Today the extended Branches family gathered under a big white tent to celebrate and dedicate the newly constructed Branches Florida City facility. The building, which also houses Branches UMC, will be the hub for Branches’ activities in southern Miami Dade County.
The ministry of Branches was born out of one tragedy- Hurricane Andrew in 1992- and suffered another blow in 2010 when a Pentacost Sunday fire destroyed the structure that had housed Branches’ after school programs, church gatherings, English classes, and financial stability services.
Since that time, Branches’ services in Florida City have never stopped. They simply relocated, first to a tent, then to portable units that, while functional, were woefully small for the number of children and families served there. For years, the staff at Branches Florida City created homemade dividers, set up offices in closets, and learned to work in the noise and chaos of holding 100+ children…
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