Former President Bill Clinton led hundreds of young volunteers, athletes, and celebrities to Carrfour Supportive Housing’s future Verde Gardens community in Homestead Sunday for a day of service as part of the Clinton Global Initiative University’s (CGIU) weekend program in Miami.
Carrfour staff and volunteers, along with volunteers from PAIRS Foundation and other local nonprofits, worked with CGIU students to create inspiring tiled murals that will be placed throughout the Verde Gardens community when the doors open to 145 formerly homeless families next spring.
Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg, President of Carrfour Supportive Housing, thanked President Clinton for providing leadership on behalf of eradicating homelessness in America.
“Through his visit, President Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative helped focus attention and resources on behalf of our commitment to serve the most vulnerable members of our community,” Berman-Eisenberg said. “The work of the volunteers inspired our team and made a meaningful difference to our efforts to create a future community that will lead hundreds of local families towards self-sufficiency and independence.”
Carrfour’s Verde Gardens Apartments, a complex of 145 units of new affordable housing for formerly homeless families, will include an organic produce nursery, and a farmers market retail site on the former Homestead Airforce Base, which closed as a result of Hurricane Andrew. Construction of the community is being funded through the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.
The project was recently featured in TIME Magazine as an example of innovative projects in development that combine housing for the formerly homeless within environmentally friendly communities in which residents are able to participate and benefit from unique agricultural programs.
“Carrfour’s commitment to ending homelessness in Miami-Dade County is founded on providing affordable housing together with wrap-around services to help residents achieve self-sufficiency and independence,” Berman-Eisenberg said. “In addition to the farmers market at Verde Gardens, Carrfour will provide vocational and micro-enterprise training to help residents learn to farm and develop business skills to market the products they grow.”
Basketball legend Alonzo Mourning joined President Clinton in urging young people to actively contribute their passions, talents and resources so that their lives make a difference in the world.
The students from the Clinton Global Initiative were also joined by celebrities such as Heather Graham, NFL players from the Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raider Nnamdi Asomugha, athletes from the University of Miami, and many others.
Carrfour Supportive Housing is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established in 1993 by the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce to eradicate homelessness in Miami-Dade County. The organization provides affordable housing and supportive services to more than 1,000 families in communities across Miami-Dade County.