Summer 2018

Chapman Partnership’s Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

On Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Chapman Partnership held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at The Biltmore Hotel. 400 Guests gathered to celebrate the time and talent of Chapman Partnership’s dedicated volunteers.

Volunteers play a critical role in executing Chapman Partnership’s mission to empower residents to self-sufficiency and build a positive future for themselves. It is because of their support that Chapman Partnership is able to provide the life-changing services to homeless men, women, and children.

This year, Chapman Partnership recognized Individual, Community and Corporate Awards for each Center. South Center winners were Terri Ortiz, Palmer Trinity, and Miami Dade College Homestead Campus. North Center winners were Kathryn Johnson, Little Lighthouse Foundation, and Group Opco, LLC. FedEx Corporation was awarded the 2018 R. Ray Goode Award for their contributions to both Centers. Congratulations to all!

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


Chairman’s Letter

Dear Chapman Partnership Stakeholders,

This spring, we honored our committed volunteers and staff. Over the past 22 years, over 21,000 volunteers have contributed to advancing our mission of guiding homeless residents to self-sufficiency. On April 11, Chapman Partnership celebrated volunteers like Little Lighthouse Foundation, Group Opco LLC, and FedEx Corporation as well as many others at its Annual Volunteer Luncheon at The Biltmore Hotel Miami. The event recognized selfless volunteers who contribute to the success of Chapman Partnership. These volunteers plant the seeds of hope and change the minds and hearts of our residents. The compassion and love they show in the care of those less fortunate than ourselves is an inspiration to us all.

Just as our volunteers provide role models and inspiration, our residents do as well. Residents like Brian, provide the example for others to follow and empower others to succeed through their efforts. After months of struggling to pay rent, Brian and his mother were evicted from their apartment and left with nowhere to go. Chapman Partnership helped them get back on their feet. At the very young age of 17, Brian had to quickly adjust to life at the center and faced many new challenges. However, Brian embraced his second chance as an opportunity and used it to blossom and mature into the exceptional young man he is today. He and his mother regained self-sufficiency, and traveled the road of growth and development; planning for success and striving for higher personal accomplishments.

Unfortunately, a few years after leaving Chapman Partnership, Brian’s mother passed away. Now at age 20, Brian was faced with a difficult fork in the road again. He could allow himself to slip into a life of despair and possibly become homeless again, or seek help from the Chapman volunteers and staff that had helped them find the right path. He had nowhere to go, no one to lean on, but knew Chapman Partnership was there to welcome him with open arms…he knew Chapman Partnership would be the answer to his prayers during this very tough time in his life.

In 2015, Brian came back to Chapman Partnership. He arrived determined to end the cycle of homelessness in his life forever. From the moment he arrived, he used all of the resources and programs Chapman Partnership offered as stepping stones to his future dreams and expectations.

Through Chapman Partnership’s Job Development and Placement Program, Brian earned his security license and gained employment. He volunteered in the kitchen to give back, but also credits his work as a volunteer for developing his work ethic and gaining maturity. Using Chapman Partnership as the foundation for growth and development, Brian set his eyes on becoming a law enforcement officer and within five months of becoming a Chapman Partnership resident, was hired by the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Brian has been working for the MDCPD for two years now. He also owns his own security company, and is living his lifelong dream of becoming his own boss.

Stories like Brian’s are what make what we do so special. They are the tales that fill the hearts and souls of our staff and volunteers and make those that support us through treasure feel there is a real human return on investment being delivered at Chapman Partnership. They are the stories that validate the difference we make in the lives of many!

There are many ways to get involved at Chapman Partnership, including volunteer opportunities in our Meal Service Program, Family Resource Center, Corporate Groups, Special Events, and others.

Our volunteers also work to raise funds for the women and children at our two centers. In recent years, our population has changed, and today 45% of our residents are women with children.

The women of Womenade, formed their group years ago to help raise funds for the women and children who reside at our centers.

For the 9th year in a row, Womenade hosted its “Take A Walk in Her Shoes,” a vintage fashion show and luncheon this May 18 at the Intercontinental Hotel. The event was a smashing success, more than 450 guests gathered for our most anticipated Womenade event. Take A Walk in Her Shoes not only generated awareness for our cause, it raised a record level of funding and attracted new members to the group. If you would like to learn more about Womenade, please visit:

Our programs and services combined with the resources and talents our volunteers contribute are a force to be reckoned with. They prove to our community and residents that there are individuals in the community who care for their well-being and will work tirelessly to restore their dignity and independence.

Please join or community of angels and become a volunteer at Chapman Partnership. Visit: and learn about the many ways you can make a difference in someone’s life.

Thank you in advance to those that join us and Blessings and well wishes to the many that already provide a guiding light of hope in the lives of our residents.


Carlos Fernandez-Guzman
Chairman of the Chapman Partnership Board

9th Annual Take a Walk in Her Shoes Fashion Show

Chapman Partnership’s 9th Annual Take A Walk in Her Shoes Fashion Show and Luncheon celebrated Miami’s top women philanthropists and community leaders on Friday, May 18 at the InterContinental Hotel Miami. The event was organized by Womenade, a group of women who are dedicated to increasing awareness and revenue for Chapman Partnership, by supporting women and children residents who are looking to rebuild their lives. The theme — Year of the Woman: FASHION IS POWER. POWER IS US. — was inspired by women rising up for a better future, like our honorees, who support organizations like Chapman Partnership.

Honorary Chairs were Trish and Dan Bell and the Event Chairs were Bronwyn Miller, Brigid Cech Samole, and Migna Sanchez-Llorens. WSVN TV personality, Lynn Martinez , served as the Mistress of Ceremonies and introduced the 2018 Take a Walk in Her Shoes honorees and women of the moment: Heide Dans, Remedios Diaz-Oliver, Cathy L. Jones, Marile Lopez, Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, Marielena Villamil and Josie Wang.

The 2018 Trish Bell Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Adrienne Arsht, Business Leader and Philanthropist, for her exceptional commitment and contributions to the South Florida community. Adrienne’s philanthropic leadership at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, University of Miami, Amigos For Kids, United Way of Miami-Dade County and throughout Miami, is the truest embodiment of the Trish Bell Lifetime Achievement Award.

Every year, Chapman Partnership’s Take a Walk in Her Shoes fashion show and luncheon is an opportunity to experience fashion history with stylish looks from iconic designer brands of the past decades while honoring outstanding South Florida women and raising funds to help illuminate our residents’ path toward self-sufficiency. The fashion show and luncheon was directed by award-winning stylist Danny Santiago, known for shaping the fashion scene in Miami in the 80’s and 90’s. Take A Walk In Her Shoes also featured red carpet commentary by Elysze Held, vintage designs by C.Madelines, with hair and makeup by renowned Rik Rak Salon. Special thanks to our media sponsors Miami Herald, Miami Magazine, Selecta and Miami Kids Magazine.

To learn more about Womenade visit:

Center Happenings

Marriott Hotels Associate Appreciation Week

Chapman Partnership is grateful to Marriott Stanton South Beach; The Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove and Bal Harbour; W South Beach and W Miami; Courtyard South Beach; Marriott Biscayne Bay; Marriott Global Reservations and Group Sales; St. Regis Bal Harbour, and all at Marriott Worldwide Business Council South Florida for sponsoring and serving meals for a whole week as a part of Marriott Hotels Associate Appreciation Week.

If your corporation is interested in learning more about service days or becoming a corporate leader, contact our Development team at 305-329-3003.





FIBA Mother’s Day Brunch

Thank you Florida International Bankers Association Women’s Committee for hosting the 2nd Annual Mothers Day Brunch. Mothers enjoyed delicious food, an inspirational program, and got to take some “Mommy and Me” pictures with the children. They wrapped up the day with the perfect goodie basket, filled with toiletries, jewelry, perfume and more, for some special “mom-time.”






Yoga for Kids


Thanks to instructor Magda Lopez for bringing the gift of Yoga to share with our children.






Community News

Parent Institute

In support of Chapman Partnership’s mission to empower residents to become self-sufficient, the Ocean Reef Community Foundation (ORCF) has awarded a grant of $10,000 to fund the new Parent Institute program, as part of its Family Resource Center (FRC). The Parent Institute at Chapman Partnership recognizes the important role that parents play in the lives of their children, especially children experiencing homelessness, and addresses the lack of developmental attachment that is often typical of a homeless family. It is designed to empower parents with the information they need to become their child’s primary advocate through educational and recreational workshops and field trips.

Workshops will help parents become full partners in their children’s academic, physical and social-emotional development. Session topics include how to successfully navigate Chapman Partnership resources, how to navigate and advocate within the MDCPS system for kids, and how to identify and prevent sexual and other forms of abuse. Incentives to encourage program participation will include monthly off-site field trips and family-fun activities. Through participation in workshops, parents will earn FRC Dollars for their children which can be used monthly in the FRC Store to purchase toys and school supplies. Parents reporting 100% workshop attendance will be awarded an iPad mini enabling access to online school records once outplaced.

The Parent Institute provides an additional opportunity for Chapman Partnership to serve the needs of its residents, specifically helping parents respond more fully and adequately to the needs of their children. Providing such support and guidance across their journey back to stable housing and giving tangible support to alleviate environmental stressors have been linked to a higher likelihood of making that journey more feasible.



Employment Taskforce

The Employment Task Force, chaired by Dale Chapman Webb and co-chaired by Brigid Cech Samole, meets on a monthly basis at Chapman Partnership’s North Center. This Task Force was created to help increase job training and employment opportunities for residents living at our centers. Working alongside Chapman Partnership staff, the goal of the Task Force is to increase and leverage new employment opportunities. The Task Force is doing this by assisting with the development of a job bank that would include both full and part-time employment opportunities. If you are interested in learning more or becoming a part of the Employment Task Force, please contact 305.329.3081.



nextgen Annual Kickball Tournament

On March 17th 2018, nextgen hosted its 8th annual Kickball tournament at Peacock Park. With over 100 registered players and the support from partners, nextgen was able to raise much needed funds to support the mission of Chapman Partnership. A special thank you to sponsors: Cushman & Wakefield South Florida Industrial Team, Brickman, Florida International Bankers Assoc, Rennert Vogel Mandler & Rodriguez, P.A, Taurus Beer & Whiskey House, 560 WQAM, and The Big Cheese of Miami for making this event possible!

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.

To learn more visit: or call 305-329-3016.


Growing Together: Youths supporting youths

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. We strive to enrich the lives of the children at Chapman Partnership by providing them play opportunities and educational resources that inspire hope, create happiness and ultimately help children and their families thrive. Groups that participate in three volunteer activities and raise a minimum of $3,000 within the school year will receive a certificate, letter of completion, a pizza party, and other perks.

Learn more at:





Miami Diaper Bank collects 8,137 diapers

Thank you Ms. Brooke Acosta and her National Junior Honor Society at Renaissance Charter at Cooper City along with the Miami Diaper Bank for collecting 8,137 diapers for Chapman Partnership. This incredible effort will allow us to ensure the needs of our babies and toddlers are met. The class stepped up and surpassed their goal.





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
*Peter Pruitt, 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
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
Jay A. Steinman
Bradley Stein
Rev. Denrick Rolle
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. *South Center

Gift of Giving

Thanks to our Generous Donors

November 2017 

Carnival Foundation
J.N. McArthur Foundation
The Wildflower Foundation, Inc.
Wells Fargo
Western Union

December 2017

Charles Kaplanek
Dash Door & Closer Service, Inc.
Harold Eisenacher
Harry F. Duncan Foundation, Inc.
Hobbs Foundation
Trish & Dan Bell
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Foundation
Popular Community Bank
PriceSmart, Inc
Roberta Perez
The Prentice Foundation, Inc
The Wilder Foundation
William L. Morrison
Wiseheart Foundation

January 2018

Jeffrey & Rebecca Mandler
Jose and Heide Dans
Ocean Bank
Samuel E. And Mary W. Thatcher Foundation
Sara H. Woodruff Foundation
The Clinton Family Fund

February 2018

Baptist Health South Florida
Edward J. Joyce
Greenberg Traurig
Making Change
Trish & Dan Bell
SunTrust Bank, Miami, N.A.
The JPMorgan Chase Foundation
The Mailman Foundation, Inc.

March 2018

Cheryl A. Fischer
Coral Gables Community Foundation
Jane Gold
Jorge R. Villacampa
Joseph and Sherrie Garfield Charitable Foundation
Order osf St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller

April 2018

Adrienne Arsht
All American Containers
Cathy L. Jones
Deloitte, LLP
Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation, Inc.
Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm
Josie Wang
Ocean Reef Community Foundation

May 2018

Bank of America
Dale Chapman Webb
Deloitte, LLP
Sara H. Woodruff Foundation
The Prentice Foundation, Inc.
Maria E. Vilamil

Upcoming Events

Every Summer, Chapman Partnership provides the school aged children residing at our homeless shelters with a memorable summer full of fun trips and activities. With your donations, over 100 homeless children can experience a fun summer break!

Your donation contributes towards field trips and fun activities:

  • Museums
  • Parks
  • Fitness & Wellness Activities
  • Movie Days
  • On-Site Education Activities
  • Bowling
  • Cultural Events
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Beach Fun

Please help us collect the following Summer items for our residents:

  • Swimsuits
  • Towels
  • Flip Flops
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses

SunTrust Foundation
Awards $118,000 Grant

In support of Chapman Partnership’s mission to empower residents to self-sufficiency, SunTrust Foundation has awarded a grant of $118,000 to fund the new Empower You program. The workforce orientation and job readiness training program is intended to transition homeless job seekers into employment. With the guidance of Chapman Partnership Employment Specialists, homeless residents will learn to market their existing skills and abilities toward openings in local job markets.

The Empower You four-week program will use valuable curriculum to instruct homeless job seekers in writing cover letters and resumes, interview tips, and mock interviewing. The program also will provide residents with soft skills such as direction in attitudes and behaviors to display in a work environment.

In addition, portions of SunTrust’s financial support will be allocated to purchase and develop Empower You’s curriculum, fund job search expenses, offer childcare, fund on-site Employment Specialists, provide program incentives to motivate residents, and more.

SunTrust employees will take the lead on Empower You through the launch of a one-year pilot program, where they will be responsible for implementing weekly sessions, imparting their workplace expertise to Chapman Partnership residents.