Opening a Door to Hope

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Wexford Science+Technology, a real estate investment and development company, and the Urban Research Park recently presented Camillus House with a $100,000 donation toward the construction of its new campus during a ceremony at the Somerville Residence.

Wexford is building the first phase of the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park, adjacent to the future Camillus House campus, along Northwest Seventh Avenue in historic Overtown. Camillus House will use the funds to further its mission of providing food, shelter, housing, treatment, and health care services to homeless men, women, and children.

“We are extremely grateful for this neighborly contribution from Wexford to our Open the Door to Hope Campaign, which will bring us a step closer to reaching our goal of ending chronic homelessness in our streets,” said Camillus House President and CEO Paul R. Ahr.  “It is reassuring to know that we can also count on this responsible developer to contribute to the improvement of our community, not only by fostering scientific and technological developments through the University of Miami, but also by addressing the current needs of our community.”

Attending the check presentation ceremony were, from left, Bob Dickinson, chairman of the board of Camillus House; Denise Goldson Rau, Camillus House vice president of development; Brother Raphael Mieszala; Marc Williams, Camillus House board member; Rudy Fernandez, UM vice president of government affairs; Juan-Carlos del Valle, UM director of government affairs; Bill Biondi, MAMCO executive vice president; Keith “Fletch” Fletcher, UM director of the Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development; and Marcelo Radice, UM Health System executive director of Inter-American initiatives.

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