Conway Lakes Health & Rehab to Host “Share the Care with a Servant’s Heart” Benefit for Two Local Charities Serving the Community’s Most Vulnerable – our Children & the Elderly
July 16, 2013
Servant’s Heart Center & Share the Care, Inc. to benefit from funds raised at a catered Italian dinner & silent auction on Friday, July 19, 2013 at Conway Lakes Health and Rehabilitation Center from 6pm – 8 pm.
[ORLANDO, FLORIDA]—Conway Lakes Health & Rehabilitation Center (Conway Lakes) is inviting area leaders and the entire Central Florida community to “Share the Care with a Servant’s Heart” – a huge benefit taking place at the Conway Lakes facility on Friday, July 19, 2013. Two outstanding area not-for-profit organizations will be the lucky beneficiaries: Share the Care, Inc. and Servant’s Heart Center. Both charities are based in Orange County, and each brings hope and practical help to Central Florida families – one to vulnerable adults and their family caregivers and the other to hungry children and their parents.
Conway Lakes is known for their commitment to the Central Florida community. From their weekly blood pressure and glucose check clinics at Ventura Lakes and local senior centers to their involvement with Providence Academy’s “school-to-work” program for grade school children, Conway Lakes is an engaged and active community partner. “When Jennifer Baker, our community relations liaison came to me and suggested we adopt Servant’s Heart Center and Share the Care as our Conway Lakes charities and that we host a big event to raise money for them, I immediately said ‘Yes! We absolutely have to do this,’” says Matt File, administrator. “These organizations are out in the trenches every day, serving vulnerable kids and adults right here in our neighborhoods – and often doing it on a shoe-string budget. It is a joy to us to be able to support their work in this way and we hope the entire community will come out on the 19th to help support their efforts.”
Servant’s Heart Center (SHC) has been feeding hungry children in Central Florida since 2000. A volunteer-driven, faith-based organization, SHC partners with churches, civic groups, organizations and individuals who have identified children who are in real need. “National averages indicate that one in five children is hungry. In Florida, the statistics are higher; one in four children suffers from food insecurity! At Servant’s Heart Center, we have found some are being cared for by grandparents. Many families are still struggling to recover from the Great Recession and as a result Servant’s Heart Center has widened its reach to include others besides single parent families needing help to feed their children. As a faith ministry powered by a network of volunteers, we rely on continued support from individuals and the generosity of companies like Conway Lakes. On behalf of our volunteers, I would like to thank Matt File and his staff at Conway Lakes for embracing our mission and helping us put food on the table for families in need of help,” says George Norris, President and CEO of SHC.
Share the Care, Inc. (STC) has been serving family caregivers in Orange and Seminole Counties since 1986. “Nearly one in four families is providing care to another adult who needs help caring for themselves. Sixty percent of those family caregivers are employed, trying to juggle the intense demands of their jobs and their loved ones’ health needs as well as other family and home responsibilities. Many others are retired and are sometimes physically unable to provide 24-7 care to for their loved one. They just need a break,” says Mary Ellen Grant, CEO of STC. Share the Care serves family caregivers through six licensed Adult Day Care Centers and many other services. Their largest Adult Day Care Center is located in the Conway area on the campus of Covenant Presbyterian Church. “More than 30 families bring their loved ones to the Conway Adult Day Center each day,” says Grant. “It gives these caregivers tremendous peace of mind knowing that our trained staff will keep them safe and engaged throughout the day. I can’t thank Matt and his team enough for choosing STC as one of their beneficiaries – the funds raised will make a huge difference in the lives of countless families!”
The “Share the Care with a Servant’s Heart” event takes place on Friday, July 19, 2013 from 6 pm -8 pm. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are $20 per person which includes an Italian feast, a drink ticket and desserts. The Silent Auction is also open to the public. All profits will benefit Servant’s Heart Center and Share the Care.
Conway Lakes Health & Rehabilitation Center provides in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation and skilled nursing services for Central Florida residents. Comprehensive services include stroke, cardiac and pulmonary rehab, wound care, restorative therapy, lymphedema therapy, nutritional therapy, infusion therapy, pain reduction and pain management, palliative care services and more. The overall goal at Conway Lakes is to maximize physical wellness, to promote independence and healing and enhance personal dignity. For more information, call 407.353.5983.
Servant’s Heart Center is a not for profit organization formerly established in 2000 to serve single parents and their children. Currently, their mission has been extended to reach out to other families struggling to provide food for their children. The primary purpose of Servant’s Heart Center is to receive, store, and distribute food, hygiene products, clothing, books and literature with encouragement content. Nothing is for sale and the charity is organized in accordance with the provisions of IRS 501 C3.
Share the Care is a 501 (C)(3) not-for-profit organization that has provided compassionate and practical respite services to family caregivers in Orange and Seminole counties since 1986. The mission of Share the Care is to provide services and support to family caregivers, enabling them to maintain their family member at home, delaying or eliminating the need for institutional care. For more information, call 407.423.5311 or visit www.helpforcaregivers.org.
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