Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc.
Miami-Dade County's only 24/7 temporary home for youth in crisis

Monthly Electronic Newsletter
February 2018 
“Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to the families of our fallen heroes at Marjory Stonewall Douglas High School. Hug a child, your child, any child today.”
ENCHANTED NIGHTS GALA 2018

Miami Bridge invites you on a magical journey. 
Enchanted Nights Gala, presented by Ryder System, Inc.! 
Our annual fundraiser will take place at the Coral Gables Country Club on Saturday, April 14, 2018 and will be an exciting evening sure to impress, enchant and delight.

Please join Miami Bridge for cocktails, bountiful food, and quality entertainment, all the while supporting the organization’s mission to provide refuge, protection and specialized care to youth and
families in crisis.     
VALENTINE’S DAY AT THE BRIDGE
Valentine's Day at Miami Bridge is more than just about cupid and hearts, our celebration was centered around treating one another with compassion and understanding. It is important to note that amidst difficult times, love and empathy opens our eyes to a more positive outlook. We reflected on our loved ones and celebrated individuality. Miami Bridge staff took the time to decorate a beautiful candy bar for our youth to enjoy. Not only was the table a sweet sight, but truly delicious. What a treat!
HOMESTEAD/FLORIDA CITY MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SPIRIT OF THE COMMUNITY AWARD
Miami Bridge is proud to announce that our Homestead campus was honored with the Homestead/Florida City Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit of the Community Award- Not for Profit at this year’s City of Homestead's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Breakfast. This annual gathering served as a morning of celebration and contemplation as everyone from distinguished dignitaries to the youngest children reflected on the struggles of the past and dreams for the future. We are humbled to have been selected as recipients of this great honor and hope to continue providing refuge and assistance to youth and families in the Homestead community.
MIAMI BRIDGE ATTENDS THE THIRD ANNUAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS WALK
Human Trafficking is the second most profitable crime business in the U.S., only behind drugs. In recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Month in January, Florida National University, its POWERHOUSE Steering Committee, and the Dr. Jose Regueiro Foundation hosted the Third Annual Human Trafficking Awareness Walk at the nearby FNU Hialeah Campus on January 25th. The Miami Bridge team had a fantastic time taking part in the walk and supporting an incredible cause!
KIDS GET CRAFTY DURING MENTORSHIP PROGRAM'S VISION BOARD EVENT
Turning vision into reality. Thank you  S&S Global , Samantha Scalzo, Alfred Karram Jr., The Face of Childhood Hunger,  Publix  and our amazing volunteers for hosting a very special vision board event during Miami Bridge's Tuesday mentorship session. Our youth learned about crafting vision boards that cater to long-term goals along with the power of positive affirmation and visualization to make your dreams come true.
CELEBRATING THE OPENING OF THE NEW ANTONIO MACEO PARK
Our staff and youth had a great time taking part in the Antonio Maceo Park New Community Building Addition GRAND OPENING CEREMONY !
Delighted to see Mayor  Francis Suarez Commissioner Wifredo Willy Gort , County  Commissioner Rebeca Sosa  and many other community leaders take part in cutting the ceremonial ribbon.
THANK YOU Little Lighthouse Foundation for bringing peace and reflection to our youth during your weekly mindful hour program. During times of crisis and uncertainty, it allows our kids and teens to find a moment of peace and reorient themselves and their priorities with de-stressing techniques. If you would like to volunteer at Miami Bridge please scroll down to view our volunteer opportunities.
Thank you to 101.5 LITE FM's midday host, Gayle Garton, for having Miami Bridge's Board Secretary, Joseph Cantrell over at the studio to talk about our organization's far-reaching services, the large amount of individuals that we serve, as well as the upcoming Enchanted Nights Gala, taking place on Saturday, April 14th.
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:
We are partnering with N. I. Kouture Jewelry for the holiday season. Not only can you take care of your holiday shopping but also support us in the process. For each gift purchased, we receive a 25% donation from each N. I. Kouture piece.

You must enter the coupon code: miamibridge