After months of planning and anticipation, LEAP’s first annual Second Chance Soiree finally happened! Ten years were compassionately celebrated in one truly heart-warming evening. A week later, much to my dismay, for me it is already a total blur.

I do recall the beautiful familiar faces of our volunteers who reported for duty an hour before show time.

I also remember dancing at the end of the evening to DJ Oly with friends and die-hard LEAP supporters Carson and Sarah.

My other memory is of Leesa’s beautiful rendition of Throw it Away – one of my favorite songs ever . Performances by Brenda and compelling testimonies by Zo and Cafe wrapped up the evening for an uplifting time that had everyone up and dancing.

Then there was the quick hug with Fran who facilitated LEAP’s first ever grant from the women’s fund, photographer Andy’s reassuring smile, the wonderfully rowdy group from Lush Cosmetics, posing for goofy photos with Commissioner Eileen Higgens, quick hellos to childhood friends, and other fleeting flashbacks.

The main thing I remember is the love and compassion. The support radiating from the 200+ guests who showed up to celebrate LEAP graduates and our 10 years of service.

My takeaway from the evening is that members of the LEAP community know how to have a good time. And, without exception, they believe in redemption and second chances just as much as our Founders, Board of Directors and LEAP team do!

Thank you for your attendance. Your very presence shows compassion and empathy for our LEAPer's. To everyone who showed up, everyone who bought tickets but could not attend, everyone who bid on our silent auction, everyone who volunteered: Thank you.

Let compassion resonate within you and commit to our efforts of reuniting outstanding women with society and become a recurring donor. For as little as $10 a month, you can significantly impact the second chance of a LEAP graduate by helping her hit the ground running, and not a wall. Donate today by clicking COMPASSION or donate button below.

See you next year!

Mahlia Lindquist, Esq.
Executive Director

Photography by Phil Avello and Marsha Bradley

¨Compassion is the action that each and every one of you took by coming here today¨

When asked to describe what "compassion" meant to them, each member of LEAP's eighteenth graduating class had a different answer, perspective and approach, but to Rebecca Caraballo, compassion meant something simple...showing up.

Second chances start with small steps and Rebecca has already made a huge leap (pun intended) by completing the LEAP program and is on her path toward a new chapter in her life with her husband, and daughter Joselyn.

Join us in welcoming Rebecca home and wishing her a bright tomorrow!

Photograph by Starr Sariego

Did you know the fashion industry's carbon impact is bigger than the airline industry? This, and other environmentally disturbing facts are circulating as global leaders are attempting to alleviate an overgrowing problem. Solution? Thrift shop! Although a small step, thrift shopping is a simple solution that helps lessen the carbon impact on our planet!

Visit LEAP's Dragonfly Thrift Boutique for gently donned clothing, housewares, records, record players, jewelry, vintage typewriters and other one-of-a-kind treasures, including mid-century modern furniture finds unlike any your have seen.

We are a Miami favorite and we have touched the hearts of many shoppers as they see first hand where LEAP graduates are given a second chance at employment while focusing on sustainability through second hand thrifting. Stop by...goodies are always popping up on a daily basis!

Now open until 6 pm on Saturday's and starting Sunday, October 13th, we will be open on Sundays!

REMEMBER Every Saturday is 25% off the entire store. But beware, some of our nicest items are gone before the weekend!

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Item No. 702 Mindfulness Meditation Package
Valued at $180
Item No. 206 Jungle Island Admission for (2)
Valued at $100
Item No. 204 Ecological Everglades Day Excursion for (8)
Valued at $3,000
Item No. 406 Jewelry Fabrication Course for Beginners
There are some exclusive items available for a limited time only. These items will not last long! Now that the Holiday season is approaching, many of these items and services will make great gifts, corporate team building gifts, and so much more! For more information or a full list of items available click HERE . You can also bid on these items featured heere by clicking"BID" and emailing item number and best offer . Happy Bidding!
Item No. 718 Coaching Session with Karina Zabner
Valued at $300
Item No. 704 Three month membership at The Biltmore Hotel Health Club for (2)
Valued at $1,235
Item No. 505 Kids coding classes (3) month membership
Valued at $550
For the past 10 years, we have quietly provided life altering education and support to women transitioning from prison in Florida, a state where only 14% of women in prison have access to programming. We are virtually the only program in the state that provides comprehensive programming geared exclusively toward women transitioning from prison. Programming that includes entrepreneurship, employable skills training and trauma-informed substance abuse classes, where less than 5% of graduates return to prison (in comparison to a recidivism rate of over 50% nationally.)

And that’s not all. LEAP recently opened a transitional home, because women coming out of prison are ineligible for homeless services. A year ago, we introduced the Dragonfly Thrift Boutique where we hire our graduates because jobs for women coming out of prison are almost impossible to come by. 

But we can't do this without YOU . Thank you for your continued support and partnership! We strive to continue our partnership in standing together in the name of compassion and second chances!