Miami, FL – On March 5, in connection with its Bilzin Sumberg Cares community involvement program, Bilzin Sumberg partnered with United Way of Miami-Dade to support the SSJ Health Foundation in the enhancement and beautification of its affiliated health center in Miami.
90 Bilzin Sumberg attorneys, staff, and their families, along with their counterparts at United Way, gathered at the St. John Bosco Clinic (SJBC) to learn about the clinic’s mission to provide basic primary healthcare to underserved and uninsured individuals in Miami-Dade County. The volunteers then broke out into small groups to paint four patient rooms, three offices, the clinic’s lobby and breakroom. Volunteers also built a picnic table, 20 chairs, and planted 30 plants around the property for the staff to enjoy.
“When we work together and show an unwavering commitment to our community, it reminds us of the positive force we become,” remarked Lori Lustrin, a Partner in the Litigation Group and Co-Chair of the Bilzin Sumberg Cares program, “the experience is extremely rewarding and provides extraordinary value to our community.”
Since 1992, the SSJ Health Foundation has supported the St. John Bosco Clinic to serve children and adults without access to healthcare. As a free clinic serving individuals in Miami-Dade County who are uninsured and living below the 200% Federal Poverty Level, St. John Bosco Clinic strives to keep individuals healthy at the community level without having to seek emergency room care when conditions that can be managed are left untreated and complications arise. In an average year, SJBC serves approximately 1,200 individuals, offers 5,000 medical visits at the clinic, has approximately 900 cancer screenings performed, plus an additional 500 visits offered by volunteer specialists in the community.
About Bilzin Sumberg & Bilzin Sumberg Cares
Bilzin Sumberg counsels clients whose business and legal opportunities and challenges span the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. The firm’s growth has paralleled that of its Miami home base, a region known for its rich cultural, social, and professional diversity. Bilzin Sumberg stands at the center of virtually every major transaction shaping Florida and is at the forefront of the state’s most pressing economic issues – from infrastructure, transit and mobility, to affordability and the diversification of the state’s economy. Bilzin Sumberg lawyers concentrate on services at the heart of both regional and international commerce, including real estate, land development and government relations, environmental, construction, corporate and securities, finance, joint ventures, domestic and international tax and private wealth planning, antitrust, business litigation, and public-private partnerships.
Now in its sixteenth year, Bilzin Sumberg Cares is the centerpiece of the firm's philanthropic activity, continuing the firm's legacy of community service by ensuring that attorneys and staff alike are able to participate in charitable projects, promoting a sense of social responsibility and a "pay it forward" mentality. The program has spanned numerous types of worthwhile initiatives, from cancer walks and toy drives to children's reading programs and pro bono legal clinics.