At the crossroads of North America, South America, and the Caribbean, Miami is a mix of cultures, languages, economic differences, classes, and nationalities. Within a few blocks, you can try Cuban food in Little Havana while listening to conversations in Spanish, encounter buildings covered by colorful murals in Wynwood while hearing music in English, and take in Haitian music seasoned with Creole in Little Haiti.
Against this diverse background, DOOR Miami’s focus in on redefining service through discussions about faith, solidarity, and compassion while witnessing the contrasts of economic status, class, and nationalities in Miami.
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Discover is DOOR's short term mission trip/service-learning program that includes time for service, learning, and reflection. Read more about the Discover program.
Discover groups stay near the downtown Miami area and serve the the surrounding communities of Little Havana, Overtown, Wynwood, and Little Haiti. Homestead, about an hour from Miami, provides the opportunity to serve within a migrant farm worker environment. The city of Miami will give you the opportunity to hear Spanish, English, and Haitian Creole just blocks away from each other.
Discover participants will serve with agencies across Miami-Dade County. We provide opportunities to work in:
- Homeless shelters
- Transition housing organizations for men at the end of their prison sentence
- Human trafficking related organizations
- Organizations that work with adults with disabilities
- Immigration advocacy organizations
During evening programming, local speakers will bring a different perspective to issues like homelessness, human trafficking, and immigration through testimonies or work experiences in Miami.
- Public transit (bus and train) is available in the Miami-Dade area.
- Miami International Airport (MIA) is the best option for groups flying to Miami. It is close to downtown Miami and has good public transit options.
- Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is another option, but it is 35 minutes from downtown Miami (without traffic) and has very limited public transit service. If you are considering flying into Ft. Lauderdale, please contact the City Director for a conversation about transportation, schedule, and logistics.
- Vans are good for groups to get to and from their service sites.
- Parking considerations: Although the organizations where groups serve may provide parking space, almost every street has parking meters in Miami.
DOOR Miami works with several local churches to host Discover groups. For details about the facility that would house your group, contact the Miami City Director.
Extra Friday nights are not currently available in Miami.
DOOR's Discern program provides summer staff and local yearlong engagement opportunities for young adults. Read more about the Discern program
DOOR Miami's Discern program features:
- Leadership development through work with Discover groups
- Learning about cultural and social issues in Miami, including immigration, homelessness, human trafficking, gentrification, economic contrasts, and more
- Opportunities to build and develop teamwork skills and community mind-set
- Faith development through Bible studies and interfaith and ecumenical conversations
- Service opportunities with organizations across Miami
As a DOOR Miami Discern participant, you will receive:
- Housing with the Discover groups. Depending on the hosting church, Discern participants' spaces may vary.
- Public transportation passes
- Retreats and community activities
Dwell is a yearlong program for young adults interested in dedicating a year to service, intentional community, discernment, and faith development. Read more about the Dwell program.
In Miami, Dwellers will experience:
- A mix of cultures, languages, economic differences, class, and nationalities
- Experiences, encounters, and discussions about homelessness, immigration, gentrification, human trafficking, and more
- Faith development through book studies about spiritual disciplines, issues affecting local communities, and interfaith and ecumenical conversations
- Community days include service projects, book reading reflections, visiting churches to meet pastors and leaders, watching movies or documentaries, going to museums, and more
Local Support and Connections
- DOOR Miami's board members are involved in the Dwell program, leading some community days and workings as mentors
- A great network of pastors and local leaders that serve as mentors for the Dwellers
- A network of former Dwellers who have stayed in Miami after their year of service who continue to be involved in and support the Miami Dwell program
Depending on the number of Dwellers, participants may stay in an apartment or a house in Miami-Dade County.
- Homeless shelter
- Interfaith worker justice/immigration advocacy
- Gun violence prevention program
- Youth after school program/youth mentoring
- Inner city school
- Local church/outreach ministry
- Neighborhood revitalization organization