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Navigator Mariela Hernandez, with the Orange County Food Council, learned more about the importance of school gardens on a tour with Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. School gardens teach students to care about where their food comes from, to feel more connected to the outdoors and helps them choose local/fresh foods when available. They heard stories of students singing to their plants, learned about the cultural history of food and connected the garden to their science and math curriculum.

Partner Spotlight
Dayana Bermudez
We would like to highlight Dayana Bermudez, a new hire at Compass Center. Dayana writes, "As a Bilingual Economic Advocate, my role is to help families and  survivors in the Orange County community navigate the financial system as well as provide career information. I am looking forward to helping people reach their economic goals and navigate barriers that may exist within career and financial systems. I am happy to be apart of expanding  self-sufficiency services previously only offered in English by now providing them in Spanish."
Those interested in career and or financial services can contact Compass Center at 919-968-4610.
Community Events
My Brother's Keeper Summit
All students of color, parents, and community members are invited to participate in the MBK Orange County Community Summit on Saturday, November 2nd from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm! Join us for live performances, exciting workshops, information about Community Organizations and more! This is a FREE event. Food will be served. Register here.

Saturday November 2nd
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Cedar Ridge High School
1125 New Grady Brown School Rd
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Please call (800) 956-3820 or e-mail with any questions.
The Murphey Radio Show
El Futuro

The Murphey Radio Show Benefiting El Futuro

Want to support El Futuro while spending a fun evening out?

Check out the 14th Murphey Show-- Triangle Wit, Lit, and Music!
The Triangle's own belly-laughing, Prairie Home Companion meets Grand Ole Opry radio show!
All proceeds to benefit El Futuro!

Saturday November 9th
Showtimes: 3pm (matinee) and 7pm

The Historic Murphey School
3717 Murphey School Road, Durham 27705


Recorded live, the Murphey School Radio Show is a briskly-paced variety show with music in many styles, hilarious skits poking fun at the communities of the Triangle, and memorable readings by our literary guests.
Community Input Sessions

Community Input Session Upcoming Dates

Whitted Human Services Center, Room 230
Date: Tuesday November 12th
Address: 300 W. Tryon St. Hillsborough, NC 27278
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room B
Date: Friday November 15th
Address: 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm 

Southern Human Services Center, Room AB
Date: Thursday November 21st
Address: 2501 Homestead Rd. Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

RSVP to Catherine Tapp, CJRD Administrative Assistant at
got space?
Hope Renovations
Got space?  Know someone who does?  Wanting to move to a new space?  Hope Renovations is desperately seeking space for their operations and we would love to talk to you! 
Hope Renovations’ workforce development program will be training unemployed and underemployed women in Orange County in the skills they need to seek living-wage jobs in the construction trades.  We are in need of workshop space where we can set up our tools and make some sawdust!  If you are aware of 750+ SF that could make a great training workshop, or if your agency is looking for a new space an interested in sharing, please contact Nora Spencer at or 919-921-8460. 
EmPOWERment Fundraiser

EmPOWERment Fundraiser

If you love food, music, and a good time, you want to save this date:

When: November 15, 2019
Where: The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, NC
Why is EmPOWERment, Inc. roasting Bill Smith?
Bill Smith, in his career as chef at Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill, built a national reputation for his food. Closer to home, he used his food to build community. His kitchen is a blend of local ingredients and traditions flavored by the new influences of the people who have recently arrived, bringing their won tastes and traditions to the evolving South.

EmPOWERment, Inc.’s building is adjacent to Crook’s Corner and like Bill, it is involved in building a diverse, vibrant community where the arc of its history bends toward justice and our better angels.

When Bill Smith announced his retirement, EmPOWERment, Inc. knew it had to honor him for his long-time support of the organization and for their shared missions.

About the Roast
The event will feature a grazing menu as regional chefs honor Bill by preparing dishes he has inspired, with their own delicious twists. It will be an evening of music, food, and laughter.

Father Child Relationships
The Duke Center for Child and Family Policy presents the Sulzberger Distinguished Lecture: Father-Child Relationships: How and Why They Matter for Children’s Development, featuring Natasha Cabrera, November 19, 3:00 to 4:30 PM, Sanford Building, Rhodes Conference Room (223).
Sign Language Story Time
Chapel Hill Public Library

Sign Language Story Time

When: November 17th at 11:00 am
Where: Chapel Hill Public Library
             100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Children and their grownups are invited to enjoy stories, songs, and activities featuring American Sign Language by Chapel Hill parent Melissa Coward. 
Become a US Citizen
Become a US Citizen
Visit Orange Literacy at: :
Spanish Exploration Program
The IDEA Project

IDEA Project

Students, teachers and staff in the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools can use their school ID number for easy access to all Chapel Hill Public Library resources.  The IDEA Project lets you do everything you can do with a library card - check out print books, audio books, and DVDS, download digital materials, and login to research databases. 
Free Prep Preview
Juniors take the ACT test in NC high schools on February 25, 2020! Attend this class to find out how to get your student on the right track for this important exam.

The session includes a strategy session focused on sample test questions, info about using test scores to get college scholarships, and an ongoing Q&A during which participants get all their ACT and SAT questions answered. REGISTER NOW.

For more information on APlus Test Prep & Academic Services click here.
Sriacha-Glazed Chicken w Paprika Butternut Squash

Sriracha-Glazed Chicken with Paprika Butternut Squash

The spicy Sriracha packs a ton of flavor into this Asian chicken dish. And while the chicken is best with a long stint in the marinade—up to 24 hours—if you’re short on time, 10 to 15 minutes in the marinade will do. American Heart Association.
Sriracha-Glazed Chicken


Servings  4  

For the butternut squash:

    One, 4- lb large butternut squash (peeled, seeded, diced)
    Two, 2- lb medium butternut squash (peeled, seeded, diced)
    2 Tbsp. canola oil
    1 tsp. sweet paprika or smoked paprika
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp ground Black pepper

For the Sriracha-glazed chicken:

    2 Tbsp. Sriracha hot sauce
    2 Tbsp. canola oil
    2 tsp. maple syrup
    1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
    1/4 tsp. ground Black pepper
    4, 6- oz. thinly sliced chicken breasts



For the butternut squash:

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Cut the butternut squash in half vertically. Use a vegetable peeler or a knife to remove the peel. Remove the seeds with a spoon and discard. Cut squash into a 1-inch dice.

Add butternut squash cubes onto a large foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, paprika, salt, and pepper. Use a spatula or clean hands to toss ingredients together. Make sure the squash is on a single layer on the baking sheet.

Cook in preheated oven until soft, about 30 to 35 minutes, shaking the pan halfway through the cooking process. Serve with the chicken.

For the Sriracha-glazed chicken:

Into a large resealable plastic bag, add marinade ingredients: Sriracha, canola oil, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper. Add chicken breasts into the bag, making sure the chicken is well-coated with marinade. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes (and start the butternut squash while it sits) or place chicken in the refrigerator to marinate for up to 24 hours.

To cook, into a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add chicken breasts and all the marinade liquid. Use tongs to frequently turn the chicken breasts to be coated in marinade, and sauté until chicken is fully cooked, around 8 to 10 minutes depending on thickness. Remove from heat and serve.

Tip: Double the recipe and use the extra chicken and squash to stuff inside a tortilla wrap for lunches, along with spinach leaves and fat-free feta cheese.

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Family Success Alliance

300 W. Tryon St., Hillsborough, NC 27278

FSA staff work at the Orange County Health Department.

Manager of Family Engagement: Dana Crews 
(919) 245-2458 or

Program Manager: Meredith McMonigle 
(919) 245-2071 or

Zone 4 Navigators
Antonia Cortes Sanchez - (919) 695-5982 or
Claudia Yerena - (984) 209-3864
Rhonda Morales -  (919) 698-3925 or

Zone 6 Navigators
Erika Cervantes - (984) 209-3723 or
LaKaya Craig - (919) 695-2271 or
Mariela Hernandez - (919) 695-6969 or
Ling Oy - (919) 257-9960 or
Jena Dolby -  (919) 698-9152 or

Informatics Manager: Juliet Sheridan
(919) 245-2409 or

Communications Manager: Kristin Prelipp
(919) 245-2462 or

Communications Specialist: Zannie Gunn
(919) 245-2410 or


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