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DirecTV and AT&T partner to remodel Miami Gardens children’s home

Clarence Burts was one of about 150 DirecTV and AT&T employees who came together Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 to remodel His House Children's Home, an organization that works with about 160 children who have been abused, abandoned or orphaned.
Clarence Burts was one of about 150 DirecTV and AT&T employees who came together Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 to remodel His House Children's Home, an organization that works with about 160 children who have been abused, abandoned or orphaned. pbosch@miamiherald.com

DirecTV and AT&T partnered for something beyond broadcasting Wednesday when more than 150 volunteers teamed up to remodel the His House Children’s Home in Miami Gardens.

Workers painted and worked on a playground, rebuilt a kitchen and worked on different parts of His House’s 14-building operation at 20000 NW 47th Ave. The organization, which started 26 years ago, works with about 160 children who have been abused, abandoned or orphaned.

Lisa Szydlo-Roque, a senior manager with DirecTV, said the company had worked with His House last December, giving out gift cards for the holidays, but they wanted to do more.

“DirecTV went on a mission to figure out how we could serve in the community, and we realized that Miami didn’t really have anything,” Szydlo-Roque said.

As the planning for the project continued, DirecTV partnered with their program “Piedra, Papel y Tijera,” which devotes episodes to improving schools, orphanages and homes.

“Because of the show, we were able to get a really nice budget for this project,” Szydlo-Roque said.

Moving forward, the new broadcast partners hope to continue partnering on community and volunteer programs.

“The cool thing is we get to do team building and help His House at the same time,” Szydlo-Roque said.

“I’m certain this will become an annual event.”

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