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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Counseling, Family Counseling, Human Services, Mental Health

Mission: To Help Improve the lives of children and families who are underserved and/ or at risk in Miami-Dade County thorugh education, cultural arts programming, life skills training and programs that support self sufficiency

Geographic areas served: Miami Dade County

Programs: Early educational scholarships: this program allows children who 'might not be able to experience the education they deserve in a safe and nurturing environment. Free breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided. Early stimulation for infants and toddlers, progressive pre-school instruction, early technology education and developmental screenings and inclusion programs for special needs children are offered through a partnership with happy kids learning center. "it takes a village to raise a child. " number clients served: 21 clients tall. Teens are lifelong learners: ayuda, in collaboration with the children's trust, miami beach senior high school, and fairway park, has developed a new program called teens are lifelong learners (tall). This program is aimed at youth from grades 6th through 11th seeking to empower and educate them with life skills trainings. Community service hours are available through this opportunity. Number clients served: 179 clients parents now: this program consists of home visits, parenting and family counseling, and community networking to empower and enrich at-risk families of children; from infant to 13 years of age. Parents are taught about brain development, parenting skills, communication skills, abuse and neglect prevention, family meetings, conflict resolution, community services, good nutrition, quality use of free time, and support among the families. Referrals for this program are accepted only from the department of children and families. Number clients served: 21 clients family empowerment: this program designed to help juvenile first time offenders, 12-18 years old. We teach families how to enhance their communication skills, positively resolve conflicts, learn anger management skills, and develop self-esteem enhancement skills, among other, in a psycho-educational group setting. We serve families in the miami beach, hialeah and north miami beach areas. Referrals from this program are accepted only from the juvenile services department. Number clients served: 47 clients here for you: this elderly services program provides social services to adults 60 and older. The goals of the program are to assist elders in maintaining their independence in their community; improve their nutritional status; enhance their quality of life; provide them with support and security, and to provide their caregivers with assistance and relief so that they can continue to provide care. Number clients served: 20 clients success university: ayuda offers a variety of programming to reduce truancy and prepare our youth and families for success. The primary goal of the program is to address the root causes of excessive absences for middle and high school students, resulting in the elimination of unnecessary absences. Number clients served: 19 clients.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ayuda is a great organization with good programs for the community. They work diligently and tirelessly to provide assistance, guidance and support to those who seek their care. For over 31 years AYUDA has been helping citizens of South Florida - parents, children, youth, elderly, and families - that are underserved and disadvantaged. The Family Empowerment, Elderly Overtown, Parents Now, and Go Kids GO Programs have been funded for more many years by the Children’s Trust. This is a great organization to be a part of!

Barbie F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Ayuda is a great organization with good programs for the community. Ayuda helps their clients take control of their life and learn skills to make better decisons and slef sufficiency. It's really wonderful to see how the counselors really go above and beyond to help cients beyond their counseling program.

Grace G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I personally know the directors of this non-profit and they are honest, caring and truly concerned for the recipients of their services. They work diligently and tirelessly to provide assistance, guidance and support to those who seek their care.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Eight months ago I came to work for Ayuda, Inc and was so impressed by the mission of the organization. Today I feel not only that Ayuda is a great place to get helped at (from children to elders) but also a comfortable working environment where all staff and clients have become one family. If I had to choose again I would certainly come to Ayuda.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was a University student in the School of Social Work back in 1977 and was placed at AYUDA to gain experience while I was being supervised. I helped assess children with disabilities, met and counseled their parents, conducted play therapy, taught the children social skills, made community referrals to help support the family, and just learned sooo much! I was hired as a counselor and as the years progressed I became Executive Director and President of the organization. AYUDA is a great agency with great staff that goes over and above the call of duty to help and empower clients. AYUDA has conducted it's work "in the trenches", where clients cannot afford to pay for services. Clients range from infancy to frail elders and services reach throughout South Florida.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organiztaion with a terrific staff that is professional, concerned, caring and motivated. It is a pleasure to work with Ayuda.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to work for Ayuda Inc. a few months ago and aside from been involve with the agency as a staff member, I'm so amaze to see all the help they provide kids, parents and families at risk. I am honor to work here and to know that I am part of such great organization. Besides the budget cuts Ayuda Inc. has suffer the agency has been able to continue it's great services to the community and keep on providing for our kids. I hope the future holds brighter days for Ayuda Inc. so we can keep on doing what we love best helping our children in need.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

For over 31 years AYUDA has been helping citizens of Dade County - parents, children, youth, elderly, and families - that are underserved and disadvantaged. The Family Empowerment, Elderly Overtown, Parents Now, and Go Kids GO Programs have been funded for more than 9 years by the Alliance for Human Services and the Children’s Trust. By having these programs running, the community is saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in court costs as well as funds from the Department of Children and Family when children, youth, and the elderly are not self-sufficient and not cared for properly. AYUDA's programs have a meaningful, long-lasting impact on the lives of the children, teenagers, and adults we serve. What AYUDA does for its children and their families today will reflect on their lives in the future. AYUDA has also been present in case of natural disasters serving as drop off site for donations that were later sent to the victims of disasters such as the earthquake in Peru (August of 2007) and Hurricane Felix (September 2007)in Nicaragua.

5 DeAnne

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Board member with Ayuda for the past 5 years. During that time I've been constantly impressed by the dedication and passion of the staff in helping Miami's low income families - especially the children. Day care, summer camp, programs in art, music & journalism, and teenage empowerment counseling, are just a few of the very successful services offered by Ayuda. With budget cuts threatening many of the programs, I've seen the generosity of volunteers and staff with both time and money to make sure all our programs can continue. When I hear the beauty of our children's violin orchestra, read the creative stories written by children for their own newspaper, or hear about a troubled teenager who has turned her life around because of our counselors, I'm grateful for being a small part of these extraordinary efforts. When you can prove a 98% success rate in working with juvenile delinquents - insuring these young people will not continue down a dangerous path - you know you're doing something very right!!! I want to express a very special thanks and heartfelt admiration for the President and CEO of Ayuda, Luis de Jesus. With his leadership and consistent passion for Ayuda's work, I have seen this organization move to a higher level of awareness and effectiveness. Our community is very fortunate to have such a committed man running such an outstanding organization!!!