Happenings & Stories

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. GRANT

The HDS Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Organization founded to provide mentoring services and opportunities to teens and young adults who have Autism-related disabilities—launched in 2008 by Founder and Chairman, Cristina Gilson-Miranda, the organization funds...

Toolbox for Success

Toolbox for Success

​Cristina Miranda Gilson is the Founder and CEO of HDS Companies. A passionate  Philanthropist, Cristina has been an active supporter of numerous charitable initiatives throughout her life. Inspired through her journey raising her daughters, she has been an avid...

What Your Sister Means to You

Siblings are like flowers from the same garden where each flower has their own unique traits and personalities. Throughout a lifetime, siblings challenge, respect, admire and teach each other life lessons when necessary. As part of our Autism Awareness Month programs,...

Press Release COVID 19 New EIP Guidance Statement

New Guidance about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Beneficiaries from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul “The Treasury Department launched a new web tool allowing quick registration for Economic Impact...

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Goes Virtual

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Goes Virtual

The B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Class from Cypress Bay has gone virtual! Facilitators Kathy Gorman-Gard and Donna Mansolillo have been holding their Life Skills class digitally via Zoom. Although the learning style has changed and students will have to adapt, the class will...

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

  What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges. Although people with ASD don't look physically different, they may communicate, interact,...

HDS Companies Shines a Light on Autism

April is World Autism Awareness Month! World Autism Awareness Month was initially implemented in 2007 by the United Nations to help educate society about Autism and how this global health issue is rising over time. Each year, the HDS Companies joins thousands of...

National Fair Housing Month Awareness

National Fair Housing Month Awareness

Each year during April, we commemorate National Fair Housing Month by increasing efforts to end housing discrimination and raising awareness of fair housing rights. The Fair Housing Act was enacted over 50 years ago, and is designed to protect Americans from...

To Our Valued Agency Clients

During this difficult time for so many, we are reaching out to you and your staff to convey that the HDS Companies (HDS Software and eHousingPlus) successfully transitioned to a Complete Remote Operation BCDR Plan.  Through the hard work of many on the HDS Management...

Wings in Weston

Wings in Weston

The Cypress Bay High School B.R.I.D.G.E.S. class took their weekly community-based instruction trip to Wings in Weston where they were able to practice their budgeting, independence and social skills. Students were seated, and as they looked over the menu, they were...

Cypress Bay BRIDGES Tours the Y

Cypress Bay BRIDGES Tours the Y

Let’s get physical, physical! The Cypress Bay High School B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Program toured the Weston YMCA for their CBI trip in order to familiarize themselves with different physical activity options. First, the class was taken to the weight room to explore the...

Stop, Drop and Roll

Stop, Drop and Roll

The three words children and teens learn in case of a fire are: Stop, Drop and Roll. But not many know what occurs at a fire station, the firefighter’s role, or the training that goes into becoming one. With that being said, the Cypress Bay B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Program took...

CBHS BRIDGES at HDS

CBHS BRIDGES at HDS

The B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students from the Bay made their way to Housing Development Services, Inc. in Weston for their weekly Community Based Instruction trip. This visit gave students and teachers the opportunity to learn more about the different options students can take...

Homestead BRIDGES Discover Their Inner Artists

Homestead BRIDGES Discover Their Inner Artists

As Autism Awareness Month is approaching, the Homestead Senior Highschool B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Program has been exploring their creative side. They visited Painting with a Twist in The Falls for one of their Community Based Instruction trips. Students, Teachers, HDS...

Cypress BRIDGES Class Become Artists for the Day

Cypress BRIDGES Class Become Artists for the Day

Looking for a one of a kind and creative experience to enjoy with your friends? Painting Fiesta is the place to go. The Cypress Bay B.R.I.D.G.E.S. class went on their weekly CBI trip to A Painting Fiesta Art Studio in Weston where they had the opportunity to feel like...

Can You Find the Clues?

Can You Find the Clues?

The Cypress Bay B.R.I.D.G.E.S. class set out on a quest to Peace Mound Park in Weston where students enjoyed a beautiful day outside working together on a scavenger hunt. The class was divided into teams and were given a clipboard, a pencil, and fourteen questions...

HDS Companies Celebrates International Women’s Day

March 8th marks International Women’s Day acknowledging the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. HDS Companies and the HDS Foundation celebrates International Women’s Day highlighting all the achievements our women have accomplished. “We...

Cypress Bay BRIDGES Eats More Chikin

Cypress Bay BRIDGES Eats More Chikin

Chik-Fil-A nuggs and fries? Need I say more?! The Cypress Bay High School B.R.I.D.G.E.S. class headed out on their Community Based Instruction trip to Chik-Fil-A in Weston. Like many other CBI trips, students arrived, looked over the delicious menu, and decided what...

HDS Foundation Supports Teens in Transition

HDS Foundation Supports Teens in Transition

On Tuesday night, the HDS Foundation took our “Toolbox for Success” to Cypress Bay High School for the ESE Post-Secondary Transition Expo. This expo was geared specifically towards ESE students who are not pursuing a traditional 2- or 4-year college program upon...

Super Fest – Big Game Weekend

Super Fest – an inclusive football and cheerleading clinic along with a gameday experience held the day before the Super Bowl. This event gives children the opportunity to feel a part of the football weekend. With that being said, give your child the chance to...

2020 Annual Employee Recognition Celebration

2020 Annual Employee Recognition Celebration

The Annual Employee Recognition Celebration was created to recognize the Milestone Employment Anniversaries and Contributions for the staff of the HDS Companies. Each year we celebrate and acknowledge the 5, 10, 15- and 20-year Anniversary recipients, focusing on...

HDS Celebrates Employee Milestones

At HDS Companies, our employees are our biggest asset. Each year at our Annual HDS Meeting and Employee Recognition event, we honor employee milestones for those who have reached 20, 15, 10, and 5 years of service. In 2018, we honored our first group of...

You Had Me at Pizza

You Had Me at Pizza

Pizza Pizza Pizza! Last week, the Cypress Bay High School B.R.I.D.G.E.S. class took on a three-part pizza challenge that gave students the opportunity to practice their budgeting, independence, development and social skills.   The first part of the challenge took...