This year, on Non-Profit Day, we’re excited to highlight the impactful work being done by the team at the HDS Foundation. Our mission is to support teens and young adults on the Autism Spectrum as they embark on their journey through high school and beyond.
Our programs, B.R.I.D.G.E.S., Social Activities, and College Mentors, are designed to equip students with essential life skills. These skills empower them through their transition into adulthood.
🔗 B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Program: Bridging the gap between high school and post-secondary, this program focuses on key life skills that help pave the way for independence and self-sufficiency.
🎉 Social Activities: Through various engaging social activities, we create a nurturing environment that promotes social interactions, friendships and boosts self-esteem.
🎓 College Mentors: Navigating the world of higher education can be challenging, especially for those with differing abilities. Our College Mentors program offers invaluable guidance, ensuring a smoother transition into college life and helping our students to become successful adults.
We accomplish our mission through our donors’ generosity, the unwavering support of Cristina Miranda Gilson, and the HDS Companies. Their contributions directly impact the lives of these exceptional individuals, enabling them to flourish and thrive.
Today, as we celebrate Non-Profit Day, let’s take a moment to appreciate every single person who plays a role in making a difference in the lives of our students. Together, we’re building a brighter and more inclusive future. 🌟
Today, HDS Companies celebrates a significant milestone; our 25th anniversary, marking a remarkable journey of growth and transformation. What began as a small agency has evolved into the leading provider of diverse business solutions and professional technical services to the North American Affordable Housing and Community Development Market.
Throughout the years, our unwavering commitment to delivering groundbreaking solutions, fostering employee diversity, and giving back to the communities we serve has remained at the core of our values. We proudly celebrate this milestone and look forward to continuing our mission to deliver exceptional client centered solutions and services through decades of innovation, talent, and expertise and positively impacting the U.S. Affordable Housing and Community Development Market.
Reflecting on 25 Years of Excellence:
Since our establishment in 1998, HDS Companies has maintained its position as a leading provider of cutting-edge software and professional technical services in the Affordable Housing and Community Development Market. The key to our success lies in our unwavering commitment to innovation, talent, and expertise. We have continually evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients and our industry by investing in reimagined solutions and providing comprehensive training to ensure exceptional customer service.
Embracing Employee Diversity:
At HDS Companies, we firmly believe in the importance of diversity and inclusivity within our workforce. We understand that for our success, our team members should mirror the diversity of our clients and communities. To achieve this, we actively foster a culture that values differences and encourages the expression of diverse perspectives. By hiring individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, we sustain a workforce that embraces inclusivity and promotes innovation.
Values that Drive Our Success:
We are guided by core values that contribute to our success. These values include Integrity, Leadership, Excellence, Accountability, and Diversity, as well as Teamwork, Empathy, and Community at HDS (#ILEADTECH). By upholding these values, we ensure a strong foundation for our operations and maintain our commitment to client satisfaction and community engagement.
HDS Corporate Management Team
- Cristina Miranda Gilson, Founder & CEO
- Abdul Mondol, President, Housing and Development Software
- Paloma Miranda, Senior Vice President of Services
- Elena Miranda, Vice President of Business Development
- Judith Graver, Esq., Vice President of Operations and Risk Management
- Andrew Moffitt, CTO/CSIO
- Debora Stevenson, Director of Administration & Finance
A Florida-Based Success Story:
Our headquarters are located in the vibrant Town of Miami Lakes, but we operate across multiple locations with dedicated team members in Georgia, Vermont, Ohio, Nebraska, Colorado, and California, where they work remotely to serve diverse markets. We take great pride in holding various certifications, including the State of Florida Department of State Certification of Good Standing, the State of Florida Women & Minority Business Certification, and the National Women’s Business Enterprise Certification. These certifications underscore our commitment to excellence and our contributions to the local and national economy.
Expansion and Commitment to Social Responsibility:
Throughout the years, we have expanded our operations through strategic acquisitions and the launch of the HDS Foundation, a nonprofit organization. In 2021, we acquired Emergency Rental Assistance software, known as HDS Allita, further solidifying our commitment to supporting communities in need. Our dedication to addressing social and economic needs has created a win-win situation for our business and the communities we serve.
Housing and Development Software (HDS), eHousingPlus (eHP), and HDS Allita:
HDS Companies comprise of our business divisions: Housing and Development Software (HDS), eHousingPlus (eHP) and HDS Allita. HDS provides cutting-edge business technology software tailored for the Affordable Housing and Community Development Market. With a remarkable track record of successful projects, we have empowered Affordable Housing Agencies across the country to accomplish their missions efficiently and effectively. eHousingPlus specializes in Program Administration and Compliance services for single-family and homeownership programs. With a solid commitment to excellence, eHousingPlus has built invaluable relationships and provided comprehensive training to lenders nationwide. By managing multiple homeownership programs nationally, eHousingPlus has become a trusted partner in the industry. Acquired by HDS Companies in 2021, HDS Allita provides a niche opportunity to extend our affordable housing offering to include solutions supporting some of the largest national disasters we have endured. This includes the number one, and top national COVID relief programs that deliver direct emergency assistance to tenants and landlords to prevent homelessness.
As HDS Companies celebrates its 25th anniversary, we pridefully reflect on our accomplishments. With a leadership team boasting over 300 years of combined experience in the Affordable Housing industry, we are well positioned to lead and innovate for many years to come. We remain committed to our team, our clients, and the Affordable Housing and Community Development Markets as we embark on a future filled with promise and growth. Together, we will continue to make a difference and create positive change.
We thank you for being part of our journey and invite you to follow us in our yearlong celebration!
At the end of the 2022-2023 academic year, the HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. class concluded with an informative session featuring Marina Miranda as the last guest speaker for its Career Series. Marina, who graduated from UCF, shared her journey and expertise with the class. Her educational background includes degrees in Biology-Zoology, a Business Minor, and a Theme Park & Attraction Management Certification. Following these impressive achievements, she pursued further studies and obtained a Master’s in Hospitality & Tourism Management.
Marina embarked on her professional journey in the hospitality and tourism industry when she gained valuable experience as an Attractions Attendant at Universal Orlando Theme Park, specifically working on the renowned “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” ride. She then participated in the Disney Hospitality Leadership Program as an intern. Following her internship, Marina accepted a job with the Disney family. She brought a wealth of knowledge and firsthand experiences to share with the students, particularly from her background in working at the Orlando parks. During her session, Marina inspired the students and offered recommendations in the hospitality industry, including tips on computer animation, which plays a crucial role in operating theme park attractions.
Working at the famous “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” ride allowed Marina to witness the magic of bringing stories to life and providing memorable experiences for park guests. Through her role, Marina discovered her love for creating immersive environments that transport people into the world of their favorite characters. This passion drove her to explore new opportunities within the industry.
Marina excitedly announced her upcoming venture into the Disney family. With Disney renowned for its exceptional guest experiences and attention to detail, Marina felt it was a natural progression for her career. She emphasized the importance of finding an organization that aligns with one’s values and passion, which can significantly enhance professional growth and job satisfaction. Marina’s transition to Disney symbolized her commitment to further excel in creating magical moments for park guests.
Special thanks to Marina, whose visit to the HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. class marked an exciting end to the school year, leaving the students inspired and motivated to pursue their passions in hospitality and tourism.
Every year, the HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students eagerly anticipate their final Community-Based Instruction field trip, where they enjoy a delicious lunch at Japan Inn. Over the last two weeks, both HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. classes had the opportunity to enjoy lunch celebrating the end of year at Japan Inn.
The highlight of their lunch is undoubtedly securing front-row seats at the hibachi table, where they witness the culinary spectacle performed by skilled chefs. With onions, the chef crafts a smoking volcano while forming a “beating” heart using rice, eliciting enthusiastic reactions from the students. Many students even captured the chef’s captivating cooking show on video to share with their families upon returning home.
The students each chose their meal from the hibachi menu, which featured delicious options like chicken, steak, or shrimp, accompanied by rice and fresh vegetables. As they enjoyed their meals, the students socialized and spent time with their friends. During the meal, Kaitlyn asked about the minimum age requirement for employment at Japan Inn. Upon learning that applicants must be at least 16 years old, Kaitlyn expressed her interest in completing a summer job application.
Once everyone had finished their meals, our HDS Program Managers, Liz Falk, and Meagan Bouscher, pleasantly surprised each student with a special basket of treats and a generous $25 Gift Certificate from the HDS Foundation. We take immense pride in the accomplishments of the HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students throughout the year. Many students successfully obtained driver’s permits and licenses, while others secured employment at Publix. Furthermore, we are thrilled to announce that five students will graduate this year, marking a significant milestone in their educational journey.
As we eagerly anticipate the 2023-2024 school year, we extend our warmest wishes for a safe and joyful summer to all our students, teachers, and families.
In celebration of National Water Safety Month in May, the HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students are embarking on a two-week program at the Y.M.C.A. to acquire fundamental water safety knowledge. This includes essential skills like floating, treading water, and holding their breath underwater. In collaboration with the local Y.M.C.A., the public schools have joined forces to raise awareness about the risks of unintentional drowning incidents and provide swimming lessons for all students.
Throughout the water safety program, students will learn basic water safety techniques and develop social skills related to aquatic environments. These encompass respecting personal space in the pool, refraining from splashing others, walking cautiously near the pool area, and adhering to appropriate conduct in the locker rooms while changing out of their bathing suits.
We are very proud of the HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students as they continue their daily practice of water safety!
This year, on Non-Profit Day, we're excited to highlight the impactful work being done by the team at the HDS Foundation. Our mission is to support teens and young adults on the Autism Spectrum as they embark on their journey through high school and beyond. Our...
Today, HDS Companies celebrates a significant milestone; our 25th anniversary, marking a remarkable journey of growth and transformation. What began as a small agency has evolved into the leading provider of diverse business solutions and professional technical...
At the end of the 2022-2023 academic year, the HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. class concluded with an informative session featuring Marina Miranda as the last guest speaker for its Career Series. Marina, who graduated from UCF, shared her journey and expertise with the class. Her...
Every year, the HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students eagerly anticipate their final Community-Based Instruction field trip, where they enjoy a delicious lunch at Japan Inn. Over the last two weeks, both HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. classes had the opportunity to enjoy lunch celebrating...
In celebration of National Water Safety Month in May, the HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students are embarking on a two-week program at the Y.M.C.A. to acquire fundamental water safety knowledge. This includes essential skills like floating, treading water, and holding their...
Eric, a former HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. student, came to share his post-secondary journey with the class. Eric's decision to defer his graduation and enroll with ARC Broward School of Higher Education has proven to be an excellent experience. Through this program, Eric has...
Today, the HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students enjoyed attending a presentation by Robert Diaz, the Senior Director of the Title III HIS STEM ACCESS Project Grant at Broward College. During the session, Robert introduced the students to the diverse range of programs, degrees,...
Leading up to Mother's Day, the HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. teachers designed the lesson plans to teach their students valuable life skills and prepare them to surprise their mothers with thoughtful presents. The lesson involved buying a card, a box of chocolates, and a plant...
For this week’s Career Series, the HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students were delighted to have the opportunity to connect with Digital Artist Mike Spring via Zoom. Given the students' keen interest in pursuing Digital Art as a career path, Liz Falk, HDS Foundation Program...
The HDS B.R.I.D.G.E.S. students headed out on a Community-Based Instruction (CBI) field trip to one of their favorite places, Mission BBQ. They enjoyed a delicious lunch with their teachers and peers. Students practiced their independence by ordering and paying for...