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EMBRACING FAMILY ENGAGEMENT! The Embrace Girls Foundation's Family Engagement Initiative

When authentic relationships between families, educators and community based programs are built, everyone wins!

No one could ever have imagined weeks following our Black History Month presentation of the internationally acclaimed award winning production of AFRICA UMOJA - one of the country's last cultural experiences attended by live audiences the world changed.

Covid-19 Pandemic changed the trajectory of the world last March pushing our already under served families into deeper financial, emotional, educational and social uncertainties, fear and despair.

However, despite the challenges and the unknown, The Embrace Girls Foundation immediately activated its Emergency Action Plan bringing together a coalition of individuals, businesses and community partners to meet not only the needs of our enrolled families but the communities in which they live.

It began like this:

Our first priority was to ensure that our families were prepared by providing technical support and resources necessary to embrace their on line experience through the end of the most challenging school year of all times.

To meet the needs of many our families experiencing food insecurities we began meal distributions powered by the Miami Dolphins, Kathy's Catering and BBQ Rib Shack restaurants.

Meals and Milk

Over 5,000 meals and 1,800 gallons of milk provided weekly since March (and is currently on going). Delivered to homes, schools and churches via Drive Up, Walk Up and Door to Door drop offs.

Once those needs were successfully met, we then began our Summer programming providing well organized fun activities and on line experiences the entire family could engage in and my, did we have an amazing time.

Zoom Masquerade Party

Embrace Girls and parents alike all joined in on the fun.

Weekly Crafting Projects

Embrace Girls where encouraged to show their creative sides.

Bookbag Giveaway

Embrace Girls and surrounding community enjoyed a free bookbag giveaway.

Free Book Giveaway

big thanks to wplg

Back to School Gear Supported By Miami's Finest

Embrace team at work
Embracing the community

PPE For Families

Meeting the needs of our families during these unprecedented times is a priority for us. We were able to service our families by providing

  • Thermometers
  • Face Masks
  • Face Shields
  • Goggles
  • Flu Shots

And before you knew it, it was time to begin preparations for the new and uncertain school year surely however, to begin at a distance for most.

EMBRACE GIRLS BACK TO SCHOOL FROM A DISTANCE BUT READY

Embrace Girls were ready for School on day one much thanks to our amazing partners and sponsors. Over 150 backpacks filled with supplies and surprise treats were provided to Embrace Girls members on Friday at the Miami Dade Police Northside Station. Miami Dade and South Miami Police received bags as well donated by the organization to share with families in their communities; 15 home learning stations including desks and chairs assembled by Officers from MDPD Northside Community Policing Division were decked out with clocks, tablets, printers, paper, jump drives, lamps, books, uniform shirts and shoes were provided to girls with excellent program Attendance and our Book Club top Readers.

Metro Dade Police Officers spent the day assembling desks and chairs.

Embracing Families

Difficult times require extra measures and our team embraced the challenge by providing

  • Transportation for parents who are essential workers to safely commute to and from work
  • Welfare Checks drive-up to ensure our families and their extended families they were concerned about were safe and well i.e, elderly or disabled parents, kids at home without adult supervision
  • Assistance With Paying Utilities
  • Coordinating Childcare Assistance
  • Assistance With Filling Of Unemployment Claims
  • Assisted With The Filling of PPP Applications
  • School Supplies including backpacks, supplies, desks, printers, flash drives, desk decor, uniforms and shoes to members

And finally, there was some Good News to report.

MUCH THANKS TO DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON AND VOSS WATER FOR SELECTING EMBRACE GIRLS CEO, V.R. LAWRENCE AS A VOSS "DROP OF KINDNESS" WINNER.

And Today...

October 2020, we continue to provide meals three (3) days a week to over 500 individuals; provide Homework Assistance and Individualized Tutorial Plans for members Monday through Friday; offer Weekend Virtual Family Events and Activities, Weekly Guitar Lessons, monthly Book Club as well as Social and Life Skills resources and services to families, schools and communities through out Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Impeccable measurable data driven deliverables well documenting the organization's sustained impact.

These are all free services that are conducted by our certified and licensed professional partnership network to benefit the entire family while continuing to embrace and empower our girls. Girl Power begins and is powered by Parent/Guardian Empowerment.

Community Based Events:

In partnership with McDonald's, Cox Media Group, City of Miami Police and Miami Dade Police, The Embrace Girls Foundation will host a Fall Trunk or Treat Drive-thru event designed to celebrate Halloween in a safe and wholesome manner driving through viewing the spectacular Trunk Decorations, ordering their meals and departing with treats and crafts to enjoy at home - safely, with their Families.

The past six (6) months has been extremely challenging due to the lack of opportunity to fund raise and economic uncertainly restricting individual and corporate support. Therefore, your support is needed today more than ever as we remain in a severely fragile state of being thus, the need of our families remain great. Pledge your sustained support or, individual one time donation here.

The return on your investment is priceless.

THIS IS US!

www.embracegirlpower.org

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