Below you will see a sample of the media coverage and publicity our company, Mia Senior Living Solutions, has received over the years. Much of this recognition has come by virtue of the innovative nature of our work, but more importantly because of the critical societal problem we have successfully addressed. Longevity is a global issue that has huge repercussions on every sector of our society and the world, yet little has been done to address its impact.


As you read the articles to follow you will note that our success has been acknowledged by very prestigious entities, such as Ashoka and Civic Ventures.

Mia's broad recognition bears great responsibility. The rewards we have received go far beyond the monetary and media attention but to the core of what we do. This recognition has strengthened our resolve, proved that we are on the right track and propelled us to succeed were others have failed. It is not just business as usual for Mia; it's what we do because we care.


Note: Since these articles were published our company underwent a corporate rebrand, changing the name from Mia Consulting Group to Mia – Senior Living Solutions.


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South Florida benefits from Ashoka connection

Miami Herald - November 17, 2013 | Nancy Dahlberg

Conchy Bretos was a social entrepreneur long before being a social entrepreneur was cool.

She founded Mia Senior Living Solutions in 1996 with a single housing project in Overtown. "We created a new model providing services to people who live in public housing so they don't have to move from there. It became a model for the nation, received great press, we started getting contracts in West Virginia, New Jersey, Michigan, we started working with public housing authorities," said Bretos, whose daughter Pilar Bretos Carvajal, joined her as a partner in 2001. "We now work in 23 states on 40 assisted-living projects.


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Solution Helps Keep Seniors At Home

CBS NEWS - February 8, 2007 | Melissa McNamara

One Woman Finds A Way To Care For Low-Income Senior Citizens ... And Save Money, Too

It's not every day you meet someone like Conchy Bretos, who has such a big idea, CBS News correspondent Wyatt Andrews reports.

Bretos, who spent years working in state government, is on a mission to rescue low-income senior citizens who might otherwise end up in nursing homes — at state expense.


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Activism Isn't Just For Kids

BusinessWeek - October 16, 2006 | Toddi Gutner

Venture philanthropy is helping retired baby boomers become social entrepreneurs

As Florida's secretary for aging and adult services in the mid-1990s, Conchy Bretos got a close look at a huge population of seniors who were terribly neglected: the elderly poor living in public housing. "I visited seniors who hadn't been out of bed in days," says Bretos. These people often ended up in nursing homes prematurely because they couldn't afford in-home care. Bretos had a brainstorm: What if she brought assisted-living services to public-housing residents who needed just a little help to remain in their homes?


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A Social Solution, Without Going the Nonprofit Route

The New York Times - March 4, 2009 | Marci Albhoer

It used to be that people who wanted to solve a social problem — like lack of access to clean water or inadequate housing for the poor — created a charity. Today, many start a company instead.


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Seniors may be at home, but they're not alone

The Tampa Tribune - December 20, 2009 | Mary Shedden

"Get me out of here."

That's all Bill Moore thought as he lay in a nursing home bed a few years ago. An aneurism had sidelined him, and he hated being there, waiting 15 or 20 minutes for a nurse to help him get to and from the bathroom.


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America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs 2011

Bloomberg Businessweek - Thursday June 30, 2011 | JT

Conchy Bretos saw senior citizens living in decrepit public housing when she was Florida's secretary of aging and adult services in the mid-1990s. Many of those citizens were sent to nursing homes when they could no longer care for themselves. In 1996, after she left government, she asked the city of Miami to let her turn a run-down housing development into a for-profit assisted-living center to give elderly residents enough support to stay out of nursing homes.


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"The Future of Eldercare"

Latina - August 2010

As the former Florida Secretary for Aging, Conchy Bretos saw low-income Latino seniors living in terrible conditions – and it inspired her to create an assisted living facility that anyone could afford. " I saw people ending up in nursing homes who didn't need to be there, but they had no other place to go," says the Cuban-born Bretos. "Private assisted-living facilities cater only to those who can pay thousands of dollars a month – and most Hispanic seniors can't. I felt ashamed to live in a country so rich that neglects this group, and I made it my business to change that."


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Boomers embark on new midlife careers

EmploymentDigest.com - August 11, 2007 | Posted by Bill in Employment News

As she approached her 50th birthday, Karen Doyle made a radical change: She gave up a successful career in marketing and public relations to become a gardener in Fort Lauderdale.


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Building Charities for a New Age

The Chronicle of Philanthropy - September 14, 2006 | Suzanne Perry

Five $100,000 prizes awarded to older people who find innovative ways to help society

A new prize program that aims to help reshape the way Americans view older people has given five awards of $100,000 each to nonprofit leaders — all of whom are at least 60 years old — who are working to solve social problems in an innovative way.


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Ex-Mayor Among Over 60 Prize Winners

The Washington Post - September 5, 2006 | David Crary | The Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode and the father of slain journalist Daniel Pearl are among the inaugural winners of $100,000 prizes being awarded Tuesday to Americans over 60 who devised innovative ways to address tough social problems.


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Awards Honor Those Who Continue Their Labor

Los Angeles Times - September 05, 2006 | Larry Gordon

The Purpose Prizes recognize Americans 60 and up who keep working to help society.

To a San Francisco-based think tank, life begins at 60. So does eligibility for its new cash-laden national prize, being announced today, that rewards Americans who work to solve society's problems and encourages them not to slow down with age.


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Five $100,000 Prizes go to Older Americans for Finding New Ways to Meet Society's Greatest Challenges

SENIORJOURNAL.COM - September 5, 2006

Civic Ventures Presents awards for creative entrepreneurship by seniors

Civic Ventures, a think tank and program incubator helping society achieve the greatest return on experience, today announced the five winners of its first-ever Purpose Prize, a major new initiative to invest in Americans over 60 who are leading a new age of social innovation. Each winner will receive $100,000, the first significant investment in this undiscovered force for the greater good. (Two prizes will be shared by pairs of co-winners.)


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"The need for senior housing grows as baby boomers age"

Affordable Housing, Finance - September, 2002 | Donna Kimura

The graying of America is placing new pressure on public housing authorities (PHAs) to meet the needs of seniors. PHAs across the nation provide approximately 700,000 elderly residents, 62 years and older, with affordable rental housing. In just a one-year period, from 1997 to 1998, the elderly in public housing increased by an estimated 30,000, nearly a 6% jump. It's a sign of what lies ahead.