Fort Myers, FL, November 08, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The ribbon cutting of the Harlem Heights United Way House and Heights Medical Clinic will take place on Wednesday, November 13 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m at The Heights Center, 15570 Hagie Drive, Fort Myers 33908. The ribbon cutting will take place at 9:30 a.m. and tours of the facilities will begin at 10:00 a.m. Refreshments will be provided.
The Heights Center partners with the United Way to serve as the Harlem Heights United Way House, coordinating programs and resources of the United Way network. The Heights Center serves as a site for Senior Friendship Centers, Goodwill Job Link, and VITA tax preparation services among many other programs and services. “The opportunity to meet the needs of the Harlem Heights community in one convenient location is a great benefit to the neighborhood,” said Cliff Smith, President of the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades.
The Heights Medical Clinic, located at the Heights Center, provides access to free medical primary care and health advocacy for low-income, uninsured members of the Harlem Heights community. The clinic is run by Lee County Volunteers in Medicine. “Harlem Heights is a distressed community that is medically underserved. Adults are experiencing diabetes and its lifelong complications at a rate twice that of members of typical communities,” said Andrea Kuzbyt, Executive Director of Lee County Volunteers in Medicine. “The Heights Medical Clinic will help us achieve our mission of providing access to healthcare for the uninsured as well as helping individuals keep themselves healthy and productive. Additional volunteer medical practitioners interested in assisting in the operation of the clinic are welcome to contact us for more information.”
“Our alliances with the United Way and Lee County Volunteers in Medicine allow us to leverage our resources to better serve the Harlem Heights community,” said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation. “Together we can operate more efficient programs, gain from each other’s strengths and reach more people who can benefit from our services.”
The Heights Foundation supports the Heights Center, a place for education, opportunity, and enrichment. 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 in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.
Reservations for the ribbon cutting are appreciated and can be made by visiting www.heightsfoundation.org or calling (239) 482-7706.
About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center
The Heights Center, supported by the Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. We work 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.
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.
For more information visit www.heightsfoundation.org or call (239) 482-7706.