Inn Transition North and South
Inn Transition is a creative and vital answer to transitional housing for victims of domestic violence and their children. In a partnership created with Miami-Dade County, these apartment facilities provides housing, counseling, and child-care for a period of three to 24 months for families. The facility needs JLM volunteers' help to continue to provide a safe living environment for shelter residents.
Riverside House Project
For over 43 years, the Riverside House has provided reentry services for men and women convicted of a crime by guiding participants to become productive citizens through a non-denominational, faith-based approach. The Junior League of Miami will support the endeavors of Riverside House by leading monthly family reunification nights designed to help the female participants spend quality time with their children through enriching activities and programming. JLM volunteers will play an active role in implementing and planning the reunification sessions that focus on re-establishing family relationships, building self-esteem, and promoting healthy communication skills.
Done In A Day
Done in a Day is a signature JLM community project that assists local organizations with short-term events within the League's focus areas. These projects and events can be accomplished in one day. Past events have included assisting Lotus House in creating a meditation garden and establishing the Beehive Module at the Miami Museum of Science. We concentrate our resources on making an impact within the areas of family violence and the health, education, and welfare of women and children in our community.
Since 2008, a parade of doggies, owners and a committed group of children meet once a month to practice their reading skills. The purpose of the program is to give children the opportunity to get comfortable about reading out loud in public. Often times, when a child is forced to learn, especially in an environment where the spotlight is on them, they may feel frustrated or get agitated. When a child can’t keep up or on catch on quickly enough their self-esteem is bruised and their confidence damaged. Interacting with therapy dogs immediately calms them down so they can start to learn. Timid readers begin to blossom when there is “creature comfort”within reach and while this seems to be just ‘canine social time,’ it allows children to begin to express themselves without fear of judgment or failure.
The Junior League’s partnership in the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Paws 2 Read program has garnered kudos from parents, children and curious library patrons who pass by and see the furry creatures enjoying a good book! For the 20 children who participate in the 90-minute program, they first respond to their furry friend’s cuteness and then gradually move into opening a book to share a story with their new buddy. Parents are able monitor their child’s reading skills: word knowledge, word retention and ease of reading while observing the interaction between their child and the dog.
There is no doubt that the Paws 2 Read program is a great motivational tool.
Dibia DREAM/Honeyshine Project
Dibia DREAM is a community outreach initiative that provides academic tutoring, health and wellness, financial literacy, physical education, and mentorship to Miami’s underserved youth. Dibia provides a safe space for children to encourage after school and weekend learning and socialization. Youth are introduced to personal and character development, and encouraged to be the change in the world they wish to see. The Junior League of Miami will support Dibia through STEM Saturdays programming; the community-wide engagement around Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM exposes participants ages 7-16 to educational hands-on learning activities that create a curiosity about life, and inspire students to consider pursuing careers in STEM fields.