UNIDAD Senior Center
UNIDAD Senior Center serve a low-income, predominantly Hispanic, immigrant (and minority-Jewish) senior population who will benefit from the full range of services offered. The UNIDAD Senior Center will draw upon the agency's proven track record in providing senior employment services, cultural enrichment programming, and immigration/acculturation services. The North Beach community has a concentration of low-income seniors, mostly Hispanic immigrants, who face challenges of cultural isolation, poverty, and lack of culturally sensitive access to social services. The Center will attract low-income seniors to participate in Center activities by offering a range of activities and services, including nutritious meals, employment training and placement, counseling, support groups, health information, nutrition/health screenings and assistance with immigration-related issues. In addition, the Center will provide opportunities for cultural enrichment, fitness classes, and social interaction
Senior Community Service Employment Program
1. Enhanced access to employment training and placement opportunities for seniors who want and need to work. Many low-income seniors want to work, and the UNIDAD Senior Employment Program has won national awards for having the highest rate of senior job placement of any such program in the USA.
2. Enhanced access to counseling and support groups for health issues
3. Referral-based access to services and benefits.
4. Practical assistance with issues such as completing income tax or immigration forms.
5. Improved mental and physical health for regular participants in Center programs, including socialization, healthy meal and fitness programs.
6. Enhanced access to social services for low-income seniors, including services to victims of discrimination, abuse and neglect.
7. A greater range of cultural offerings, particularly those drawing upon the vitality of Hispanic culture, which will serve not only North Beach seniors but also the entire community.
UNIDAD Project LINK Information & Referral (I&R) services have been in operation for 16 years. The primary target population is low and moderate-income residents of the Miami Beach community. While the agency provides extensive employment services under contract with Senior Community Services Community Program, City of Miami Beach CDBG funding for Project LINK fills a critical gap in the agency's continuum of services for Miami Beach residents. Hundreds of the City's low and moderate-income residents come to the organization for critical services which are not employment-related. The program offers needs assessment, information/referral to a network of human services, and case management. The agency's strong network of community relationships and reputation for client service has made the program a focal point for those seeking assistance. Our client flow for I&R services now exceeds an average of 366 clients per month. Project LINK is designed to meet the needs of all clients.
Customer and You Program
"Customer and You" Certificate Program is organized by UNIDAD with contracted instructors from Miami Dade County who provide customer training to the staff of local businesses. The trainings take place at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, hotels, restaurants, the Miami Beach Career Center and other local businesses. The innovative training covers managing attitudes and emotions, advanced skills in services and attitudes, mastering the techniques of making a good impression, and how to turn customer complaints into profits and many more topics. The program serves to train local business employees and those looking for work to enhance the perception visitors have of our communities.
Miami Dade County Employment Program
Training / employment program which encourages and lengthens self-sufficiency by supplementing income while providing training, increased marketability, and opportunities for and transition into unsubsidized employment for the ages 55 and over.
If an appropriate community training placement is successfully completed, along with any additional training needed, positive job retention outcome is likely. To further support retention, continued follow-up after placement is provided by project staff. Follow-up will involve speaking with the employer to see if more placements can be assisted.