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Message From The Executive Director

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May, 2011

UNIDAD of Miami Beach, Inc. was founded back in 1993 and in 1995 began delivering social services with a few staff. The agency began operating out of what was then a small room in the lifeguard facility at 72nd and Collins Avenue on Miami Beach. Eighteen years later, in cooperation with the City of Miami Beach, we have now demolished that structure and in its place, we are constructing the North Beach Oceanfront Center, which will house the UNIDAD Senior Center later this year. UNIDAD also operates programs from the Coral Rock House on Normandy Drive and the South Shore Community Center on 6th Street.

Today, UNIDAD's staff of close to 50 provides critical services each year to tens of thousands of families and individuals in Miami Beach and across Miami-Dade County. During the economic crisis of this last fiscal year, we provided temporary or part time jobs for over 531 residents. We provide these services and programs on behalf of residents of Miami Beach, in service of the welfare of the entire city and beyond, with a special emphasis on the Hispanic population. We are always working to find new and better ways to strengthen our communities and our citizens.

Our successes are due in large part to the dedication and perseverance of my management team, and our many knowledgeable and loyal staff members. Our Board of Directors has provided the supportive structure and leadership through which UNIDAD has been able to grow, prosper and respond to the needs of people in our community. The City of Miami Beach and our many other funders and supporters have provided the resources, encouragement and belief in our vision that has provided the framework for us to accomplish our goals and ensure that there will always be a place to turn when people are in need.

For those of you who are meeting us for the first time through this website, I welcome you and thank you for taking the time to get to know us. For those of you who have been a part of UNIDAD's past work and growth, thank you and I look forward to many more years of community service and accomplishments.

Best Regards,
Margarita Cepeda
Executive Director