Transforming South Dade
Commissioner Levine Cava partners with Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade to provide critical home repairs and neighborhood beautification in South Dade
Left to right: Rebuilding Together Executive Director Travis Renville, Commissioner Levine Cava, homeowner Alma Everett, Rebuilding Together Board President Bob Miller, Coastal Construction VP Mike Murphy. (Photos by Armando Rodriguez / Miami-Dade County)
MIAMI-DADE – County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava partnered with Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade to sponsor National Rebuilding Day 2019 in South Dade on Saturday, April 27. Nearly 200 volunteers answered the call to service and joined forces to provide critical home repairs for vulnerable homeowners, and to help revitalize South Dade neighborhoods.
After three consecutive years of holding the rebuilding event in the Leisure City area, providing critical repairs to 58 homes, and investing more than $1 million of in-kind donations, county and corporate sponsorships, the neighborhood has been visibly transformed. This year’s rebuilding effort was extended to homes in Princeton and Naranja.
“I believe everyone should have the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, and attractive community,” said Commissioner Levine Cava. “After three years of investing our time and resources in the Leisure City area, we have helped safeguard affordable homeownership and have visibly revitalized this wonderful community. I extend my heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of volunteers, corporate and community partners, Miami-Dade County departments, and especially the Rebuilding Together team for creating transformative change in the lives of so many residents.”
The day-long event was filled with home repair projects including roof replacements, kitchen renovations, accessible bathroom modifications, plumbing and electrical upgrades, door replacements, painting, landscaping and more.
“It’s not just a roof over our heads, it’s a safe place, a part of who we are and who my children will grow up to be,” said Roxanne Mourin, a 27-year-old single mother of two who’s working to save her childhood family home and recently paid off its lean. “These walls are an extension of our stories. They are a part of us as much as we are a part of them, and I will never take this for granted.”
Employees from five Miami-Dade County departments were on hand to assist with the homes, as well as pave potholes, remove illegal dumping and trash, and expedite bulky waste pickup. Participating departments included Regulatory and Economic Resources; Transportation and Public Works; Solid Waste Management; Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces; and Miami-Dade Police.
Among the major sponsors that made the South Dade event possible were the Naranja Lakes Community Redevelopment Agency, BAC Florida Bank, Booz Allen Hamilton, UPS Foundation and Wells Fargo. Other local sponsors included A Galvez Construction, American Red Cross of Greater Miami, Coastal Cares, Dixie Landscaping, Einstein Bros. Bagels, First Florida, Fortis, Flavas Restaurant, Lowes, Starbucks Team Contracting and Wayne Automatic Fire Sprinklers.
“Home is so much more than a house. Home is safety, comfort and happy memories. But for some of our neighbors, home has meant uncertainty and hopelessness,” said Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade County Executive Director Travis Renville. “We are so grateful to everyone who lent a hand on National Rebuilding Day. Together, we are making South Dade a safe, healthy, and resilient community.”
National Rebuilding Day, celebrated annually on the last Saturday in April, is the culmination of a year of planning, training, and mobilizing thousands of community volunteers across the country. The transformative service project is embraced by community leaders and corporate partners as a way of bringing immediate, large-scale impact to communities across America in a single day.
Commissioner Levine Cava joins Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, 200 volunteers and corporate sponsors at Live Like Bella Park in Leisure City to kick off National Rebuilding Day.
Homeowner Elida Blanco (right) gives a tour of her home repairs to Commissioner Cava (center) and District 8 staff member Kirsten Castillo.
Miami-Dade Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources employees join Commissioner Cava for a day of rebuilding in Leisure City.
Miami-Dade police officer Wendy Dallas volunteers her time to landscape on National Rebuilding Day.
National Rebuilding Day corporate sponsor UPS employees join Commissioner Cava for a day of community service.