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Salvation Army has lots to offer in need

September 26, 2012
By DAISY S. ELLIS , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Salvation Army of Southwest Florida is proud to serve the community of Lee, Hendry and Glades counties.

We have a long history in the community of serving the needs of a special and unique population. This has been done through great partnerships and support of organizations like the United Way, Lee, Hendry/Glades county health departments, Lee Memorial Health System, Family Health Centers and many, many more.

Currently, the statistics for uninsured, under-insured and unemployed individuals in our community is alarming. As many of your readers are aware, we offer a vast array of social and healthcare services through our organization, from Bonita Springs to Clewiston.

As many entities, both profit and nonprofit feel the pain of economic hardships and cut-backs, we are in the process of truly designing best practices where we can effectively collaborate with our community partners.

We would like to be part of the solution to making healthcare accessible through education, prevention and intervention. We have a large variety of resources in the community; however, we still have a significant population that is in need. Many of our clients have limited accessibility and transportation barriers that use the emergency department as primary care or acquire no care at all.

These costly decisions affect us all. To expand our services and our mission through the agenda of serving others and not self, we have a wonderful opportunity to support your agency or organization.

The Salvation Army has on staff, two registered nurses, two licensed practical nurses, one volunteer nurse practitioner, volunteer pharmacist and several outreach case managers.

We would like to extend the services of our healthcare team to partnering agencies that may have projects, outreach needs, community education and other activities, but may be limited in physical resources. Our goal is to participate in communitywide activities that seek to protect, maintain and positively affect the health of the community through education and prevention.

Our staff can provide counseling, education, presentations in various settings, social service referrals, home visits and outreach services for the homeless and underserved. The objective of this service is to talk to people in our community about their health and social service needs, learn about being healthy and, most importantly, how to be independent and a health advocate for self and others.

Please let us know how we can collaborate a mutual effort with other agencies to assist our community. We look forward to developing our partnerships and working toward the success of serving those in need.

Our mission is to provide assistance to those in social-economic need, without regard to age, race or religion through diversified programs, counseling and continued assessment designed to promote self-sufficiency and making a difference for one life at a time.

All services are delivered utilizing Christian principles. I would love an opportunity to further discuss how we can accomplish these endeavors.

Daisy S. Ellis is the medical and outreach services director for the Salvation Army in Fort Myers. Contact her at (239) 334-3745, ext. 109.



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