February 28, 2017 - Today, we welcomed a former international Rotary Club President from Panama, celebrated Paul Harris awards for immensely deserving members Mari and Brett, honored the Teacher of the Year, South Miami Senior High's Rudy Diaz, and listened to an engaging lecture regarding the homeless situation in Miami Dade County.
Our guest speaker today, was City of Miami Police Officer James Bernat, who is the Homeless Coordinator for Miami Dade County. Their limited budget comes from the Homeless Trust where they offer temporary housing for over 3,000 homeless persons, however, there remains roughly 1,000 homeless persons still living on the streets in Greater Miami.
The homeless come from all kinds of situations, all walks of life, the saying, "We're just one paycheck from living in the streets" becoming a nightmarish reality for some families often with small children, others are illegal immagrants, or battling mental illness, still more fighting a seemingling endless losing battle to drug addiction. And yet, every one of these lives have something to offer. The goal: is not only to give these people relief from hunger, but something more substantial like the temporary housing help they need to get them back on their feet. Let's all be part of the solution!