Goodwill to Break Ground on LaBelle Apartment Complex: "Palmetto Ranch" Will Provide 14 Units for People with Physical Disabilities

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. is preparing to break ground on what will be its 13th housing complex, and first in Hendry County.

LaBelle, FL, February 11, 2009 --( On Friday, February 20 at 9:30 a.m., Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida ( will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking for “Palmetto Ranch,” a 14-unit apartment complex for people with developmental disabilities.

Palmetto Ranch will be Goodwill’s thirteenth housing complex in Southwest Florida, and first in Henry County. At the completion of the two-phase project, Palmetto Ranch will provide 28 HUD-approved units specially designed to accommodate people with physical disabilities.

Each of Goodwill’s barrier-free housing communities has an on-site community room, laundry room and picnic/patio area. Accessible apartments are constructed with conveniences like assistance railings, widened doorways, roll-in showers, and lowered sinks, countertops, and mirrors.

“This is hugely important to LaBelle and the whole area,” says Hendry County Housing Authority Commissioner Sherri Denning, who is also a member of Goodwill’s Board of Directors. “There aren’t very many accessible units for people with disabilities in our area, especially ones that are close to town and are suitable for families to live in.”

Goodwill’s housing division, Southwest Florida GWI Housing, provides barrier-free housing for persons with physical disabilities providing the opportunity for affordable, convenient, independent living to enhance the overall quality of life.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc.
Kirsten O'Donnell
239-995-2106 ext 211
For more information about Southwest Florida GWI Housing, please call (239) 995-6100