From Ashes to Beauty

By Regan Kramer
Branches is a place where students climb against the odds to build successful lives spiritually, academically, and socially. The community center in Florida City exists students from K through 12th grade, primarily serving low-income families in an after school program.

Kim Torres founded Branches after volunteering with the Florida City community in 1993, doing hurricane relief work. Both her and the churches she was volunteering with saw the immense need to have a place where kids could find hope to overcome the many challenges they faced in their community.

Kim and Branches have faced countless challenges and struggles along the way, but can look back and tell a beautiful story of calling, hope, and reconciliation.

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Date Posted

August 25th, 2015