Foundation Announces Gift to Senior Friendship Health Center

October 25, 2015

story-foundationThe Moorings Park Foundation Board announced it has made a gift to support the Senior Friendship Health Center of Naples, an organization that has served low income individuals age 50 and over with comprehensive medical and dental services since 1985.

As a result of the gift, the education conference room within the Health Center’s new facility at 2335 Stanford Court, Unit 701 in Naples will be named the “Moorings Park Education Conference Room” for the useful life of the building.

The announcement was made as the Senior Friendship Health Center finalizes arrangements for an event celebrating the opening of its new location. The Grand Opening Celebration will be held Monday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. Those interested in attending may contact Executive Director Allie Harrison via email at

The Senior Friendship Health Center utilizes a nationally acclaimed and award-winning model that includes a staff entirely comprised of volunteer physicians, dentists, clinical, and clerical teams that provide a broad continuum of care for patients in a traditional ambulatory multispecialty center. The providers work to improve the health status of the local population through education, access to maintenance care, and guidance through complimentary social services. The Senior Friendship Health Center manages over 4,000 patient visits annually. Many of the patients served would resort to using local hospital emergency rooms for care if the Health Center’s services were not available. The Health Center regularly detects cancers, returns smiles with new teeth, and restores hope for patients facing difficult diagnoses. Utilizing volunteers allows the Senior Friendship Health Center to maximize the impact of each dollar raised by eliminating the cost of extensive professional staffing.

The mission of the Moorings Park Foundation is to create a culture of philanthropy that affords opportunities to benefit the residents of Moorings Park, its employees, and the greater community. Particular emphasis is placed on supporting agencies and organizations focused on enhancing the lives of seniors. The Foundation Board includes 13 members, including residents of Moorings Park, who serve on a pro bono basis. Individual Board member contributions to the Senior Friendship Health Center were matched by an anonymous Board member donor.

The Moorings Park Foundation continues to expand its philanthropic Community Outreach Program. Other senior focused organizations that have benefited from the Moorings Park Foundation’s philanthropy include the Naples Senior Center and the Golden Gate Senior Center. A program of JFCS, the Naples Senior Center serves adults 60 years of age and older and helps them maintain a healthy, satisfying quality of life by providing services and activities in a nurturing environment. The Center offers a central place for seniors to socialize, receive services, participate in programs, and receive a hot lunch. Founded through a collaboration of Collier Senior Resources, individuals, and local organizations, the Golden Gate Senior Center provides a variety of programs, classes, hot lunches, food pantry, employments assistance, and other resources for seniors and caregivers. Educational seminars, support groups, and events for older adults and caregivers provide needed and valuable knowledge and resources. To address the critical issues of isolation and loneliness, the Golden Gate Senior Center offers arts, crafts, music, computer classes, exercise, social gatherings, and recreational and developmental opportunities for seniors.

In addition to its support of senior focused organizations, the Moorings Park Foundation annually provides scholarships and child care benefits to Moorings Park’s employees and their families. Founded nearly 20 years ago, an ongoing program has given over $1 million to nearly 700 families and students since its inception. A committee reviews applications from employees and their children who are pursuing further education. Some of the students pursue career paths in education or health care while others study in various fields ranging from music to engineering. The Foundation has also provided grants to local colleges and technical schools.

“The mission of Moorings Park is to provide Simply the Best facilities and services for successful aging with professional and compassionate care to each person we serve,” said Lavender. “There is a powerful synergy between that mission and the mission of the Moorings Foundation.”

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