In the world of reality TV, it can be hard to separate fact from scripted sensationalism. But with Ghost Tracker Ghost Tours, visitors can see firsthand how the investigators on Ghost Tracker TV gauge the paranormal activity of reputed hauntings, and will even get to help document the spooky goings-on. Using the tools showcased on the screen—including EMF readers and K2 meters—tour-goers track the level of paranormal activity at 5–7 haunted sites, all while listening to their guide recount stories of the old court house or the hanging tree. During their 90 minutes of ghost hunting, guests maintain a leisurely pace while covering less than a mile of ground, allowing them ample time to peer around with cameras for spectral images that can’t be seen with the human eye. Some tours may be filmed for the show, so guests may be asked to sign a waver in order to enjoy their 15 minutes of fame.
When Amy, a little girl with leukemia, was unable to fulfill her wish to visit Orlando’s theme parks before she passed away, hotelier Henri Landwirth vowed that he’d never let a child in need’s wish go unfilled again. So he enlisted his colleagues in the hospitality and theme-park industries to help him make his vow a reality. His idea, Give Kids The World, expanded to a 70-acre resort village with more than 140 villa accommodations for wish children and their families, plus entertainment attractions and fun activities specially designed for children with special needs. The organization works with wish-granting organizations, such as Make-A-Wish Foundation, to fulfill any wishes to visit Orlando-area theme parks. In 2011, more than 7,000 wish children and their families from all 50 states and 25 countries visited the resort for a cost-free vacation.
Share the Care's five adult daycare centers provide activities within a safe, friendly environment for physically and cognitively impaired adults, including those with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease. Enrollees can stay at the center for anywhere from a few hours to the entire workday, and each center is staffed with on-site nurses and experienced care providers to ensure safety. To help improve the mental and physical health of its clients, Share the Care would like to incorporate the Xbox 360 with Kinect into their daily activities. Since it tracks body movements and does not require a controller, the Xbox 360 with Kinect can encourage mental and physical activity among aging or disabled adults. The system supports a variety of games that aim to improve balance and coordination through physical activity, which may also aid in decreasing symptoms of depression and loneliness.
At the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County’s resource center, the Senator Philip D. Lewis Center, more than 360 individuals experiencing homelessness arrived seeking refuge and safety in the first 30 days it was open. Often, these individuals—who may be children, teens, or adults—arrive with everything they own in a garbage bag. Today the coalition hopes to provide each such visitor with a warm welcome that includes a simple, sturdy cloth tote bag or backpack full of the small necessities that may comfort a child or teen, or restore the dignity and self-respect of an adult.
The center—a one-stop resource for housing assistance and provisions for individuals experiencing homelessness—is but a piece of a larger 10-year plan to end homelessness in Palm Beach County. The coalition actively partners with the County and Homeless Advisory Board in pinpointing cracks in current programs and identifying the practical steps necessary to prevent and sustainably end homelessness long term.
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