"Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." - Galatians 6:9
Have you missed us?
I believe that transparency is important, and as such, I also feel that it is important to apologize for the lack of a newsletter over the past several months. While we have not published much outside of our Annual Gala news, we have not been idle. There is so much going on at Miami Bridge and we are excited about what the future holds. In the coming months you can expect a new and improved website, which we have been hard at work on. We also have several events over the next few months, including a Silent Auction next Saturday where we will launch our new jewelry line - made by our volunteers and staff. We are looking forward to the summer as we have lots of fun plans for our youth, which we look forward to sharing with you! We are still recovering from the excitement of having 500 of you join us for our Annual Gala! We may have been quiet lately, but that's because we have been hard at work! Please enjoy this special edition "Recap" newsletter and look for regular newsletters returning next month.
Thanks and God bless,
ABA Homeless Youth Legal Network and Youth2Work Resource Fair
Thanks to everyone who helped out and tabled at our
American Bar Association
Homeless Youth Legal Network and Youth2Work Resource Fair hosted at our Central Campus! Organizations such as Hope, Inc., Miami Dade College, Career Source SFL, and Job Corps were present to assist with career inquiries by providing leadership development, career coaching and skills training.The event proved to be a valuable resource for young adults trying to find a job in Miami-Dade!
The Little Lighthouse
The Little Lighthouse Foundation
has been enriching our youth's time with us through their Mindful Hour & Fit Club programs. The kids and teens really enjoy taking part in their countless, collaborative activities.
Miami Bridge Takes Tallahassee
Miami Bridge's CEO Dorcas Wilcox and Deputy CEO/CFO Steve Hope met with Florida officials in Tallahassee. Our organization would like to thank Representative Robert Asencio, Representative Cynthia Stanford, Representative Carlos Trujillo, Senator Anitere Flores, Representative Jeanette Nunez, Florida Network's Stacy Gromatski and Megan Picnic for taking the time to meet with us and hear all about Miami Bridge's philanthropic work in the community.
Miami Youth Fair 2017
We were fortunate to have an anonymous donor gift us 75 admission tickets to take our
youth to the Miami Youth Fair. Thanks to POP ticket donations by fellow supporters, the kids got to experience all the thrill rides and activities at this year's fair.
Miami Bridge Board Member, Dr. Todd Giardina,
Robin Schafer & daughter, Juliette Giardina
We are very thankful for Dr. Todd and Robin taking their time during Lent to make a difference at Miami Bridge! They brought in plastic bins which were then labeled for tops and bottoms, men and women and by size. They then sorted all the donated clothing--with a little help from a very joyous, almost 3 year old volunteer! We are so grateful for their help!
Out My Closet
We were beyond excited to have Out My Closet's second pop-up shop at Miami Bridge's Central Campus. Thank you for providing clothing and accessories for our youth along with conducting highly engaging empowerment workshops!
Art Fills the Heart Silent
Join us May 6th at Rinconcito 107 Latino Restaurant for a very special Silent Art Auction presented by "I Can Paint Art Academy." Thank you to the academy's talented art students for donating their work for this gracious event!
Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run
Getting excited for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run this month! Thank you MBCR & TD Bank for providing the Miami Bridge team with free VIP Parking for the event!
We encourage our community to volunteer and participate with our youth. Any assistance can make a difference in a child's life.
Here are ways you can help:
- Data entry (up to 10 hours per week)
- Become a mentor through our Mentoring Program
- Give a youth job training
- Plan an activity for our children and teens
Dinner is an opportunity to dine and fellowship with the Bridge Family. We are looking for individuals, families, or groups to come in, prepare dinner and eat with our wonderful staff and kids. We can provide the food or you may bring your own food as well!
Please note: Uncooked food must be prepared on our premises. We WILL welcome you with a huge smile and a loving environment.
The volunteer hours for cooking dinner for the youth are 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM. (daily)
If you would like to volunteer, serve as a mentor or plan an activity for our youth, please call
Many of our children arrive with little to no personal belongings. We can always use NEW pajamas and undergarments. New sneakers are always helpful too. Your donations are very much appreciated!
April 26- April 30
75 Years of EFE Images Art Exhibit
Art Fills the Heart Silent Art Auction
Redland International Orchid Show
Cathy & Bill Kahn
Church Woman United in South Dade
Clementine D. Moore
EV Clay Associates
J. Garland Culbreath
Maria Teresa Torano
One World Properties Group
Paula C. Festa
Pozen Family Fund
Publix Super Markets Charities
Regina K Guben
Ros- Lehtinen for Congress
The Ruth Darden Foss Trust
MTNG USA Corp
Bensworth Capital Partners
Carla J Fontana
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete
Gaston Jewelry Studio, Inc.
India Gems International
Intl House of Time
Iza & Sons
Joseph Selem, MD
Judge Bronwyn Miller
Judge Laura Stuzin
Judge Spencer Multack
Lissete Montes de Oca
Michele Marie King
Robert & Sheila Caplan
Ryder System, Inc.
Vl Real Estate Group
Watch Buyers, Inc.
Zeff's Continental Jewelers, Inc.
Alfred Karram Jr.
Florencia de Freitas
H Frances Reaves
Jean Pierre Dadaglio
Judith Fischer Reinach
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Michael Andrew Sastre
Mr. & Mrs. Amedeo Guazzini
Mr. & Mrs. Bert Del Valle
Ms. Sandra Landman Lapciuc
Teresa I Lowenthal
The Russell & Ronale Galbut Family Foundation
Verdeja, De Armas & Trujillo, LLP
Victoria del Pino
Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc.
2810 NW South River Dr.
Miami, FL 33125
Miami Bridge Board of Directors
Marlene Quintana - PRESIDENT
Alexander Lian - VICE PRESIDENT
Attorney, Lian & Associates
Beatriz Martin - TREASURER
Partner, Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP
Joseph Cantrell - SECRETARY
Process Manager, Greenspoon Marder Law
Judy Reinach - DIRECTOR EMERITUS
Senior Vice President, Brown & Brown Insurance
Director, Cushman & Wakefield
Assistant General Counsel, Ryder System, Inc.
Senior Vice President, Florida Community Bank
Dee Dee Fischer
Partner, Akerman LLP
Dr. Todd Giardina
Licensed Psychologist, Coral Gables Counseling Center
President & CEO, OneWorld Properties
Attorney, Cozen O'Connor
Alfred Karram, Jr.
Owner & Chief Designer, AKJ Design Concepts LLC
Patrick Erin Murphy
U.S. Congressman, FL 18th District
Julie Harris Nelson
Partner, ROIG Lawyers
Dr. Dorcas Wilcox
CEO, Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services
Province "Boo" Zamek
President, JustAskBoo, LLC
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