THE MIAMI PHYSICIANS FISHING TOURNAMENT WRAPS UP
The 32nd Annual Miami Physicians Fishing Tournament wrapped up its weekend of family fun, but not before raising funds for Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services. 

The event took place from June 20-23 at the Playa Largo Resort in Key Largo, Florida. Attendees were greeted with a captain’s meeting and welcome luau upon arrival, followed by two days of competitive fishing in Key Largo. Young participants also had an opportunity to reel in some fun during the Kids Fishing Challenge! 

Sponsors such as  PepsiCo TD  Bank,  VITAS Healthcare Vineyard Vines VCS Tech Systems Que Belle Event Production and Marketing , West Gables Rehabilitation Hospital and many more helped bring this event to life. We are grateful for this team of South Florida's leading physicians for bringing together individuals from all walks of life to celebrate the love of fishing and giving back to the community.

Catch a glimpse into all the fun with a snippet of the official 2019 Miami Physicians Fishing Tournament recap video above.
EVENT RECAP
HAPPY 34TH BIRTHDAY, MIAMI BRIDGE !
"Don't just count your years, make your years count." - George Meredith

Thank you to our supporters, staff, volunteers, and youth for joining us on a hot, summer afternoon for a birthday bbq celebrating Miami Bridge's 34th year serving the South Florida community! Our annual event featured food, treats, and activities. Local families and long-time supporters celebrated our positive community impact together at our free summer event. Needless to say, our water slide was a massive hit with our kids.

Congratulations to our very own Antoinette Graham for being named this year’s Employee of the Year and a special recognition to our staff award winners for their daily contribution to our mission; YOU play a vital role in helping Miami Bridge continue to make a difference for every child that walks through our doors. Cheers to another 34 years in service!
AN OPEN SPACE TO DANCE
Prom should be inclusive. The only thing our kids should worry about on this special night is HAVING FUN!

For 24 years, Pridelines has hosted a Youth Prom where youth get to be themselves, express themselves openly, and bring whoever they want as a date in a safe space. More than 60 teenagers and young adults attended the “Once Upon A Time” themed prom at the North Shore Community Center in Miami Beach. Thank you Pridelines for inviting Miami Bridge's youth and staff to participate in this year's amazing LGBTQ Prom!

Click here to learn more about the annual event.
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH GIRAFFES
These moments put things in perspective for our team. Our youth have gone through so much and we are grateful for our incredible local and national supporters. Thanks to  Miami Bridge  Champions like Z oo Miami , we get to create positive memories with our b ridge kids  that will last a lifetime. We will never forget the looks on our kids' faces when they got to be up close and personal with some friendly giraffes at the zoo.
THANK YOU, MOTOROLA
Thank you to Motorola for choosing Miami Bridge as your grant recipient. We are grateful for your support of our mission and hope to strengthen our future partnership.

Special thanks to Kevin Moran from the American Red Cross for assisting our team with this latest grant!
A VISIT BY MOUNT HERMON AME CHURCH GROUP
Mount Hermon AME Church Group in Miami Gardens came to volunteer at our Miami Central Campus this month. Youth participated in arts and crafts activity, and volunteers also donated 56 towels and 147 washcloths to our shelter. We are so grateful for their contribution as well as their time with us. Thank you for your support and for thinking of our youth with your kind donations.
MIAMI BRIDGE SPOTLIGHT
Lashonda Chavis leads the team of four as the Director of Admissions at Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services. As a Miami native, she started at the agency 20 years ago after graduating from Florida International University. Her passion and drive to impact lives in the community still holds true more than two decades later.

The Admissions Department is the first line of contact for families or individuals in the community seeking help with youth who are experiencing issues like homelessness, trouble with school, etc.      

“This is where families can come when they are having a crisis with their youth,” said Chavis. “We provide service for youth that are 6 to 17.”

Before a child is admitted into the Miami Bridge Central shelter, a member from the admissions department meets with each child and parent and begins the intake process, educating each family on the resources that are readily available. 

A few of the programs at Miami Bridge, include intensive home services, aftercare planning, parenting classes, individual and family counseling, mentoring and more. All in an effort to improve the parent to youth relationship and to keep the child in line with their goals.  

"Every time you touch a family... that is the joy that this job brings me, because you are solving the crisis at hand,” said Chavis. “So, anything that we are able to do to touch or resolve the issues it brings me joy.”

The Admissions Department is open from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Also, employees work on-call 24/7, to make themselves available to the community.

Miami Bridge has served over 409 families this school year. Although the shelter is open 24/7, stepping outside of the building and into the community is pivotal. Within the past three months, admissions staff participated in 16 outreach events.

“We all work as a team within the agency,” said Chavis. “Every staff member goes out into the community and spreads the word about Miami Bridge; we take turns to go to different events.”

For many, Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services is a saving grace and staple in the community. Chavis enjoys the family atmosphere at Miami Bridge and working together as a team. 

She will be celebrating her 21st anniversary with Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services on August 24th.
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