Gulf Harbour Memorial Foundation Donates $15,000 to the Heights Foundation
05/09/2013

Gulf Harbour Memorial Foundation Donates $15,000 to the Heights Foundation

Online PR News – 09-May-2013 – Fort Myers, FL – Donation will support completion of medical clinic

(Fort Myers – May 3, 2013) – Gulf Harbour Memorial Foundation donated $15,000 to the Heights Foundation to complete the foundation’s medical clinic. The clinic will provide access to quality health care for low-income, uninsured residents of Harlem Heights and surrounding communities. The clinic will be located at the Heights Center, 15570 Hagie Drive in Fort Myers, and will be run by Lee County Volunteers in Medicine.

“Gulf Harbour Memorial Foundation has been a long-time supporter of the Heights Foundation,” said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of the Heights Foundation. “Their investment in our community will allow us, in partnership with Lee County Volunteers in Medicine, to provide no-cost medical services and health advocacy to our community. We will help people take responsibility for keeping themselves healthy by promoting health and well-being and preventing illness. “

The Heights Center, supported by the Heights Foundation, is a place for education, opportunity, and enrichment. The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the Center’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts. The 14,000 square-foot Harlem Heights Cultural Arts and Community Center opened in February 2013. For more information call (239) 482-7706 or visit www.heightsfoundation.org

About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center
The Heights Center, supported by the Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the Center’s mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts. The 14,000 square-foot Harlem Heights Cultural Arts and Community Center opened in February 2013.

Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 1,200 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 55% Hispanic, 36% African-American, and 9% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% 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.