Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services hosted a summer barbecue on June 23 to begin the season.
The event took place at Miami Bridge’s Miami Central Campus location and featured a barbecue buffet, inflatable bounce house, karaoke, face painting and balloon animal area, along with a special appearance from Miami Futbol Club mascot, Golazo. Guests shared in the summer festivities alongside children and teens assisted by the organization’s support services and programs for youth in crisis.
After several weeks of rain, attendees enjoyed some sunshine while learning about the free services provided by Miami Bridge’s community partners. Organizations like Pridelines, Service Works, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Coldwell Banker and Miami FC joined the festivities and provided adults and youth with important information about their local social services.
“This summer’s barbecue allowed our loyal supporters to interact with Miami Bridge youth and staff on a personal level,” said Dorcas Wilcox, CEO of Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services Inc. “Not only were attendees able to enjoy an afternoon of summertime fun, but they got a better glimpse of what Miami Bridge does for kids and teens in the community.”
During the event staff members conducted tours and allowed individuals who hadn’t previously visited Miami Bridge to get to know the facility. Miami Bridge works with all youth and specializes in rescuing kids and teens from lives of victimization and crime, providing them with structure in a stable and nurturing environment.
Miami Bridge was established in 1985 and serves as Miami-Dade County’s only 24-hour emergency shelter for children and teens in crisis ages 10-17. For more than 30 years, the non-profit organization has worked to rescue youth in the community from lives of victimization and crime by providing refuge, protection and specialized care in a nurturing, stable environment. Annually, Miami Bridge shelters more than 600 children and teens, providing over 10,000 care days for those individuals, as well as counseling to more than 550 families with children ages 6-17.
For additional information, visit www.miamibridge.org.