Spring 2017

Partners Newsletter

 Chapman Partnership’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Chapman Partnership Celebrates its dedicated Volunteers

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Chapman Partnership held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Coral Gables Country Club.

Volunteers are the backbone of our mission. It is with their support that we are able to provide the life-changing services to empower our residents to become self-sufficient.

This year, Chapman Partnership recognized Officer Wanda Mendez of the City of Miami Police Department as the Volunteer of the Year for the North Center, and Dreena Robinson of Kendall United Methodist Church as the Volunteer of the Year for the South Center.

Also presented was the R. Ray Goode Award, to honor an individual or corporation in Miami-Dade County that has been instrumental in leading the challenge of fighting homelessness in both centers. This year’s R. Ray Goode Award was awarded to Plymouth Congregational Church for their unwavering commitment to our children and families, by providing ‘Welcome Kits’ and school uniforms for all. Congratulations to all!.

We honor each and every one of our volunteers and thank you for your support and love over the years. Since we opened, we have had 20,000 volunteers help us get to where we are today.

If you would like to learn how you can share more of your time, talent and treasure with us, please visit: www.chapmanpartnership.org/volunteer, or call 305-329-3050 for our North Center or 305-416-7107 for our South Center.

Chairman’s Letter

carlos-newsletterDear Chapman Partnership Stakeholders,

Behind any great organization are the people who dedicate their time, sweat and tears to its success. The committed staff and selfless volunteers who give their valuable time and resources to help the less fortunate find their way are the backbone of Chapman Partnership.

For the last 21 years, our volunteers have impacted the lives of over 107,000 men, women and children who have come to this great organization seeking help. Furthermore, our community advocates have continuously inspired our residents to reach their objectives and regain self-sufficiency. Such is the case for Valerie King, once a Chapman resident and now a guiding light for residents herself.

After suffering a long dark battle with depression, Mrs. King found herself homeless with two children. For a while, she was able to stay with family and friends while she tried to get back on her feet. One night, Mrs. King had a dream of a magnificent place designed to help the homeless. She envisioned herself walking down the hallways and in the rooms; it was as if she’d been there before. When she awoke, she was determined to find this wonderful place.

While riding on the bus years later, she passed a building she’d seen in her dream and it ignited her spirit. That magnificent place turned out to be the Chapman Partnership South Center. Mrs. King spent one year at Chapman Partnership with her two children, Ronald (5) and Trelody (14). She credits us with helping her get back on her feet. She transitioned out of the facility into a temporary apartment complex and was able to secure a 3 bedroom home three years later.

The time spent at Chapman Partnership left a mark on Mrs. King and helped her realize her life-calling: to help the homeless. Understanding the plight of homeless individuals, especially regarding transitioning into a permanent home, Mrs. King felt there was something she could do to further assist those in need.

Today, Mrs. King operates her own nonprofit, New Hope, Dream Team charity. Through her charity, she owns a 7-bedroom home in which she rents rooms to residents transitioning out of Chapman Partnership. Mrs. King is not stopping there. The next step is to build on the program and acquire 8 acres of land to build more shelter for homeless individuals. It is people like Mrs. King that help change lives every day.

Mrs. King believes she would not have reached this level of success without the support of our selfless staff and volunteers. April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, so we want to take the time to appreciate each and every volunteer, and people such as Mrs. King who believe in Chapman Partnership. Without them, we could not do what we do.

This past February, more than 2,200 runners, and their families joined more than 100 volunteers and came out to support Chapman Partnership during the annual RunWild 5K at Zoo Miami.

The RunWild 5K is a competitive 5K and family fun run/walk through Zoo Miami, held annually that benefits Chapman Partnership. It was one of our most successful events to date, and we are so thankful for everyone who attended to support our organization.

Our volunteers are also working to raise funds for the women and children at our two centers. In recent years, our population has begun to change, and this year 45% of our residents are women with children.

This is why a group of women volunteers, known as Womenade Members, have come together to help raise funds for the women and children who reside at our centers.

For the 8th year in a row, Womenade will be hosting our “Take A Walk in Her Shoes,” a vintage fashion show and luncheon this May 19 at the Intercontinental Hotel. “Take a Walk in Her Shoes” is our most anticipated event for generating awareness, raising funds and attracting new members for Womenade. If you would like to support “Take a Walk in her Shoes” or attend the luncheon please visit: www.chapmanpartnership.org/tawihs.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t share with you one of my favorite events of the year.

On April 19th, Chapman Partnership hosted its Annual Volunteer Luncheon at the Coral Gables Country Club. It was a joyous occasion and gave us an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the work of all our volunteers like Mrs. King, Womenade, nextgen, RunWild 5K supporters, and the thousands of people who come to our centers everyday and work tirelessly for our organization.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Chapman Partnership, please visit: www.chapmanpartnership.org/volunteer.

To our volunteers, thank you isn’t enough. Continue to shine your light!

Carlos Fernandez-Guzman
Chairman of the Chapman Partnership Board

The 2017 RunWild 5k presented by Ocean Bank

The 2017 RunWild 5k presented by Ocean Bank was a BIG success! With more than 2,200 participants, the event was held on March 25th at ZooMiami. As the presenting sponsor, Ocean Bank was on-site with their team of more than 400 members. Other event sponsors included Team FootWorks, Rapid Capital, SunTrust, Kaufman Rossin, Florida East Coast Industries, Carlton Fields, Yasso Frozen Yogurt, BB&T and 560 WQAM Sports Radio.

On-site vendor village companies included The Yielding Seed, New Leaf Chiropractic, My Gym Kendall, SunState Bank, Robeks and Body Armor. Additional event supporters included Ver Ploeg & Lumpkin, Homestead Hospital, Baby Boot Camp, the Miami Heat, Miami FC, Gator Graphics, the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald and Comcast. Many thanks to Joe Rose from 560 WQAM Sports Radio, for supporting the event and working with us to promote it. He is a longtime supporter of Chapman Partnership and did a fantastic job as event emcee!

Congratulations to our overall male winner, Scott Byers, who finished the race in 16:13 and to our overall female winner, Ashley Cusack, who finished in 20:06 – way to go! And thanks again to the RunWild 5K committee, chaired by Board of Trustee member, Evan Rees. Thanks to all who participated – we look forward to next year!

Center Happenings

Game Night The Caleb White Project and volunteers from Merck Pharmaceuticals hosted a special dinner for all our residents and “Game Night” for our children! The Caleb White Project is a Detroit-based non-profit dedicated to helping those in need. We thank Caleb for all his work with the homeless in Michigan and across the country. He is raising awareness and making a difference one person at a time!

Eisenberg Ball  A big thank you to Birthdays R All Smiles that helped make our Annual Eisenberg Spring Ball a reality for our children. 50 children from our Family Resource Center had the opportunity to get dressed up and have a lot of fun in the worship center. They also celebrated their success in creating posters and essays around the important topic of Anti-Bullying.

Easter Fun Easter was extra special at Chapman Partnership’s North Center and South Center with a special visit from the Easter Bunny who brought baskets full of goodies for our children. Thank you to Lisa and Ricky Leon of Hands And Feet Charity for making it happen! 
Motivational Edge Motivational Edge uses culturally relevant arts as a motivational platform to inspire youth toward academic achievement and increased self-confidence, and self-expression as a creative outlet. Motivational Edge provides weekly classes at Chapman Partnership where participants (4th grade and up) write rap songs about positivity, with an emphasis on increased motivation in and out of school.


About Womenade: Womenade is composed of women from all walks of life united by a commitment to increase awareness and revenue for Chapman Partnership. Funds generated through membership and events assist the women and children residents who are looking to rebuild their lives.

Benefits of Membership:

• Collaborate and serve your community with other dedicated and motivated women
• Advocate and build partnerships with other community agencies and initiatives while leaving your
mark on the community
• Engage in a variety of hands-on volunteer projects that assist Chapman Partnership in carrying out
its mission
• Invites to several fundraisers throughout the year, such as cocktail hours, luncheons, spa parties,
shopping events and our signature vintage fashion show, Take a Walk in Her Shoes

To learn more visit: www.chapmanpartnership.org/womenade or call 305-329-3081.

Community News

$75,000 Grant from Finish Line The Finish Line Youth Foundation strives to make a difference in the lives of youth in the communities where employees and customers live, work and play. Chapman Partnership received Legacy funding from Finish Line in February 2017 to resurface the basketball courts at Chapman Partnership’s North and South Centers. Using a state-of-the-art innovative tile system, the basketball courts will be transformed into a custom-designed, multi-play surface where children and adults can enjoy basketball, Pickle Ball, Hop Scotch, and 4-Square. The courts’ unveiling ceremonies are projected to be scheduled in June/July 2017.

Ocean Reef Community Foundation Throughout the year, Ocean Reef Community Foundation (a $10,000 grant) supports monthly activities of our Family Resource Center South and community-wide collection campaigns of needed items benefiting children and mothers residing at Chapman Partnership South. Me and My Family Hour activities implemented in 2016 procured an estimated $100,000 in in-kind donations, including children’s clothing, undergarments and shoes; educational toys, books and games; baby bottles, formula and diapers; back-to-school supplies; and summer flip-flops, bathing suits and towels allowing children to participate in on-site and off-site water-related activities.

Bank of America: With Bank of America’s support, Chapman Partnership is providing the necessary resources to ensure our families have access to basic human services. Those services include access to our on-site computer lab where residents go for job training, research job opportunities and submit applications.

Suits for Sessions: Volunteer Florida and Uber collected over 3,000 items for the Suits for Sessions drive that benefited Chapman Partnership! The job-seekers at our Centers are extremely appreciative. Thank you to everyone who donated and to Volunteer Florida and Uber for organizing this event!

About nextgen: nextgen is made up of Miami’s young professionals and community ambassadors, between the ages of 25-40, who work to increase awareness, revenue and advocacy for Chapman Partnership.

Benefits of Membership: 

• Free entrance to 4 networking socials with complimentary drinks and appetizers
• First access to 6 on-site hands-on volunteer activities with families and children who reside at our centers: Meal Services, Night in the Family Resource Center, Back to School BBQ and our Winter Wonderland Holiday Party.
• Exclusive access to our Lunch to Lead Series

To learn more visit: www.chapmanpartnership.org/nextgen or call 305-329-3050.

2017 Board of Trustees

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
*H. Daniel Vincent, President & CEO
Richard B. Adams, Jr., Esq.
Timothy M. Adams
Julie A. Baird
Jon Batchelor
Sandy Batchelor
Paula Brockway
Arianna Cabrera de Ona
*Guillermo G. Castillo
*Terry Curry
Deborah Davidson
Nancy J. Davis
Thomas B. Davis
Scott Desharnais
Paul J. DiMare
Alan Eisenberg
*Gerardo B. Fernandez
Jose M. Gonzalez
Nancy Hector
Carlos Hernandez
Daniel Horton, nextgen President
Elsie Howard
Tom Huston
Sherrill Hudson
*Edward Joyce
Larry Kahn
Rev. Richard Ledgister
John M. Malloy, Jr.
Brent McLaughlin
Marisa T. Mendez
Bronwyn C. Miller
Roberto R. Munoz
Jacquie O’Malley
*Allan Pekor
Fatima Perez
*Peter Pruitt
Philip M. Reagan
Evan Rees
Rev. Mark T. Reeves
Raquel Regalado
Carlos Saballos
Brigid F. Cech Samole
Brian San Miguel
Jose Sariego
Scott Schneider
*Tracy R. Slavens
SJay A. Steinman
Dale Chapman Webb
Stefan H. Zachar, III
Emeritus Board Members
Hon. Mike H. Abrams
**William H. Allen, Jr.
Jill Beach
Hon. Edward Bullard
Armando Codina, Founding Co-Chair
**Annette Eisenberg
Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields
Dr. Douglas C. Harris
Adolfo Henriques
Dr. Frank Jacobs
**Glendon Johnson
Steven C. Kirk
**R.Kirk Landon
Lynn B. Lewis
Carlos Migoya
William L. Morrison
Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin
Aaron S. Podhurst, Esq.
John W. Reynolds
Kenneth G. Sellers
Rev. Thom Shafer
Mark Small
Dr. John Uribe
Joanna Wragg
Associate Board Members
Sara Adler
Maria Beguirstain
Yolanda Berkowitz
Stephen H. Bittel
Rob Bowlby
**Phil Corey
Thomas M. Cornish
Jesus Diaz, Jr.
Jose M. Diaz
**Dr. Stephen J. Dresnick
Thomas Franklin
Robert V. Glaser
Maritza Gutierrez
Dr. Rosemary F. Hall, RN
Robert McKinney, Esq.
Ron Magill
Dennis Pastrana
Bruce Rubin
Jacob Solomon
Michael Swerdlow
Bill R. Tillett

*Denotes Executive Committee Members / ** Deceased

Board Dates

Meetings are scheduled for 8 a.m at 1550 North Miami Avenue, unless otherwise advised.

Gift of Giving


Greater Miami Chapter RIMS
J.N. McArthur Foundation
Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development
Ocean Bank
Pamela Garrison
The Prentice Foundation, Inc
William L. Morrison


Dale Chapman Webb
Dennis Sisco
FinishLine Youth Foundation
Health Foundation of South Florida
Helen’s Hope Foundation
Hobbs Foundation
Linda Corey
Michele Wiseheart
Micky & Madeleine Arison
Ocean Bank
Omni Redevelopment District
Community Redevelopment Agency
Sara H. Woodruff Foundation
Solomon Family Foundation
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
The Mailman Foundation, Inc.
The Wilder Foundation


Edward J. Joyce
Irene Kaynor
Jane Gold
Jeffrey & Rebecca Mandler
Samuel E. And Mary W. Thatcher Foundation
Sherrill Hudson
St. Christopher’s By-The-Sea


Gonzalez Family Foundation
D. Richard Mead Charitable Foundation
Larry Kahn
The JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Trish & Dan Bell


Gift of Giving represents all gifts above $5,000

Donation Drives

Meal Service Program

Chapman Partnership serves three hot meals a day, 365 days a year totaling more than 800,000 meals annually. Volunteers have the option to prepare, serve and/or sponsor any meal. This is a great option for an individual, small group of friends or larger groups.

If you are interested in sponsoring and serving a meal, please visit: www.chapmanpartnership.org/volunteer or contact 305.329.3050 for our North Center or 305-416-7107 for our South Center.

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