YWCA Miami

Letter from Eileen
Summer is in session! The kids are out of school, the community is filled with families enjoying time together, and there’s a great deal of hot elements coming into existence over here at the YWCA Miami.

Here’s a brief look-back on all that’s happened at the YWCA Miami since our last newsletter in April. Court Care 4 has opened; South Florida community has recognized some of our top leaders; the Marta Weeks Women’s Center is undergoing a new playground and urban garden installation; our head start preschoolers have graduated; and more importantly we’ve recognized our dedicated teachers through an appreciation ceremony at the end of the school year.

What’s Next

Our annual Women of Influence event is taking place August 27th at Jungle Island (see our website’s homepage for more details and ticket information). Summer camp is now running from June 8th – August 7th at the Marta Weeks Center in Overtown as well as Campbell Arms in Homestead.

National Rebranding

National has spoken and we received their message! During the first week of June, myself along with other leaders from our organization, attended the annual YWCA USA National Conference where they unveiled our new branding and call-to-action —


This year’s theme is “Our Collective Power,” which reminds us that we are a part of a larger community, who collectively are in a global fight to eliminate racism and empower women. The conference focused on 3 areas of impact: Healthy Families Act, Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Acts, and End Racial Profiling Act. Each of these acts will become a huge part of all YWCA’s focus to push the ceiling and retrieve the justice for women and girls of color.

YWCA Miami is on the heels of great change and we encourage you, our supporters and community members, to stand with us and get involved. Support from all levels are needed, whether you can share your positive feedback or time at one of our centers here in South Florida we accept any support. Until our next newsletter in the Fall, we invite you to stay in touch with us by way following and liking us on all social media platforms.

As always, thank you all for continuing to help us impact our community and create a welcoming place for all women and girls of color.

All the best,


 YWCA USA National Conference RECAP!


In June of our CEO, Eileen Maloney-Simon, Board President, Lisa McGill, and Director of Development, Barbara Norland along with other YWCA’s from around the country gathered in Washington, D.C. for our annual Capitol Hill Day.
(Rachel Hall, senior legislative assistant to
Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, 23rd  District, FL)
YWCA’s attended 273 Congressional visits throughout the day. Collectively, they urged Congress to prioritize women and communities of color.
(Congressman Carlos Curbelo, 26th District, FL)
Here in Miami we are dedicated to the prioritizing issues as they relate to our communities and we ask that you join us and get involved in the discussion so we may begin fostering change.
(U.S. Representative Frederica S. Wilson, 24th District, FL )

 Spotlight on Our Youth

On Thursday, July 2, 2015 we were so proud to have two of our youth clubhouse mentors represent us at United Way Miami-Dade’s Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards Program.

Alia Guillama (15) and Joel Hammond (16) both honor roll students at their high schools were selected as escorts to Senator Rene Garcia, who was born and raised in Hialeah, Senator Garcia received an award for outstanding work in legislation with a focus on youth.

 NEW to YWCA Miami: 
Young Professionals


If you want to be a part of something big and align with our mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities — we want you!

For more details on how to get involved contact rserrano@ywca-miami.org.

Our Early Learning Program now has space available at the following centers:
Cain Towers, Gerry Sweet, Carol Glassman-Donaldson, and Windows!

Click here for more information or call
Berta Rhonda at 305-377-9922 ext. 204

The 7th Annual
Women of Influence 2015
is right around the corner!
This executive networking fundraiser and cocktail reception was established to showcase a panel of prominent business women within Miami-Dade County. Women of Influence will be held at Jungle Island on August 27th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and moderated by Melissa Orlen, Executive Vice President & General Counsel of MovieTickets.com, Inc.
This year’s panelists include:
Patricia Rosello,
 CEO of Baptist Health
Outpatient Services
Cory Shade,

SVP & General Counsel of Perry Ellis

Marie McKenzie,

VP of Global Destination Services

Mara Suarez,

Executive VP of Personal & Business Banking of

City National Bank

To align with our mission of empowering women, you will not want to miss hearing our panelists share their personal stories and insights that have led to their career successes.
Don’t miss this event!
Click here to purchase tickets.

Marta Weeks Center Makeover 


A beautification is underway! Yes, the Marta Weeks Center is currently undergoing a beautification project provided by the South Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice and its youth volunteers. Here’s a look into the first phase of the project.

The project kicked off with deliveries consisting of 250 bags of dirt, 75 bags of mulch, 45 bags of soil, banana trees, fruits, vegetables, stepping stones, and 20 YWCA persimmon-inspired marigolds.

We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Department of Juvenile Justice and we all look forward to the second and final phase of project, which will include laying out rubber mats for mulch, planting banana trees, berry bushes, and filling plant boxes with other fruits and vegetables.

If you’re in the neighborhood and would like to see our garden completed by Department of Juvenile Justice we’ll be happy to give you a tour!


Be sure to check out photos of the completed project in the next few weeks!

Please Welcome, 
Binta Dixon, Zakina Ogbourne, 
Jose Contreras, Craig Williams, 
Richard Torres and Yohanna McField. 

Binta Dixon, Grant Writer & Researcher, is currently completing a Master’s in Public Administration at FIU. Her background is in nonprofit advocacy, grant writing, and program facilitation.

Zakina Ogbourne, NEP Youth Coordinator,  holds a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from FIU. She has spent the last 5 years building a career in Nonprofit and mentoring young women at organizations like Brains and Beauty Girls Club.

Jose Contreras, NEP/Computer Clubhouse Coordinator, is a graduate of FSU who specializes in music therapy and psychology. He’s  bilingual and certified for both CPR & CPI.

Craig Williams, Custodian, joins the Marta Weeks Center on a  full-time basis with 20 years of experience in facility maintenance.

Richard Torres, Head Start/ Early Head Start Education Specialist & Mental Health Coordinator, rejoins the YWCA as an expert in his field from FIU. Richard is also bilingual in Spanish and English.

Yohanna McField, Economic Empowerment Coordinator, joins us from Branches NFP. She has 13 years of banking experience from CHASE/Wachovia and is bilingual in both English and Spanish.

Youth Wellness Conference

What’s Happening at Switchboard?
Switchboard is excited to host a
Youth Wellness Conference!
Join us on Thursday, August 20, 2015, 8:00-11:00am at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables for a networking breakfast, featuring an exciting panel of experts in prevention programming targeting adolescents.
Space is limited.
Please RSVP to Elizabeth Quizena atEquizena@switchboardmiami.org.
Switchboard has partnered with Florida Community Bank to help our Veterans!
Florida Community Bank has developed a new “Stars and Stripes Checking Account” to honor our Veterans. With each account opened, FCB will donate $50 to a pre-selected charity of your choice. Switchboard is one of the eleven charities to choose from and the only one located in Miami-Dade County. Stars and stripes checking gives you the ability to earn interest with NO monthly maintenance fee when you sign up for FREE Direct Deposit.
Please visit the link below for more information!www.floridacommunitybank.com/starsandstripes
Support Switchboard and our Veterans!
Meet & Greet Reception
with Mark Freado!
A forensic psychologist and master trainer of Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI)
Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 6:00-8:00PM
Switchboard’s FCS Division
7412 Sunset Drive, Miami FL 33143
Please RSVP to Alberta Betterson at

Brava Summer Brunch Buffet

Visit BRAVA! July 11 – August 16 to experience the summer brunch buffet spectacular!

Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., enjoy deliciously inspired offerings including red velvet waffles, cooked to order omelets and carving stations, seasonal fresh fruit, pastries and creative desserts. A specialty cocktail, juice or bottomless coffee is also included.

Cost per person is $36.50 inclusive of tax and gratuity. Cost for children under 12 is $16 including tax and gratuity. Reservations available by logging in to My Account atarshtcenter.org or by calling the Arsht Center Box Office: 305.949.6722.

Tickets to a show are not required. Gluten-free and vegetarian options available.

Jewish Food Walking Tour


Upcoming @ JMOF-FIU

Jewish Food Walking Tours
Thursday, July 9th, 11am – 2pm
Learn the history of the SoFi neighborhood and the staple Jewish-owned restaurants in the area past and present, and taste samples of foods from Jewish restaurants. This Walking Food Tour is a fun adventure for locals and visitors alike – and your taste buds will thank you!
$36 JMOF-FIU Members; $46 *Non-Members 
Click here for information and reservations.
No refunds. Tours are rain or shine. The Walking Tour will last approximately 2-3 hours. Tour distance is approximately 2 miles. All ages and fitness levels are welcome. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
*To become a JMOF-FIU Member click here, or call 786.972.3164 (Levels start as low as $30 per year!)

Bessie’s Birthday
Remembering Bess Myerson
Thursday, July 16th, 6pm

Bessie’s Birthday

Remembering Bess Myerson  

in Bessie’s Bistro


Join us for a special program

to reflect on the incredible life

of Bess Myerson (July 16, 1924 – December 14, 2014), the first and still only Jewish Miss America to date.

Guests can enjoy refreshments and a musical presentation of the 1940s by Ted Grossman, host ofWLRN’s “Night Train.”

Free and open to the public.


Thursday, July 30th, 7pm

Wines with Chip
Presentation and Tasting by Chip Cassidy


Back by popular demand!

Join us as FIU Professor Patrick “Chip” Cassidy, Ph.D., presents a special tasting of select red and white wines, while discussing the history of wine, beer, and liquor.

Guests will enjoy samples of wines while snacking on various cheeses and chocolates.

$10 JMOF-FIU Members (Free for $125 Level+); 

$15 Non-Members



RSVP: info@jewishmuseum.com  or 786.972.3164. 

Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies

25th Anniversary Conference
Sunday, July 19th – Tuesday, July 21st
Located at: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport and Conference Center, 711 N.W. 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33126
The Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies (SCJS) celebrates its 25th year with a stellar assembly of speakers and artists, drawing from international and regional locales in Miami!
Upcoming Events
Contact Information 
301 Washington Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Thru October 25, 2015
Vision 20/20: Looking Back/Looking Forward
The Seventh Day: Revisiting Shabbat
Exciting Summer Opportunity 
for Teens at JMOF-FIU…
Train as a Teen Docent!

What is a docent?

A docent is a tour guide who takes people through

the museum and teaches about the exhibits on display.
As a Teen Docent you will give tours to other teens

and visitors from all over the world!


Summer Shopping in the
Orovitz Museum Store!
The Museum Store has unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone! 
Shop a wide selection of books, greeting cards, home goods, Judaica, gorgeous jewelry, picture frames, and more!

Don’t Miss !! 

Registration $25- Mandatory Everyone

Early Drop Off- $10 Discount if needed for whole week

$5.00 per day

Late Pick Up-

$5.00 per day

Regular Price

$95/ Week

Group Discounts:

3- $75/ Week Each Person

5- $70/ Week Each Person

10-$60/ Week Each Person


Mandatory 20 hrs Volunteer or 25 hrs two children before the camp

$50/ Week

PAN, Performing Arts Network offers Dance, Music and Theatre classes for children, teens and adults at all levels.

Classes include Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Flamenco, Salsa, Tango, Belly Dance, Liturgical Dance, Zumba, African and Afro-Haitian Dance, Pilates, Yoga, Piano, Guitar, Vocals, Acting and Pantomime.

PAN also produces an In-Studio Performance Series in their Black Box Theater, featuring some of the finest performing artists in South Florida, as well as National and International Guest Artists.

PAN’s beautiful studios are located at 13124 West Dixie Hwy in North Miami, and are also available for rental for classes, rehearsals, video and photo shoots, workshops, performances, castings, parties and all types of events.

For a complete schedule call 305-899-7730

Website- http://www.panmiami.org

Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/panmiami

Long Term Care Insurance: Do You Really Need To Buy It Now?

Long Term Care Insurance: Do You Really Need To Buy It Now?

By Jeff D. Hackmeier LUTCF, CSA

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It’s a matter of a simple preposition.

Do you want your family members to care ABOUT you or FOR you?

As medical advances have improved our chances for longevity, the probability of requiring assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing and dressing and even skilled nursing care has increased as well.

Statistically 70% of adults over the age of 65 will require some level of service at some time in their life. But when you may need services as well as for how long is an unknown. And the unknown is a huge risk. No matter how large your savings or how many family members are available to care for you, the financial costs and emotional toll of the unknown can be overwhelming and potentially unaffordable.

Long Term Care Insurance is one way of helping you pay for chronic care if you are no longer able to care for yourself due to illness, injury, disability or just aging. It generally covers services not provided by Medicare or your healthcare insurance provider such as a private duty aide or nurse, assisted living, adult day care, long term nursing home or memory care centers.

Buying Long Term Care Insurance is not an all or nothing decision. Most policies offer flexibility to meet your needs and budget. You can select a daily or monthly benefit amount, the deductible, inflation protections as well as optional riders. But the most common mistake is waiting too long. The longer you wait, the greater the likelihood that health issues may arise which increase costs and perhaps even disqualify you.

So when is the right time to purchase a policy? In a perfect world, there would be a magic number. Most people wait for the point at which they need care, in their 60s or even 70s. But life is unpredictable. For example, we have a client who purchased a policy at age 43 with an annual premium of $1800. Three years later she was severely injured in an automobile accident; so far her policy has paid 1.2 million in benefits over the past 12 years.

I am a firm believer in being proactive, encouraging clients to weigh the benefits versus the risks while thinking about where they plan to retire, in what setting they would prefer to receive care and what future medical expenses will they be able to pay out of pocket. Planning is crucial to selecting the best long term care policy.

And I do believe that sooner is better than later. And since we will all have to do it later, why not do it now, taking advantage of a special offer for Chamber members.

For a limited time, you and your extended family, including parents, in-laws, grandparents and adult children can benefit from a 10% chamber discount in addition to a 30% discount when two partners (aka spouses, domestic partners and roommates) are covered, or a 15% discount when only one partner is covered.

For more information, please visit http://www.hackmeierinsurance.com or call (305) 893-4488.

Free drink station on all summer caterings!



Take your party to the next level by having The CrepeMaker there for all your catering needs. With your choice of 25 different crepes, drink stations and coffee stations and the ability to setup indoors or outdoors,  you name it we’ve got you covered.  Let us take the hassle out of making your next party, one to remember. Call us at 305-233-1113 or get a quote online now! If someone does not call you back or send you a package within 3 hours,  you can call or text our catering back up lines at either 305-726-5203 or 305-342-3360 and you will be attended to immediately. Also, ask about our other summer specials!
*Chef’s gratuity based on full package price
*Travel charges not discounted
*Must mention offer at booking
*Promotion starts July 1st and ends August 15th, 2015.
Bastille day Special!
This July 14 commemorates the anniversary of the famous Bastille day. To honor that day CrepeMaker is offering something free with any catering unit ordered, but you have to cal in to find out! So call one of our catering lines now and get your next party started!