Thursday, April 5, 2012

Shelter for Homeless Women & Children Future Secured

From the Miami Herald:

Lotus House, the innovative women and children’s shelter in Overtown founded by former real estate developer and investor Constance Collins, has received a $20 million pledge from developer Martin Z. Margulies that will ensure its survival “for generations,’’ the program’s founder said.
Since its founding six years ago in a small, formerly vacant apartment house that Collins purchased, Lotus House has expanded rapidly to several adjacent, brightly painted buildings with beds for 110 women and children and a free health clinic set around lush gardens.
The shelter, the only one in Miami-Dade focused exclusively on women and kids, has been praised for a unique therapeutic approach to helping its “guests,’’ as residents are known, that blends hard-nosed counseling and job training with art and alternative therapies.
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