Still hope in Lee County for money to help provide children’s programs

April 19, 2018. New-Press.com

Leaders of a movement to bring a Children’s Services Council to Lee County took a hit Tuesday when a motion by Lee County Commissioner Frank Mann to create language for a referendum to bring the issue to voters died for a lack of a second commissioner vote.

The movement, by a group called Pennies For Community Progress, has picked up considerable momentum and support the last two years from business, community and religious groups. They saw the need to fund critical early child hood learning, after school and health care programs that are underfunded. 

Lee County group holding action meeting in hopes to keep kids out of jail

March 20, 2018. ABC 7.

Up to 1,000 people are expected to pack the pews at St. Columbkille Catholic Church Tuesday night for the Seventh Annual Nehemiah Action meeting.

The goal of the meeting is for citizens to confront the county commission and police chiefs from Cape Coral and Fort Myers about keeping children who make minor mistakes out of the criminal justice system.

One local man will share his son’s story. The boy could have been arrested for bringing a toy gun to school, but instead had the opportunity to take part in a diversionary program. Because of that, he was able to go on to play football and graduate.

Church group pushes for change in Fort Myers

October 16, 2017. Fox4.

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Hundreds of people gathered at Mount Hermon Ministries Church in Fort Myers on Monday evening to help make their neighborhoods a better place.

“The beautiful thing about our organization is as you look around, you are going to see different races, creeds,” said Dr. William Glover, the reverend at Mt. Hermon Ministries. “The thing that unites us is the core justice of fairness and everyone benefits from that,” he added.

The Lee Interfaith for Empowerment (L.I.F.E.) works together with 38 congregations, then vote on a cause in order to make Fort Myers a better place to live.

Hundreds gather to call for action on Fort Myers unsolved murder cases

March 28, 2017. Fox4Now.com

FORT MYERS, FL – Close to 800 people gathered at a Fort Myers Church to call for immediate action from city leaders to resolve over a 100 unsolved murder cases.

Lee Interfaith for Empowerment or LIFE, a faith-based organization which aims to find remedies to social injustices, hosted the event at the St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Fort Myers Tuesday.