Partners Newsletter Spring 2015
Spring Into Action at Chapman Partnership in Support of Women and Children
Spring is a miraculous experience. Poets have written about spring. Musicians have composed pieces about it. Spring gives us hope for rejuvenation in nature as well as in our own lives.
This spring at Chapman Partnership we have many activities to build awareness, support and raise funds for the families, women and children residing at our two homeless assistance centers. There is an opportunity for everyone to get involved.
Check out our spring activities and we hope to see you at one or more events during this season!
Spring Into Action Donation Drive
Donations needed include business attire and shoes for working mothers, as well as diapers, clothing and shoes for babies and children. Donated items can be dropped o at either center now through May.
Nextgen’s 4th Annual Kickball Tournament
Join nextgen on Saturday, March 21 for their annual kickball tournament at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove. To sign up or a create a team visit www.chapmanpartnership.org/kickball
4th Annual Business Makeover
Womenade will host a business makeover for female residents reentering the workforce. We are collecting gently used and new business attire to assist the women at Chapman Partnership now through April.
Many Happy Hearts Golf Tournament
Join us on April 10th at the Melreese Country Club for the 4th Annual golf tournament.
To register visit www.manyhappyhearts.com/events/golf-classic/
“Take a Walk in Her Shoes” Fashion Show and Luncheon
This is the Premier event and fundraiser for Womenade. Join us on May 21 for a vintage fashion show honoring 10 exceptional women philanthropists at the JW Marriott Marquis in Downtown Miami. Details on page 7.
Provide comprehensive services to empower our homeless residents to become self-sufficient.
Dear Chapman Partnership Stakeholders,
This year Chapman Partnership celebrates its 20th anniversary. Together during these last 20 years we have accomplished many goals including opening two centers and reaching 100,000 homeless admissions. Yet we still have many goals to achieve in order to end homelessness in our community.
While many people know of Chapman Partnership, many people don’t know or remember how we came to be. During our 20th anniversary year I will, from time to time, retell our early history using the words from Alvah H. Chapman, Jr’s “A Narrated History” – the oral history of the then Community Partnership for Homeless, Inc., as told by him in 2001 to writer Dennis P.
Kendrick. As Alvah states in his oral history, his motivation for being involved in the issue of homelessness “was part civic and part spiritual motivation.”
In the late 1980s and early 90s there was a sea of humanity living on the streets, and under the highways and bridges throughout downtown Miami. In 1991 Alvah realized there were no plan, no money and no leadership to tackle the problem of homelessness in Miami. As he tells in his story, he said to his wife Betty, “we need to find out more about the homeless.” As he and Betty learned and prayed about the issue at their Bible class at First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables, they became spiritually motivated to develop a plan to solve this problem.
Following his commitment to God to find a solution, Alvah met with Governor Lawton Chiles to discuss his idea to end homelessness. Following this meeting, the Governor’s Commission on Homeless was formed in 1991 and chaired by Alvah. The Commission led to the creation of a strategic plan based on a continuum of care model and a funding mechanism with the
passage of the Food & Beverage tax. In the middle of all of this, Hurricane Andrew hit Miami and Alvah was asked by President George Bush to lead the We Will Rebuild response to the largest natural disaster in US history.
By September of 1993 The Homeless Trust was created as envisioned by the Plan and fundraising began by CPHI. Many community leaders stepped up and funded Alvah’s plan and vision including Burdines, Ryder Systems, Lennar, Northern Trust, Sun Trust, First Union, Nations Bank and Barnett Bank to name but a few of the early sponsors. Individuals also lent their name,
time, talent and treasures to the cause such as Carlos Migoya, John O’Neil, Tony Burns, Ray Goode, Jim Batten, Ron Book, Jeb Bush, Alex Penelas, Charlie and Mary Babcock, Ted and Lin Arison as well as Betty and Alvah Chapman.
With funds and commitments secured, construction and design of the rst center at 1550 North Miami Avenue was led by Robert Chisholm as a campus style facility. During the early years there was much community support as well as opposition, public hearings and even lawsuits to stop to Alvah’s vision for CPHI.
With strong leadership, a vision and a strategic plan, as well as his faith, Alvah was able to overcome the skeptics and even earn their respect for Community Partnership for Homeless, Inc. – now named Chapman Partnership, in his memory.
This is the first of a series of our Narrated History.
4th Annual RunWild 5K at Zoo Miami
To benefit Chapman Partnership
On beautiful Valentine’s Day, 2,650 runners and walkers converged at Zoo Miami for the 4th annual RunWild 5K to help raise funds and awareness to empower homeless men, women and children. This year’s race raised more than $140,000 for programs at Chapman Partnership to assist those without homes to find safe housing and build a more positive future.
This year’s race was dedicated to the memory of Papa “Hans Huseby”-a trailblazer In the South Florida running community. The event MC was former Miami Dolphins linebacker and current WQAM host Channing Crowder. Competitive awards were given to the top three men and women in each age category from 8 and under, to 75 years and older. For photos and results visit
Chapman Partnership thanks the many generous donors and sponsors who make the Annual RunWild 5K possible.
To view the online event album visit: www.chapmanpartnership.org/runwild5k
NBC 6 Day of Service at Chapman Partnership North
NBC 6 South Florida’s Caring for Our Community Program visited Chapman Partnership’s North Center to serve lunch. NBC’s staff members, which included anchors Jawan Strader and Pam Giganti, reporters Julia Bagg and Jamie Guirola, Chief Meteorologist John Morales, President and General Manager Larry Olevitch, and Community Relations Manager Ardis Gonzalez all gave their time to volunteer!
Miami HEAT ReHEAT in the Miami Herald
We are so grateful to be a recipient of The Miami Heat’s ReHEAT program, which packages food not sold at games and donates it to Chapman Partnership. Over the last seven seasons, the Miami Heat’s ReHEAT program has donated more than 33,000 pounds of food to Chapman Partnership and the Miami Rescue Mission.
Leadership Miami Shark Tank Challenge
Congratulations to Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Team 7, who won 2nd Place in the Leadership Miami Shark Tank challenge! They are working with Chapman Partnership to help enhance the employment program.
Holiday Lunch with Superintendent Alberto Carvalho
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho celebrated the holidays at Chapman Partnership by serving a beautiful lunch to all the residents. Students from Coral Reef High School joined him to sing Holiday carols and distribute toys to the kids at the North Center.
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Grand Opening
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams celebrated the Grand Opening of their new Design District showroom with a special event to benet Chapman Partnership! Guests enjoyed cocktails and small bites with a special raffle and silent auction with proceeds going to our residents. We are excited to have MG+BW in our community!
Chapman Partnership News
Continuum of Care
Every year Chapman Partnership makes a donation to the continuum of care, and has now given back a total of $5,000,000 through The Homeless Trust. We are proud of the accomplishments in reducing homelessness that the Trust and Chapman Partnership have been able to achieve together in the last 20 years!
Meal Service with Senator Marco Rubio & Commissioner Bovo
Many thanks to Senator Rubio and Commissioner Bovo’s office for participating in our dinner meal service. It was nice to have their sta, friends and family serve our residents and provide
candy canes to the children at our North Center.
Peterson’s Harley Davidson at Chapman Partnership South
Peterson’s Harley Davidson organized a bike run with over 200+ bikers at Chapman Partnership South. All of the children at the center loved seeing the bikes as well as enjoying gifts, bounce houses, cotton candy, snow cones, and a visit by Comm.Levine-Cava and Santa too!
nextGen Winter Wonderland Party
Nextgen’s Annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Party for the children and families that reside at Chapman Partnership. The children enjoyed train rides, a visit from Santa, gits, a petting
zoo, arts and crafts, face painting and even a dance contest with prizes! Special thanks to sponsors, Edson Pires & Carmen Carpio, Oliva, FEC Florida East Coast Railway, McKenzie
Constrution, Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, DJ Duh Ghost, Sweet Endings Handmade Dessert Perfections, Continental Flowers, Gator Graphics, and Videosync!
2015 Board of Trustees
**Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Founding Chairman
*Carlos Fernandez-Guzman, Chairman
*Trish Bell, Chairman Emeritus
*Robert E. Chisholm, FAIA, Past Chairman
*Dr. Evalina Bestman, Vice Chair
*Tomas P. Erban, Vice Chair
*Osmond C. Howe, Jr. Vice Chair
*Jonah Pruitt, III, Vice Chair
*Jorge R. Villacampa, Vice Chair
*Bonnie M. Crabtree, Secretary
*Tom Huston, Jr., Treasurer
*H. Daniel Vincent, President & CEO
Richard B. Adams, Jr., Esq.
Timothy M. Adams
*Guillermo G. Castillo
Nancy J. Davis
Thomas B. Davis
Paul J. DiMare
*Gerardo B. Fernandez
Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields
Jose M. Gonzalez
Steven C. Kirk
R. Kirk Landon
Rev. Richard Ledgister
John M. Malloy, Jr.
Marisa T. Mendez
Bronwyn C. Miller
Robert R. Munoz
Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin
Philip M. Reagan
Rev. Mark T. Reeves
*Carlos Saballos, nextgen President
Jay A. Steinman
Stefan H. Zachar, III
Emeritus Board Members
Hon. Mike H. Abrams
Hon. Edward Bullard
Dr. Douglas C. Harris
Dr. Frank Jacobs
Lynn B. Lewis
William L. Morrison
Aaron S. Podhurst, Esq.
John W. Reynolds
Kenneth G. Sellers
Rev. Thom Shafer
Dr. John Uribe
William H. Allen, Jr.
Stephen H. Bittel
Philip F. Blumberg
Thomas M. Cornish
Jesus Diaz, Jr.
Jose M. Diaz
**Dr. Stephen J. Dresnick
Robert V. Glaser
Dr. Rosemary F. Hall, RN
Robert McKinney, Esq.
Amarilis Moran Osorio
Bill R. Tillett
*Denotes Executive Committee Members / ** Deceased
Meetings are scheduled for 8 a.m at 1550 North Miami Avenue, unless otherwise advised.
Gift of Giving
Thanks to our Generous Donors (November 2014 – January 2015)
Trish & Dan Bell
Ethel and Harry Reckson Foundation
J.N. McArthur Foundation
The Wildower Foundation, Inc
Wells Fargo Foundation
Barron Collier Jr. Foundation
Phil & Linda Corey
Health Foundation of South Florida
Mary Ann &Sherill Hudson
Mary & George Zimmerman Foundation
Brenda Nestor Castellano
Samuel E. & Mary Thatcher Foundation
The Mailman Foundation, Inc.
The Prentice Foundation, Inc.
D. Richard Mead Charitable Foundation
Florida East Coast Industries, Inc.
Questions? Contact Grace Ugalde-Wolpert at 305-329-3081 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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