Assisting our community with services and programs, including:
Social Service Counseling
Job Placement Services
Unemployment Insurance Benefit Counseling
many more Family Support Services
17801 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33169
Over seventy percent of children who have a parent in prison end up in prison themselves. When this fact came to our attention we decided to act. We helped found Children of Inmates in an attempt to reunite broken families and bring peace to hurting lives. Since this program has started, Children of Inmates have served 1,500 children and families. The program helps keep families together, and provides much needed support for the children. We help the families with after school care, tutoring, and counseling five days a week. We also help children keep in contact with their incarcerated parent via internet video calls, and we have the privilege to work alongside the prisons to allow the children to visit their parents. If this program didn’t exist, most of these children wouldn’t get to see their parents until they are released; this often means never.
The job market is difficult to navigate. This is especially true for those who are uneducated, in poverty, and lacking skill. We take the old adage seriously, “teach one to fish and they eat for a lifetime.” We don’t want to just give handouts, we want to help people become independent. We provide customized, one-on-one assistance, helping individuals prepare resumes, search for jobs, and make appointments for job interviews using South Florida Workforce’s internet-based system.
Disaster strikes without notice, without planning, and without our permission. When this happens to communities that are fighting poverty, it can be near impossible to bounce back. Hurricanes are a real threat and can shut down resources for these communities for weeks after a storm. We utilize this innovative project in disaster/emergency preparedness to assist economically vulnerable populations to prepare basic resources both pre- and post-disaster. In most cases, we are the only relief.
Teen pregnancy, STDs, domestic violence, failing marriages, and poor parenting skills are major issues in Miami. Our passion for helping urban youth reach their full potential led to the creation of a series of successful youth abstinence programs, provided in partnership with the local schools. We also offer parenting classes and marriage workshops to help the members of our community build healthy relationships and stronger families.
Poverty can lead to despair, and often those who are suffering can see no way out. Many of those who come to our offices have no idea they are even eligible for assistance, they are just looking for any help they can to provide a home for their children and a way to keep them fed. Our social service staff has been trained to provide assistance to those who qualify and want to apply for public assistance programs. The ACCESS program helps them find the public assistance they need to provide for their families.
The need is so great in our community that we couldn’t do what we do with the support of volunteers. Our AmeriCorps program places its volunteers in multiple Peacemaker and partner sites throughout Miami to serve families in need. Each of these amazing volunteers work hard every day to make a difference in the lives of the people they serve. They are helping us bring peace to our community.