Release was given on November 11, 2010 of information regarding the “HEROS” luncheon at The Immokalee Housing & Family Services (IHFS). They are proud to announce results of their successful annual fall luncheon, “You’re My Hero” held on November 9th at the Naples Sailing & Yacht Club.
From the minute that MC, Lois Thome, Anchor, WINK News and “Eye on Education” arrived, the excitement stirred with the children, the board members, volunteers, staff and guests that this would be an event to be remembered as a day to honor Heros of many kinds. Lois invited everyone to visit Immokalee to see first-hand the results of IHFS’s efforts and programs. Two resident children then made heartwarming presentations about their heroes, primarily the
teachers, tutors and mentors of our programs who inspired them and helped their families.
In addition, IHFS presented the first ever “Special Hero Recognition Award” to Sister Maureen Kelleher for her over 25 years of outstanding and selfless service to IHFS, their residents and their community.
“We are grateful for the nearly $20,000 contributed by the luncheon attendees, sponsors and auction item donors” said Don Shapiro, Board Chairman. “Our deep felt thanks to all of them.”
Lois Thome mentioned in her presentation that “Education is her passion and a life long journey.” The afternoon was especially meaningful to her as she enjoyed the children’s’ presentations that honored their heroes.
Jim DeCuzzi, Executive Dirctor of IHFS said “We are so appreciative of our staff and volunteers who worked so tirelessly for this event”. He added, “ The generous donations will enable us to continue our work to improve residents’ lives now and in the future.”
Formed in 1985 as Immokalee Non-Profit Housing, here’s glimpse of our successful track record. Immokalee Housing & Family Services currently manages 74 single-family rental units at Timber Ridge and Sanders Pines subdivisions in Immokalee. In 2006 through donations from individuals and community grants each of these homes was refurbished. In 2008, The Carl J. Kuehner Community Center at Timber Ridge opened as the hub for our programs and services.
With your continued support, we hope to maintain and hopefully expand these important and successful programs which include School’s Out Enrichment Programs, an iTeens Community Service and Leadership Development Program, Adult Literacy Program, Early Beginnings Program, Community Gardening and Residents’ Council. Other programs such as health, education and exercises classes are provided to improve the diets and general health awareness of the residents, and to promote a sense of community involvement. In addition we plan to provide safer, affordable, housing at Esperanza Place, a 176 multi-family residential complex scheduled for start of development later this year. To learn more about IHFS please
visit our Web site: www.IHFServices.org.
Immokalee Non-Profit Housing, Inc., d/b/a Immokalee Housing & Family Services, is a tax-
exempt 501(c) (3) organization, registered in the state of Florida, Registration Number CH4734.
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ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
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Contact: Carl J. Kuehner Community Center, 2726 Wilton Court, Immokalee, FL
Jim DeCuzzi, Executive Director, 239.324.2584,
Photos: Lane Wilkinson