Avow was founded in 1983 as Collier County’s original nonprofit hospice. Avow provides comfort, care, understanding and dignity to those who are seriously ill and their caregivers, as well as those mourning a loved one’s passing.
In 2017, Avow partnered with the GSN WeCare Committee, to conduct an eight-week LGBT bereavement support program. The program provides participants with a safe, compassionate environment to share thoughts and feelings, receive support and embrace hope and healing.
This year, Avow received a $15,000 grant from the LGBTQ Fund through the Southwest Florida Community Foundation to expand their LGBTQ programs. In addition to offering support services, Avow is providing education and outreach to elder care facilities, care givers and others concerning issues facing the LGBT community in need of eldercare or senior housing
Social Group for Lesbian women of all cultural backgrounds, in the Cape Coral/Ft. Myers/Naples area. This is a community of women who come together in friendship to socialize and enjoy various activities in and around SW Florida. For more information, visit their meetup page.
Founded in 2017, the Center for Progress and Excellence Inc. provides comprehensive social and behavioral health services to the Southwest Florida region, in order to promote self-sufficiency and personal progress throughout the community, regardless of race, religion, gender, nationality, sexual orientation and economic status.
The Mobile Crisis Team
This team provides a rapid on call service. The team consists of mental health professionals. This effort will reduce barriers and provide on site assessment, timely coordination and appropriate services. By providing individuals with an on-call behavioral health intervention, it can significantly reduce unnecessary Baker acts and provide appropriate and timely assessment, intervention and engagement. A highly trained and specialized mobile crisis unit will assist in managing crisis situations in an effective, holistic and humane manner.
LGBT Transitional Home Many
LGBTQ youth have the added layer of trauma that comes with being rejected or mistreated because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This transitional housing program will empower the young men and women with the tools needed to live independently. The importance of having a secure environment to call home can't be overstated. The unique transitional housing model will encourage the growth of independent, positive and productive adult community members.