U-SoA and WIA Give Back to Lotus House

U-SoA and the University of Miami were well-represented at the Lotus House Fundraiser, Hand in Hand. In the spirit of giving, the morning banquet was attended by U-SoA faculty, WIA members (Women in Architecture, University of Miami School of Architecture chapter), community leaders, healthcare providers, designers, and Lotus House alumni. The Hand in Hand proceeds will benefit the women and children of Lotus House who demonstrate financial need or extraneous circumstances. "Lotus House was formed to support hollistic, innovative solutions to bring an end to child and family homelessness. We do so by recognizing that the fastest-growing segment of homelessness in our country is single, female heads of households with young children. With trauma-informed, evidence-based best practices, Lotus House empowers women and children to heal, learn, grow, and blossom into who they are meant to be."

Attendees included Donna Shalala, US Congresswoman and former President of UM, as well as the following WIA members: Sydney Maubert, Clarissa Hellebrand, and Ashanni McClam. Also in attendance was Wyn G. Bradley, Director of Special Programs at U-SoA, and Constance Collins, President of Lotus House. We extend a special thank-you to Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Distinguished Professor, Director of M.U.D. Program, and WIA faculty advisor (U-SoA) for her event sponsorship. Our gratitude to the Lotus House team and leaders, WIA members, and Wyn and Lizz for their tireless generosity and without whom Lotus House could not continue to support and empower families facing challenges.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved may contact Sydney Maubert at srm159@miami.edu.