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Camillus House Captures Top Award at The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Trustee Luncheon

Honored for outstanding work in homeless prevention and delivery of services to homeless individuals and families

Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:00 am by Ginette Grey

Camillus House is pleased to announce we have received the Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Award of Excellence, a first for any homeless service and assistance organization. The esteemed award recognizes the outstanding contributions to the development of Miami’s core business in three categories “Individual,” “Organization” and “Young Leader.” Awardees were selected by a group of influential community leaders who served as judges.

“Receiving this accolade affirms that the work we’ve begun since 1960 starting as a small soup kitchen is a critical need in our community, one in which we excel.”, said CEO, Hilda Fernandez. 

Wishing to acknowledge the Board and Team alike, Fernandez continued, “As Miami’s most comprehensive homeless services provider, we share this award with everyone who has been a dedicated partner, supporter, volunteer, colleague, and friend to Camillus House and our clients.”

Camillus House stands in good company and joins a prestigious group of honorees who have been recognized since 2014, when Allen Morris and the Chamber created the award, for their contributions to the development of Miami’s central business core’s economy.

We are privileged to be recognized for our work, which includes life-changing programs that meet the varying needs of the poor and homeless. Specialized outreach programs such as Lazarus Project and Matt Talbot engage and directly treat persons living on the street and are suffering with severe mental illness and addiction. Serving with hospitality, compassion and love, the non-profit helps the needy stabilize and access housing, victims of abuse and violence recover their lives, families facing eviction avoid homelessness, enables veterans to rejoin the society they fought to protect, and provides essential needs such as clothes, showers, and food daily.

About Camillus House

Camillus House has provided humanitarian services to persons who are poor and homeless in Miami-Dade County, Florida since 1960. As a ministry of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, Camillus House was originally established to serve Cuban exiles. From its humble beginning as a small soup kitchen, Camillus has grown into a full-service organization offering a comprehensive “system of care” including food, clothing, emergency, transitional and permanent housing, physical and mental health care, and substance abuse treatment. Camillus House provided services for more than 33,000 individuals and families in the past year and continues to work toward the long-term goal of ending chronic homelessness in our community.

Media Contact: Ginette Grey

786-878-5691   [email protected]

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