This year we decided to get even more active as a family and do more outdoor activities together. Now my wife and I have been very active in the past years and are probably in better shape now then we were in our high school years; which were a long long time ago as she likes to remind me. The only thing that bothered us though was the fact that our two young men don’t get enough outdoor activities at school and we noticed that they get winded a little easier than we like and were lacking the stamina to keep up with their really old parents. We, as parents felt that we should not be able to out run and out last our kids plain and simple. Since we couldn’t turn to the school system for help to get more PE and physical activities in their lives we decided to start working out as a family together. Continue Reading »
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I just found out the other day who to call when I stopped by the Plantation Police Department. While there picking up a record for my insurance company, I saw a brochure in their lobby that read “2-1-1 Get Connected. Get Answers.” I never knew of this hotline number in all the years I have lived in Broward County. First number I always thought of was 4-1-1, so I was curious as to what kind of information someone could find using this 2-1-1 service.
Reading the brochure, I realized that what they have to offer goes beyond basic 4-1-1 address and phone number information. This service connects Broward Country residents to over 700 health and human service agencies, all ready to offer us help when we need it most. All we need to do is dial 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. The call is free, confidential and anonymous and is offered in several languages.
They even mention some of the everyday people like us that call, and what kind of assistance we can receive. Below are just a few examples:
- Employer helping an employee find family services
- Homeless family living in their car
- Teen who needs someone to talk to
- Parent looking for childcare
- Uninsured diabetic person who needs insulin
- Single mom who can’t feed her children
- Senior who lives alone and needs a daily call
- Someone depressed and contemplating suicide
They also have listed several hotline numbers such as:
Homeless Helpline (954) 563-HELP (4357)
They provide emotional support, information and referral to homeless support programs.
Special Needs Connections (954) 537-0211
Helps parents, caregivers, and professionals who serve children with disabilities.
TeenSpace (954) 567-TEEN (8336)
A safe, anonymous helpline for youth so they can share feelings, and find solutions to make positive choices. (www.teenspace211.org)
Behavioral Health INFOline (954) 396-INFO (4636)
Provides support, information and links to mental health resources.
Touchline for Seniors (954) 390-0485
Free, daily reassurance calls to help seniors maintain their sense of well being.
After reading all they have to offer the community, I am very proud to say that I live in Broward County and in the City of Plantation. Important programs like this one rely on the support from individuals, corporations, foundations and local governments to stay in operation. There are several ways we can show our support:
- Join CLUB 2-1-1
- Make a contribution online at: www.211-broward.org
- Become a Corporate Partner
- Leave a legacy by remembering 2-1-1 Broward in your will or trust
- Mail your contribution to:
250 N.E. 33rd Street
Oakland Park, FL 33334
By far the best way to show our support is by volunteering our time and energy. Anyone who has volunteered for a special cause will tell you that there is no better feeling then seeing the smiles and tears of joy on the faces of those you helped when they were in need.
The company I work for, Camden Property Trust has established a way of giving back and serving the communities where, we as employees, live and work through the Camden Cares program. And this is why I am also proud to work for Camden. On a Corporate level they support charitable organizations such as the United Way, Susan G. Koman Foundation, Volunteers of America, Boys & Girls Club, City of Hope and Operation Homefront, to name just a few. On a local level here in South Florida, Camden Cares is involved in volunteer work with the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Life Net 4 Families, and the Broward County Humane Society. Giving back brings communities closer and improves the lives of our neighbors, families and friends. So whatever special cause you wish to put your passion, energy and heart into, give of yourself to show you care, because I know you do!
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New Year, New You! Well at least that’s what I keep telling myself. Of course living at Camden is a piece of cake but choosing not to eat a piece of cake is a whole different story! With the New Year come New Year’s resolutions that I tend not to keep but this year will be different. My new year’s goal for 2014 is eating healthier food alternatives. For me this is a big deal. I need to come up with healthier food alternatives for all meals of the day, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and of course snacks!
For breakfast as my healthier food alternative it is going to be flourless banana pancakes. How is that even possible? Well my friend all you need is 1 banana and 2 eggs. You will mush the banana then mix in the two eggs after. Pour mixture onto the hot pan cook as you would a normal pancake then you eat it…Guilt free!
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Hi Everyone! Gibby Boy here to fill you in on some amazing news! I just found out that there is a special day (February 20th) that is designated as “Love Your Pet Day”. OK, so at my house, I have my humans trained really well, and EVERY day is love your pet day around here (snuggles, love and cookies are pretty free flowing), but I am just so excited that I have to tell you about this day! I bet my mom and dad will do something special for me, my brother Yogi and my sister Shadow, but just in case they get busy, I don’t want them to forget, so here are some great ideas!
1. Take us for an extra walk! We really love to be busy and walking helps us stay healthy.
2. Give us a special treat. You know, maybe one of those bones from the butcher, but make sure it’s safe and I can’t get it stuck on my mouth like my brother did - (what a dummy! explaining that one will have to be another blog)
3. Give us a new toy. EVERYONE likes to get presents!
4. Treat me to a spa day! OH WOW – I love to go to the spa and get a shampoo and my haircut! (just remember that cats aren’t so excited about this, so you might want to skip this one)
5. Give us extra attention and loving….we really like this!
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Many people like to wait for the warming temperatures of spring to spruce up their apartments. On the other hand, with this long and cold winter, why not start spring cleaning early if you’re stuck inside your apartment anyway? Here is a list of some spring cleaning ideas to put you in the mood: Continue Reading »
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SNOmg!! Snow! Snow!!
Anyone watching the news last week knows that the southern states were subject to a massive winter storm. Many of our roads were closed, employees unable to get to work and life as we know it came to a standstill for about 2 days.
I cannot speak for my colleagues in other states, but I know that those of us located in the Carolinas were the butt of MANY jokes this week. We have heard the commentary of our Northern brethren and no matter how funny they might have been, we would LOVE the opportunity to set the record straight
To anyone who currently lives or has lived in the South, you know that we are accustomed to high temperatures, lots of sun and almost to die for weather most of the year round. “Winter” is a term highly foreign to us and some of our family members and children have never even seen snow until last week. Our cities do not budget for snow or ice and snow plow trucks are a bit like dragons, mythical. Last week, Charlotte, NC saw the most snow it has seen in approximately 10 years with some areas reaching up to 10 inches of it.
To give you an idea of what snow days are like in Charlotte, NC, take a look:
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014:
The small flurries started to fall. No snow actually stuck on this day, but within a 7 hour time period, 77 accidents had been reported in the area, some, unfortunately, life threatening. We had heard tell that through the day police stopped responding to fender benders, instructing drivers to exchange insurance information and continue on. Schools in the surrounding area all closed 2 hours early.
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014:
Having had a small dose of winter weather the day before, the schools in surrounding areas had decided not to even open for the day. Most of us came to work because the snow from Tuesday had melted and allowed us to believe we were in store for a quiet, weather adventureless day. About 2 hours after appearing at work and opening our Welcome Center the snow started. It was coming down hard and it was easy for us to see what was coming. Those of us that did not live onsite were instructed to begin what would soon become an almost 2+ hour ride home. Within the next few hours the roads began to close, interstates started freezing over making it nearly impossible to drive on. Many people sat in traffic for hours and those unequipped with snow tires (ummm.. everyone. lol) who sat too long were soon snowed in and forced to walk or find shelter until they could return for their vehicles. It took me about 2 hours to make a trip that usually takes 15 minutes. The grocery stores and gas station supermarkets had been pillaged and bread and water had become something to fight to the death over.
Thursday, February 13th, 2014:
This day must have been the most bittersweet of them all. The schools were closed again due to the overwhelming drama that occurred the day before. Waking up to sheets of beautiful, pure, sparkling snow lining the streets, sidewalks, cars, trees etc was a truly lovely sight, something that I had not seen since moving to Charlotte from Germany 7 years ago. The realization that making it to work was impossible was a bit stressful but this is something that I think many were also expecting.
Thursday was the day of “Winter Heroes”. Our onsite living staff, nearby walking staff and overnight sleeping staff were able to make it to work, sometimes even at different properties, to keep Camden up and running. Almost all of the Camden Properties in the area were able to stay open for some form of business that day. Here are some of the stories:
Jamie Malecki, CM at Camden Dilworth, unable to make it to her own property, held it down at Camden Stonecrest. She went above and beyond by shoveling the snow herself! Work it out, girl!! Thank you for helping to make the path to the Welcome Center nice and smooth.
Laura Riss, LC at Camden Foxcroft held it down and made sure the Welcome Center was able to open. Just up the road from Foxcroft, Camden Fairview was able to stay open because Maintenance Technician, Tom Brook, opened the office. He then walked to Foxcroft to help Laura! Teamwork. Awesome guys!
No stopping our snow divas, CM Ruth Faircloth and LC Rachel McAdams from enjoying the snow while staying open at Camden Pinehurst. Oh, and then what?
These are only some of the stories of those that were able to help Camden stay open and help residents in need. We thank everyone for the amazing teamwork and for showing everyone how Camden Charlotte pulls together in time of “Apocalypse”!! hahaha!
Snow doesn’t fall as much as we wish it would in Charlotte. We are all happy to have been a part of this event….. However, this week we are expecting 70 degree weather…. Bring it on North Carolina!! We are ready!
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Did you know that there is a difference between Camden and Flappy Bird? Ok. You got me. Of course there is! Everything is different between Camden and Flappy Bird! Camden is a huge company that provides beautiful apartment homes for people to rent. Flappy Bird Continue Reading »
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