Construction community responds to renovate Miami Bridge Shelter

By Gloria Burns….

Pictured at the celebration for newly renovated Miami Bridge Shelter on S. River Drive are (l-r) Patrick Murphy, Mary Andrews, Sean R. Santini and Mike Murphy.

Miami Bridge, Miami’s only emergency shelter for abused, neglected and abandoned youngsters from ages 10 to 17, fills a critical need like no other.

Children from both Miami Bridge shelter homes gathered on the morning of Friday. July 15, to thank the folks from Coastal Construction and their generous subcontractors responsible for the recently completed renovations at the Miami Bridge Shelter located at 2810 S. River Dr.

Coastal Construction’s Patrick Murphy and “Uncle” Mike Murphy were on hand representing two generations of the company that spans four generations. The duo presented appreciation awards to each of the subcontractors who donated their goods and services — from tile installation and brick pavers to a new roof, repairs and painting inside and out. The team effort provided more than $150,000 worth of renovations to the property.

Working together they created a warm and safe shelter where executive director Mary Andrews overseas the care, education and counseling for the young people who have not been dealt a good hand in life but, who are extremely grateful to know that people care for them.

Following a short program during which some Miami Bridge clients spoke to thank the donors, fun and games commenced including tugs of war and lots of food including hot dogs and ice cream.

Among the many enjoying the day were Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado; NFL Hall of Famer and donor Dwight Stephenson; Miami Bridge board member Sean Santini of Santini Law; subcontractors from Biscayne Roofing, Boulanger Drywall, Color Factory, D. Stephenson Construction, Eastern Waste Services, Florida Engineering, Multiline, RC Aluminum, Suntech Plumbing, Twin Stone and US Brick and Block.

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, where she sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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