SOS Children's Villages - Florida nurtures youth in foster care through a neighborhood built exclusively for them. The street's 12 houses buzz with the activity of the 75 resident boys and girls, who were removed from their homes due to abandonment, abuse, and neglect. They spend their childhood with foster families selected by a caseworker and have access to an array of social and mental-health services. Most children stay at the Village for about two years until they are found a permanent adoptive home or reunited with their biological families. The Village places a high priority on maintaining family connections among siblings, generally placing them in the same house.
SOS Children’s Villages sustains a connection with all its youth after they turn 18 through the After Care program, which helps them transition into adulthood and self-sufficiency. SOS boasts incredible success with this program: 83% of its alumni have graduated high school—33% higher than the national average for foster children—and 47% have gone on to pursue higher education.
At locations throughout South Florida, the Perfect Wedding Guide organizers get matrimonial experts and brides-to-be under one roof for a day of networking and big-day planning. The Women's Beauty, Bridal, and Special Occasion event will fill the Doubletree Miami Airport Convention Center with booths and attractions dedicated to the art of conducting a wedding. Experts in the business of dress design, music production, and cake-baking will occupy booths throughout the hall, showing off their talents and handing out free samples. Guests stroll through the hall, tasting champagne, nibbling on desserts, and testing limo drivers' peripheral vision as several productions compete for attention. One is the Nationwide Tour of Gowns, where visitors browse hundreds of new and gently used designer gowns marked down by up to 85%, all benefitting the nonprofit organization Brides against Breast Cancer.
Pets leave Shampoodles Pet Grooming with an extra shimmy in their step after being cared for by the staff's expert groomers from tub to trim. The trained and courteous groomers are assisted by professional-grade stainless-steel tubs and adjustable tables, plus high-quality shampoos and conditioners. A typical grooming service includes cleaning and plucking ears, clipping nails, sanitary and pad cleaning, anal gland expression, bath, blowout, and haircut. A spray of cologne and a bow or bandana provide the final pampering touch. For the pets who need a little extra help to look and feel their best, the staff also offers dematting, deticking, flea baths, and teeth brushing.
Pump It Up invites overenergized youngsters to tucker out their internal springboards in safe, inflatable indoor arenas. With five open-jump passes, children can leap around gargantuan air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an air-filled obstacle course. Pump It Up’s fun-tastic facilities are climate controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by a well-trained staff.
Florida Network Technologies' mission is twofold: to outfit homes and offices with whatever technological tools they need, and to keep those tools running in a digital jungle of malware and viruses. To prevent such threats, more than 20 skilled technicians travel on-site to backup and restore data, outfit newly installed hardware with antivirus programs, and scan systems for harm. Yet their services extend into the minutia as well, with the tech gurus configuring wireless routers and installing VOIP phone systems or remotely managing networks and servers. They can even offer advice without making a personal appearance, giving tech support over the phone or guiding patrons through software setup via hologram.
Tired, sleepy kids are a natural byproduct of a celebration at Jump Jam n Party. During most of that party time, kids can be found leaping into the air inside bounce houses or scrambling up the rock climbing wall to see if their moms really do have eyes in the back of their heads. Awash in primary colors, the room teems with activities for kids 14 and under, with a private soft-play area for toddlers. Staff members faithfully keep an eye on kids to ensure safety and help parents in the party room corral guests and hand out food and cake. When adults need a time-out because they've had too much fun, they can escape to the adult area for a breather.