Summer 2016

Partners Newsletter Summer 2016

 Chapman Partnership’s Annual
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Chapman Newsletter

Chapman Partnership recognizes its faithful Volunteers

On Tuesday, April 19th, Chapman Partnership hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Coral Gables Country Club.

Over 350 volunteers were in attendance and recognized for the impact they make at both Centers throughout the year. Among the invited guests were individual volunteers, group leaders, board members and community partners.

Volunteers are the backbone of our mission at Chapman Partnership. At our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon we recognize the hundreds of volunteers that give their time to enrich the lives of the residents at our Centers.

Each year, a Volunteer of the Year is awarded from each Center as well as the R. Ray Goode Award is presented to an individual/corporation in Miami-Dade County who has been instrumental in leading the challenge of fighting homelessness.

This year’s R. Ray Goode Award went to 560 WQAM’s Joe Rose. Our South Center Volunteer of the Year award was given to Christ the King Lutheran Church and our North Center Volunteer of the Year award was given to Tom Weller from First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables.

Since we opened, we have had 20,000 volunteers help us get to where we are today.

If you would like to find out how you can volunteer at Chapman Partnership, please visit:

Chairman’s Letter


Dear Chapman Partnership Supporters,Over 20 years ago, Alvah Chapman Jr. started this mission with the hope and intent of creating many personal success stories, stories that would hopefully inspire others to follow suit and never find themselves homeless again.

We often speak to our 64% lifetime outplacement success rate, but as impressive as the
number is, it does not speak to the many individual accomplishments of residents who successfully overcome the many challenges they face when arriving at our door step, get back on their feet, and achieve great outcomes.

I would like to share some of our resident’s success stories with you – the first is of a young man named Terrence. After the death of his mother, and an argument with his stepfather, Terrence found himself living on the streets with nowhere to go. He stayed with his best friend for a month, and then moved to a family friend’s house where he was only welcomed for another week. He then made the decision to call Chapman Partnership for housing. Once admitted, Terrence focused solely on school. Now that he had a place to call home, school was the other only stable and familiar environment in his life, and his thirst for knowledge and academic accomplishments shortly became his measure of confidence, source of self worth, pride and barometer of success. With the help of Superintendent Carvalho and Project Upstart (a homeless education program provided by Miami-Dade Public Schools) and the services provided to Terrence during his stay at Chapman Partnership, Terrence was able to transition out of Chapman Partnership in just 9 months. He graduated High School while staying at Chapman Partnership and was then accepted into Florida International University where he is currently studying Information Technology with hopes of embarking on a rewarding career in Information Technology Management.

The next story is that of a young lady named Dania. At the age of 3, Dania’s son became terribly ill, having to undergo surgery and spend countless weeks in the hospital, weeks that kept him out of school and Dania out of work. At the time, Dania was a social worker and was making a decent living, but she had to give up her career and career goals to take care of her son. While Dania’s son fought to get well, Dania fought to keep the lights on and soon their savings were depleted. That’s when Dania turned to Chapman Partnership. Dania and her son stayed at Chapman Partnership for a month. Our staff helped her stabilize her life and get back on her feet. Dania’s son is now 5 years old and is a healthy and happy young boy. Dania graduated with honors from FIU with a degree in Liberal Studies in the fall of 2015. This year, Dania started her graduate assistantship program from Higher Education which payed for two years of Master Program at FIU. She is also working at FIU Biscayne Campus as a Proctor Representative.

Allow me to share yet another story of success with you. Mike found himself at Chapman Partnership along with his family. The loss of a job meant they could no longer afford their rent. With the help of his caseworker, Mike was given the opportunity to participate in the Future Bankers’ Camp, conducted by Miami Dade College’s Center for Financial Training. Pacific National Bank sponsored his tuition and in June 2016, Mike graduated from the Future Bankers’ Camp and interned at Pacific National Bank to learn more about the financial world enticing him to consider a career in the financial services’ industry. Mike enjoyed the internship and he now is interested in pursuing a career in banking. Chapman Partnership helped his family find an affordable apartment and Mike is excited to be a senior in high school in the fall and attend college after he graduates.

But there is more to tell! 15% of the staff at Chapman Partnership, were formerly homeless themselves. One of those stories is that of Burney Burke, our Housing Specialist, who works with our residents on a daily basis to help find housing. A U.S. Army veteran, Burke found himself turning to drugs and alcohol after serving overseas in Germany. Burney’s time in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany left him with a life-long lesson in discipline. Unfortunately, after leaving the service and returning home, drugs and alcohol overcame his discipline. Then on May 5, 1992, his life changed forever. Burney entered rehab, kicked his addictions and has been clean ever since. After completing the New Directions Program, he went back to school and earned his associates degree in social work from Miami Dade College. For the last seventeen years, he has been the Housing Specialist at Chapman Partnership, helping homeless people like him find a permanent place to live. His favorite part of the job is taking clients into their warehouse to pick out things they need for their new home and he knows people can change, because he did. “Everybody deserves a chance,” Burke said. “Everybody deserves a break. Just because you are homeless or have a drug problem, or even a mental health issue, that doesn’t make you a bad person.”

So as you can see, Chapman Partnership’s successes stretch far and wide, and their stories are uniquely different with people coming from all walks of life. Homelessness can happen to anyone, and unfortunately does for the 4,000 men, women and children we help every year. We are immensely proud of our track record of help to those that find themselves in life’s most difficult situations. Our staff prides itself on helping them leverage their desire to return to sustainable independent living and regain dignity and independence by providing them with the holistic resources they need to make their dreams come through. We often say that Chapman is where hopes lives, it is also where dreams come to fruition for many. We are blessed to be in a position to help those less fortunate than us. With your continued support we can ensure hope for many and make dreams come true.

Carlos Fernandez-Guzman
Chairman of the Board

7th Annual Take a Walk in Her Shoes

Chapman Partnership’s “Take A Walk in Her Shoes,” a vintage fashion show and luncheon produced by C. Madeleine’s, directed by Danny Santiago and hair styling and make up by Rik Rak Salon was back for its 7th annual celebration of Miami’s top women philanthropists and
community leaders on Thursday, May 26th at the JW Marriott Marquis. The annual fashion show and luncheon is an opportunity to experience a step through fashion history with the most stylish looks and iconic designer brands of the past decades while honoring outstanding South Florida women and raising funds to improve the lives of homeless women and children through Chapman Partnership’s programs and services. The Event Chairs for this year’s event were Bronwyn Miller, Irene Korge and Migna Sanchez-Llorenz. The Honorary Chairs were Trish and Dan Bell and Betty Brandt. The Trish Bell Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Lois Pope.

2016 Honorees: Betty Brandt, C.L. Conroy, Criselda Breene, Terri Shikany, Hilarie Bass, Teri Williams, Christy Martin, Susannah Shubin, and Teresa Foxx.

Womenade is made up of women from all walks of life who are committed to the mission of increasing awareness for the women and children residing at Chapman Partnership. To learn more visit:

Center Happenings

Deloitte Impact Day

A team of 60 volunteers from Deloitte came to both centers and helped with various projects: dorm cleaning, sorting clothes, painting, kitchen cleaning and meal serving, as well as games and crafts with the children. They concluded the day with an ice cream party for all the children.




Christmas in June!

Chapman Partnership held “Christmas in June” at the South Center to benefit the children of both our North and South Family Resource Centers. The children enjoyed gifts, a visit from Santa, games, and a barbeque.



5th Annual Womenade Women’s Business Makeover

The 5th Annual Womenade Women’s Business Makeover was a complete success! Our residents are now interview ready with new haircuts, manicures and outfits. Thanks to all of our sponsors and volunteers that made it possible: Emporium Miami, Prismatic Miami, Kiss & Tell Pro Cosmetics and Beauty Schools of America.



Aon Empowerment Day

A group of more than 30 amazing Aon employees joined us for their annual Aon Empowerment Day at the North Center. They helped with landscaping, prepping and serving lunch and even had a fun picnic with the children.




String Bag Project Donates Everyday Essentials

Many thanks to the String Bag Project who donated hundreds of reusable bags filled with toiletry essentials for the residents of our South Center.

Community News

Growing Together hosts First Annual Bowl-A-Thon

STRIKE! Growing Together hosted its first annual Bowl-A-Thon at Bird Bowl to recruit new members and raise funds for Chapman Partnership. Growing Together is a South Florida based youth group that believes in youths supporting youths and aims to inspire teenagers to get involved in their community and make a difference.



Womenade hosts TAWIHS Kick-Off Party

Womenade celebrated the annual Take A Walk in Her Shoes Kick-off event at C. Madeleine’s with the event committee and honorees. It was a fabulous evening of vintage fashion in support of Chapman Partnership.




nextgen hosts Overtime Series with Ron Book

nextgen hosted Overtime with The Homeless Trust Chairman, Ron Book, who lead an energetic discussion about homelessness in Miami. Many thanks to everyone that joined us as well as our sponsors Maven Real Estate, Books & Books, and Peggy and Jim Calhoun!




HNTB Team Donates Diapers

They say it takes a village to raise a child – we would like to thank the HNTB team for collecting over 5,000 diapers for the infants and toddlers residing at our centers!




nextgen’s Annual Kickball Tournament

nextgen, Chapman Partnership’s young professionals group, hosted the 6th Annual Kickball tournament at Peacock Park on Saturday, April 2nd! Eight teams came out to play and support Chapman Partnership’s mission. It was a tough competition on the field!

2016 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
*Tom Huston, Jr., Treasurer
*H. Daniel Vincent, President & CEO
Richard B. Adams, Jr., Esq.
Timothy M. Adams
Julie. A Baird
Jon Batchelor
Sandy Batchelor
*Rob Bowlby
Paula Brockway
*Guillermo G. Castillo
Armando Codina
Terry Curry
Deborah Davidson
Nancy J. Davis
Thomas B. Davis
Scott Desharnais
Paul J. DiMare
Alan Eisenberg
*Gerardo B. Fernandez
Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields
Jose M. Gonzalez
Nancy Hector
Elsie Howard
Sherrill Hudson
*Edward Joyce
Larry Kahn
Steven C. Kirk
Rev. Richard Ledgister
John M. Malloy, Jr.
Brent McLaughlin
Marisa T. Mendez
Bronwyn C. Miller
Roberto R. Munoz
Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin
*Allan Pekor
Fatima Perez
Peter Pruitt
Philip M. Reagan
Evan Rees
Rev. Mark T. Reeves
Raquel Regalado
*Carlos Saballos, nextgen
Brigid Cech Samole
Tracy R. Slavens
Jay 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
**Annette Eisenberg
Dr. Douglas C. Harris
Adolfo Henriques
Dr. Frank Jacobs
Glendon Johnson
**R. Kirk Landon
Lynn B. Lewis
Carlos Migoya
William L. Morrison
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 Beguiristain
Yolanda Berkowitz
Stephen H. Bittel
**Philip 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
Ron Magill
Robert McKinney, Esq.
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.

board dates

Gift of Giving

Thanks to our Generous Donors

The Clinton Family Fund
Carnival Cruise Lines
John S. & James L. Knight Foundation
Walter & Terri Shikany
Global Village Charitable Trust
Gary Van der Voort
Making Change
Ocean Bank
Banco Popular
Security Alliance, LLC.
Baptist Health South Florida
MARH Foundation, Inc.
FedEx Global Citizenship
Greenberg Traurig
Betty B. Chapman
Pacific National Bank
Trish & Dan Bell
Betty Brandt
Sherrill and MaryAnn Hudson
Ocean Reef Community Foundation
Lois Pope
Larry and Susan Kahn
Alvah H. & Wyline P. Chapman Foundation
St. Christopher’s By-The-Sea
Aetna, Inc.
Solomon Family Foundation
Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.

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Publix Super Markets Charities
Health Foundation of South Florida
The Miami Foundation
Northern Trust Bank of Florida
Miami Kiwanis Youth Foundation
Deloitte, LLP
Bank of America
Jay and Riva Steinman

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