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Spring 2019 Newsletter

14 May Spring 2019 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • A Letter from our CEO
  • Testimonial Spotlight: Read one client’s story about learning how God’s plan may differ from yours
  • Riverside House by the Numbers
  • Thank You for your support at our First Annual Recognition Awards Luncheon
  • Thank you to Wells Fargo for a Financial Literacy Class
  • The Junior League of Miami Volunteers at Riverside House
  • Thank you to US Parking for being a great employer partner
  • Mr. Bell Travels to D.C.
  • Ms. Rodriguez attends a One Community One Goal event at MDC
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Watch: Behind-the-Scenes video with our Social Services Coordinator

 



In this issue…

  • A Letter from our CEO
  • Testimonial Spotlight: Read one client’s story about learning how God’s plan may differ from yours
  • Riverside House by the Numbers
  • Thank You for your support at our First Annual Recognition Awards Luncheon
  • Thank you to Wells Fargo for a Financial Literacy Class
  • The Junior League of Miami Volunteers at Riverside House
  • Thank you to US Parking for being a great employer partner
  • Mr. Bell Travels to D.C.
  • Ms. Rodriguez attends a One Community One Goal event at MDC
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Watch: Behind-the-Scenes video with our Social Services Coordinator
Sharing Our Gratitude with Our Supporters

 

Here at Riverside House, we have so much to be thankful for when it comes to those who have been supporting us in our mission all these years. It was an honor to host our closest friends and donors at our very first Annual Recognition Awards Luncheon at Coral Reef Yacht Club on April 12th. This was a wonderful time for us to give a little something back to those who have played a pivotal role in ensuring that our organization is successful in assisting returning citizens as they make the transition from prison back into our communities.

 

As you know, we can’t do this alone. We have a fantastic staff that works hard providing much needed services in employment placement, spiritual development, and social services, to name a few. We also have wonderful supporters, like you, who give generous donations of both your funds and your time, and it is so, so important for us to show you our gratitude. Just like any non-profit organization, we can always use more help. Therefore, I am asking you to please share our mission and purpose with your friends, family, and colleagues. Please introduce them to our resources online where they can understand in more detail why it is so important to make sure our returning citizens are set up for success. We are working hard, but we need your help too, and in return, you have our never-ending gratitude.

 

Thank you again to all of our recent award nominees, and to you, our supporters. We appreciate everything that you do to ensure Riverside House and its clients find success in their second chance.

 

 

 

Testimonial Spotlight:

GOD’S PLAN OFFERS A SECOND CHANCE AFTER A LIFE OF CRIME

 

Find out more about how one client discovered how God’s plan often offers you a second chance!

Many people think that everything happens for a reason. We believe that God gives you opportunities to learn from your mistakes and correct your ways to start living a life that glorifies Him. In this story, our client shares his story of how his beginnings growing up in a bad neighborhood led him to join a gang and live a life of crime, but now that he is at Riverside House, he’s looking forward to living a more positive and productive life!

 

 

 

 

Click here to read more the full story.

Riverside House by the Numbers
 
Here’s what we accomplished this Winter
 
with 
help from supporters like you:
  • 103 clients, 73 clients in-house and 19 on home confinement, 11 USPO client, and 0 pre-trail clients
  • 14 new clients joined us
  • 15 clients successfully reintegrated back into society
  • 77 clients employed

     

 

Thank You to All Who Attended our First Annual Recognition Awards Luncheon

Thank you to everyone who attended our First Annual Recognition Awards Luncheon on April 12th. We had a great turnout at Coral Reef Yacht Club. Our award recipients were present to be honored by Riverside House for their dedication to our mission. We also heard from RH alumnus and President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Desmond Meade. We look forward to many more recognition awards programs in the future.

You can view more photos from the event on our Facebook page! (Give us a “Like” to follow us on social media!)
Congratulations to our award honorees:
Judge Kathleen M. Williams
Supervisory Assistant Federal Public Defender, Helaine B. Batoff
Law Enforcement/Community Coordinator
, James D. Smith
Outstanding Donors, Charles and Mary Babcock, Jr.
Outstanding Alumna, Yraida Guanipa
Outstanding Volunteer, Potential Church

 

 

THANK YOU to Wells Fargo for a Financial Literacy Training
 

Thank you, Wells Fargo, for coming out and holding a financial literacy training for our residents through the Wells Fargo at Work Program! We appreciate your support!

 

The Junior League of Miami Volunteers at Riverside House

A BIG thank you to the Junior League of Miami for always supporting Riverside House! We had a wonderful time in March with these volunteers! The Jam Tree owner, Frank Jurado, donated his time to the Junior League’s Family Fun Night at Riverside House. The kids really enjoyed it! Thank you, thank you! Pictured from left to right: Stephanie, Ashley, Mabel, Frank Jurado, Amanda, Stephanie.

Thank You, US Parking, for Being a
Supportive Employer

US Parking is a top employer of ours. Shown here is Elite Supervisor Solamilla who is working with us in the hiring process. So far, he has hired 6 of our residents within the last year. Thank you, US Parking and Mr. Solamilla!

 

Mr. Bell Travels to Washington, D.C.
Recently, Riverside House’s CEO, Cleveland Bell traveled to Washington, D.C. In DC, Mr. Bell met with Senator Rick Scott’s General Counsel Jack Heekin. The meeting was held so Mr. Bell could give an update report on the implementation plan for The First Step Act and the need for proper funding. Mr. Bell also introduced Riverside House programs and services.

 

Ms. Rodriguez Attends One Community One Goal Event at Miami-Dade College

Riverside House Social Services Coordinator Diana Rodriguez attended a One Community One Goal Breakfast at MDC in February presented by Bank of America to learn about how The Miami Community Ventures Project connects structurally unemployed individuals to living wage jobs, supporting the growth of our overall community. These pictures show the OIC team and Ms. Rodriguez at the breakfast!

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.

Meet Riverside House's Social Services Coordinator!
Meet Riverside House’s Social Services Coordinator!

Riverside House behind-the-scenes! Meet our Social Services Coordinator, Diana Rodriguez! Diana provides employment assistance to our residents here at Riverside House. She is the main liaison between employers and residents. Let’s show her some support!

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