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New playground built in the Homestead community

caines | 4/4/2013, 5:30 a.m.

The dreams of 367 formerly homeless children ultimately became a reality as hundreds of volunteers gathered at the Verde Gardens community in Homestead to build a new playground from scratch in less than eight hours, with its design incorporating several elements from the childrens original drawings. The playground project funded by a partnership initiated by the communitys developer Carrfour Supportive Housing with the James S. James L. Kight Foundation was launched months earlier, when the children of Verde Gardens were asked to put crayon to paper to draw their dream playground. Our partnership with KABOOM! and the Knight Foundation has brought happiness into the lives of hundreds of formerly homeless children living at Verde Gardens and in the Homestead area, said Stephanie Berman-Eisenberg, president of Carrfour Supportive Housing, the communitys developer and operator. The overwhelming outpouring of support from everyone that volunteered their time has resulted in a new playground that will make a positive difference in the lives of our communitys children for years to come. Home to one of the most innovative supportive housing programs in the country, Verde Gardens a $20 million partnership between the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust and nonprofit affordable housing developer Carrfour Supportive Housing is a supportive housing community in Homestead, Florida for formerly homeless families and individuals with special needs, which includes a 22-acre on-site organic farm and public farmers market that is operated by residents. Miami Times staff report