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.
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
Weekly Crafting Projects
Back to School Gear Supported By Miami's Finest
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.
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
In partnership with McDonald's, Cox Media Group, City of Miami Police and Miami Dade Police, The Embrace Girls Foundation hosted 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.
We wrapped up a challenging 2020 like this:
When major businesses like the Miami Dolphins provides over 12,000 meals to our families in need and Interiors by Steven G., fulfill s Christmas Wish Lists with the precision of a master designer with each child's dream wish in mind, this is the result.
and Then Came Mr. G.
Wrapping Up The Year With Holiday Blessings For All
Candy, Cake and Empanada Stations, Holiday Photo Booth and "T'was The Night Before Christmas" Storytime oh, and let's not forget the awesome gifts sponsored Design Guru, Steven G., President of Interiors By Steven G., designer to the rich and famous.
Families earned their invite based on their engagement in the program, community service and their children's excellent school attendance and behavior. A sentiment event host Martin Clarke, owner of ASILI Beauty & Wellness embraces. "We jumped at the opportunity to support the Embrace Girls Foundation by opening our doors before our official opening for this amazing event. Embrace has an incredible record of excellence in providing critical services to families in the communities they serve and that's something ASILI supports as well" adding "it is our hope that this can become an annual happening for us because today's experience was simply priceless and being of service is of the utmost importance to us."