Rev Pedro Martinez Leads HOPE in Miami Beach, Feeds Homeless
|Rev Pedro Martinez Founder and President of H.O.P.E. in Miami Beach|
Rev. Pedro A. Martinez, the founder and president of H.O.P.E. in Miami Beach, a non-profit, faith based organization aimed at reducing homelessness in Miami Beach, has worked toward that goal since 2002.
This Saturday, June 6th, Miami Beach Community Church hosts HOPE's June homeless event.
Short Order recently spoke to the Rev. about feeding the homeless. Here's what he had to say.
For the big meal we have donations, like Cargill donated to us 425 pounds of beef, American Veterans donated 200 pounds of beef patties. We also serve rice, potato, salad, vegetables, cooked fresh each event. We do turkeys, like 15 turkeys that people take home, cook them, and then bring them to the event
People who volunteer, they're given the turkey or the beef, and they cook it at home. They are people visist the website, find us through volunteermatch.com, or subscribe to our email newsletter.
We don't need a license from the city because we host the event in the Miami Beach Community Church, where we've done it for the past 7 years. The City of Miami Beach Neighborhoods Department, that's who deals with homeless issues, sends their staff and they're present there also.
Last event, well the last 6 events, we had an average of about 270 homeless show up.We've been doin this almost 7 years, we started December 2002, and we were incorporated as a non profit in 2003. We do 6 events a year, on a bimonthly basis.
Anybody is welcome, religious background or not. They don't have to do anything religious, it's a social event, sober or not, anybody is welcome. It's the way it is, they're welcome to sit down as an invited guest, and feel special because we're actually serving them.
from 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Miami Beach Community Church
1620 Drexel Ave, Miami Beach 33139 (Lincoln Road and Drexel)
call 305-220-3467 for more info,
log on to hopeinmiamibeach.org
or email firstname.lastname@example.org