Agencies Supported by Parish Outreach Funds
Abuse Counseling and Treatment Center (ACT): A shelter for abused women and their children. The Center offers instruction in parenting, budgeting, and job search, as well as opportunities for counseling and therapy. Above all, it strives to empower its residents with tools for creating a successful life.
Africaid: An organization devoted to supporting young girls' education in Africa. We specifically support the KIZA program, providing teen girls with a two-year leadership training program.
Agape Flights: Provides mail and supplies to missionary families in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. These private flights are scheduled on a weekly basis and are often the only means of obtaining supplies from the United States.
Alliance for Fair Foods: A consortium of workers determined to provide better living wages as well as decent working conditions for all agricultural workers in the Immokalee area, which is one-hour away from Sanibel. The organization has been cited by the Clinton Global Initiatives as the best workplace monitoring system in the United States.
Community Cooperative Ministries (CCMI): Provides food servicesm, job training, and referral services to needy persons in Lee County. They have also begun a food service called the Everyday Cafe as a means to serve the poor with dignity and respect. They also stock and provide mobile food pantries.
Community Housing and Resources (CHR): Provides housing at below-market rates to many who work or have retired on Sanibel. CHR currently has ninety-six units on the island.
Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO): A global Christian organization that equips people with agricultural resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve the lives of the poor.
El Hogar: A mission created to transform and empower abandoned and hopelessly poor children in Honduras by providing a loving home and education. El Hogar's goal is for these children to fulfull their ultimate potential as productive, caring and independent Honduran citizens.
F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva: Located on Sanibel, this organization provides a food pantry as well as budgeting and tax preparation, resume preparation, English As a Second Language (ESL), home companions, and meals on wheels. It also may provide limited funds for medical costs and utility expenses. It also loans crutches, walkers and other simple medical devices for those in need.
Gladiolus Learning & Development Center: This child care center for children in the Harlem Heights neighborhood (formerly known as Brightest Horizons), provides educational and developmental child care for low-income working families. Each working parent is requested to pay part of the tuition for each child, based on ability to pay.
Guardian ad Litem Foundation (Voices for Kids): A program designed to help support young people as they go through the legal system. This is not a legal service, but a support system during a stressful and difficult time. Volunteers make court appearances with their assigned young person, but do not make any legal statements or offer legal opinions. In addition, Voices for Kids provides beds for young people, fostered by the county.
Habitat for Humanity: Habitat builds homes and rehabs existing homes with donated funds and materials as well as volunteer labor. Habitat then sells the homes to families with zero-interest mortgages, also educating families as to how to maintain their home, and how to manage finances.
Harry Chapin Food Bank: Suppies many local organizations who feed the needy in Lee County. Every donated dollar provides six dollars of food. They also currently suppy mobile food pantries which can supply 500 households with 18,000 pounds of food in one afternoon.
Human Trafficking Awareness: This organization has several programs designed to work with hospital workers, mall workers and fast food employees to identify signs of human trafficking. St. Michael's specifically supports a 10-hour prevention program called "Art Reach" for at-risk youth.
Lighthouse: Provides training and support for the visually impaired living in Lee County and surrounding counties. In addition to many programs to assist and support then, there is a new program specifically to teach young children (ages 6-14) life skills. The goal of this organization is to support all visually impaired persons to live independently.
The Literary Council of the Gulf Coast: Provides literacy training for people of all ages with special consideration for at-risk, and low-income immigrants, who need to learn English in order to obtain work, and improve their quality of life.
Our Little Roses Missionary Society: An orphanage for abandoned and abused young girls in Honduras. The school educates these young girls in a desperately poor country, providing girls up to age 17 with a warm, caring home, education and life skills for a population otherwise forgotten. Further education is possible at college level.
Practical, Academic, Cultural & Educational (PACE) Center for Girls: A Fort Myers non-residental school program for at-risk teenage girls. These young women have been referred to the program by the court system and may attend PACE for up to 15 months. This program, with a high success rate, supplies a warm, caring support system designed to return students to high school to earn their degree. The program offers computer skills, career and job counseling, as well as life skills counseling.
Pine Manor Improvement Association: This service organization offers a variety of assistance to the 3,000 families and children living in the Pine Manor neighborhood in Fort Myers. Pine Manor has been designated as a blighted area by Lee County, identifying this area as in need of direct social service activity. The Association offers young children and teen programs, a food pantry, job counseling, and training in a special Culinary Arts Training Program.
Salvation Army: Provides a wide spectrum of services for a population of low-income, indigent and homeless people. The Salvation Army provides temporary shelter, clothing, medical care and food. It includes a Family Services Unit with services such as job counseling, meals, personal supplies, and bus passes to homeless women and children.
Sanibel Sea School: This local marine biology school offers young children opportunities to learn about the ocean and its inhabitants in a creative, hands-on learning environment. We specifically support a program for a locally poor neighborhood in Harlem Heights, Fort Myers, where children learn to understand and respect the delicate marine environment.
Santo Tomas: An Episcopal Church project in the Dominican Republic, supported by six other dioceses. Santo Tomas is a project supported by the Episcopal Church Women Chapters of Southwest Florida.
Society for the Increase in Ministry (SIM): A national organization, established in 1857, that offers need and merit-based scholarships to Episcopal seminarians in the United States.
South Fort Myers Food Pantry: A free-choice food pantry that feeds the hungry in our area of South Fort Myers. This food pantry has expanded over the past several years and distributes to approximately 200 families each week. It is located at Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church.
Take Stock in Children: A mentor-based program serving 7-12 graders in the state of Florida. Very bright, at-risk students, supported by teachers and parents, are offered an opportunity to work with a mentor. The role of mentor is to be supportive and to provide active listening as the student faces specific challenges in school work. The goal is to break the cycle of poverty through education.
Episcopal Relief and Development is the national church agency which responds to the on-going and emergency needs of the world.
Habitat for Humanity of Lee County is one of the most successful Habitat affiliates at building houses for low-income families.
The Church in Jerusalem receives a contribution from our church each year to indicate support for their mission.