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Inspiring Stories from Keys

The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Miami’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out inspiring stories from Keys below.

Crystal Smith

My name is Crystal Smith born May 25th 1986 to a 16 year old mother who included 4 more siblings by the time she was 22. She moved me to Florida when I was 7 to escape the bigotry and close mindedness of Ohio to start a new life. Life took a dramatic turn for my 4 other sibling and myself. Read more>>

Jesse Acosta

I have been self employed for the last 11 years of my life. I have always had a drive for self dependence and to not be a part of the common rat race. As an elementary school child my parents gave me a gift for christmas it was a toy called creepy crawlies. Read more>>

Deena Hoagland

Island Dolphin Care is a not for profit organization . Since 1997 Island Dolphin care has been providing therapeutic educational and recreational programs . People that attend therapy programs are children, adults, veterans, school groups, families with a variety of special needs, disabilities or critical illnesses. Read more>>

Greg Poland

I started by carrying my fathers camera bag as a child, he loved photography and I definitely caught the bug from him. In high school i took a photography class and loved working in the darkroom, I was on the yearbook staff and just always loved capturing the moment on film. Read more>>

Debbie Goldberg

I was a mental health and drug and alcohol counselor for 18 years in Pennsylvania. In 2014, I attended a workshop for personal development due to a family conflict. For the first time, I looked at what I might be doing that was creating conflict versus blaming someone else. Read more>>

Horacio and Elizabeth Ramirez

I spent many of my childhood years in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. Located in Mexico’s Pacific coast I grew up on my grandmother’s homemade meals and the fresh seafood the coast had to offer. When I arrived to South Florida, I decided to put this knowledge to use and opened one of the first Mexican and Seafood restaurants in Homestead. Read more>>

Nancy Davila

Well since my childhood, I’ve always had a creative mind and always okay with just being by myself as a kid. I remember making castles out of tree branches and old wood my father had lying around from his lobster traps.To most kids, growing up in the Keys was boring, but me…the backyard was my kingdom and my bedroom was my tower. Read more>>

Katherine Oliveras

I was working an office job in Doral while living in Homestead. I was needed in the office every morning at 7:00 AM which meant leaving my home at 5:45 every morning to barely get there in time. My work day would typically end at 4 PM, however the traffic coming home would typically have me arrive to my kids around 6. Read more>>

Sabrina Alvado-Troutman

Well, I was a sophomore in high school about four years ago when this all started. I needed extra money to help around the house with my mom and so I thought, “why not sell something at school?” At first I didn’t know what to sell since everyone else sold chips and candy. Read more>>

Wendy Ivelisse Rosario

Well I’m a crafter at heart. Born in Puerto Rico, raised between Puerto Rico and New York. I grew up in a family where the women were all seamstresses. So it became 2nd nature to me. When my teenage years came along I saw one of my aunts with needle and thread creating a beautiful doily. Read more>>

Rocio Leiva

I have always had a special connection with children. I started working in childcare right out of high school, and I haven’t stopped since. This year ABF had it’s ten year anniversary. We won the Children’s Trust, “Program of the Year” 2017 Champions for Children award! Read more>>

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