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is made up of volunteers. “We want people to know that when they give to us, 100 percent of that money is staying locally, that our Restore covers 100 percent of our operating cost. What is left over goes strictly toward home construction,” emphasized Pallone.

clothing, furniture. Forty percent of our budget for the year is funded by our two thrift stores in Dundee and Lake Wales,” explained Morrow. The organization is also supported by fundraisers such as ‘Run Like You Care 5/10K’ and their annual golf tournament.

In Polk County, the Lake Wales Care Center, at 140 E. Park Ave., is a faith-based ministry that has been “building bridges between people in need and people with a desire to serve” for 31 years. “In 2015, we had 2100 volunteers that did 88,000 volunteer hours,” said Mike Morrow, Director of Resource Development.

Hospice of Okeechobee began over 30 years as a community hospice that provided support to those in their final days/ hours. Established in 1983, the Hospice of Okeechobee was founded by a group of local individuals who saw the need for hospice care in Okeechobee. Working out of the funeral home, Paul Buxton and two friends Fran Syfrett and Dorothy Bulger would go to peoples homes and provide support for the patient and the family. Over time, hospice became regulated and a formal business, so these three took on the work of creating a board of directors and getting the necessary licenses, and all the many different permits and numbers to operate a formal hospice. The staff provides care either in the person’s home or at The Hamrick Home, a 12 bed hospice home with in-home nurses and a “next best thing to home” environment.

The Care Center's programs offer transitional housing in 21 apartments at five properties, provide mentoring and job training for the homeless, give support to expectant mothers at the Choices Pregnancy Care Clinic, and sponsor weekly events and music at their Youth Coffee House. “This summer we are also doing a Stay at Home Work Camp, where we come and do home repair projects for people in the community that can't afford to hire professionals,” Morrow said. The organization is also the contracted provider for Meals on Wheels in Frostproof, Lake Wales and Dundee. “There are many ways people can give back to their community. They can of course do it financially, but also by donating items they don't want or need any more,

Lake Wales Care Center

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In order to provide five star hospice care, Hospice of Okeechobee holds several fundraisers throughout the year. Two fundraisers are the Boots & Pearls Gala, a dinner and dance with a silent auction and live auction of art work by local artists and the annual Festival of Trees, where trees are decorated and donated by individuals,

Heartland Living Aug-Sep 2016  
Heartland Living Aug-Sep 2016  

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