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Lobby- $100,000

A warm welcome and sense of safety are integral to helping women, youth and children make the transition from the streets to our shelter. The overwhelming majority of the women and youth we serve at Lotus House are victims of physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, trafficking or other severe traumas, usually starting in childhood. Homelessness itself is traumatic, puts women and children at risk of further victimization, and makes families sick, as they experience dislocation from home and community, loss of important roles, social isolation and feelings of helplessness. Our in-take sanctuary is their first introduction to Lotus House and so we are striving to create a loving refuge in this special space where tears transform to hopes for a better way of life. Your help makes this possible, with a security desk and reception, comfortable seating, soft music, soothing aromatherapy, and a play corner for the children. 

The in-take sanctuary will include a special plaque recognizing the donor who makes this gift of peace to those who enter our threshold.

 

In-Take Sanctuary, sponsored by the Universe 

A warm welcome and sense of safety are integral to helping women, youth and children make the transition from the streets to our shelter. The overwhelming majority of the women and youth we serve at Lotus House are victims of physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, trafficking or other severe traumas, usually starting in childhood. Homelessness itself is traumatic, puts women and children at risk of further victimization, and makes families sick, as they experience dislocation from home and community, loss of important roles, social isolation and feelings of helplessness. Our in-take sanctuary is their first introduction to Lotus House and so we are striving to create a loving refuge in this special space where tears transform to hopes for a better way of life. Your help makes this possible, with a security desk and reception, comfortable seating, soft music, soothing aromatherapy, and a play corner for the children. 

 

Gardens- $25,000-$500,000

Lotus Village will include lush green landscapes, soothing waterscapes, fountains and gardens that offer quiet refuges throughout the shelter and community grounds. Our farm-to-table kitchen garden will also offer fresh herbs and vegetables to our chefs and cooking school. Everything green is an opportunity for learning, healing and growing.

Plaques will be installed in garden nooks throughout Lotus Village, honoring the donors helping to create these living healing spaces.

 

Healing Hands Salon, sponsored by Vivian & Ralph Morera 

Being homeless is one of the most isolating experiences women, youth and children can have. So often we hear from the women and youth that the loss of dignity, identity and social inclusion is more traumatic than the accompanying loss of material possessions. Our goal in the Healing Hands Salon is to restore both inner and outer beauty and a sense of self worth for those who have struggled on the streets, to prep for that all important upcoming interview, or for a youth or child, to ensure they do not stand out as uncared for when they go off to school. The mini-salon will offer basic skin, nail and hair care, along with a little old fashioned and new age nurturing. With the aid of professional salons, stylists, skin and nail specialists, and volunteers from the community, this salon will reinforce what we already know – they matter – and rebuild their self esteem, allowing everyone to look and feel valued and included again.

 

Yoga & Meditation Room, sponsored by the Wildflower Foundation 

The Yoga & Meditation Room will be a room where our guests will be able to heal from within and it will allow them to express themselves through yoga, meditation, dance, movement, and more. 

 

Arts & Activites Lab, sponsored by the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse

We have seen first hand the power of art to heal on so many levels, giving voice to those who have survived by being invisible, touching our creative source, and reminding us all of our profound interconnection. In the “Lab,” the arts will be explored as alternative pathways to healing and creative expression. The Lab will be equipped with clay and kiln, paint and easels, needle and thread, brush and paper, wire and beads, and all matter of materials and the glue which holds us all together. Our full time programming coordinator and ongoing collaborative working relationships with artists and arts organizations will support offerings from the Lab in addition to a wide range of visiting artists and community volunteers.

 

Computer Library, sponsored by Julie Lotspeich in honor of Jay Lotspeich 

Knowledge is power – and we want to empower all those we serve with the tools and resources needed to achieve greater self-sufficiency and build a lasting foundation for success in the world. Our Computer Library will be outfitted to include 20 computer workstations, loaded with the software programs currently used by businesses, educational institutions, and the Miami Dade Public Library System (MDPLS), with full internet access and office support (e.g., printers, paper and basic supplies). The facility will offer programming from basic computers and adult education for graduation equivalency (GED) to English and Spanish literacy and more advanced computer training. Enriched by collaboration with the MDPLS, cardholders will be afforded access to the full range of on-line books and literature offered by the library system as well as the ability to order and check out books system-wide. The Library will host a wide range of readings, storytelling, speakers, workshops and multi-faceted programming throughout the year.

 

Working Classroom Kitchen- $1,500,000

Economically sourced from local farms and growers, healthful and nutritious meals will heal bodies, minds and spirits. Drawing whenever possible on locally grown and raised fresh fruit and vegetables, Lotus House will offer daily specials that teach everyone about healthy, low cost foods at the same time we minimize our ecological imprint. This catering kitchen will be sized to deliver more than 500,000 nutritious meals each year to the residents of Lotus House, much of which will be “homemade” by our chef and students in our real-world, working classroom. This unique working classroom kitchen and food service will double as a training program for the residents of Lotus House, who will have the opportunity to build basic life skills as they learn about healthful eating, food safety, and the basics of cooking at home. For those seeking a career in the food service industry, the kitchen and food service training program will allow participants to build critical job readiness skills and experience in the operations of a professional kitchen, preparing them to enter the work world with a new and practical skill set.

The primary donor of our Working Classroom Kitchen will have the opportunity to name this life changing program and be recognized with a plaque installed in a prominent location in or at the entrance.