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$2 Million Granted for Health and Wellness Center
ORLANDO, Fla. (February 23, 2021) – Dr. Phillips Charities, a Central Florida philanthropic grant making organization, recently awarded more than $2 Million in grant support to Central Florida non-profit organizations including: Lift Orlando, The Foundation for Foster Children, and the Coalition for the Homeless.
Lift Orlando received a $2 Million grant to help fund the construction of a 30,000 square foot Health and Wellness Center on the West Lakes Community Campus in Orlando. The Health and Wellness Center will integrate community centered amenities with high quality healthcare services.
Eddy Moratin, President of Lift Orlando said, “We are so grateful for the generous support of Dr. Phillips Charities, who since the founding days of Lift Orlando have believed in the potential of our mission and the promise of The Communities of West Lakes.
This facility will embrace the entire neighborhood family by providing the resources necessary to foster a healthy community, advance financial wellbeing, and promote health and wellness. Since the 1950s the Dr. Phillips family legacy has championed quality healthcare for local Black families. This gift is a tribute to that heritage and an investment in the future generations of our community.”
Lift Orlando helps families build a better life for themselves through education, mixed-income housing, community health & wellness and economic development.
In addition to strengthening the Central Florida community for all its members, Dr. Phillips Charities also believes that investing in children pays future dividends as they grow into productive community members and leaders. Thus, Dr. Phillips Charities made a $50,000 grant to The Foundation for Foster Children that will directly benefit foster children in Central Florida.
The Foundation for Foster Children’s Executive Director, Robert Newkirk stated, “We would like to thank Dr. Phillips Charities’ for the very generous grant which will enable FFC to expand the EMPOWER and Advocacy Program to help even more foster youth in our community develop and maintain meaningful connections through personalized support. Our goal is to ensure all foster youth receive the support needed to achieve success, pursue their dreams, and achieve their greatest potential.”
The EMPOWER Advocacy program helps foster youth ages 14-24 transition to independence as they age out of the foster care system. Not only does the program seek to help build independence, but it strives through guidance, educational resources and academic support, and life skills training and support to build the skills necessary for lifelong success.