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From the Tallahassee Democrat: Explore South City Revitalization Ideas

April 24, 2017 - by Ellen Piekalkiewicz

On May 10, United Partners for Human Services is holding its 18th Annual Conference at Tallahassee Community College. UPHS presents this conference each year as a way to provide a high-quality professional development experience for the human service professionals, however, this year the conference features two workshops that have a broader community appeal and impact.

The closing conference plenary at 3 p.m. will feature a presentation by Ray Kuniansky, Columbia Residential, LLC where attendees will participate in an interactive session that will serve as an introduction to the current plans by the Tallahassee Housing Authority to revitalize public housing in South City and how Columbia Residential will proceed with a community engagement model used in Atlanta, New Orleans, among other cities. This year, Columbia Residential, LLC celebrates 25 years of strengthening communities through providing quality housing and partnering with essential service providers.

Neighborhood revitalization is the way of the future. For families to succeed, sometimes the dynamics of their neighborhood have to change. The Neighborhood Revitalization that will be proceeding in South City will be a holistic approach that expands upon existing partnerships with residents, neighborhood associations, community leaders, government and school leaders; volunteers; and the private sector for increased impact.

This transformation has taken place thanks to the hard work of engaged citizens, partnerships with civic and business groups, and a renewed community spirit. We invite the Tallahassee community to attend this important plenary session. For additional information and to register (fee $20) please go to the UPHS website: www.uphsfl.org

The second session of broad community application, and which also is very timely for the community at large, is a workshop on disaster and emergency planning offered at 1:30 p.m. featuring: Jerome Gaines, Tallahassee Fire Chief; Jeri Bush, Director Volunteer Leon, Leon County; Matt Cavell, Assistant to the County Administrator for Community Relations and Resilience, Leon County; Kevin Peters, Emergency Management Director for Leon County; Chris Smith, Commercial Risk Manager, Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance; Joy Watkins, President and CEO, Community Foundation of North Florida.

The workshop will provide practical steps that organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, need to take to prepare. Yes, Hurricane Hermine is fresh on everyone’s mind; however, ‘Disaster’ goes well beyond fire, flood, and storms. Manmade disasters like theft, data breaches, system failures, and loss of crucial company data are often more tangible threats. If you were to go into your business tomorrow and everything was gone, what would you do? What would you need to focus on first to get back to serving clients? The answer to this question provides the blueprint for how organizations should prepare for disaster recovery.

This workshop features experts in disaster preparedness and those who have firsthand experience dealing with catastrophes. Learn the critical steps you can take to ensure that your organization survives the next small or large emergency situation, and gain the tools to be resilient, resourceful, and able to overcome. For additional information and to register (fee $20) please go to the UPHS website: www.uphsfl.org

UPHS extends special thanks to all the sponsors, partners, presenters and volunteers who are making our 2017 conference possible. We particularly want to recognize our Conference Nonprofit Hero, James Moore & Company whose commitment to the nonprofit network is unparalleled.

Other sponsors include: Prime Meridian Bank, Columbia Residential, LLC, Flying Bear, Moore Communications Groups, Inspired Technologies, Rogers, Gunter, Vaughn Insurance, Naumann Group; Sanders, Holloway & Ryan; Krizner Group, Strategic Benefits Group; CareerSource, For the Table Hospitality, Tallahassee Community College, Leon County and the City of Tallahassee. Their sustained support for the human service nonprofit sector helps us to reshape tomorrow.

Originally appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat

Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Roger Kaufman Exemplary Community Agency Award

In association with the United Partners for Human Services (UPHS), the selected agency will be recognized by the 21st Century Council at the May 2017 UPHS Conference in Tallahassee and presented with a $1000.00 check.

Application Due Date

March 10, 2017

Eligible Agencies

All State of Florida registered nonprofits providing direct services to members of the Tallahassee-Leon County community are eligible to apply.

Selection Process

A review team will consider submissions that include sections from existing agency grant proposals, grant reports, annual reports, evaluations or research papers that illustrate the effective utilization of data, especially local data, for identifying and prioritizing client and/or community needs. The material should also document the agency’s program impact and outcomes that show the mitigation of the identified need(s) and measurable benefits to the clients served.

Please refer to the award selection criteria for more information.


The cover sheet and materials to be considered may be mailed or submitted electronically.

Mailed applications should be sent to 21st Century Council, P.O. Box 10312, Tallahassee FL 32302 and must be postmarked no later than March 10, 2015.

Electronic submissions must be e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and received by midnight, March 10, 2015.


Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is seeking applications for funding under the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative. This program furthers the Department’s mission by supporting mentoring programs to reduce juvenile delinquency, drug abuse, truancy, and other problem and high-risk behaviors.

For more information and to apply, visit the Grants.gov Mentoring Opportunities for Youth page.

UPHS 2016-2017 Training Schedule

We are pleased to announce our 2016-2017 Training Schedule. All trainings are published to the Calendar and will be updated with time and location information as it becomes available.


  • October 12: Board 101 (in collaboration with Leadership Tallahassee) (three dates -- October, January 18 & March 22)
  • October 13: Resource Development – How to Cultivate Major Donors (in collaboration with Association of Fundraising Professionals of the Big Bend and INIE)
  • October 28: Board recruitment – the Board’s Role


  • November 14: IT and Equipment Needs for the Nonprofit


  • December 2: Program Design, Program Outcomes and Program Evaluation
  • December 15: Workforce Training and Employment Assistance Opportunities in Leon County (UPHS Membership Holiday Luncheon, CareerSource)


  • January 12: CHSP Budget Preparation and Presentation, Part 1
  • January 18: Board 101 (in collaboration with Leadership Tallahassee)


  • February 9: CHSP Budget Preparation and Presentation, Part 2
  • February 23: Computer Security Common Sense


  • March 22: Board 101 (in collaboration with Leadership Tallahassee)
  • March 31: Bylaws: How to enhance fiduciary responsibilities of Board members


  • April 7: Building Effective Community Partnerships (UPHS Membership meeting)


  • May 10: UPHS Annual Conference


  • June 15: Media Relations for Nonprofits


  • July 25: Key Responsibilities and Competencies for the Executive Director and the Nonprofit Board – Who does what?


  • September 15: Tallahassee Human Services Sector – Are We a Collaborative Community? (UPHS Membership meeting)

UPHS Advocacy Forums

UPHS will hold at least 4 membership advocacy forums on:

  • Housing: 2 forums (dates to be determined)
  • CHSP: 2 forums (dates to be determined)

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