Friday, December 7, 2012

Caring and Sharing with Myrian Crissien


Catalyst Miami is uniquely defined by five intrinsic values: leadership, collaboration, innovation, self-empowerment, and compassion. Combined, these values tell the compelling story of how individuals connect to our organization and thrive to make a collective impact in their communities. Enjoy staff member Gina Ha's beautiful original paintings and story as they unfold over five days leading up to Give Miami Day December 12. Follow our journey of five noteworthy Catalyst Champions who embody these values

The journey starts with leadership; the ability and willingness to dream with an internal compass (read more)...



Collaboration makes the feat possible, incorporating various gifts from others: passion that fuels, ideas that then radiate (read more)...
Innovation is the unique product of collaboration and the vehicle that drives ideas into reality and stretches realms of possibility (read more)…

Self-empowerment is discovered along the journey at that very moment when the fuel is low and sky is turbulent and that inner push is all that is needed to get through it all to the rainbow in the sky (read more)...

Ask anyone in Homestead where to go if you have a problem, and chances are they’ll refer you to Myrian Crissien. Running Catalyst Miami’s Homestead satellite office for the past 12 years, Myrian has the connections needed to solve almost any problem – whether that problem is with health care, immigration, or economic survival.
 
Officially, Myrian implements Catalyst’s Prosperity Campaign in Homestead. She provides assistance with tax preparation and immigration paperwork, and enrolls clients for health benefits. She follows up too. When a desperate mother came in, saying she had been denied health benefits for her three children, Myrian called the appropriate agency and discovered an error in the mother’s file that was quickly corrected.
 
But Myrian doesn’t stop there. She offers classes for the community on topics from financial literacy to civic leadership to breast cancer awareness. When she realized that many of her clients had trouble filling out forms because they could not read, she began to offer literacy classes after hours. She keeps learning too, researching a recent shift in immigration policy so she can help the young people now flooding her office, asking for help to register for a new deferred action program.
 
Myrian Crissien is a Catalyst Champion. Would you consider being a champion as well? Donate to Catalyst Miami on Give Miami Day on December 12th and be part of our local movement to connect for good.
 

2 comments: