In the spirit of giving back to our communities, PBYA was thrilled to introduce a new charitable endeavor to provide support for needy families in South Florida. In association with Touch a Heart Foundation in Fort Lauderdale and The Chapman Partnership in Miami, we provided holiday gifts for a Fort Lauderdale foster home with seven wonderful children along with an entire family in Miami. The firm matched, dollar-for-dollar, employee contributions.
In a loving group home with two full-time foster parents (husband and wife), this particular home focuses on keeping siblings together.
The two youngest girls are sisters, ages 6 and 5, have lived in this home for four years. They are joined by two separate brother sets: One set, ages seven and eight, had never met until they were both placed in foster care. The second brother set, ages nine and seven round out the foster children. These sibling sets are joined by the beautiful adoptive seven year old daughter of the couple that lives there.
A tender family making a new start in America from Nicaragua found themselves in their first ever family home/apartment in Miami. Connected to this household through The Chapman Partnership, the family, consisting of a father, mother and their four children, received a holiday care package to help create new family memories.
The donations included bikes with helmets, books, plush toys, a talking teddy bear, tea set, holiday decorations and candies, and various household items including gift cards for groceries, gasoline and Target.
Emily Mojica: “This was such an amazing experience we all want to go back including our kids to spend more time with these children”
As the inaugural effort for a community project of this sort, every employee at PBYA, along with their families, received more than they gave in the currency of smiles, hugs and love. Special thanks to “super elves”: Jennifer Bordner (paralegal) and her children; Emily Mojica (legal assistant) and her children; Tia Waters (paralegal) and her son; Ileana Costoya (legal assistant) and daughter; Porpoise Evans (attorney); and Maria Zucker (paralegal).