Thank You for Making The Heights Foundation’s Work Possible

In 1999, The Heights Foundation embarked on a journey to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. Thanks to the many of you that have helped us along the way, we’ve been able to truly impact the lives of the children and adults in Harlem Heights by supporting education and wellness, promoting family and community development, and providing the benefits of enrichment and the arts.

In 2015, The Heights Center & our partners accomplished so much:

heights kids 1This summer, the Heights Center was alive with 120 children enjoying a quality summer camp experience. Our academic, recreation and arts programs support vulnerable kids and ensure they are safe and ready to return to school in the fall.

Our supportive After School program helped 85% of our students to improve their grades in one or more areas and their teachers reported positive growth in the children’s behaviors, effort and motivation.

School Success provided more than 40,000 hours of Afterschool programming, College 101 workshops were offered to teens and 417 students received school supplies.

Family Advocacy provides emergency financial assistance, keeping lights on and helping avoid foreclosure.  More importantly, our advocacy team coached families facing trouble build life skills, connect with employment opportunities and avoid future crisit.  Counseling for children and families in now regularly offered and our team worked with 374 individuals this year.

Arts & Enrichment activities blossomed and children and adults heights kids 2took advantage of art classes, youth sports and fitness classes.  Through a partnership with Gulf Coast Symphony, funded in part by The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, our students kindergarten – second grade are learning to play string instruments.

Pathways to Prosperity programs are growing, GED classes are being completed by more than 50 individuals.  ESL classes have expanded to 3 nights each week, financial management and computer classes are regularly offered.  Our Culinary Arts Job Training program began in January. To date 52 individuals have completed the 14-week programs and 100% are currently employed!

The Heights Medical Clinic, operated in collaboration with Senior Friendship Center and Family Health Centers, Inc., provided medical services to more than 500 individuals in 2015 as well as providing health advocacy programs.

heights kids 3Outreach Programs provided Thanksgiving groceries to 1,245 people and more than 1,000 gifts to the children of Harlem Heights.

We continue to grow our collaborations with other agencies and are proud to serve as lead agency for The Harlem Heights United Way House.  The Heights Center is a place to gather – we have hosted weddings, professional meetings and musical events.  Our 4ourth Friday celebrations bring together hundreds of Harlem Heights community members for fun and fellowship each month.

We rely on your support to carry out our mission – now more than ever.  Your gift is important because it provides resources that can permanently impact the lives of fragile families living in the Harlem Heights community.

Every contribution you make will directly benefit the children and families we serve. Your gift can make all the difference to help build strong, self-sufficient families.  And that makes our whole community stronger.

You can donate online by clicking on this link.

Checks may also be mailed to:
The Heights Foundation
Attn: Kathryn Kelly
15570 Hagie Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908

Please consider making as generous a gift as you can.
Thank you for making our work possible.