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NAKIA L. BOWLING February 1, 2011 Miami Country Day School Mrs. Sheryl Pipers 601 Northeast 107th Street North Miami, FL 33161-7199 Dear Mrs. Pipers: First and foremost, thank you for taking the time out to conduct an interview with me. I truly enjoyed speaking with and expanding on my unique qualifications. I wanted to take a few minutes to express why I believe I would be a good fit for the Communications Director position. First and foremost, I am a journalist at heart. I love the field of communications and all that it encompasses. While I am not a practicing journalist at the moment, I am very much still a part of that coveted circle. I bring with me what I like to call "The Best of Both Worlds." I have been on both sides of the communications sword: as a working journalist and as a public relations/communications professional. I am well-versed in writing in AP style, which means, I can produce "ready made" articles for print publications. I write 30 second broadcast messages that are concise, yet informative. I can spin any angle of any story for any type of media; whether it's for mainstream media or community- based media. As illustrated in my resume, I have a substantial background in working in the nonprofit sector, primarily in the South Florida community. As the Program Director for The Carrie Meek Foundation, I am responsible for the preparation, writing and submission of grant proposals. I oversee the Corporate Tax Credit program at the Foundation as well as supervise the selection process for the Foundation’s mini grant program. In addition to my grant management duties, I have designed and implemented programs that have reached across, culturally diverse and economically diverse lines. The Hip Hop 4 Health program that I manage at The Foundation reaches approximately 2,000 middle school aged youth in Miami-Dade County, through the various health workshops and the climaxing grand finale. For the past several months I have been serving as the Interim Executive Director at The Foundation. In this new role I am responsible for the overall management of the organization. I have successfully revamped the agency’s website, implemented a new fundraising campaign, as well as assisted in an $80 million dollar economic development deal for the Opa-locka Airport. I was also implemented The Foundation’s new virtual board meeting program. This program also

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NAKIA L. BOWLING allows the board of directors to meet face-to-face virtually. The program I implemented will also allow for the board of directors to get podcasts of the monthly board meetings. Perhaps the most telling sign that I am the missing piece to the puzzle, is my vast experience in the area of journalism and communications. Every position that I have worked in, has required a good amount of public relations and communications functions. I won't bore you with a litany of work experience and duties; my resume speaks for itself. I truly hope that you will consider me for this position. I believe my skills, background, and enthusiasm for learning new things will prove to be an asset to your organization and your target audience. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration. Best Regards,

Nakia Bowling Nakia Bowling

Nakia L. Bowling 1861 NW 111th STREET• MIAMI, FL 33167 PHONE (305) 726-3673• ALTERNATE PHONE (305) 710-7159 E-MAIL: NAKIA.BOWLING@GMAIL.COM

OBJECTIVE To obtain an upper management that will afford me the opportunity to utilize my acquired skills. PROFESSIONAL PROFILE More than five (6) years professional experience as a public relations specialist. More than three (5) years experience as a professional reporter for a reputable newspaper. Proven track record to successfully pitch stories and events to local and regional media. Program management and program development skills. Proven track record as a skilled grant writer Proven track record as an event planner Exceptional software knowledge of such programs as Publisher, Power Point, Quark, Word and Print Shop. EDUCATION 1993-1997

S.C. State University B.A., Mass Communication

Orangeburg, S.C.

EXPERIENCE January 2008-Present Carrie Meek Foundation Miami, FL Program Director: Performs a variety of duties essential to the day-to-day management of The Carrie Meek Foundation’s community outreach programs including but not limited to Soul Lives in The City, The Carrie Meek Scholarship Program, The Carrie Meek Leadership Institute for Girls, Hip Hop 4 Health, The Carrie Meek Congressional Classroom and the Opa-locka Airport Economic Development Project (program details are available at www.carriemeekfoundation). I am responsible for managing the staff, the budget, the implementation and the evaluation of each of the programs. I am responsible for planning and designing the Carrie P. Meek Congressional Classroom, that occurs each year in Washington, D.C. during the Congressional Black Caucus. I am responsible for planning and implementing the Foundation’s annual Hip Hop 4 Health program that attracts more than 2,000 middle school aged youth. I am responsible for the overall public relations and communication affairs in the office. I am responsible for writing and developing all communication pieces that are presented to the general public, i.e. brochures, newsletters and informational cards. I am responsible for developing all copy for inclusion on the company’s website that is currently in the revamping stages. Pitch story ideas about the agency and the Executive Director to local and regional media. Serve as the liaison between the Miami-Dade County Board Commissioner’s Communications Office and the agency. Serve as the agency’s spokesperson for all media inquiries. .org); I work under the supervision of the Executive Director of the Foundation. Interim Executive Director: From September 2010 to present, I have served as the Interim Executive Director of The Foundation. In this role, I am responsible for managing all aspects of the Foundation’s operation. I oversaw the annual audit, performed the end of the year wrap up, and oversaw the fiscal management of the agency’s $1.5 million dollar budget. I am responsible for hiring and training new staff as well as the hiring of legal and fiscal consultants. I am responsible

for communicating with the Board of Directors as well as implementing policies set by the Board of Directors. Achievements 1. Successfully designed and implemented the Carrie Meek Congressional Classroom in Washington, D.C. that drew over 400 participants. 2. Successfully organized and implemented the Hip Hop 4 Health program in 22 middle schools in Miami-Dade County for the last three years. 3. Successfully developed the Carrie P. Meek Leadership Institute for Girls, which is now being considered as a national model by the Office of Women’s Health. 4. Successfully achieved media exposure for the Foundation including a feature article in The Miami Herald. 5. Developed a Foundation newsletter that is distributed countywide, including distribution in all Miami-Dade County Commissioner’s offices. 6. Developed a new agency corporate/press kit and brochure. 7. Developed a successful public relations campaign to promote the Foundation’s Scholarship program, which resulted in increased student participation. 8. Successfully secured 60K in grant funding to fund The Carrie P. Meek Leadership Institute for Girls. April 2007-January 2008 The Miami Times Miami, FL May 1998-July 2000 Miami, FL Editor: Responsible for editing and proofreading a variety of copy, educational and promotional materials in diverse therapeutic areas. Responsible to locate and correct errors in spelling, punctuation, and grammar for healthcare and pharmaceutical brand-related communications that include sales aids, brochures, patient education pieces, and ads that appear in publications. In addition, this incumbent would check copy for adherence to AMA, agency, and client style requirements. In addition, this position is responsible for checking laser proofs, mechanicals, and blueprints for typographical errors and inconsistencies in the use of graphic elements. Copyedited AP and wire stories, supervised interns and conducted research for story background. Achievements 1 Successfully produced a minimum of ten (10) lead and feature stories weekly for print in the paper. 2 Developed weekly movie column on newly released movies. 3 Supervised two (2) interns and managed their mentoring and writing sessions. 4 Conducted thorough research for stories produced in the paper. January 2005-January 2007 National WN Foundation Washington, D.C. Public Relations Associate: Created strategic public relations plans for the foundation’s public affairs activities and issues. Researched and applied for funding opportunities. Outreached to national media by pitching news stories, served as spokesperson and set up interviews for WN Executive Director. Worked with the Washington, DC National Office public relations staff and affairs. Served as a national spokesperson on the Chipata, Zambia project. Achievements 1 Implemented Public Relations strategic plans by writing releases, pitching stories to media, serving as spokesperson and setting up interviews for WN representatives. 2 Successfully secured $400K in grant funding for the foundation. 3 Created public relations plans for public affairs issues involving the global AIDS crisis in

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Chipata, Zambia. Developed website content, newsletters and press kits for the foundation Collaborated with internal staff clients such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Zambia Embassy in achieving their public outreach goals through the media or internal publications. Served as a resource to the national media by providing information, appeared on news programs as a guest, and organized guest appearances for WN representatives.

June 2004-December 2004 Camillus House Miami, FL Grants Manager: Responsible for managing over 5 million dollars in grant funding through various local, state and federal grants. Responsible for completing and submitting grant proposals and renewals. Coordinated and composed monthly reports for funding sources. Achievements 1 Managed all Camillus House grant activities, working with Program Development, Finance, and Executive Management to develop and maintain grant funding 2 Prepared and submitted all public and private grant proposals resulting in over 1 million dollars in renewed funding. 3 Coordinated the development and timely submission of reports to funding agencies 4 Monitored all grant reporting and other compliance deadlines and updating appropriate program and administrative staff on a regular basis 5 Researched, screened, and followed up on potential funding sources 6 Conducted research concerning community needs and programmatic resources; maintained all research materials 7 Maintained in-depth prospect files and tracking systems 8 Developed written program language for all Camillus House programs and projects 9 Provided support to the Director of Program Development and Director of Quality Effectiveness in conducting assessments of programmatic and financial needs of all programs December 2002-June 2004 M.O.V.E.R.S., Inc. Miami, FL Program Director: Managed a program of three (3) staff members and three (3) consultants. Oversaw and managed an annual budget of $400,000. Responsible for overall administration under the direction of the Executive Director and execution of the entire program, as well as day-to-day operations of the “Faith Based Institute for HIV Prevention. Additional responsibilities included facilitation of the curriculum process, training, and special events. Responsible for locating the appropriate consultants and overseeing their activities as well as assisting in the development of the capacity building/technical assistance curriculum. Managed all phases of report preparation including data gathering. Conducted technical assistance and capacity building workshops as appropriate. Achievements 1 Successfully secured more than 200 pastors from across the state to participate in the MOVERS’ BCIA (Black Church In Action) program. 2 Developed and implemented faith-based, capacity building curriculums for workshops across the State of Florida. 3 Developed media and pr materials to promote the goals and image of the BCIA program. 4 Wrote press releases and pitched stories to local and regional media. 5 Wrote and developed copy content for the newly designed MOVERS/BCIA website. 6 Secured free radio, print and broadcast space for the promotion of the BCIA program. 7 Developed faith-based, HIV/AIDS resource materials for distribution across the State of

Florida June 1999- September 2002 Institute for Yoruba Diaspora Studies Miami, FL Institute Coordinator: Responsible for coordinating and promoting all events. Prepared and wrote proposals to garnish county and statewide grants. Developed and implemented PR plans to promote the Institute and their events. Coordinated media events and press conferences surrounding the Institute. Wrote and distributed press releases on the Institute to local and national media. Developed and created brochure copy as well as produced material for the quarterly newsletters. Achievements 1 Successfully promoted the Institute in several local, state and national media venues. 2 Secured more than $80,000 in county and private foundation grants. 3 Successfully planned and implemented yearly festivals to promote diversity in the local Miami-Dade County communities. 4 Produced annual Year In Review book for distribution, locally and nationally. 5 Wrote and distribute Institute press releases. October 2000- October 2001 Sonshine Communications/BPRWire Miami, FL Media Manager: Responsible for all media related activities. Wrote and pitched press releases for clients. Edited and distributed press releases, media advisories and feature stories to Black print and electronic media nationwide. Supervised interns and PR professionals on media tactics. Created ad copy and concepts for national and statewide accounts. Produced quarterly newsletter. Conducted research and statistical comparison for national and local accounts. Copy edited all press materials. Achievements 1 Successfully promoted such clients as The Orangebowl, American Legacy and the Fl Department of Health to the media through feature stories and press releases. 2 Produced quarterly newsletter called the Bishara. 3 Successfully secured new clients to utilize Sonshine and BPRWire services. 4 Successfully trained staff and interns on media tactics and developing personal media relations. 5 Developed and implemented uniquely designed reports for clients of Sonshine and BPRWire.


The Foundation Puts Health on the Good Foot with Hip Hop The Carrie Meek Foundation, in partnership with AMERIGROUP Community Cares, AstraZeneca and The Children’s Trust, presented the 2009 Hip Hop 4 Health™ Fair and Final Dance Competition on May 2nd at Jungle Island. This fourth annual event, which drew over 2,000 attendees, featured dance teams from 18 Miami-Dade County Public Middle Schools who competed for a variety of prizes including mountain bikes, interactive gaming systems and Miami HEAT Dancers Summer Camp sessions. The competition was hosted by Lorenzo “Ice Tea” Thomas of WEDR-FM/99 Jamz and was judged by a panel of celebrity guests which included K. Foxx of 99-Jamz, model/actress Kalyn James and HEAT Dancers choreographer Janine Thompson. Hip Hop 4 Health™ is a health-based initiative for the Foundation that featured valuable health information and resources from over 30 communitybased organizations that incorporates a dance competition and health fair – all in a fun and exciting environment full of activities for the entire family. Using a genre of music and dance that is widely popular with youth, Hip Hop 4 Health™ encourages physical activity, cardiovascular health and positive healthy behaviors.



Vol. I

Issue: 1

A quarterly publication of The Carrie Meek Foundation

Carrie P. Meek

The Carrie Meek Foundation Gives Over $5 Million In Scholarships

Greetings From The Chair


Denise Mincey-Mills



My journey with this illustrious organization started as a founding board member in 2002 and continued later as a consultant in 2008 and has now transitioned into the Interim Chief Executive Officer. It has been seven months since I took the helm of this robust foundation While new to this role with The Foundation, I am a long-time member of the Foundation family and advocate of the driving mission. As 2009 prepares to fade away from us and the dawning of 2010 arrives, I am excited about the possibilities that await The Foundation. We are certainly about to embark on new beginnings. In 2010 I am looking forward to aggressively moving swiftly on our economic development project for the Opa-Locka Airport. I am excited about engaging the community with our programs Men To Men, Hip Hop 4 Health and the Annual Back-2– School Summer Splash. There will be challenges that face us and hurdles to cross, however it is my firm belief that with the hard work of each and every Foundation family member we can move into our new beginnings with grace and success!

Denise Mincey-Mills

The sun will soon set upon yet another year. The process of reflection will begin and thoughts of achieved goals and missed opportunities will flood our minds. When I reflect upon the Carrie Meek Foundation, I am particularly proud of the accomplishments we have made this year. The organization is soaring to heights that meet my high expectations. We have weathered transition with grace and tackled hurdles with fortitude. We are certainly on the track to greatness. As we journey into 2010, I challenge the South Florida community to reaffirm their commitment to the Foundation. The Foundation needs your time, treasures and talents. If we are to continue to move progressively forward, it can only be done with hard work from our staff, continued dedicated service from our board member and support from our community. Thank you to the staff who worked so tirelessly this year and to our board members for their endless commitment to the Foundation. Last and most importantly, thank you to the community for your generous support of the Foundation. I wish you and your family a joyful holiday and a prosperous New Year.

Carrie P. Meek

Through the Corporate Tax Credit Program, more than 1,200 students are participating in the Foundation’s scholarship initiative for the 2009/10 school year So far this academic year the Foundation has given away over $5 million dollars to low income families in zip codes 33169, 33167, 33056, 33055, 33054, 33150, 33147 and 33142. The scholarship recipients include 648 male students and 635 female students. Of those, 660 are Black, 16 are White, 447 are Hispanic, 60 are multiracial, 1 is Asian and 99 chose not to be ethnically specified. The Carrie Meek Foundation scholarship recipients are enrolled in 114 private schools. umber of Scholarship Students, By Grade Grade K- 202 Grade 1- 207

Grade 7- 83 Grade 8- 69

Grade 2- 123

Grade 9- 53

Grade 3- 123 Grade 4- 119

Grade 10- 35 Grade 11- 27

Grade 5- 108

Grade 12- 28

Grade 6- 106

Total Students : 1283

The CMF ews Created and published by The Carrie Meek Foundation

The Foundation Helps Bring More than 1,100 Affordable Housing Units To The City

Hon. Carrie P. Meek, Chair Interim Chief Executive Officer Denise Mincey-Mills

Men To Men is a community development program designed to create opportunities for well meaning men to contribute their leadership to ending violence against women and girls. This men’s leadership movement crosses cultural, language, age and economic boundaries and focuses on the positive voices of men in our community.

ewspaper Staff Editor Nakia Bowling Staff Randall Darling Bill Anfield Maria Wimberly Websiste Contact Tel: 305-953-0525 Fax: 305-474-0190

Board of Directors Hon. Carrie P. Meek, Chair Cynthia Stafford, Vice-Chair

Aletha Player FP&L Charles Wellons Retired City of MiamiPolice Off. Craig Barkley Veteran Affairs Assoc. Cynthia Stafford, Esq. Legal Aid of Miami David Wilson DLW Enterprises Dr. Craig Wilson Starworks Inc. George Yap LEASA Industries Guylene Berry Radio Personality Dean Harry Hoffman Miami-Dade Community College

Hugh Westbrook Retired Business Owner Jerry Rushin WEDR 99 JAMZ Lucia Davis-Raiford Miami-Dade County Margarita Ollet Health Choice .etwork Marie Etienne Miami-Dade Community College Mike Abrams Akerman Senterfitt Attorneys at Law Rev. Daryl Bakter Family Foundation, Inc. Rhonda Wimberly Turner Construction Vincent Brown, Esq. CEO Grace Funeral Home Yolanda Cash-Jackson, Esq. Becker & Poliakoff

The Foundation Calls for Men To Help End Violence Against Women and Girls

Since 2007, The Carrie Meek Foundation joined with several developers to provide to the community affordable housing through the “Soul Lives in the City campaign”. The first housing development, Lafayette Plaza, opened in December 2008. The second housing development, Amber Gardens, opened in June 2009 and the YMCA Village Allapattah dedication took place December 11, 2009. The Foundation has played an intricate part in bringing more than 1,100 affordable housing units to the City of Miami. Housing developments Carver Village and Georgia Ayers Apartments are expected to open in the Spring and Summer of 2010. The Foundation is involved in the development 10 housing projects in total.

Efforts to end violence against women and girls must include men. Last year, the Foundation developed and implemented the cutting edge program “Men To Men”. Men To Men is a series of educational forums to encourage dialogue among well meaning men to discover their role in the elimination of violence against women and girls. The first forum was successfully implemented in October of 2008 in the African American community to a packed audience of more than 500 men. A second successful forum “Hombre A Hombre”, in the Hispanic community took place in May 2009 with more than 250 men in attendance. Due to the growing emphasis on the need to include men in the solution to ending violence against women, beginning in 2010 The Carrie Meek Foundation will develop a council of men to lead this mission. The “Men To Men Leadership Council” will provide input and direction, to ensure that the broader community of men in Dade County is involved in this effort. Too often the voice of men have been limited to the abuser; neglecting to give voice to those men who are not violent and do not condone violence. The eradication of violence by men against women and girls is a top priority of the Foundation. It is our belief that violence against women and girls will end when right thinking men take action to end it.

Board Member Spotlight: Rhonda Wimberly

First Annual Summer Splash Attracts Over 500 Families On August 8, 2009, The Carrie Meek Foundation held its first Annual “Back-2-School Summer Splash” event at the Opa-Locka Airport from 2pm to 6pm. More than 500 families participated in the event where the Foundation distributed 500 book bags filled with school supplies. The Foundation partnered with The Portrait of Empowerment, a non profit organization managed by Opa-Locka Commissioner Dottie Johnson. The event was co-sponsored by Airside, Step Up For Students, The Children’s Trust, Landshark Stadium and MiamiDade County. The event received multi-media press coverage by The Miami Herald, Hot 105 with Rodney Baltimore, WEDR with Cheryl Milzell’s Community Voices and by channel NBC 6. The children and their families enjoyed thrill rides, good food and fun entertainment.

Rhonda Wimberly

If ever there is an event happening that the Foundation is putting on, you can be sure of one thing—board member, Rhonda Wimberly will be on the scene. Dependable, hard working and extremely participatory are just a few adjectives that come to mind when thinking of Ms. Wimberly. Ms. Wimberly was a standout board member this year. She was the year most successful fundraiser. She lent her talents and helped out at the Foundation annual “Hip Hop 4 Health” event. She participated in two “Soul Lives in the City” affordable housing grand opening events and represented the Foundation at many community events. Board member Wimberly has not only lent her time and talents, but has made sure the Foundation saw some treasures come its way. Ms. Wimberly was an intricate part of the Foundation first annual “Back-2-School Summer Splash” event being a huge success. She ensured that her employer gave a sizable donation. Ms. Wimberly’s valuable contributions to the Foundation has played a huge part in the success of all of the programming at the Foundation.

The Foundation moves closer to developing Opa-Locka airport The Foundation has made great strides towards the development process of the 2 parcels of the 125 acreage of land at the OpaLocka Airport where they hold a long-term lease. This year the Foundation released a RFP for potential developers for the site and convened developer presentations from finalists. The board of directors is now in the process of selecting a developer. The first phase of development is expected to begin in 2010.

Upcoming Board Meetings 2010 Third Thursday of Every Month January 21 July-August (Summer Break) February 18 September 16 March 18 October 21 April 15 November 18 May 20 December (Winter Break) June 17 All board meetings will be held at 6 p.m. at the Carrie P Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center










What Next Global



So after all is said and done—Who is What Next Global? Who is What Next Global? What is What Next Global?— There has been quite a buzz since the agency with the name that poses a question hit the scene. What Next Global, Inc. is not your ordinary nonprofit organization. We pride ourselves on our unique approach to handling serious issues with non-conventional methods. What Next is developed as a

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youth outreach organization for domestic and international missions. Our multifaceted organization focuses on the development of youth in three main areas: economic self-sufficiency, personal character building and community engagement. The program currently operates in Zambia and Miami, FL. Visit us on the web at

FOR FIVE MONTHS...TELL FIVE PEOPLE...TO DONATE FIVE DOLLARS Be a part of “The most anticipated giving campaign of the year!!!” A humanitarian based, cutting edge giving program that pairs together some of the most innovative individuals of our time. The campaign features What Next Global in the role of the youth outreach organization, striving to evoke continuous change in the lives of youth and co-stars you-yes you as the "Selfless Giver" who springs in to action to help make a difference by having the courage to give and the foresight to know that any little bit counts; big or small. So take the challenge, donate $5 and then for the next five months, tell five people to donate five dollars!


What Next Global’s leader heads abroad to Africa

For believing in my vision!

Founder LaTasha Bratton journeys to Africa to implement the organization’s programs

Its been a little over 2 ½ years since What Next Global’s founder LaTasha Bratton returned from Chipata, Zambia where she had been doing missionary work. She thought that after an almost fatal bus accident abroad; a year long battle with the IRS over her organization’s tax exempt status; resigning from her longtime government job and struggling to make ends meet, that she would never return to Zambia—but finally she is on her way back to the Motherland.

On August 12 LaTasha with government officials, will once again embark on stakeholders and the coma two day journey to Zammunity at large to generate bia, only this time she will support for the organizabe going with the purpose tion. LaTasha has built up of laying the Every step of the journey quite a rapport foundation to with the people is truly the journey. implement of Zambia and is —LaTasha Bratton her organizalooking forward tion’s proto the date when grams. she leaves. LaTasha will “I made a be in the country for three promise to the people there months. She will be conin Zambia. I told them that ducting a community asI would be back to make a sessment to determine difference,” said LaTasha. what programs will work “I’m finally returning to best in the country. fulfill my promise.” She will also be meeting

To all of the What Next Supporters all I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you.. Once again you have stepped up to the plate to help me achieve my life’s mission. None of this would be possible without you. I love you all! Gratefully Yours, LaTasha Bratton WNG Founder

WHAT NEXT GLOBAL TO UNVEIL CUTTING EDGE WEBSITE It’s hot, hip and very much youth. What Next Global’s website combines cutting edge with a creative youthful appeal that has resulted in a web presence that’s sure to get noticed. The website features a funky flash intro set to the backdrop of an upbeat music track and a message that captures the essence of the What Next Global mission. The website will make its grand entrance onto the world wide web on 08/08/08. The website was designed by Sheryl Sandler and Gary Homadius. Be sure to check out the website at: Newsletter by Mocha Spirit Communications a NLB Production 305.726.3673



Lights, Camera, Action Commissioner Moss gets businesses noticed By Nakia Bowling Editor If you are a small business in MiamiDade County, chances are, you’ve heard about the Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program. Since 1999 the Small Business Program has been giving small businesses a real opportunity to succeed. District 9 MiamiDade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss wanted to expand that opportunity. Moss initiated a resolution to the Board of County Commissioners to have businesses in each district who received the grant to be highlighted on the County’s TV on Demand. The resolution passed. People who visit the Miami-Dade County Cont. Pg. 2

Four local business owners receive CRP Grant By Cynthia Perry Tool For Change Four local business owners received a grant to rehabilitate their buildings through Miami-Dade County, Office of Community and Economic Development, Commercial Revitalization Program (CRP). NANA/ Tools For Change provides technical assistance and manages these projects. The businesses include Hall, Ferguson and Hewitt Mortuary, P.A.; Prince Lawnmower Sales and Service; Public Allie and Rudy’s Stereo Tape Service. CRP is designed to improve the physical and economic condition of commercial areas in low and moderate income neighborhoods. The program makes available grants up to a maximum of $ 100,000 to qualified business owners and merchants to rehabilitate the exterior of their commercial buildings.

Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson hosts affordable housing press conference Special to the Journal Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson joined Mayor Carlos Alvarez at a press conference on Thursday, June 12 at Lafayette Plaza Apartments, an affordable housing project completed in Little Haiti. The press conference confirmed Commissioner Edmonson's commitment to supporting affordable housing in Miami-Dade County and her own district. "Homeownership is a goal many residents are unable to achieve because present home prices are beyond their budgetary means," said Commissioner Edmonson. "Affordable housing projects like Lafayatte Plaza make it possible to purchase a home that fits their budget." According to Mayor Alvarez, Miami-Dade County has dedicated more than $150 million of surtax monies for developments over the past ten years, totaling more than 11,000 apartments and homes for low and moderate income families. An additional

Inside this issue:

Eco Finances


Mayor’s Visit


ECP Business Seminar


Business Spotlight


Monthly Calendar


Capitol Crunch on Black Businesses


The Journal

Five ways to green your finances By Nakia Bowling Editor Pay Your Bills Online Paying your bills on the Web will help cut down on paper and is quick and easy. Also, request that your bank and other businesses send you online statements. According to the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA), by switching to electronic bills and statements and making online payments, the average American household can conserve 6.6 pounds of paper annually. If you’d rather use checks, you can purchase those made from recycled paper. Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and other financial institutions offer the option to purchase eco-friendly checks. Buy a Scanner Scanning important documents onto your computer will cut down on paper and clutter, as well as help to keep you organized. Special scanners, such as the Neat Receipts model,, will allow you to scan and organize important receipts and bills that you may need to retain. Use Banks that Follow the Equator Principles Inquire whether or not your bank adheres to the Equator Principles, a set of environmental and social standards developed by the World Bank Group. Followed by banks and financial institutions, these principles encourage the financing of development projects that are socially and environmentally responsible. Patronize a Green Bank Green banking" describes any financial institution that has incorporated an eco-friendly outlook into its business model. Chase opened a green bank branch in Denver, and Wachovia has plans to open 300 green banking institutions by 2010 Invest in Green Companies Invest in your community and companies whose products and services are not detrimental to the environment or society. According to the Social Investment Forum (, an association dedicated to advancing the practice and growth of socially and environmentally responsible investing, this form of investment comprises $2.3 trillion dollars in the U.S. alone.

Small businesses get a chance to shine on County’s On Demand Cont. from Pg. 1 Lights, Camera, Action

programming on the latest Board of County Commissioner Meeting, committee meeting, county TV shoes and now features on small businesses that have received funding from the Mom and Pop Small Business grant program. It is estimated that the county receives over 20,000 web visitors per day. The exposure that these small businesses can receive from web visitors are endless, according to Leroy Jones, Executive Director of Neighbors And Neighbors Association and the man responsible for the creation of the program. “This is a great opportunity for Mom and Pop businesses. People from all over the world who may be visiting the county’s website can learn about these businesses,” said Jones. “ This is a sure way to level the playing field. The business owners get free advertising and exposure. It’s a great thing.” The features are pretty in-depth. A county reporter goes out to the businesses and interviews them, captures them at work and gives a detailed explanation of what the business does. The entire segment is about 5 to 10 minutes long. If you would like to see one of the many businesses that have received a Mom and Pop grant, log on to and click on the Watch It! On Demand link. Page 2


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County Mayor visits Mom and Pop businesses Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez took time out of his busy schedule to visit with recipient businesses of the Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program. Mayor Alvarez saw first hand how the grant money helped businesses in the county. The Mayor visited 18 businesses

Mayor Alvarez and Bernice Morris Mayor Alvarez and Commissioner Audrey of Commissioner Dorrin Rolle at Edmonson visits Kwon Jae HWA Taekwon-do Hudson Protection Service, Inc.

It’s all smiles when Mayor Alvarez visits Accurate Battery Corp.

Mayor Alvarez takes a moment with Prince Lawn Mower Service & Sales

Commission Edmonson along with Mayor Alvarez visits Royalty Insurance Services

Kids and owners of Watch Me Grow Learning Center meet Mayor Alvarez and Commissioner Bruno Barreiro

By Arthur “Doc” Blair NANA Special Projects Coordinator

There were no free cash give-aways or gold bars handed out, but the advice, 1-on1 counseling and information that was freely given was worth..”millions.” Jungle Island was the place and May 5th, 2008 was the date for start-up business entrepreneurs and veteran business owners to assemble and literally take “note”. Whether by pen, pencil or laptop; this was NANA business Coordinator Elia PerezAryan gets down to business with a business the time and the place to garner and gather the tools, skills and techniques to either owner. create or expand your business enterprise. The event, the 2nd of its kind, was organized and produced by the newly formed, Economic Community Partnership; a locally formed group of Business, Government and Community based organizations that are dedicated to improving and enhancing the profitability opportunities for start-up and existing businesses in the Miami-Dade county area. Volume, 1 Issue 2

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USINESS SPOTLIGHT Prince Lawn Mower Service & Sales 8195 NW 17th Avenue, Miami, FL Tel: 305-693-0221 What started out as a one person business over 20 years ago has grown into a booming company boasting five employees and a client list to be reckoned with. Prince Lawn Mower Services and Sales is a cut above the rest. The family business is run by Velius Prince and his two sons Jody and J. Prince The business started out as a small lawn service, making small repairs and selling minor equipment. The company now holds major contracts with Miami-Dade County and are looking to secure additional contracts with the State of Florida and the City of Miami. “We want to be bigger than our competition. We want to sell more and secure more major contracts,” said Jody. “We are doing big things.” Bigger and better is definitely the theme of the business, especially with their newly acquired building of over 1300 sq. ft. where they sell everything from commercial tractors to lawn chemical treatment. So the next time you are in need of lawn service or equipment stop by the local business that’s a cut above the rest—Prince Lawn Mower Service & Sales.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS 6/1: Miami-Dade County is streamlining the process for accepting bids and proposals by requiring vendor affidavits only once - at the time of vendor registration. 6/4: The Mayor’s Workshop for Community Based Organizations—8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at West dade Regional Library—9445 Coral Way. 6/11: The Mayor’s Career & Opportunity Expo—10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Signature Grands—12725 SW 122nd Ave. Calling All Small Business Owners If would like information about contracting opportunities with Miami-Dade County call 305375-3111 and someone from The Department of Small Business Development’s Business Assistance Division will contact you.

Capital Crunch for Black Businesses By Nakia Bowling Editor A Federal Reserve report released this month underscores the increasing difficulty that small business owners are facing in securing loans during the current economic climate. It is a reality that has both African American entrepreneurs and legislators looking for solutions. “On average, it’s difficult for black business owners to get access to capital but when we have downturns in the economy it becomes especially hard,” says Reginald Gates, president of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce. Without access to capital, entrepreneurs are finding it difficult to expand and even compete for some contracts that require business owners to have a designated amount of funds ready and available to perform the work, Gates says. The Fed’s April 2008 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices, based on responses from 56 banks in the United States and 21 U.S. branches of foreign banks, found that about 55% of domestic banks had tightened lending standards for commercial and industrial loans in the last quarter. Likewise, 50% of survey respondents acknowledged tightening lending standards on loans made to small firms— companies with sales of less than $50 million. The economic uncertainties being faced by small businesses has members of Congress taking notice. Even before the Fed report, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, introduced the Small Business Lending Stimulus Act in February. The bill would reduce fees for borrowers and lenders and is designed to entice banks to offer Small Business Administration-backed loans. The bill also would increase funding for microloans— loans up to a maximum of $35,000—which proportionately benefit underserved communities, including women and minorities, more than traditional loan programs, Kerry says. “Our economy works best when our small businesses are diverse and creating jobs. Up to 60% of our banks have made it harder and more expensive to get loans and even the SBA’s lenders are pulling back, which compounds the problem because SBA loans are an important source of capital for underserved communities,” Kerry adds.

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A Journal of Hope A MOTHER’S ETERNAL LOVE I S S U E N U M B E R 4 2 ND Camillus House Is Tackling Issues Related To Homelessness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 A Mother’s Eternal Love (continued) . . . . . .2 Joining Hands To Make A Difference . . . . . .3 A Family Safari . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 An Overnight Holiday Gala Cruise To Benefit Camillus House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Florida Senate Recognizes Camillus House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Camillus Lunch & Learn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

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EDITORIAL STAFF EDITOR Sam Gil CONTRIBUTORS Dr. Paul R. Ahr Nakia Bowling Claudia X. Robayo

By Claudia X. Robayo

“I wake up each morning, look around me…and I still can’t believe it…” Overjoyed, Nubia Caballero describes her happiness at finding a safe home at Camillus House. Only a few weeks earlier, Nubia was desperate, knowing that she was on the brink of being evicted from her apartment in Little Havana. She didn’t have enough money to pay her rent. “I remember crying a lot and being unable to sleep with the thought of having to live on the street with my daughter,” she explains.

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Her daughter, Dinora Caballero was born with cerebral palsy 46 years ago. “It hasn’t been easy,” Nubia reflects. Her husband passed away when Dinora was just a child. After his death, Nubia left her native Honduras for the United States in the hope of providing a better future for Dinora, whom she left in her mother’s care. “I worked at a factory in New York for over 20 years,” Nubia explains, “But I went back to my country when my mother passed away because I needed to take care of my daughter.”

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After years of sacrifice, Nubia was finally able to obtain a green card for Dinora and eventually return to the


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U.S. However, while living in Miami, her financial situation became increasingly difficult. She wasn’t able to obtain public assistance or any other benefits for her daughter even though Nubia is an American Citizen. “I went through all of my savings,” she says. “I couldn’t work because I had to take care of my Dinora…I lost everything.” Tears run down Nubia’s cheeks as she recalls the day her landlord told her she was going to be evicted. Soon after, she fell into a deep depression as she imagined their future on the streets. But her motherly instinct compelled her to act, and she decided to turn to the community for help. “I started walking the streets of Miami with my daughter asking people where I could go for help,” Nubia explains. “Everyone I met was very kind and warm - they paid attention to me and tried to help.” Eventually, someone referred her to Honduran Unity, a non-profit community-based organization. There she met Jose Lagos who promised to help her and Dinora. “He’s been like an angel for me,” she adds. Mr. Lagos contacted radio personalities like Marta Flores of Radio Mambi and Alejandro Fernandez of Radio Paz as well as Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. They worked Cont. Pg. 2


CAMILLUS HOUSE IS TACKLING ISSUES RELATED TO HOMELESSNESS be carried out in dignified settings. Camillus House seeks to partner with other organizations that can supplement our feeding programs with prepared food, volunteers or other resources.

By Dr. Paul R. Ahr H.L. Mencken, the renowned newspaperman reminded us that complex problems warrant complex solutions. One persistent, pervasive and complex problem affecting cities across America is the return of persons who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless to self-sufficiency. The Herald's June 10th editorial Getting the homeless off streets, into care reminds us that this complex problem also warrants a complex solution.

But hunger is a by-product of homelessness, not a cause. As city leaders and The Herald point out, the elimination of homelessness will depend on a comprehensive approach to the causes: mental and emotional disability; lack of basic skills; and the lack of job skills. More needs to be done in these areas. In 2003, the board of directors of Camillus House began a strategic-planning activity that now is complete. The study highlighted the ongoing need for more and better mental illness and substance-abuse services, more job-training programs and expanded housing options. The 2004-2010 Camillus House plan commits this organization to expand its efforts in these areas.

For nearly 44 years, Camillus House has provided food in a compassionate and dignified manner to people who are homeless or at-risk of becoming so. On any given night Camillus provides more than 1,000 free meals. Based on our experience and expertise in feeding the homeless we know that more needs to be done.

Support from Miami officials for a new Camillus House comprehensive care building will make it possible for us to quickly achieve our part of the goal and replace pessimism and dependency with optimism and self-sufficiency.

We applaud groups that fill the gaps and city officials who are promoting environments in which such acts of mercy can

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together to get the word out and help the family. Through their efforts, Nubia and Dinora found a home at Camillus’ Somerville Residence, a permanent housing program for formerly homeless families.

Nubia Caballero takes her daughter Dinora for a stroll through Somerville’s large courtyard, as she does every morning.

The Somerville Housing Program provides a wide range of supportive services such as computer classes, cooking classes, an urban garden, a private playground, tutoring, parenting classes, and case management. Health care services are also offered through Camillus Health Concern, directly next door. Currently, Nubia’s case manager is working to help place Dinora in an Adult Educational Program that will provide her with skills for daily living as well as social interaction skills with other adults in her condition. “Everyday I take my daughter to the playground because she loves it there,” Nubia says as she guides Dinora along the walkway leading toward the garden. “Camillus House has given me the joy and peace of having my very own home… they treat us with compassion and love. I am very grateful to the people here.” “I am so happy that when I wake up in the morning and look around me, I still can’t believe it!” 2

JOINING HANDS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Getting your hands dirty isn’t always a bad thing. Especially when you do it in service to others. This was the case at Camillus a while back when over 60 youth and adult volunteers came together to create a special garden for families at Camillus House. The Somerville ‘‘Roots & Shoots’’ Garden was the brainchild of Carmen Mendez of Orange Blossoms whose vision for the project was for children to learn through hands on experience. By observing, for instance, how the Sunflower seed blossoms into a sunflower and then withers, children learn botany (plant life), biology (the development of life and death), art (drawing what they see), history (learning how plants have been a part of the world) and English (writing about it).

tomato plants, which were bonded to stakes to prevent them from falling over one another. Garden beds were then filled with wood chips to keep it looking neat and to help prevent weeds from taking over. Throughout the day, the emphasis was on service, fellowship and education. “We tried to brings folks in who could teach our volunteers and families about gardening in a practical way,” explains Carmen Mendez, of Orange Blossoms. Everyone was given a mini

To get the project off the ground, however, the staff and

families at Camillus’ Somerville Residence needed a little help, some imagination and, of course, good weather. They got all three. Volunteers included City of Miami Mayor Manny Diaz and his wife as well as helpers from New World School of the Arts, Bay Point Schools, Miami Dade College, Rainbow Star, Women’s Federation for World Peace, F.F.W.P.-Cuban Center, and residents of Somerville.

presentation on how to plant “partner plants” to prevent bugs from destroying the vegetables. Children learned that there are certain plants that repel bugs and if they are planted together with other vulnerable vegetables it would create an unfriendly environment for vegetable-loving bugs and worms. Parents learned how to use other of the herbs being planted for use in sauces and everyday dishes.

The day started bright and early as the eager group worked throughout the morning cleaning and weeding the garden area. Later, they planted flowers and 3

As the planting continued, a colorful mural was being painted on the wall next to the garden and playground. It was a beautiful complement to the garden that everyone had been working so hard to create. There were green leaves, bright butterflies, flowers, and a bumblebee. The letters of the alphabet floated throughout the mural, lending an educational touch to this happy picture. The much younger children worked with college and high school students at the picnic tables, painting bright hearts and flowers right on the tables. A group of moms worked at another table with other children, teaching them origami and hanging the colorful paper cranes on the bamboo trellis and fence surrounding the garden. The great thing about doing a project like this is that it brings the community together with a common purpose. Camillus House thanks Carmen Mendez and all of the volunteers and sponsoring organizations like Southern Blossoms, B.O.M.A. of Miami-Dade (Business Owners and Managers Association), and Service For Peace for making this beautiful garden a reality.


de ella y la sumió en una profunda depresion. Pero su instinto de madre la hizo reaccionar y decidió no quedarse de brazos cruzados.

“Me despierto en las mañanas, miro a mi alrededor y me parece mentira…” Emocionada, Nubia Caballero de 64 años describe su alegría al haber encontrado en Camillus House un hogar seguro.

“Empecé a caminar por las calles de Miami con mi hija contándole a la gente mi historia y preguntándoles donde podría encontrar ayuda. La gente de Miami es muy cálida y amable. Me escuchaban con atención y trataban de ayudarme. Un señor me informó de la Unidad Hondureña. Allí conocí al señor Jose Lagos quien ha sido como un angel para mi. El señor Lagos me dijo que no me preocupara por nada porque el me iba a ayudar y efectivamente me ha ayudado muchísimo.”

Y es que hasta hace apenas unas semanas Nubia vivía con la angustia y desesperacion de verse casi desalojada de su pequeño apartamento en la Pequeña Habana por no tener los recursos económicos suficientes para pagar su renta mensual. “Pasé varias noches sin dormir, lloraba mucho de sólo pensar que iba a hacer viviendo en la calle con mi hija…”

El señor Jose Lagos decidió ponerse en contacto con personalidades de la radio como Marta Flores de Radio Mambi y Alejandro Fernandez de Radio Paz al igual que con la congresista Ileana Ros-Lehtinen para exponerles el caso de Nubia. La respuesta que recibió fue muy positiva. Todos unieron sus esfuerzos y lograron que Nubia y su hija Dinora encontraran un hogar en las residencias Somerville de Camillus House, un programa permanente de vivienda para familias desamparadas que también ofrece atención médica a través de Camillus Health Concern (localizado al lado de Somerville), ayuda con alimentos, ropa, muebles, clases de cocina, clases de computadores y un parque infantil privado.

Su hija, Dinora Lizette Tabora Caballero nació con parálysis cerebral hace 46 años. “No ha sido fácil” explica Nubia, quien al enviudar muy joven tuvo que dejar su natal Honduras en busca de un mejor futuro para su hija quien quedó al cuidado de su abuela materna. “Trabajé en una fabrica de corbatas en Nueva York por más de 20 años” recuerda Nubia “pero tuve que regresar a mi país cuando mi madre murió pues no tenia nadie que cuidara de mi hija.” Tras años de esfuerzo, Nubia obtuvo la residencia permanente para Dinora y pudo regresar a Estados Unidos junto con ella. Al volver, su situación se complicó pues todo tipo de Asistencia Pública y beneficios le fueron negados a pesar de ser ciudadana Americana. “El dinero que tenía ahorrado se me fue acabando. Al no poder trabajar por estar al cuidado de mi hija gasté todo lo que tenía. Me fui quedando sin nada…”

“Todos los días llevo mi hija al parque porque le encanta caminar y dar vueltas allí. Camillus House me devolvió la tranquilidad y la alegria de tener un lugar donde vivir. Nos tratan con mucho cariño y se preocupan por nosotras. Actualmente me estan ayudando a encontrar un programa educacional para Dinora. Estoy muy agradecida con la gente de Camillus House. No podría pedirle mas a Dios. Todavía me despierto en las mañanas, miro a mi alrededor y me parece mentira…”

Lágrimas corren por las mejillas de Nubia cuando recuerda aquel día en el que el casero le dijo que iba a ser desalojada. Solo podia imaginar con horror lo que se le venía encima. La angustia se apoderó



Por Nakia Bowling

Temprano, en una preciosa mañana de Sábado en el mes de Julio, un entusiasmado grupo de exploradores iniciaba un inolvidable viaje de aventuras y descubrimientos. Armados con sus loncheras y una enorme expectativa, estos emocionados niños y sus padres empezaron a abordar el bus que los llevaría a un mágico lugar a casi dos horas al norte de Miami.

Después de el recorrido, el grupo disfrutó de un apetitoso almuerzo mientras hablaban de todos los maravillosos animales que acababan de ver. Una jovencita llamada Malcolm dijo con gran emoción que este había sido ¡El Mejor Paseo de su Vida! (Para el personal de Camillus House que la escuchó ese fué el momento más gratificante del día).

Para muchos de los niños (y padres) este no era un día de paseo cualquiera, sino la oportunidad de ver personalmente aquellas cosas que sólo conocían a través de libros o tal vez la televisión. Los exploradores, son residentes de Somerville, un programa de vivienda permanente ofrecido por Camillus House a familias con niños que han vivido en total desamparo. “Este viaje ha sido un regalo para nosotros y una experiencia imborrable para ellos.” Explica Alicia Simpson, quien coordinó el viaje y es una de los cuatro empleados de Camillus House que acompañaron las familias ese día.

Pero el día no había terminado aún. Después de el almuerzo todos tomaron un paseo en bote, seguido por una caminata por el parque. Los niños pudieron alimentar las ovejas, las cabras, y los pequeños cerditos de el zoológico doméstico para luego subir al carrusel y a los elefantes voladores en el parque de diversiones. La tarde terminó con una refrescante bebida para todos. Como explica Dr. Paul Ahr, Presidente de Camillus House, “La importancia de las actividades como esta trasciende la experiencia misma. Programas como el de Somerville proven no solamente un lugar para vivir, sino una mirada al mundo que rodea las familias que están superando el desamparo. Eso tiene un efecto profundo,” añade Dr. Ahr.

Mientras se acercaban, la expectativa sobre como sería la aventura que los esperaba iba en aumento y se transladaba en delirantes susurros a lo largo del bus. Los niños no paraban de esforzarse por ver através de las ventanas para luego ansiosos buscar en el rostro de sus padres la señal que confirmara que habían llegado. Entonces, casi sin aviso, el bus dobló una esquina y a corta distancia se pudo ver el anuncio que leía: “Bienvenidos al Lion Country Safari.” La alegría en el bus fué tan desbordante como la aventura en la que estaban a punto de embarcarse. Mientras el bus pasaba la verja de Madera, un mundo de descubrimientos fascinantes esperaba a los visitantes. Leones, monos, tigres, jirafas, chimpancés, y rinocerontes corrían libres a lo largo de la conserva natural. La única cosa separando el grupo explorador de los animales eran las ventanas del bus. OOHHS! Y AAHHS! Se escuchaban mientras el bus recorría lentamente la enorme estructura en la que habitan los elefantes. La escena de los leones rugiendo y paseándose a solo unas cuantas yardas del bus, dejó a los visitantes sin habla y con la boca abierta. Através de el recorrido, los niños escucharon una cinta educativa que explicaba los diferentes tipos de hábitats en que los animales viven y los orígenes de las numerosas especies de animales que se encuentran en Lion Country Safari.

El grupo de familias y el personal de Camillus House posan para la foto del recuerdo de su excursion especial a Lion Country Safari.


By Nakia Bowling had arrived. Then, almost without warning, as the bus turned the corner, there in the distant, a sign read: Welcome to Lion Country Safari. The excitement on the bus was almost as exciting as the adventure they were about to embark on. As the bus rolled through the wooden gates, a world of sheer discovery lay ahead for all involved. Lions, monkeys, tigers, giraffes, chimpanzees and rhinos ran free within the large preserve. The only thing separating the group from the animals were the windows on the bus. Ohhs and ahhs could be heard as the bus rolled past the massive structure that housed the elephants. Silence and dropped jaws marked the scene when the lions roared and walked within a few yards of the bus. Throughout the tour, the children listened as an education tape narrated the various habitats and origin of the numerous species of animals.

Early on a beautiful, Saturday morning in July, an enthusiastic group of adventurers set out on an unforgettable journey of discovery and exploration. Armed with bagged lunches and great anticipation, these wide-eyed children and their parents began boarding a chartered bus with their final destination almost two hours North of Miami. For many of the children and parents too, this wasn’t just a day trip, but an opportunity to see things they’ve only seen in books or maybe on TV. The families are residents at Camillus’ Somerville Residence, a permanent housing program for formerly homeless families with children. “This was a treat for us and real bonding experience for them,” explained Alicia Simpson, who coordinated the trip and was one of four other Camillus staffers who accompanied the families. As they got closer, speculation about what the adventure that lay ahead would be like could be heard in husky whispers throughout the bus. Kids could be seen peering through the windows, and then glancing back at their parents, eagerly waiting for some sort of confirmation, indicating that they

After the safari the Somerville group enjoyed a tasty lunch, as they talked about all the wonderful and different animals they had seen. One teenager named Malcolm said with quite a bit of excitement in her voice that this was the best trip she had ever been on. (For the Camillus employees who heard her, that turned out to be the most rewarding part of the day.) But the day wasn’t over yet. After lunch everyone took a boat tour and followed that with a nature trail walk and a red Slurpee beverage for all the children. As Dr. Paul Ahr, Interim Executive Director of Camillus House, explains, “The importance of activities similar to these extend far beyond the experience itself.” “Programs like the one in Somerville not only provide a place to live, but also offer folks who are recovering from homelessness a glimpse of the world around them. and That can have a profound affect,” Dr. Ahr adds.

The group of families and Camillus staff pose for a picture to remember the special outing to Lion Country Safari. 6


Gala Cruise



Camillus House invites you to join us on Saturday, December 18th through Sunday, December 19th 2004, as we celebrate our annual gala aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ VALOR. At 952 feet in length and with a capacity of nearly 3,000 passengers, the VALOR is the newest and largest Carnival “Fun Ship”. This amazing Super Liner is equipped with all of the wonderful amenities you would expect to find on Carnival.

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Carnival Cruise Lines, a long-time supporter of Camillus House has generously offered to host this special charity cruise for Camillus House and the United Way of Miami-Dade County. The overnight gala-cruise features a black tie dinner, casino gaming, and Broadway-style entertainment. Best of all, the proceeds of the event will go to help individuals and families right here in our community. To learn more about Camillus’ 5th Annual Gala on Carnival’s VALOR please contact Cheyenne Palma, Director of Special Event for Camillus House at 305.374.1065, ext. 220. A variety of sponsorship packages are available for individuals, couples, groups and corporations. You can also visit our website at w w w . c a m i l l u s . o r g . for additional information. We look forward to seeing you there, as we come together to celebrate our mission and continue to provide for the needs of the men, women and children we serve.

Aundray Adams Francis Afram-Gyening Larry Anderson Charlie Canova Louisa Cenatus Willie Clayton Mariano H. Fernandez MSGR. Gabriel N. Ghanoum Ramon Hevia Monica John J. Robert Kirk Linda Mansfield Brother Majella Marchand, BGS Brother Bill Osmanski, BGS Theresa Stevens Shirley Trapp


FLORIDA SENATE RECOGNIZES CAMILLUS HOUSE At a recent ceremony at Camillus House, State Senator Larcenia J. Bullard presented Camillus with a resolution of support from the Florida Senate. The resolution commends Camillus House for its contributions to improving the quality of life for homeless persons in our community. This important recognition is not only a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff, volunteers and supporters, but it also serves as a reminder that more needs to be done. The Miami Coalition for the Homeless¸ a non-profit agency that promotes community efforts to prevent and end homelessness in South Florida recommended the passing of this resolution during their annual visit to the State Senate. According to Ben Burton, Executive Director for the Miami Coalition, “anything that helps a member of our continuum of care is of benefit to the coalition as a whole.” Camillus House thanks Senator Bullard for her efforts and the Miami Coalition for the Homeless for their ongoing support and encouragement. Together we will end chronic homeless in our community. To read the resolution visit the Camillus House website at w w w . c a m i l l u s . o r g .

(Left to Right) Senator Lacernia Bullard, Peter England and Brother Majella share the proud moment of receiving state recognition for Camillus House. 7

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CHAIRMAN EMERITUS Chester Bryant, Jr. Kate M. Callahan Roger Carlton Michael A. Colleran Beatriz Cuenca-Barberio, Esq. John Dubois Sue Gallagher Rep. Rene Garcia Theodore Gelman David Herzig Robert F. Hudson, Jr. Keith Koenig Ronald Kohn Esterlene Lewis Robert Ludwig, Jr. Brother Majella Marchand, BGS Albert R. Molina Peter Negrete Larry Pimentel Rafael Portuondo Rep. Yolly Roberson Ramon Rodriguez Raul Rodriguez Enrique Silva William D. Talbert III Peter Vandenberg, Jr. Rev. Msgr. John J. Vaughan Lee I. Weintraub, Esq.

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SPECIAL EDITION WISH LIST ALWAYS IN DEMAND Towels / Blankets Men’s pants, all sizes Men’s shoes, sizes 10+ Men’s socks & underwear T-shirts & shorts Women’s undergarments Feminine hygiene products Soap / Deodorant Razors / Shaving cream Toothpaste / Toothbrushes Non-perishable food items

Camillus House has begun a Lunch & Learn program to provide friends, supporters and stakeholders in the community with a deeper understanding of our organization and its long-standing mission of helping men, women, and children who are poor and homeless. In about an hour and 15 minutes you’ll learn about the organization’s history and vision as you are treated to an enjoyable lunch with a caring and professional staff. After the presentation you can also tour our facilities and see first hand how Camillus House is helping to rebuild lives right here in our community.

SPECIAL ITEMS Window A/C units Vacuum cleaners Washers & dryers Brooms & mops Laundry detergent (bulk) Cleaning supplies Books – both fiction & nonfiction for all ages Walking canes Gift certificates / passes to: Sporting events, Movies, Museums

To find out the date of our next Lunch and Learn gathering please contact Claudia Robayo at 305.374.1065, ext. 315. You can also visit our website for a schedule of upcoming dates at


Saturday August 7, 2010 2:00 pm-7:00 pm

Opa Locka Airport 14201 NW 42nd Ave. Opa Locka, FL 33054

Free Admissions. Free Food! Free Entertainment! Free rides and activities for the kids and the entire family! Free Health Screenings. Free Kid Fingerprinting. Local Community Vendors. Free Educational/ Scholarship Information. The Back-2-School Summer Splash is proudly sponsored by: District 1 Commissioner Barbara Jordan

WHAT NEXT GLOBAL, INC. “After all is said and done…What Next?”

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Nakia Bowling Mocha Spirit Communications 305-726-3673 or 305-710-7159

Miami Gardens’ resident gets ready to embark on international mission One woman’s quest to help youth leads her to Zambia, Africa When Miami Gardens’ resident LaTasha Bratton took a leave of absence from her job at MiamiDade County in 2005 to embark on voluntary missionary work, she had no idea that 2 ½ years later she would resign her job permanently to start her own nonprofit organization. Bratton, 33 is the founder of What Next Global, Inc. and on August 12 she will be traveling to Chipata, Zambia to kick off the start of her youth centered organization. What Next Global is a multifaceted youth outreach organization with domestic and international missions. The organization focuses on three primary youth development areas: economic self-sufficiency, personal character building and community engagement. In the beginning the organization will operate in Chipata and Miami, but eventually will branch out to other areas. Bratton said that her earlier missionary work is what led her to start the organization. “When I left for Africa the first time, I was already very much engaged in community service here at home, but I felt like I needed to do more,” said Bratton. “While I was in Africa I had an epiphany. I knew I wanted to start a youth organization. It was important for me to help the youth that I had encountered in Chipata as well as disenfranchised youth here at home. Thus What Next Global was born.” Having the vision was one thing but actually trying to bring it to life proved to be a much harder task. Its been a little over 2 ½ years since the What Next Global’s founder returned from Chipata, Zambia. She thought that after an almost fatal bus accident abroad; a year-long battle with the IRS over her organization’s tax exempt status; resigning from her longtime government job and struggling to make ends meet, that she would never return to Zambia—but finally she is on her way back to the Motherland. The organization has three major programs that they will implement in Zambia and Miami. The programs are as followed: Young Entrepreneur’s Program (Y.E.P.)- This program will focus on economic selfsufficiency, among the youth population. The program will be designed to allow youths the opportunity to team up with professional mentors that currently or formerly worked in the


career/business of the youth’s desired career path. The youth will learn the foundation of starting a business, the components of a business plan, and steps needed to continue their formal education, working towards their desired career/business path. Live, Learn and Grow- This program will focus on personal character building. The program will be designed to allow an outlet for youth to freely express themselves through open dialogue, demonstrations and practical life skills activities. The platform will allow youth to create and participate in forums, health education workshops, self-esteem seminars and other activities that will lend to the development of character building among youth. This program will help youth address spiritual, physical and emotional issues. Each One Reach One-This program will focus on community engagement. The program will be designed to allow youth to give back to the community. Youth will participate in activities that are geared towards strengthening their community, creating stronger bonds between the young and the old, and mentoring other individuals in the community. The organization is in need of monetary donations and computers. Interested individuals can donate online at or they can contact the organization at 305-710-7159.







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