Florida Memorial University has a total of 156 Bahamian students currently enrolled. Seventy-four (74) are from Abaco and Grand Bahamas Island. FMU Hurricane Task Force led by Ms. Shelia Cohen and Dr. Tameka Hobbs are coordinating efforts with various committees to ensure our students are receiving counseling and support. Here’s how you can help….
FMU is accepting donations:
- You may donate items to support the Bahamas Relief. Items can be dropped off at Central Receiving located on our campus, Monday-Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please contact Chief Terrance Wilson at (305) 626-3771 for additional information, or stop by the Campus Safety office located in the Student Services Building.
Volunteers: (click here)
- Florida Memorial University is partnering with Barrington Irving (alumnus) and his foundation Experience Aviation. Barrington is flying items over to Nassau Bahamas daily for distribution to the islands most impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
- We need Faculty and Staff volunteers to accompany students to the airport to assist with packaging items. If you are available to volunteer, please contact Ms. Shelia Cohen at Shelia.firstname.lastname@example.org or call (305) 626-3197.
Volunteer daily shifts: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
FMU Transportation pick up location: Robinson Circle
Volunteer Site: Atlantic Building | 15000 NW 44th Ave. | Opa-Locka, FL
Bahamian Student Scholarships: (click here)
- Our students’ families were impacted by the storm. Most of them suffered major losses. It is heartbreaking that many of our students will be faced with financial challenges and may not be able to continue their education. We urge you and others you may know to make a gift today to help our Bahamian students remain at FMU. Please take a moment to visit our website and make a donation.
- FMU students have “self-funded” Healthcare Insurance through Payer Fusion which is through PHCF Network Health. Mental Health Crisis Counseling is a covered benefit.
- Students will need “pre-authorization” for these services within the network. The Customer Service number is listed on the back of the insurance card.
- The service network includes Miami-Dade and surrounding counties. Due to the nature of the crisis in the Bahamas students will receive authorization immediately.
- Jessie Trice Student Health Center (305-626-3110) also provides Mental Health Counseling through its satellite clinics i.e., Miami Gardens (183rd and 47th Avenue NW) and the main clinic (62nd and 22nd Avenue). They are able to do the Pre-Authorization on the spot when students walk-in, thus eliminating wait time.
- Ms. Nona Brown located in the Office of Hospitality Services & Scheduling, can also request the pre-authorization through the student’s health insurance for a community mental health referral, thus eliminating wait time.
- Community Connections for Life (786) 657-3276, a Mental Health Center and partial hospitalization agency in Miami Gardens offers an array of services. The agency is prepared to provide short-term counseling to students affected both directly and vicariously, which may have an adverse effect on their mental and emotional well-being. Other services address overcoming trauma depression, anxiety, grief and adjustment disorders that arise from natural disasters on a short-term basis.
Anything affecting our students affects the entire Pride. Should you have any suggestions or ideas on how we can support our Bahamian students, please contact either of the co-chairs immediately. Our students are carrying the weight of fear and uncertainty for their families and academic futures. Let’s do what we can to minimize their concerns.