Winter 2016

Partners Newsletter Winter 2016

 Womenade’s Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party & Pajama Drive

Womenade Volunteers celebrate Halloween with Residents

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, the ladies of Womenade hosted their Annual Spooktacular Halloween Party and Pajama Drive. The evening’s activities included trick or treating, a haunted house, face painting, a dance contest, as well as a donation drive to provide the children with Halloween costumes and pajamas.

This annual event has provided the children and families that reside at Chapman Partnership with a fun, memorable experience while supplying them with Halloween costumes and pajamas. With lots of help through in-kind and monetary donations as well as those who volunteered, we had a great turnout with plenty of treats for the children at the Chapman Partnership North Center!

We received great support from local businesses such as Macy’s, DMH PR, Amada Kavulich of Eulen America, and Club manager Armand David of E11even Miami who provided the children with candy, masks, pumpkins, face painting and cookie decorating. Not to mention, a great zombie Michael Jackson performance of Thriller.

Womenade, an initiative of Chapman Partnership, is made up of women from all walks of life, who are committed to the mission of increasing awareness and revenue for Chapman Partnership. Womenade funds target the women and children who reside at Chapman Partnership, looking to rebuild their lives. With great events likes these, Womenade continues to make a difference.

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Chairman’s Letter


Dear Chapman Partnership family,

I cannot believe that 2016 is coming to a close. It seems like yesterday that we were celebrating our 20th Anniversary Gala. Now here we are closing out our 21st year!

I’m so proud of the many achievements and accomplishments of this past year.

A few weeks ago, more than 800 guests joined us for our Annual Illuminations Gala. The Gala is our most important fundraising event and it aims to honor and recognize our thousands of generous donors and volunteers, as well as celebrate our resident success stories.

This year, the Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Humanitarian Award was awarded to Mrs. Sash A. Spencer. As was the case with Sash, Mary has been an unwavering supporter of Chapman Partnership from the start, and her passion, empathy and compassion have driven her contributions of time and treasure to Chapman Partnership.

For me, the Gala is always a magical evening. It is an opportunity to highlight the work we do and the success stories of our residents. These residents inspire many to roll up their sleeves, give of their time and share their treasure to help Miami’s homeless. We have so much to be thankful for and even more good news to share.

In recent weeks our wonderful organization was recognized for its strong financial health, commitment to accountability and transparency earning a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. The 4-star rating is the highest possible rating issued by Charity Navigator. This is the 6th consecutive time Chapman Partnership has achieved a 4-star rating – only 4% of charities have achieved the coveted 4-star rating six consecutive times!

In July of this year, Chapman Partnership was bestowed the Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) designation by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration. SHARP recognizes small business employers who operate exemplary injury and illness prevention programs. By achieving SHARP status, Chapman Partnership is now among an elite group of small businesses who strive to make their work sites safe and illness free.

Our greatest achievements are the inspirational success stories of our residents, care givers and donors. Their cumulative success validates what Chapman Partnership stands for and perpetuates the value of our work.

Allow me to share one of our many success stories with you:

Before Ruben came to Chapman Partnership, he experienced homelessness on and off for about five years. He had a debilitating mental illness, exacerbated by his years of living on the streets.

Suffering from severe depression, Ruben was brought to Chapman Partnership’s North Center. Ruben immediately began working with his case manager to get back on his feet. He shared with his case manager that one of his goals was regaining custody of his six year old little boy, Jaiden, who was living with his mother in Broward County.

His case manager connected him with our on-site psychiatric services and helped him take advantage of disability services. After helping him secure a stable income source, we helped Ruben find a one-bedroom apartment close by and he was able to leave Chapman Partnership just six months after his arrival.

Since leaving Chapman Partnership, Ruben regained custody of his son Jaiden, becoming a single father to an active six year old with special needs. Ruben registered Jaiden in school with no assistance. In Ruben’s own words, “this is the first time since Jaiden’s birth that I feel like a real parent to my son.”

Ruben understands that his mental illness is something that he will have to deal with for a lifetime. His motivation to stay the course is Jaiden.

Ruben, and the thousands of others like him, are why we do what we do.

Thank you, your contributions of time and treasure are what make miracles like Ruben’s story and many others’ possible.



Carlos Fernandez-Guzman
Chairman of the Board

Chapman Partnership’s Annual Illuminations Gala

Gene & Lani Drody, Trish & Dan Bell, Gala Co-Chairs

Gene & Lani Drody, Trish & Dan Bell, Gala Co-Chairs

More than 800 guests joined Chapman Partnership to celebrate its yearly accomplishments at this year’s annual Illuminations Gala. The evening of dining, dancing and entertainment works to raise funds to provide support of the men, women and children that reside at the two homeless assistance centers run by the non-profit and recognize and honor the many generous donors and volunteers who support the mission. The evening’s theme represented the shining light in the lives of the 5,000 men, women and families with children that Chapman Partnership serves annually.

Held on Saturday, October 15, at the JW Marriott Marquis, the event provided guests with an avant-garde, exciting and breathtaking experience. During the event, Chapman Partnership awarded the Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Humanitarian Award, given to a leader who follows the moral and civic examples of Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. in serving the homeless. This year the award went to Mrs. Sash A. Spencer who has demonstrated great humanitarian initiative and compassion for her fellow man.

“This Illuminations Gala is essential for our organization and our residents” said H. Daniel Vincent, President and CEO of Chapman Partnership. “We want to show our appreciation for our 57 member Gala Committee, led by event Co-Chairs, Trish and Dan Bell, and Lani and Gene Drody. This could not be done without the dedication and love exhibited by our committee and our volunteers and donors. They are indeed true champions for our community. Daily, they are changing our resident’s lives.”

H. Daniel Vincent, Laurie Jennings, Trish & Dan Bell
Betty Chapman, Mary Spencer, Trish Bell, Carlos Fernandez-Guzman, H. Daniel Vincent

The event was followed by Chapman Partnership’s nextgen After Gala Party, which was presented by Chapman Partnership’s young professionals group. The party featured special entertainment with a one of a kind performance from Batucada Brazilian dancers and Tony Choy, an open bar and free valet. 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.

Carlos Fernandez-Guzman, Dan & Trish Bell, Gene & Lani Drody
Mary Spencer, Humanitarian Award Recipient
Laurie Jennings, Commissioner Sally Heyman, Carlos Fernandez-Guzman, Mayor Carlos Gimenez

Chapman Partnership Board of Trustees

Center Happenings

FestiFall by Rapid Capital Funding

Rapid Capital Funding is a great example of how serving the community can go above and beyond monetary contributions. A team of 30 staff members brought autumn to Chapman Partnership’s North Center in a fun and interactive way on October 22, 2016. as Elliman graciously held a Shoe Drive that benTheir FestiFall day included a fall inspired brunch and hours of fall-themed activities for the children and families.

Halloween Fun with The Key Club

The Key Club students from Riviera Prep School brought costumes, 10 cars for a Trunk-or-Treat, and a $1,000 cash donation for the Chapman Partnership’s South Center children. They collected funds all year from bake sales and other events at the school. When the rain began, everyone went undercover on the patio and held a dance competition. Even though the weather didn’t hold up, it didn’t ruin this very special Halloween event!





North Center Wellness Fair

Just as important as securing affordable housing and stable jobs, regulating health and wellness is another integral part of regaining self-sufficiency. To aid this effort, Chapman Partnership teamed up with Lion’s Club International and Anthem Healthcare to provide a Wellness Fair and Family Fun Day for the men, women and children residing at the North Center. Volunteers provided complimentary vision screenings for all children, hosted dental hygiene workshops for all ages, and also distributed general health information to keep families up to date.

Community Day with Stantec

A special thank you to Stantec for celebrating their annual Community Day at Chapman Partnership in September! The group of over 15 volunteers served lunch to our residents both at our North and South Centers.

Community News

Burlington donates Clothing

Kids In Distressed Situations/Fashion Delivers in partnership with Burlington Stores, selected Chapman Partnership as the charity beneficiary of 4 pallets of brand new clothes, toys and household items. The donation was presented at Burlington’s grand opening ceremony for the new Cutler Bay location on September 30th and was attended by local officials, dignitaries and media personnel.






Douglas Elliman Shoe Drive

Womenade Member Monique Graciotti, along with Douglas Elliman graciously held a Shoe Drive that benefited the women and children who reside at Chapman Partnership. All types of shoes were collected and distributed to our residents at our North Center in the month of October.

Success Stories

Chapman Partnership empowers the homeless by ending the cycle of homelessness one person at a time.

With an outstanding success rate of 64% — far above the national standard — we help our residents rebuild their lives while offering dignity and respect. They are healthier, they learn new skills, and they have a clear path to a brighter future and can take ownership of their lives. Learn more about their stories and others at:

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
*H. Daniel Vincent, President & CEO
Richard B. Adams, Jr., Esq.
Timothy M. Adams
Julie. A Baird
Jon Batchelor
Sandy Batchelor
Paula Brockway
*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
*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
Scott Schneider
Scott Schneider
*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
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 Jeane 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 Beguiristain
Yolanda Berkowitz
Stephen H. Bittel
**Phil Corey
Thomas M. Cornish
Jesus Diaz, Jr.
Jose M. Diaz
**Dr. Stephen J. Dresnick
Thomas Franklin
Robert V. Glaser
Maritza Gutierrez
Rob Bowlby
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

Helen’s Hope Foundation
David Hover
Sherrill & Mary Ann Hudson
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
The Miami Foundation
Batchelor Foundation, Inc.
Trish & Dan Bell
Coral Gables Trust
Florida Blue
Florida International Bankers Association
Holland & Knight LLP
Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm
Sarah Mason
Quirch Foods Company
Rapid Capital Funding
Seitlin, A Marsh & McLennan Agency
Blair Sonville
Ameriprise Financial
Micky & Madeleine Arison
Bank of America, N.A.
Brickell Trust 8th Street Property, LLC
Cobb Family Foundation
Coventry Health Care of Florida
Nancy Jean Davis
DiMare Homestead, Inc.
Everest Capital, Inc.
Florida Blue
Florida East Coast Industries, Inc.
FPL Group Foundation, Inc.
Garner Foundation
Greenberg Traurig
Gus Machado Ford, Inc.
Teresa Haskett
Health Foundation of South Florida
Investor Solutions, Inc.
JW Marriott Miami
Kaufman Rossin Co.
Jennifer & Justin Kennedy
Amber Kornreich
Korn/Ferry International
Lennar Foundation
John Malloy
William L. Morrison
Nancy Hector
Northern Trust Corporation
Walter & Terri Shikany
Dr. Albert & Debbie Tano
Teamwork Group
TD Bank, N.A.
Wildflower Foundation, Inc.
Wilshire Consulting

Betty Brandt
Carnival Foundation
Linda Corey
Deloitte, LLP
Teresa Haskett
Kaufman Rossin Co.
Cynthia Knight
Korn/Ferry International
Lowell Homes, Inc.
McArthur Management Company
Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC
rbb Communications
Rick Rosen
Wells Fargo
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