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Foundation Seeks Donations
For Thanksgiving Outreach
The Heights Foundation is seeking organizations and individuals to participate
in the Bountiful Blessings Thanksgiving Outreach. Since 1999, the program
has helped families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood of Lee County make
a traditional Thanksgiving meal to share with their families. In 2014, partner agen-
cies, businesses, philanthropic organizations and more than 100 volunteers pro-
vided turkeys and groceries to more than 400 families.
“The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem
Heights neighborhood. We can only do this because of the generous support of our
neighbors who contribute their time and money to support our mission,” said Kathryn
Kelly, president and CEO of the foundation. “Donations of food or Publix gift cards
will help families in our community. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, November
21st and on the 22nd for the outreach event.”
Items needed including turkeys or chickens, white rice, cranberry sauce, boxed pota-
toes, canned vegetables and canned gravy.
Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. until
Thursday, November 19. The outreach event will be held on Sunday, November 22.
Organizations and individuals interested in participating can contact Jody Callahan
at 482-7706 or Jody@heightsfoundation.org. All donations are tax deductible.
Monetary donations can be made on the web at www.heightsfoundation.org.
The Heights Foundation works to build self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights
neighborhood. The mission is to support education and wellness, promote family
and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts.
The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education,
Opportunity, and Enrichment.
Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community.
Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family
apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70 percent Hispanic,
20 percent African-American, and eight percent Caucasian. The poverty rate for chil-
dren in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40
percent below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support
services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located
within the neighborhood.
Lee Community Healthcare
Receives $1.5 Million Federal Grant
Lee Community Healthcare clinics will receive a $1.5 million grant from the
Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) to expand primary care ser-
vices, prevent misuse of emergency departments (ED) and avoid unnecessary
hospital admissions. Lee Community Healthcare is affiliated with Lee Memorial
Health System and provides primary medical care and social services to the unin-
sured and underinsured in the local community.
The grant will support Lee Community Healthcare in its endeavor to increase
access to primary care, improve overall patient health, and enhance patient self-man-
agement of chronic illnesses through hiring additional physicians, ARNPs and support
staff, and increasing the number of exam rooms and needed supplies.
During a 12- month period ending September 2015, over 5,800 of the total
17,035 Lee Community Healthcare clinic patient encounters have been individuals
redirected from the ED where they presented with non-emergent medical issues.
Having Lee Community Healthcare embedded into a well-developed health care
system gives them access to clinical and operational resources and promotes a con-
tinuum of care approach that includes a full range of multispecialty medical services,
diagnostic care, functions that enable the delivery of quality care and in-patient hospi-
The primary purpose of this close alliance is to provide patient care that is fully
integrated into the local healthcare system in a way that results in improved overall
health outcomes. Each patient becomes part of their healthcare team. Partnering with
patients and managing their care with regularly scheduled visits reduces or eliminates
the need for ED visits and hospital admissions.
For more information, visit www.WeCareForLee.org, or your nearest Lee
Community Healthcare. Locations include: Dunbar, 3511 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Boulevard, Suite B, Fort Myers, 343-4910; North Fort Myers, 13279 N. Cleveland
Avenue, 652-4111; and Cape Coral, 1435 SE 8th Terrace, Suite E., 424-2757.
The primary care services grant awarded by AHCA will give more than $28 mil-
lion to 60 health organizations across the state. To view a complete listing of award-
ees, visit: http://ahca.myflorida.com/.
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