The 2015 Christmas Outreach of the Miami Rescue Mission | Broward Outreach Centers, with the help of nearly 500 volunteers, provided a very special Christmas Eve celebration to nearly 3,000 homeless and needy men, women, and children.
In addition to a delicious meal; there were free haircuts, articles of clothing were given out, and over 5,000 toys and gifts were given with love to those in great need. Most importantly, over 60 men and women decided to get off the streets and enter one of the life-changing programs.
“ It was so beautiful to see people being blessed. This was my first time of serving and I can tell you it was really touching. The kids and parents were so thankful for the meals and gifts. This is what Christmas is all about - blessing others. ”Veronica, Volunteer Server
“ Wow. My wife and I are so thankful that we will be able to have some gifts for our children. We've been going through some hard times and this really helps. When we get back on our feet, we want to be part of next year's celebration and help someone. ”Danny, Christmas Guest
So many generous people and companies came together to make the Outreach very special. We can't do all that we do without our supporters, volunteers, and partners in the community.
“ All this is done to let our homeless and hungry know they are not forgotten and there is hope for a future. ”Rev. Ronald Brummitt President
The Miami Campus has served the homeless and needy since 1922. The administration offices, Center for Men, Center for Women and Children, Jeffrey A. Tew Education Center, Community Activity Center-which provides out of school and summer programs for children, Food Warehouse, Health Clinic, and Thrift Stores are located in a three block area off NW 1st Ave. and NW 20th Street. The Centers offer emergency and residential programs. An additional building houses 78 men and has a conference center. The combined Centers provide 390 beds for residential and emergency services.
The Hollywood Campus was opened in 1997 after serving the homeless and needy of Broward beginning in 1992. It was the first center in Broward to offer comprehensive programs for the homeless. The Hollywood Campus has 128 beds for residential programs and 18 emergency beds to serve men, women, and children. It is located at the corner of Scott Street and Old Dixie Highway, near Sheridan Street.
The Pompano Beach Campus was opened in 2002 and has 200 beds for residential programs and 20 emergency beds to serve men, women, and children. The campus is located in the northern part of Broward County near Copans Road. Men, women, and children are served as well as a special program to engage the chronic homeless.
“ I had a such a great time at the Christmas Celebration. I really didn't have anything to provide for my children. Thank you for making this day special and giving me hope for next year. ”Martha, Christmas Outreach Guest