The Caring Place: Miami Rescue Mission (MRM) | Broward Outreach Centers (BOC) served over 2,300 traditional turkey dinners with all the trimmings this Thanksgiving to South Florida’s needy and homeless. Men, women and children were provided with haircuts, showers, clothing, medical attention and entertainment while anticipating their Thanksgiving dinner. Over 600 volunteers came together and served the homeless and hungry of South Florida.
At the Miami campus over 1,500 guests attend the annual Great Thanksgiving Banquet. The Miami event was made possible by many giving partners and special thanks is given to the Elegant family and their supporters. The Elegant Family started a movement with their friends and family…and raised over $10,000! They have been supporting the cause and volunteering for some 9 years.
The Medina Foundation, Royal Caribbean, the Miami Woman’s Club, Global Realty & Management Inc., Payer& Associates, MGM Case Management Services, Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, Beverly Crawford from State Farm as well as TJ Maxx sponsored the Miami event.
The Miami Center hosted the Miami Dade Nursing College volunteers that provided medical checkups for the guests. A make-shift barber shop was also onsite, with barbers and hairdressers who volunteered for the event. Also 9,000 articles of clothing were distributed and over 2,000 “Mission Hope” bags filled with hygienic products and other necessary items were given to the needy at all three campuses.
Intake tables at all 3 campuses encouraged guests to make the decision to enter one of the life-changing programs offered by The Caring Place. Nearly 70 men made that choice to come off the streets of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Ministry teams were seen throughout the outreaches, praying with people individually as needed and requested.
At the Hollywood campus, over 500 guests were served by over 130 volunteers. A special Thanksgiving Speech was made by Pastor Samantha Williams. Guests and residents were entertained by Scott Evan Productions. Arts Academy of Hollywood brought joy with their dancing. Courtney Group provided services for the women and children that included: face painting, arts and for the women make up as well as pedicures and manicures. Thanksgiving Baskets were donated by Boy Scout Troop #258 for all families and children along with Mission Hopes Hygiene bags, clothing and shoe give away.
At the Pompano campus, nearly 300 guests were entertained by Shiloh’s House along with Pastor Ako Ministries in song, dance & a spoken word. This day over 120 volunteers showed their love and compassion towards the hungry and needy. We had the privilege to have our Honorary Guest Speaker from the City of Tamarac, Commissioner Marlon Bolton District 1. Our Keynote
Thanksgiving Banquet Outreach at a Glance (All 3 Campuses):
- Meals Served: Over 2,300
- Homeless Intake: 73
- New Footwear Given: Over 500
- Clothing Given: Over 9,000
- Hygiene Bags Given: Nearly 1,200
- Food Boxes Given: Nearly 1,000 boxes
- Haircuts Given: Over 200
- # People Prayed With: Over 500
- Showers Provided: Over 300
- Volunteers: Over 600