I am a female veteran and have worked closely with Positive Images Enterprises, Inc. I now work with homeless veterans and their families assisting them with housing, food and refer them to agencies such as Positive Images.
I am impressed with how they treat my veterans when I bring them to Positive Images. We never have to have an appointment. But I call to make sure someone is there since we are coming from a distance.
I think that Positive Images have helped many Veterans both men and women, get interview clothing , haircuts, personal items so that they may become productive members in the community. It is a beautiful thing that Positive Images help, assist and appreciate their Service to our country.
I love the warmth and heart that they give them to move forward today and make a fresh start in life.
Miami VA Healthcare System
This nonprofit truly reflects both in leadership and action what working to help the least among us really looks like. They pursue tireless efforts to help the Veteran community receive social service, care and shelter, provide free suits for men and women to go on job interviews, provide food baskets for the homeless at Thanksgiving, assist men and women release from the prison system to get back on track by providing shelter, food and job opportunity. These are just a few of the outreach activities the Executive Director, Georgia Foster initiates and execute year in year out.
Positive Images, as it is so kindly called, has been an outstanding organization to be involved with. It's mission is: To empower men, women, service members, Military and their children to become self sufficient by providing assistance with education, housing, health and wellness, safety and prevention, as well as job training and career development.
My experience with Positive Images Enterprises, Inc. since 2000 has been a rewarding one. The Executive Director does not let anything stop her for helping those in need. Just this 2016 holiday season is an example of that. When she learned that a family of six children had been abandoned by their mother when their apartment was severely damaged by fire that engulfed by the entire apartment When the landlord would not assist the mother in finding adequate living environment she turned to the only people she knew to help, her mother and grandmother. She didn't want to take her children to a shelter where she was to eventually live.
Learning of this the Executive Director two days before Christmas called Neighbors4Neighbors, a Channel 4 CBS nonprofit organization informing them of the six children's plight. They needed clothes, food, shoes and toys. She was asked if she could drive to Doral, FL from Oakland Park, FL and pick up gift cards from a local grocery chain for food. Not only that she was given some contacts of other organizations that would help. She drove approximately 30 miles to their office minutes before they left for their holiday vacation and was given $200 worth of gift cards. Drove back and started a one-man show calling the organizations that was given to her. One of them was "Jacobs Shoes" Was instructed that only nonprofit organization could be considered. The next day she went to pick up the donation of six pairs of dress shoes, sneakers, flip-flops and socks. On Christmas Eve she picked the donation up and took the 51 year old grandmother and 81 year old great grand mother grocery shopping. In the meantime she contacted her close friends, who called their close friends and they collected money, clothes, toys and things for the house.
With much thanksgiving in her heart for this family, she isn't finished. They are is dire need of a vehicle to get the grandmother to get to and from her Sickle Cell Clinic appointments. While doing the food shopping for Christmas she almost collapsed in front of the store. They spent Christmas together but she was hospitalized and needed emergency help. There is only one Sickle Cell Clinic close to where she lives and her Humana Insurance will not pay for her to go to the well renouned Cleveland Clinic Hospital. So the next mission is to get a vehicle for this family.
I have served five tours of duty while serving in the U. S. Army' which included Iraq and Afghanistan. While I was on a tour of duty to Germany, my wife, who was carrying our child, lost my son. I always blamed myself and went through a series of depression and guilt.
When I came back home to Kentucky, my significant other became pregnant and moved to South Florida. Because of my guilt, depression and PTSD and not wanting to lose another child; I followed her but had nowhere to live. I tried the homeless shelters but I wasn't comfortable with the environment and chose to stay in my car. I later contacted 211-beds and they gave me Positive Images number. When I called but needed to speak to my case manager. After many failed attempts of trying to get in touch with my case manager, the staff at Positive Images allowed me to stay at their transitional housing facility without any assurance of my being able to pay them. I have been with them for nine months. Two of the months were paid for through a government funded program. I have been trying to secure other funding, find employment with not much luck. However, it didn't stop me from trying to get approved to enroll in college to work on my degree that I had started. I was finally able to get approved for college and have started back. The staff at Positive Images still allowed me to stay in their program. I am still trying to find money to pay them back for the other months I have been here.
Without their kindness, I would be another Homeless Veteran.
After being incarcerated for almost nine years and coming to Positive Images as a client, I can see myself wearing a suit and tie to work. My life's journey has taken me from prison a year and a half ago to a supervisory position in the Hospitality Industry at a hotel in South Beach Miami, FL making the money of my dreams. And I owe it all to the Positive Images program, the social work program of Barry University that sent volunteer social work interns to guide and counsel me, to John Scharm-a voulunteer mentor who helped me with creating a resume and showing me how to act on a job interview, to the Universal Toastmasters for inspiring me and everyone involved with Positive Images. And initially, the Miami-Dade College Hospitality Institute and following that the Florida International University Institute of Hospitality. But especially Ms. Georgia Foster for being patient, supportive and inspirational; who made me believe that one day I am going to be great. She saw something in me that I did not see in myself.
I am very thankful that I chose to come to Positive Images, completed the program and chose to remain that for aftercare.
I have been a volunteer with POSITIVE IMAGES for over two years.I had no idea the impact P. I had on so many lives or the work that was involved .in the day to day operation.The assistance that Georgia & her staff provides is outstanding.When you see a peson dressed for a job interview and looks in the mirror and smiles & realizes they are prepared for the interview .You relize that as a volunteer of this orginization you have made a contribution also.I chose the right place POSITIVE IMAGES TO volunteer ..May Georgia & group of volunteers continue,for a long long time
I've had the privilege of working with Mrs Georgia Foster and her team as a volunteer and I believe the work they are doing is a life saver for those they serve. I'm so impressed with the passion and respect the team put into serving their clients. I will continue to look for ways I can serve along side this great organization.
Positive Images is a great organization! They are making a positive impact on women.
Positive Images has done a wonderful job at changing lives in South, FL. As a young man who would not typically have access to professional attire and branding information, I am forever grateful for this organization blessing me with the opportunity to grow. I am now in college and gearing up to graduate thanks to the continued support of Mrs. Foster and her work with Positive Images. I have recommended a few friends to stop by and they greatly appreciated the investment PI has made in their lives.
What an outstanding organization. Someone recommended Positive Images when I was trying to find a transition home for my son who was being released from prison. I received an immediate response an the follow up with the prison facility guaranteed my son a place to call home. The commitment to assist their clients with transitioning back into society is invaluable! Georgia and her team provide many resources to make the transition an easy one. As a result of their commitment, I am committed to helping Positive Images with whatever I can to help them continue to be successful! Thank you Positive Images for all you continue to do! Bridgette
Having been both in the Administrative as well as the Ministry area of homeless outreach ministries, we were delighted to team up with Positive Images team. Their director Georgia Foster has such a caring attitude and gives their clients a real chance to succeed.
Positive Images is a great organization. Our Institution has referred many women to them. They offer excellent service to the community. I am thankful that they have been able to serve the women being released from prison.
Thanks again and God bless you!
Sr. Chaplain Faithe Reid-Liburd
As President of Women Expressing Christ at my church The Universal Truth Center, we adopted Positive Images approximately 7 years ago to provide needed services and opportunities to female ex-offenders re-entering the community. This fellowship team found it quite rewarding to assist Mrs. Foster and her organization accepting these women, many who had been imprisoned in excess of 25 years. What amazing services we witnessed and the benefit of the transitional homes, clinical services, referrals, medical, psycho-educational sessions, trainings, employment opportunities and the provision of work clothing positively impacted the lives of the women. Mrs. Foster demonstrated tireless efforts in ensuring women and later men were assessed and offered individualized services developed on their transitional achievement plans. Supervised by a LCSW, Field Educator, Master Level Social Work Interns were used to provide case-management, 12 Step program individual and group counseling, addressed many of their needs and concerns.
As we know, housing and other basic needs are essential to the success of the women and men re-entering our communities. Positive Images Enterprises through the commitment of Mrs. Foster and her staff, offered them various opportunities to secure employment, gain mentoring relationships, develop practical and life skills, use receive clinical services and to become as interdependent as possible. The mentorship program reached out to the men and women prior to their release offering pre-release services in the prisons. Amazingly, we are able to commend many who took advantage of the transitional, re-entry services and are re-acclimated into society with their families, community organizations, employment and Faith. What a benefit Positive Images is the men and women who chose to return to the Miami-Dade and Broward County communities.
I am an AARP Volunteer and have been volunteering with the agency for almost two years. I thoroughly enjoy working with the agency. We dress men and women for job interviews, have a mentoring program and provide transitional housing for homeless men and women; which includes volunteers. This year we are celebrating our 15 years of providing these services and more. On November we are having our 15th annivesary luncheon and fashion show; while "Saluting our Veterans". The veterans will be selected from applications from the general public and have to be present at the Carolina Club, in Margate, Florida.
Positive Images has been around since 1997 providing services to a much needed population: People coming from Welfare to Work; Ex-offenders, Veterans; homeless population, and others. Many of these services are not paid for but given by volunteers.