title 1 school teachers at the Duval County Teacher Supply Depot. The books are then given to their students to take home so that they can have books of their own. Thank you, DCC, for your generous donations that will make an impact on the lives of those children.

    The September Jacksonville Humane Society Drive came just in time to help the JHS with the care of rescue animals after Irma’s visit. The DWA (and the puppies and kitties) just can’t thank you enough from the bottom of our hearts for your generous donations to The Jacksonville Humane Society! We collected over 400 pounds of dog and cat food, many blankets and towels, treats and other miscellaneous supplies for the shelter. They were overwhelmed with joy when Jill Cole brought these items to them.

    There were a lot of grins & giggles the week before Halloween as the children staying at Ronald McDonald House sifted through the mound of costumes donated by our DWA to help transform them into ghosts, goblins, superheroes & princesses for the day! Thanks to all who contributed to this effort! It is truly a blessing to be a part of this wonderful group of ladies who do so much for our community.

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    Give Where You Live!

    Want to help in the fight against Breast Cancer?

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and The RITA (Research Is The Answer) Foundation continues to make a difference in Jacksonville. Founded in Deercreek in 1997, RITA has a special opportunity to double donations! Baptist Health Foundation is MATCHING 100% any donation going into an endowment through November 30, 2017. 100% of your donation will go into one of RITA’s five cancer endowment funds at Baptist Health and it will be matched. So your donation is doubled! The RITA Foundation is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit volunteer organization. Our Mission is to raise money and awareness in the fight to find a cure. We have donated 100% of the money from our special fund raising events with no salary or overhead costs deduction for the last 20 years. Over $4,500,000.00 has been donated to cancer programs in Jacksonville.

    To give where you live, you can donate on our website, www.the-rita-foundation.org or write a check, payable to The RITA Foundation and mail to, 8334 Amherst Hills Lane, Jacksonville, FL 32256. You can also give in honor of or in memory of a loved one. 100% of your donation will be added to our $300,000.00 Cancer Endowments at Baptist Health where your gift will be matched to yield revenue toward a cure.

    Thank you for your support.
    Charles and Nancy Jantz, Founders

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DWA Holiday Gift Project

For this year’s Holiday Gift Project, the DWA has selected the teenage young ladies from the PACE School for Girls to be the recipients. Donations of new jewelry, toiletries and other age appropriate items are welcomed. Your gifts for the PACE girls may be dropped off at the home of Donna Bernard (464-0910) at 9907 Vineyard Lake Lane or at the home of Vicki Khan (519-7722) at 10148 Deercreek Club Road East. Thank you in advance for making the holidays sparkle for these special young women!

DWA Outreach to PACE Students

Thanks to the generous support of our members and the Deercreek community, the DWA was able to illuminate the holidays for the PACE girls. In November, the DWA provided girls from the neediest families with gift cards to Winn Dixie. The December jewelry drive enabled the DWA to present each young lady with a piece of bling. We are so grateful for your help in making the season brighter for the PACE students!

DWA Spotlight on Charity

  • Spotlight on Charity: PACE Center for Girls

    For those new to the neighborhood and not familiar with one of our charities, PACE Center for Girls is a Florida-based, nationally recognized not-for-profit organization that provides non-residential, prevention, intervention, and diversion services for girls and young women of middle and high school age. PACE uses a comprehensive and holistic model that integrates social services, education and career readiness in a safe, gender-responsive environment that reflects an understanding of the lives of girls, and responds to their strengths and challenges.

    The mission is to provide girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

    There are many volunteer opportunities at the center. However our main focus is on Mrs. Mary’s Boutique. Since the girls come from low-income homes, Mrs. Mary’s Boutique provides a way for the girls to “buy” items with points they’ve earned through grades, good deeds, and class attendance. Mrs. Mary’s Boutique occurs generally every six weeks. Donations needed are age appropriate clothing, shoes, purses, accessories such as jewelry, nail polish, and toiletries. Please note that these items are for teenagers.

    Pulling off Mrs. Mary’s Boutique is a BIG undertaking. Wednesday is spent setting up, sorting and organizing the many donated items. Thursday is shopping day and volunteers help the girls pick out items and ready them to be taken home. The items left need to be packed and put away. Volunteers are always needed for these two days.

    The DWA has graciously donated $1,500 to this wonderful organization. With these funds we have purchased bras for 70 girls who were sized and fitted at J.C. Penney. We are purchasing two needed folding tables for the Boutique and 10 tubs to hold some clothing for storage. We will also be purchasing underwear for the young girls.

    Thank you to all who have donated time and items to this great charity. If you are interested in volunteering or have items to donate, please contact Vicki Khan, PACE Center for Girls DWA Charity Chair at 923-3538 or vickikhan1113@gmail.com.

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