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Fall 2018 Newsletter

07 Nov Fall 2018 Newsletter

In this issue…

  • A Letter from our CEO
  • Testimonial Spotlight: Read one client’s story about discovering how God’s plan is the best for his life
  • Riverside House by the Numbers
  • Please Support Riverside House on Give Miami Day, Nov. 15th
  • Mr. Bell is Guest Speaker at the Federal Correctional Institution Completion Ceremony
  • The New York Times Features a Story About One of Our Graduates, Yraida Guanipa
  • Riverside House Hosts Annual Health & Wellness Fair
  • Chaplain Harrell Henton Attends the Brownsville Community Day
  • The Junior League of Miami Visits Riverside House for a Monthly Community Project
  • Our Young Professional Committee Spotlight is Co-Chair, Katie Carmon!
  • Volunteer Opportunities.
  • Watch: Video testimonial from former client, Lisa Jackson.

  • In this issue…

    • A Letter from our CEO
    • Testimonial Spotlight: Read one client’s story about discovering how God’s plan is the best for his life
    • Riverside House by the Numbers
    • Please Support Riverside House on Give Miami Day, Nov. 15th
    • Mr. Bell is Guest Speaker at the Federal Correctional Institution Completion Ceremony
       
    • The New York Times Features a Story About One of Our Graduates, Yraida Guanipa  
    • Riverside House Hosts Annual Health & Wellness Fair
    • Chaplain Harrell Henton Attends the Brownsville Community Day
    • The Junior League of Miami Visits Riverside House for a Monthly Community Project
    • Our Young Professional Committee Spotlight is Co-Chair,
      Katie Carmon!
    • Volunteer Opportunities.
    • Watch: Video testimonial from former client, Lisa Jackson.
    Mr. Bell Celebrates a Big 49-Year Milestone

     

    When I was battling my addiction and trying to stay off drugs, it was one day at a time. I felt successful if I could do it one hour at a time really, because it had such a hold on me. But 49 years later, life is much different. And so much better.

     

    Earlier this year, I received my 49
    th medallion for staying clean for all those years. Although my recovery took the form of a more spiritual journey for about 20 of those years, I did become involved with
    Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) along the way. That may seem strange, because my challenge was not with alcohol. I struggled with drugs, but I found that AA was a good resource for me. While it was not as helpful in my personal journey,
    Narcotics Anonymous (NA) also played a part. As drug use has grown over the years, NA has been hugely helpful to many.

     

    Read more about Mr. Bell’s 49-year journey through recovery in his complete
    article on our website.

     

     

     

    Find out more about how one man’s desires differed from what God had planned, but he soon learned that God’s plan was the best for his life…

    From prison to Riverside House, one client shares his story about how an encounter with an old friend while here with us gave him the confirmation that God is Good.

     

     

     

    Riverside House by the Numbers
     
    Here’s what we accomplished this Fall
     
    with 
    help from supporters like you:
    • 85 clients, 68 clients in-house and 10 on home confinement, 7 USPO client, and 0 pre-trail clients
    • 25 new clients joined us
    • 14 clients successfully reintegrated back into society
    • 54 clients employed

       

    Please Support Riverside House on Give Miami Day, November 15th!

     

    Please mark your calendars and consider giving a donation to Riverside House on Give Miami Day, which is November 15th. Each year, Give Miami Day supporters donate thousands of dollars to non-profits in our community. We need your help! Can we count on you for a Give Miami Day Donation?

     

    Mr. Bell is Guest Speaker at the Federal Correctional Institution Completion Ceremony

    Our very own Mr. Bell, CEO of Riverside House was a guest speaker at the Federal Correctional Institution completion ceremony that happened in September. He was able to share his own experience and inspire others with his success! In this photo from left to right is Ms. Riley (DTS), Mr. Bell, Ms. Hanna (DTS), and Dr. Skibinski (DAPC).

     

    The New York Times Features a Story About One of Our Graduates, Yraida Guanipa

    Earlier this Fall,
    The New York Times flew down to Miami to do a feature story on one of our graduates, Yraida Guanipa of the YG Institute. Yraida holds a PhD and started a non-profit organization that helps former prisoners and their families. This photo is a behind-the-scenes view of this story. You can watch the full New York Times story about restoring voting rights for ex-offenders on YouTube here!

     

    Riverside House Hosts Annual Health & Wellness Fair

    On October 13th, Riverside House hosted our annual Health and Wellness fair with a focus on oral health. This year, we had the wonderful partnership with Caring for Miami and Christ Fellowship Church. Our health fair began at 9am with our residents coming to the social hall area to sign up for their spot in line to receive free fillings, cleanings, or extractions from the dentist, and dental hygienist that work pro-bono with Caring for Miami. Throughout the day, both male and female clients were blessed by these services that were offered and allowed them to build up their self-esteem with the reassurance of knowing that they have improved their oral health. This event gave free services to 23 residents and provided them with the information that they need in order to have continuous oral health.

    Chaplain Harrell Henton Attends the Brownsville Community Day

    In September, Chaplain Harrell Henton attended the Brownsville Community Day from hosted by State Representative, Cynthia Stafford. This community day was meant to help those that need healthcare, child support, driver licenses, and voter registrations. Riverside House was present to let those in the community know about our alumni services, aftercare department, and to give referrals regarding housing, employment, and substance abuse.

    The Junior League of Miami Visits Riverside House for a Monthly Community Project

    The Junior League of Miami came to do a monthly Community Project with our residents and their children. There were art projects to do and a lot of games to be played. Some children did painting and played Jenga and Junior League members and our female residents took part in some competitive games of Uno! It was such a nice night and it was so thoughtful of the Junior League of Miami to do this extremely fun game night for our residents and their children. Thank you, JLM!

     

    Our Young Professional Committee Spotlight is Co-Chair,
    Katie Carmon!
    Katie obtained her law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2009. Her first job after law school was as an Assistant Public Defender at the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office. Katie quickly rose through the ranks from trying misdemeanor cases to homicides. She ended her career as an APD as a Felony Training Attorney, where she mentored and trained newly-minted felony attorneys. Katie is most proud of her work as a member of the office’s Forensic Task Force, where she developed and litigated numerous motions regarding the systemic impact and fallibility of forensic science in the criminal justice system. Since 2014, Katie has served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Southern District of Florida, where she represents clients charged with drug and gun offenses, fraud, immigration violations, sex offenses, and allegations of terrorism. In her tenure as a criminal defense lawyer, she has tried over 50 cases to jury. She also serves as a Director for the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami chapter. Katie is honored to serve as co-chair of the Riverside House Young Professionals Board. She feels strongly that everyone deserves a second chance, and is constantly impressed with the work and resources at Riverside House, and their commitment to that very same ideal.

     

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Please help us share the word about the following volunteer opportunities:
    • Bible Study
    • Teach Finance Class
    • Volunteer Event
    • Chapel Service

    Individuals or groups interested in volunteering at Riverside House can contact Harrell Henton at hhenton@riverside-house.org or 305-326-9799 EXT 123.

     

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