Help Us Open The Children’s Crisis Center



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The Children’s Crisis Center

The Children’s Crisis Center will serve as a haven, where children with severe mental illness can heal. The 11,400 sq. ft. facility will have a 24hr in-patient unit with the capability of accommodating up to 20 children at any given time (1,000 annually) and will also house outpatient services for efficient continuity of care. It is designed with a residential feel for optimal functionality and a therapeutic environment. It will house a team of board-certified child/adolescent psychiatrists, social workers, counselors, and clinicians ready to care for children in crisis up to 17 years of age, regardless of their ability to pay.

Dollar by dollar, we can transform our communities

Our Current Fundraising Projects

Children's Crisis Center → Helen B. Bentley Nursing Scholarship Fund → Bricks of Hope → The CHI Golf Tournament →

The Children’s Crisis Center
will build a brighter future,
one changed life
at a time

Because every child is our tomorrow

As the world continues to change, our children are facing new challenges. Recent studies show an increase in suicide rates, anxiety, depression and other related disorders in young people.

The Children’s Crisis Center will be a safe haven for the children and teens in our community who need support now more than ever.


Children experience a crisis in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties


Of all mental illnesses begin before the age of 14


of all cases do not receive treatment


miles from Key West to the nearest children's crisis unit

That’s why we are calling on supporters like you to step up and create a more just system for our children so they can receive the help they not only need but deserve.

With your generous support, we can raise the remaining $209,255.25 needed to open the doors of the Children’s Crisis Center, which will serve nearly 1,000 children annually from Miami-Dade and Monroe counties and who are experiencing a mental health crisis.

We are so close to reaching our $5.5 million goal and we could not have achieved this without the immense support of our donors and distinguished members of CHI’s Giving Societies.


Donor Feature

Panter, Panter & Sampedro has been a supporter of CHI since 2018, their support of the Children's Crisis Center will make a real difference in the lives of children and families in our community.

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Donor Feature

In honor of their outstanding generosity, Marsh McLennan Agency will become the 6th inductee of The CHI Foundation’s Founders Society, a giving society that pays tribute to CHI’s pioneering founders—a committed group of civic and civil leaders who united to improve the quality of life of South Florida’s residents.

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Your Donation Designation Building a Healthy Community

Bricks of Hope

The impact of every donation is infinite. No matter how big or small, your donation has the power to positively impact children in crisis, even when many of them have already given up. In Florida, there are 181,000 children living with serious mental illnesses, and suicide remains the 3rd leading cause of death for ages 15-24. Mental illness is a silent but deadly force that continues to plague the young minds of our community. The most unfortunate part of this reality is that 55% of children needing mental health treatment are not receiving it – simply because they do not have access to the proper mental health services.

Helen B. Bentley Nursing Scholarship Fund

The CHI Foundation awards up to three (3) $1,000 nursing scholarships each year in honor of Mrs. Helen B. Bentley and in recognition of her great work as a public health nurse and community activist.

Since its inception, fifteen scholarships have been awarded to stellar students who will make an important impact to the nursing profession.

Please consider donating to this fund and together we will continue to help our community’s future nurse leaders.

We are proud to announce the 2022 and 2023 Scholarship Recipients:

Allison Ferreira, Florida International University

Yakira Barba Gonzalez, Florida International University

Alexandre Giovanni Bordes, Florida International University

Tamia Richardson, Florida International University

Maikaia Speights, Florida International University


For nearly two decades, Community Health of South Florida, Inc. (CHI) and Community Health Foundation, Inc. (CHF) has conducted an annual celebrity golf tournament raising money for CHI’s priority programs. It began with the support of sports figures such as former NFL players Robert Bailey and Andewale Ogunleye and NBA Heat Legend Glen Rice. In most recent years, the tournament has been focused in raising money for CHI’s $5.5 million capital campaign to build the Children’s Crisis Center and we are less than $245,100 away from meeting this goal.

Join us a sponsor or put together a foursome and enjoy a great day of golf on April 8, 2023. To learn more, call 786-293-5504.

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