We’re on a mission to educate and inspire people through student, family and financial wellness services in partnership with our communities.
Meeting the needs of each generation
While many programs focus on either the parent or child, Branches address both simultaneously. This two generation, or “2-Gen” approach recognizes that a family’s well-being is interconnected and that the most effective way to create social and economic well-being is to ensure that every family member is supported in reaching their full potential.
Taking a holistic approach
By building long-term, ongoing relationships, incorporating both coaching and empowerment methodologies, and partnering with the local community to leverage resources, promote collective impact and address systemic issues, Branches helps families achieve self-defined, sustainable results in their lives.
Constantly reaching for innovation and excellence
Branches employs highly-qualified staff who are experts in their field. We lead the Miami VITA Free Tax Preparation Coalition—one of the largest in the country—and are the largest provider of free financial coaching services in Miami. We are also the only IRS-certified Acceptance Agent providing free ITIN preparation services in the area.
Brian attends the Branches South Miami Grow program and was held back in Kindergarten due to acute behavioral issues and academic struggles. When he first enrolled the previous year, Brian’s mother explained that Brian suffered from repeated, sudden angry outbursts. At Branches, Brian would intermittently throw temper tantrums when he became frustrated and showed signs of […]
The Edwards Family’s Story
Donna Edwards first came to Branches in order to purchase a vehicle through Branches’ Transportation Solutions program. However, it became clear to her Financial Coach that Donna and her family were struggling both financially and emotionally. This single mother of four had a complicated situation full of barriers that prevented her from feeling like she could […]
Danielle, born to Jamaican parents, was living in Florida City when she was referred to Branches at age 8. Life was challenging but Danielle started attending Summer Shade Camp, as well as the Grow after-school program and began to thrive academically. Danielle’s mother began volunteering at Branches Florida City when she was not in school herself, and […]
The Branches’ Transportation Solutions program provides financial education, credit building and support to working families who are in need of securing reliable transportation. Sonia, a hard working wife and mother of three, was in desperate need of reliable transportation for herself and her family. Sonia begins each day very early, preparing breakfast for her children, taking […]
Bon Gout BBQ’s Story
Meet Edward Rawson, owner of Bon Gout BBQ. Like many other small businesses, Bon Gout BBQ was unable to operate for a period of time during the early stage of COVID-19. With support from Branches, Bon Gout was provided with rental assistance from the Metro One Little Haiti Small Business Relief Fund so Mr. Rawson […]
La Chepena Food Truck’s Story
Branches has been serving micro-businesses throughout Miami for many years, but the COVID-19 pandemic certainly hit businesses very hard and impacted them in many different ways. Thanks to generous partners and funders, Branches was able to provide grants to several small businesses to help them survive these challenging times; La Chepena was one of them. […]
Naiyla is an exceptionally dedicated high school senior that has been engaged with Branches since the fourth grade. Throughout the last eight years, Branches has poured into Naiyla and her family members that live in the Marshall Williamson neighborhood, a deeply rooted African-American enclave in South Miami. In addition to making use of the academic […]
Lourdgenie has been attending Branches Lakeview in North Miami since her freshman year of high school. Most of our students grow up at Branches and start attending in elementary school, yet Lourdgenie’s parents enrolled their three children as soon as they discovered Branches’ Grow and Climb children and youth programs. Lourdgenie and her younger brother […]
Meet Danilo Alvarez. Danilo first discovered Branches during an event at Miami Dade College, where he is an adult learner. When he learned about Branches’ one-on-one financial coaching, Danilo knew he wanted to take advantage of the coaching to help him accomplish his goal of one day owning his own home. Over the course of […]
Corina, founder and CEO of Vegallia, joined Branches’ Micro-Business Program during an exciting time in the life of her business, but a difficult time in her personal life. Corina’s homemade, plant-based gelato was gaining serious attention and her sales were growing. Her product was such a hit in local markets that she was granted the […]
Katherine belongs to the Branches’ Florida City Climb program and is currently in the 6th Grade. Katherine has been a student at Branches since she moved to the United States a few years ago. One day after school, Katherine showed up at Branches very sad because she had received an F on a math test […]
Macdonald Cleaners’s Story
Meet Aziz Khan, the owner of Macdonald Cleaners. Aziz became a part of Branches’ Micro-Business Program in 2020 and has been an active participant ever since. His dry-cleaning business has received business coaching, micro-grant support, QuickBooks plus training, encouragement and more. We are proud to partner with Macdonald Cleaners and to continue supporting the business […]
Geraldo and his two younger brothers grew up at Branches. Their family, who moved to Miami from Haiti, was thrilled to learn about Branches’ programs and immediately enrolled their sons. Geraldo, the eldest of the three boys, took advantage of every opportunity Branches presented him with. From participating in after school tutoring, to adventuring with […]
Claudia is a first-generation American and comes from a hardworking family. At age 18, she recently enrolled in Miami-Dade College where she is studying psychology. As a driven young adult who wants to prepare herself for a successful future and hopefully one day buy a home, Claudia sought out Branches to learn more about finances. […]
Keymarion is the 11th child in a family of 12 children. Transitioning to Kindergarten was very difficult for him. He had not attended any type of preschool or pre-kindergarten program. The first few days, weeks, and months of school were difficult. Keymarion had no experience sitting in a classroom setting, didn’t know his letters and numbers, […]