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Winter 2019 Newsletter

20 Jan Winter 2019 Newsletter

In this issue…

  • A Letter from our CEO
  • Testimonial Spotlight: Read one client’s story about learning God’s love remains despite her sins
  • Riverside House by the Numbers
  • Thank You for your support on Give Miami Day!
  • The Junior League of Miami Volunteers at Riverside House
  • Chaplain Henton attended the Gang Prevention Summit at Everglades Correctional
  • We Completed Part 2 of our Gardening Project!
  • Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving
  • Riverside House Team Celebrates Christmas!
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Watch: Video testimonial from former client, Patrick Mansell

In this issue…

  • A Letter from our CEO
  • Testimonial Spotlight: Read one client’s story about learning God’s love remains despite her sins
  • Riverside House by the Numbers
  • Thank You for your support on Give Miami Day!
  • The Junior League of Miami Volunteers at Riverside House
  • Chaplain Henton attended the Gang Prevention Summit at Everglades Correctional
  • We Completed Part 2 of our Gardening Project!
  • Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving
  • Riverside House Team Celebrates Christmas!
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Watch: Video testimonial from former client, Patrick Mansell
How I Did it: 49 Years of Recovery Part 2

 

After being clean for 49 years and recently getting my
49th medallion for AA, I am asked often HOW I did it. There are so many factors here, and there’s no right or wrong answer. I have my own experience though, and I’ve seen many others walk through the recovery process, so I’ve narrowed it down to the top most important things you can actually DO for recovery.

 

First, it’s extremely important to make regular meetings a priority in your life and your recovery. In recovery, or anything else in life really, we often find ourselves at a crossroads. We don’t want to go back where we are, but we may lose traction if we aren’t careful. We often get in trouble when we don’t keep
going to meetings regularly, but it can get boring hearing the same people give the same testimonies. Even though I have my home group, I’ve found it helpful to change rooms every once in a while. I meet new people and hear new stories, so it keeps meetings from feeling so monotonous. I also look for retreats or workshops I can attend. Expanding this idea of what a meeting is has helped me maintain my sobriety.

 

 

Read more about Mr. Bell’s 49-year journey through recovery in his series of
 articles on our website.

 

 

 

Testimonial Spotlight:
WHILE AT RIVERSIDE HOUSE, ONE CLIENT LEARNS THAT DESPITE HER SINS, GOD’S LOVE REMAINS

 

Find out more about how one client discovered how God shows love in the midst of our mistakes.
Our clients come to us during the worst moments of their lives. Incarceration is never easy on anyone, and our clients regularly feel as though they have reached the lowest point of their life. Some have lost family members or spouses during their incarceration, and many believe that God has abandoned them.

 

 

 

 

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:
  • 83 clients, 65 clients in-house and 9 on home confinement, 9 USPO client, and 0 pre-trail clients
  • 22 new clients joined us
  • 19 clients successfully reintegrated back into society
  • 66 clients employed

     

THANK YOU to all who supported Riverside House on Give Miami Day
 
We appreciate all of your support on Give Miami Day and always! We raised $4600 this year from our generous donors. We look forward to building relationships with new donors and honoring our current supporters!

 

The Junior League of Miami Volunteers at Riverside House

The Junior League of Miami members volunteer here at Riverside monthly and do a community project that helps our families reunify. They come with arts, crafts, or some other activity that enhances family fun so the family members can have a great time together. Plus, they bring yummy food! 🙂 Here are the League members/volunteers for the December event. Thank you to the Junior League of Miami!

Chaplain Henton attended the Gang Prevention Summit at Everglades Correctional

Chaplain Henton attended the Gang Prevention Summit at Everglades Correctional to receive valuable information in regards to community partners, returning citizens, and how to prevent gang violence. Also, Chaplain Henton met Everglades Correctional’s Chaplain Smith and provided him with the information regarding our Support Group at Brownsville Church of Christ as part of our 5-Year Expansion Program.

 

We Completed Part 2 of our Gardening Project!
We just completed our Gardening Event, Part II. Last spring, we planted and things grew beautifully, but then got scorched in the summer sun. So, we had landscaping and gardening expert Carlos Tinoco of P.H.B. Landscaping come here and teach us how to plant and grow vegetables, tomatoes, and herbs. Thank you, Carlos, for generously offering your time. We had 15 residents come out to learn!

 

Giving Thanks at Thanksgiving

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration in November! We’re always thankful for community support and our staff’s hard work! Thank you to the YG Institute and all who made this event so nice for our clients!

 

Riverside House Team Celebrates Christmas!

The Riverside House team had its Resident Christmas Party in December. The residents’ families and Riverside House staff attended. The Spiritual Development Department organized and executed the entire event from the “Meet ‘N Greet” to the Angel Tree toy distribution for residents’ children. What a fantastic night it was! A special thank you to: Potential Church, the YG Institute, Alpha & Omega Church, singers Henry Iona & Devo, and translator Pablo Riano.

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.

Riverside House Former Client Testimonial
Riverside House Former Client Testimonial

 

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