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Camillus Marks Inauguration of New Campus

Published Friday, May 18, 2012 5:00 pm

Camillus House held the inauguration ceremony for its new Norwegian Cruise Line Campus during an event May 18, 2012 celebrating the partial opening of the $84 million project. After nearly three decades, the new campus is finally a reality and will officially open its doors during a grand opening ceremony to be held in the coming months.

“Today is a historical day for all of us at Camillus House, our donors, and our Miami community partners who have worked endlessly together to make this project a reality,” said Dr. Paul R. Ahr, Camillus House President and CEO. “We are grateful for the support we have received in helping us fulfill our vision of ending chronic homelessness in our community.”

The new Norwegian Cruise Line Campus, located at 1603 N.W. 7th Avenue in Miami, has finalized construction on three buildings which include long- and short-term housing space, mental healthcare facilities, food services facilities, retail space, a multi-level garage, and even a kennel for man's best friend, among other features.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Executive Building were (from left): Kevin Sheehan, Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line; City of Miami Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff; Bob Dickinson, Chairman of the Camillus House Board of Directors; Kate M. Callahan, Ph.D., Chairwoman of the Camillus Health Concern Board of Directors; and Paul R. Ahr, Ph.D., Camillus President & CEO.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Institute of Social and Personal Adjustment Building were (from left): William D. Talbert, III, President of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and Camillus Board member; Roger Carlton, Town Manager of Surfside and Vice Chairman of the Camillus Board; Board member Steven Marin; Eloy Villasuso, FPL Foundation; City of Miami Commissioner Marc D. Sarnoff; Bob Dickinson, Chairman of the Camillus House Board of Directors; Kevin Sheehan, Chief Executive Officer of Norwegian Cruise Line; Paul R. Ahr, Ph.D., Camillus President & CEO; and Kate M. Callahan, Ph.D., Chairwoman of the Camillus Health Concern Board of Directors.

Currently, housing units located in the Shepherd's Court building are occupied by residents at the new campus. Shepherd's Court provides permanent housing in an eco-friendly and energy efficient apartment building for 80 persons who were formerly homeless.

Construction has already begun for the second phase of development which includes additional housing space at the 3.1 acre campus, in addition to a chapel.

Renderings of the Norwegian Cruise Line Campus of Camillus House



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Serving the South Florida community since 1960, Camillus House is a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian services to men, women and children who are poor and homeless.