Riverside House

Guiding offenders to become productive citizens. http://riversidehouse.org/

Founded in 1972, Riverside House is a non-profit, faith-based organization committed to guiding people convicted of crime into becoming productive citizens. Our dedicated, caring, and compassionate team members provide counseling, life skills training, and vocational and spiritual development services to individuals who have chosen crime and fallen prey to it. We assist individuals in breaking free from the cycles of self-abuse, and return them to their families and society to live positive, productive lives.

Our four programs are as follows: Comprehensive Residential Reentry Program, Non-residential Support, Spiritual Development and Community Partnerships

Mission: Our Mission: Riverside House exists to guide men and women convicted of crime into becoming productive citizens through a nondenominational, faith-based approach. Our Vision: The formerly incarcerated are good citizens and neighbors- productive, educated, with strong family and spiritual values, playing an equal role in contributing to a safe and vibrant community.

COVID-19 can't keep our team apart! πŸ™ For our general team meeting last week, we met on Zoom! It is important to us that our staff knows that we are always there for them and that they are aware of the new processes and safety measures that we are implementing. Thank you to our wonderful team for always being there and spreading joy to not only co-workers but to residents as well. πŸ’™

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." πŸ™ We understand it can be difficult to find your new journey given the current climate but God is always listening and is always there to lead you down the right path. What can you do to better yourself now that you have the time? Share your hopes, dreams, or goals down in the comment below πŸ’™

At Riverside House, we make sure to accept anyone who walks through our doors with open arms. Our clients have often hit rock bottom and are looking for someone to believe in them, give them guidance, and a second chance. In this testimony, find out how our clients love of God helped him separate from bad influences and lifestyle choices. https://bit.ly/2ylz9ct

Happy Monday πŸ’™ Let's get a gratitude chain going! Fill in the blank: Today I am grateful for __________.

"This ended up being an important part of being prepared to go out into society. I had no place to go if I were just let out on the street. I was not ready to be released from prison. This was an excellent transition for that." - Patrick

For over 30 years, our programs have guided thousands of ex-offenders like Patrick to become self-sufficient, positive and productive citizens and neighbors.

Help us reach our goal of providing ongoing access to positive lifestyle resources by making a recurring donation. Please consider donating now by clicking here: https://riversidehouse.org/donate/

Unfortunately, due to the concern of the current coronavirus outbreak we have decided to postpone our Second Annual Riverside House Recognition Awards Luncheon. While we hope to reschedule at a later date, the safety of our community and residents come first. If there are any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to reach out to us via DM. Thank you πŸ™πŸ’™


We are always mentioning how grateful we are to everyone that helps with our cause πŸ’™ We want to hear what or who you're grateful for πŸ’­ Leave a comment below or tag the person you are most grateful for down below!

Last week, we had the pleasure of meeting with Pastor Paul to discuss a future location for a small support group. Thank you to Pastor Paul for taking the time to talk to us and for supporting our cause at Riverside House. πŸŽ‰πŸ™

Trust in the Lord as he is your everlasting rock. πŸ™ We know that some are struggling during this time and we want to pray for those in need. Leave your prayer requests in the comments below and let us pray for the safety of you and your loved ones. πŸ’™

Last week, our team had the chance to attend the Humility Leadership workshop hosted by Lifeworks Leadership. It was an honor to hear former CEO for Walmart, Mike Duke and CEO of iSolutions of Switzerland, Benjamin Regez speak and offer their wisdom. Thank you to the National Christian Foundation of South Florida for inviting us to take part in this wonderful workshop! πŸ€β—οΈ

Our Annual Recognition Awards Luncheon is back this April 17th. πŸŽ‰ Join us for an afternoon of delicious food, collaborative social justice, and honoring our community members at the Coral Reef Yacht Club. We are thankful to everyone who continuously supports our cause and would like to show our gratitude by honoring them at this year's luncheon. Tickets are available purchase via Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/39NceEN We hope to see you all there. πŸ™


Riverside House Testimonial

Patrick Mansell was in prison for 4 years with 3 years of probation. He felt lost, hopeless, and felt he wasn't ready to rejoin society. However, Riverside House managed to change that. πŸ’™ At Riverside House we offer job programs, health programs, and housing to all residents who are looking to find their footing into their new journey. Learn more about Patrick and his new found life by visiting http://bit.ly/33b5qP5 πŸŽ‰

A former Riverside House resident speaks about his experience living here.

"The sky is no limit for God, but it lies beyond your reach." - Job 11:8. It's the beginning of a beautiful new week. πŸ’™ Know that no matter what your goals are or what plans you may have, the sky is the limit and is within your reach. #HappyMonday πŸ™

Happy #NationalEmployeeAppreciationDay! πŸŽ‰ We want to take this moment to thank all of our employees for their hard work and dedication. Riverside House wouldn't be the same without all of our helpful, kind, and generous employees. 🀝 Thank you to everyone for providing our residents with the second chance they deserve at a better life. ❀️

β€œHave I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9 πŸ™ It may seem scary to find your footing after rejoining society, but the Lord is always there to guide you down the right path. πŸ’­πŸŒ…

At Riverside House, we are working hard to help our residents begin their new journey into society but we need your help! 🀝 We are always accepting donations whether it be clothes, shoes, toiletries, or even an online contribution. Every donation made goes towards our residents starting their second chance in life. To donate, please visit RiversideHouse.org/donate πŸ’™

This past Tuesday, Riverside House was able to attend the National Christian Foundation Luncheon! The luncheon was filled with all other local non-profits that are faith-based such as Youth for Christ, Camillus House, Glory House, Hope for Miami, Branches, Urban Promise, Junior Achievement, Agape, Big Brother Big Sister, Habitat for Humanities, St. John Bosco Clinic, and Girls Rock. πŸ™ We are so grateful to be able to support one another through our faith and belief. Thank you to everyone who connected with us at this luncheon. πŸ’™

"You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God." - 1 Peter 1:23. Every day you are living is an opportunity to start fresh and begin your new journey. Are you getting a fresh start in life? Comment down below! ❀️


2nd Annual Recognition Award Gala

Our 2nd Annual Recognition Award Gala is returning on April 17th, 2020❗️Join us for an afternoon of honoring our community members, delicious food, and collaborative social justice. This year, we are excited to be hosting our event at the Coral Reef Yacht Club. We are thankful to everyone who continuously supports our cause and will be honoring them at this year's Riverside House Recognition Awards Luncheon! πŸ™ Tickets are available http://bit.ly/2HIoytO

eventbrite.com Join us for an afternoon of honoring our community members at the Second Annual Riverside House Recognition Awards Luncheon!

From feeling anxious and scared to facing his fears and starting a new chapter in his life, Mark shares his reentry story and how his time at Riverside House helped to ease his doubts. Currently, Mark owns his own company called Ewbank Telecom & Data, Inc. πŸ™Œ We are so grateful to be able to help our residents take their first initial steps into reentry and provide them with the resources needed to succeed. 🌟 For more resident testimonials, visit us online at https://riversidehouse.org/blog/

Thank you to Church By The Sea for having us at their annual Love Fest event and always believing in our cause. ❀️ Every year, Church by the Sea invites us to attend and represent our organization to the church members and share with them where the donations go and how we are helping returning citizens. Thank you to this year's Riverside House rep, Michelle Taylor! 🎊



Thank you for the sweet comments on Ke'onna's testimony! 🌟 In her testimonial, Ke'onna talks about her faith in God and how that has helped her find. her second chance! You can visit Ke'onna and other testimonials on our Youtube page at Youtube.com/RiversideHouseFL πŸ’»πŸ‘†

youtube.com Riverside House exists to guide men and women convicted of crime into becoming productive citizens through a nondenominational, faith-based approach.

Happy Valentine's Day on behalf of all the staff and residents here at Riverside House.πŸ’™ We hope everyone has a wonderful day spent with family, friends, and loved ones! If you or a loved one needs extra encouragement today, please send us your prayer requests. πŸ™


"His mercies never comes to an end; they are new every morning." - Lamentations 3:22-23

Yraida Guanipa is back with another "Second Chances" video on Univision. After serving her time in prison, Yraida wanted to become a legal assistant but her probation officer ruled against it. However, that didn't stop Yraida and now she is president of YG Institute! Always remember you have a new opportunity every morning you wake up πŸ™ #WorshipWednesday

Are you willing to help us create second chances for our residents? If you have any clothes to donate or are looking to contribute from the comfort of your home, please visit RiversideHouse.org/donate πŸ’™ Your contribution can help our residents get back on their feet and find their new path πŸ™

We're celebrating February's National Heart Month with a focus on safety! Our residents had the chance to receive CPR training earlier this week with One Beat CPR. ❀️ Thank you to volunteers, staff, One Beat CPR, and the residents that came out to learn a new skill! Now our residents will be able to assist others if needed. πŸ™Œ

"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." - Colossians 3:13

In order to move forward, we must first forgive others and even ourselves. Make amends with yourself in order to begin your new journey πŸ™

We are back to work today but we had such a fun-filled weekend πŸ™Œ Thank you to Proctor and Gamble, the NFL Huddle for 100 Inspire Change team, volunteers, and everyone else that makes these opportunities possible πŸ’™ Because of them, our residents received care packages and a screening of the movie 'Just Mercy.' We are so incredibly grateful to everyone for their wonderful support and kindness! πŸ™

Today, we are honored to be receiving care packages from volunteers that will be attending the NFL Inspire Change - Huddle for 100 event. Thank you to every volunteer that took time to put together care packages for our residents πŸ™ We truly are blessed to have the support of so many wonderful organizations and would not be where we are today without them.


We all have to hold on to that special something to help get us through. For Ke'onna, that was her faith to God πŸ™ Now, Ke'onna has found her second chance and is currently working with Be Strong International, a non-profit dedicated to teaching parents and students how to communitcate with each other. Congratulations to Ke'onna and her successful re-entry πŸ’™

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, β€œplans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11 πŸ™ It's a new week which means a fresh start. What are you hoping to accomplish this week? πŸ’­

Last week, CEO Mr. Cleveland Bell had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Mark Lewis, operation manager of the Little River Recovery House. Little River Recovery House began as a special needs transitional housing provider for the previously homeless and the indigent and is committed to those who are in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Thank you Mr. Lewis for showing us the wonderful facility and providing housing for those in need! πŸ™

We always believe in the potential of our clients to succeed as better people in a more positive life. However, the success of the individual largely depends on his or her willingness to work with our wonderful support staff and create a better life for himself through faith in God. One client shares his story of how he made a mistake that landed him back at Riverside House and his plan for his future. http://bit.ly/2RgKphh

Visit our website to read some of our clients' stories! πŸ’™ http://bit.ly/37lGCVy

We've got to have faith πŸ™ Thank you Dr. King for your words of wisdom. Today, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the impact he has made by standing up for equality. We hope you have a blessed day!

While it might be easy to judge a book by its cover, we know that making one bad decision doesn't make you a bad person. At Riverside House, we are dedicated to helping those that are looking to get back on their feet and provide them with the second chance they deserve. You can help us too by making a contribution online or donating clothes to help those who are looking to improve their lives.

For more information, visit us at https://riversidehouse.givingfuel.com/donation-page


Thank you to everyone that has reviewed Riverside House and for your generous comments. We love seeing what everyone has to say and take all thoughts into consideration to continue providing second chances, excellent service, and care for our residents! πŸ™

Starting our week on a positive note πŸ™ We are thankful for everyone that supports our cause and helps us provide residents with everything they need to succeed in their second life! What is something you are thankful for?

Take your first step towards making a change and become a Riverside House volunteer. 🀝 You'll be helping the residents discover their second chance in life and work closely with our Spiritual Developmental program! Worried you can't commit to a certain schedule? We have volunteers who volunteer weekly, for special occasions, events or on a monthly basis. To learn more visit us at: https://riversidehouse.org/volunteer/

We πŸ’™ positive transformations. We assist residents with finding jobs, group counseling, recreational activities, and help plan the first steps needed to begin their new life. Today, Patrick is a successful author with ten published books including his best-seller "I'm Not Done Yet." Congratulations Patrick πŸŽ‰ Learn more about Riverside success stories on our YouTube channel!

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Second chances are right around the corner πŸ™ At Riverside House, we dedicate ourselves to helping our residents make the most out of their second chance by providing housing and job placement. Visit our website www.riversidehouse.org for more information

Happy New Year! πŸŽ‰ We are looking forward to a wonderful 2020 and the continued support of all that have helped us reach our goals in 2019. Thank you, everyone, for making 2019 such a fantastic year πŸ™ #2020 we're ready for you!

If you are looking for a great way to close out the year with a tax-deductible donation, consider making a donation to help returning citizens get a second chance at success! We've done so many amazing things this past year and are striving to have an even greater New Year! Thank you to everyone that has helped us provide second chances to those in need β€οΈπŸ™

Thank you New Horizons and the Children's Trust for recognizing Riverside House for our valued service in the community! πŸŽ‰ We are grateful to all the organizations that contribute to Riverside House and provide new chances for our residents, we could not do it without your continued support.

Last week we had our annual Staff Holiday Party at Top Golf Doral to celebrate our team and all their wonderful efforts! Thank you to everyone for all their hard work and service πŸ™ Riverside House would not be as successful as it is without our wonderful staff ❀️

Our Mission & Vision

Mission: Riverside House exists to guide men and women convicted of crime into becoming productive citizens through a non-denominational, faith-based approach.

Vision: That all individuals, whether imprisoned in mind or spirit, will lead positive and productive lives when given the opportunity to succeed. Riverside House seeks to change the lives of at-risk individuals (regardless of gender or culture) through community and residential programs that emphasize personal accountability, family relationships, and spiritual growth.

We envision a future where the formerly incarcerated are good citizens and neighbors – productive, educated, with strong family and spiritual values, playing an equal role in contributing to a safe and vibrant community.

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