Touching Miami with Love

Mission Statement

Touching Miami with Love’s mission is to share the love of Christ by offering hope, opportunities, and resources for families and individuals.

Vision Statements

Our vision is to see our children and youth inspired, educated, and empowered to reach their full potential.

Goal

Our goal is to guide children and youth spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally.

Value Statements

Touching Miami with Love is committed to being-

  • Christ Centered 
  • Cooperative
  • Holistic 
  • Strategic, Innovative, and Responsive 

 

History of the Communities Served by Touching Miami with Love

Each of the neighborhoods served by Touching Miami with Love has a unique history.  Read on to hear the history of Overtown and West Homestead.

Overtown History

Overtown is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Miami, dating back to 1890 when it was designated as a segregated living area within the Miami city limits for blacks working on Henry Flagler’s railroad. Blacks were not allowed to live within the white community; therefore the land west of the railroad tracks, within the city limits of Miami, was designated as “Colored Town”. . .and was later called Overtown. The area grew and developed into a vibrant community, and Blacks became owners of businesses and thereby helped establish a viable economic community.

Opened in 1913 in the heart of Overtown the Lyric Theater quickly became a major entertainment center for blacks in Miami. The 400-seat theater was built, owned and operated by a black man. The Lyric Theater served as a symbol of black economic influence and a source of pride and culture within Overtown. Black entertainers could perform in the clubs on Miami Beach. . .but not stay in the hotels –so they stayed in Overtown
In 1960, Overtown reached its peak in population and though isolated by racial segregation, Overtown was culturally and economically vibrant with a diverse mix of 318 businesses.

During this same time a controversial program is taking place in major cities across the country. . . Urban Renewal. In the early 1960s, the well-being of the Overtown neighborhood was subordinated to the expansion of Miami’s port and the city’s economic development. By 1965 much of Overtown had been razed for highway construction and “urban renewal.“ Interstate 95 a ten lane expressway and state highway 836 were both constructed directly through the heart of Overtown during the 1960s. Through imminent domain, the expressway displaced 20,000 people.

To learn more about Overtown’s history please visit,

The Black Archives

Urban Philanthropies

Miami and the Beaches

Homestead History

West Homestead is a largely unnamed neighborhood on the western edge of the city of Homestead opposite the more affluent East Homestead.  The community is connected by West Homestead K-8. The City of Homestead, the second oldest city in Miami-Dade County, celebrated its 100th Year Anniversary on 2013. The South Dade area opened to homesteaders in 1898. At the time the only way in and out of the area was through a path called the “Homesteaders Trail.” In 1904, Henry Flagler decided to extend the railroad from Miami to Key West. Farmers in the area were able to transport their fruits and vegetables to Miami and other parts of the state. Many of the workers who helped build the railroad stayed in the area and founded the City of Homestead in 1913.

In 1926, Mother Nature unleashed her fury with a major hurricane, destroying Flagler’s Overseas Railway. In 1945 another severe hurricane struck and demolished the World War II airfield at what is now Homestead Air Reserve Base. Then, almost 50 years later, Hurricane Andrew blew through deep South Miami-Dade, leaving a wave of destruction in its path. True to the pioneer spirit that created the area, the people of the Homestead/Florida City area picked up, rebuilt and restored.

Hurricane Andrew was, at the time of its occurrence in August 1992, the most destructive hurricane in United States history. It caused major damage in the Bahamas and Louisiana, but the greatest impact was in South Florida, where it made landfall at Category 5 hurricane intensity on the Saffir–Simpson hurricane scale, with wind speeds up to 165 mph. Passing directly through the town of Homestead, Florida, a city south of Miami, Andrew obliterated entire blocks of homes, in many cases leaving only the concrete foundations. Over 25,000 houses were destroyed in Miami-Dade County alone, and nearly 100,000 more were severely damaged. 65 people were killed and the damage total across the affected regions exceeded $26 billion.

Downtown Homestead now looks better than it ever did and is home to seven properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as unique shops, art galleries, authentic Mexican and specialty restaurants and the Homestead Antique Federation.

To learn more about Homestead’s history please visit,

City of Homestead

Wikipedia-Homestead, FL

Miami and the Beaches

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about TML you may find the answer on the right. If you still can not find the answer please feel free to contact us as below.

Who do you serve?
As a Community Development Organization, our programs and services are targeted to the residents of the Miami-Dade neighborhoods of Overtown (adjacent to Downtown Miami) and West Homestead (in the City of Homestead, the southern part of Miami-Dade County).  We serve children kindergarten to 12th grade, their parents, and adults in the communities.
What are your main programs?
Our main programs are Tomorrow’s Leaders Children’s Program for children K-8th grade and Today’s Leaders Youth Development Program for middle and high school students.

We also have programs and services for parents, adults, and families not enrolled in our programs residing in our target neighborhoods.

Do you have openings in your programs?
We aim to keep our program full and often have openings for those that meet our entry requirements.  To find out if there is a program opening for your child call our offices.

Overtown Site: 305-416-0435

West Homestead Site: 305-242-1418

What is the cost for programs?
Our programs are free to all students (children and youth).  Only those that meet our entry requirements of low-income and residents of our target neighborhoods of Overtown and West Homestead qualify.

The following are some special events/trips that require additional support: Children’s summer programming ($20/child for t-shirts); Youth Trips (OASIS Spring Break Camp), Out of State Trips, Special Events/Concerts

Are you hiring staff?
From time to time we have openings for committed staff desiring to make a difference.  Check out our current listing of Job Postings on our Indeed site, HERE

Our Locations

Overtown Site: 711 NW 6th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136

West Homestead Site: 1350 SW 4th Street, Homestead, FL 33101

Write Us

For all mailing to either site please use: P.O. Box 01-3279, Miami, FL 33101  

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