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GIVING BACK LEGAL SERVICES OF GREATER MIAMI, INC. EEDS YOUR HELP TO HELP OTHERS by Stephanie Lesser Every day, thousands of individuals in South Florida education, disability benefits, family issues, employ- struggle with the hardships of poverty and are unable ment and more. But, facing dramatic cuts in govern¬ to afford the legal services they desperately need. ment funding, LSGMI may have to deny service to When Josepha's daughter died, her two grandsons thousands this year. had nowhere to go. When Juaquin was injured in Af- ghanistan and medically dismissed from the Army, LSGMI depends on private and government fund¬ he was denied Social Security Administration (SSA) ing, pro bono assistance and fundraising efforts to disability benefits. When Santana lost her job, she support their generous work. But with more than and her children faced eviction and homelessness. 500,000 individuals in our community living near or below the poverty line, the demand for free legal ser- With nowhere else to turn, these families faced dire vices has never been greater. Now more than ever, consequences because of their inability to afford le- LSGMI needs your support to continue their valiant gal services. Fortunately, Legal Services of Greater efforts. Miami, Inc. (LSGMI) was able to help. Josepha was quickly awarded custody of her grandchildren, To learn more about LSGMI, to read client stories Juaquin was awarded SSA benefits, and Santana or to make a donation, visit www.lsgmi.org or call was not evicted from her home. 305.438.2531. Your donations are greatly appreci¬ ated and are crucial to helping LSGMI help others. LSGMI is a nonprofit organization that provides free Plus, every dollar spent on LSGMI's services gen- civil legal services to low-income individuals and erates $4.78 of economic impact. With your help, families in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Each LSGMI can continue to serve the needy and make a year, LSGMI helps more than 30,000 people just like positive impact on our community. these with issues related to housing, health care, 90 J U L Y / A U G U S T 2012 SOUTHFLORIDALUXURYGUIDE.COM


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