Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc.


Miami-Dade County's only 24/7  temporary home for youth in crisis.



Monthly Electronic Newsletter

May 2017



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A Message from our CEO

What a happy time of year this is for kids as they come to the close of another school year and get ready for summer break! So here's a little reminder to start making your summer plans for them now.  
As an emergency shelter, we work with children facing unimaginable situations-gang affiliated, sex trafficked, runaways, and/or abandoned by their parents.  The overwhelming thing they long for is love. PLEASE, spend time with your kids.  Hug them. Tell them you love them.  Don't take them for granted.  If you can't afford to take a vacation, that's fine.  Your kids will be ecstatic if you just spend time with them.  Let's do more than just coexist.  Let's really enjoy life with our kids this summer!!
God Bless,

You're Invited!
Client Testimonial
Event Recap

Nike Homestead 
Sponsors Shopping Spree

This month, two of our Miami Bridge youth were treated to a shopping spree at Nike Homestead! These kids demonstrated exemplary behavior over consecutive weeks and were rewarded with some very cool Nike gear! The kids' faces lit up with excitement as they tried on new running shoes, active wear and got to explore all around the store. The shopping spree meant a lot to them. Miami Bridge is very grateful for Nike Homestead's generosity and is proud of both youth for demonstrating outstanding conduct.

Pollo Tropical Sponsors
Feel Good Friday

Feel Good Friday is our way of celebrating each other and our achievements for the week. Pollo Tropical has been very kind to host Feel Good Friday today and for another two weeks at both shelter locations! Thanks to them we can enjoy our time together with some delicious food!
Jimmy Brown Honored as
Youth Care Worker of the Year!

It was a pleasure attending the 2017 Florida Network of Youth and Family Services Annual Awards Luncheon! Once again, we couldn't be more proud of our very own, Jimmy Brown, who was honored as Youth Care Worker of the Year!  As part of the Miami Bridge family,  Jimmy's passion and dedication to the agency and the youth he serves has no end.  With his care and compassion, along with perseverance to bettering the life of the kids who walk through our doors, it is no surprise that he was honored for going above and beyond by the Florida Network.  Jimmy is a true team member, provides appropriate feedback to his peers and embraces a positive respectful approach with youth and staff alike. This is one of the reasons why he was recently selected to become a certified trainer in the Youth Care Professional Certification Program. As both staff and youth agree, Jimmy is our rock!  

2017 Mercedes-Benz 
Corporate Run 

The Miami Bridge team had a blast attending the 2017 Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run this month! Thank you MBCR & TD Bank for providing the Miami Bridge team with free VIP parking at the event! Our team enjoyed running and walking the event, showcasing what it means to live a fit, healthy lifestyle alongside people from all walks of corporate life.

Special Thank You!

Art Fills the Heart Silent Auction Benefitting 
Miami Bridge 

Many thanks to local artist, Marcy Grosso, for hosting a Silent Auction benefiting Miami Bridge! Thanks to her and her talented students, we raised $1,225 at the event. The artists who exhibited ranged in age from 4 to 70, and were kind enough to auction off their art! With almost 100 people in attendance, we were able to share information and raise awareness about Miami Bridge! 
Mother's Day Flowers

We received beautiful bouquets of flowers thanks to our volunteer, Leomise Allen! Our kids enjoyed making handwritten cards on Mother's Day this past Sunday.

Upcoming Special Event

Summer BBQ at Miami Bridge

Summer is back! Enjoy some delicious BBQ on June 23rd at our Central Campus! Beat the heat with us as we celebrate Miami Bridge and this new season. Let's gather together for some fun under the sun. Community Partners are welcome to come set up tables with information about their programs. This event is sponsored by the Miami Bridge Board of Directors. To RSVP, please call (305) 636-3507.    

Miami Bridge 
1st Annual Luncheon

Save the Date! Miami Bridge will be hosting its 1st Annual Luncheon on September 14th at The Rusty Pelican! Please join us for an unforgettable reception as we celebrate our youth, staff and supporters. 

In This Issue
Volunteer Opportunities
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
  • Tutor our youth
  • Give a youth job training
  • Plan an activity for our children and teens
Volunteer Event:
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 
Shelter Needs
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!
Save the Date!
May 19-21
Redland International Orchid Show

June 23
Summer BBQ at 
Miami Bridge

April Donors
Angelica D. Zayas 
Anna Uloa-Cantos 
Chad L. Oppehnheim 
City National Bank
Darren Campbell 
John M. Hickey
John Stuart 
Leanore C. Adams 
Lesley Northup 
Madeleine K. Johnson 
Michael Feiler 
Mr. & Mrs. John Quintana
Olga Mendez 
Pamela Schafer
Ricardo Vazquez 
Roig, Tutan, Rosenberg, Martin, Stoller & Bellido, PA 
Susan King 
Teresa Canlas 
The Cozen O'Connor Foundation INC. 
Todd Giardina
Wells Fargo Bank  

Contact Us
Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc.
2810 NW South River Dr.
Miami, FL 33125
Ph. 305-635-8953
Miami Bridge Board of Directors
Marlene Quintana - PRESIDENT
Shareholder, Gray|Robinson

Alexander Lian - VICE PRESIDENT
Attorney, Lian & Associates

Beatriz Martin - TREASURER
Partner, Vizcaino Zomerfeld, LLP

Joseph Cantrell - SECRETARY
Process Manager, Greenspoon Marder Law


Michael Alvarez
Senior Vice President, Brown & Brown Insurance

Darren Campbell
Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Johane Domersant
Assistant General Counsel, Ryder System, Inc.

Mayling Exposito
Senior Vice President, Florida Community Bank

Dee Dee Fischer
Partner, Akerman LLP

Dr. Todd Giardina
Licensed Psychologist, Coral Gables Counseling Center

Peggy Fucci
President & CEO, OneWorld Properties

Jahan Islami
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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