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Michelle Hudson

Suncoast Credit Union helps fund Mentored Living Program

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Suncoast Credit Union has donated $15,000 to the Mentored Living Program to help provide a brighter future for the mothers and their babies at Our Mother’s Home.

The Mentored Living Program provides 24-hour all-inclusive mentoring for adolescent foster girls with babies. The program includes curriculum-based parenting classes, life skills training, physical and mental health, education, and other activities.

The program enables the foster girls and their babies to live together while learning necessary life and parenting skills needed to care for their child independently and safely once they age out of foster care. The goal is decrease the rate of high school drop outs among this unique population.

“We are thankful for the support of Suncoast Credit Union. Their generosity enables Our Mother’s Home to continue its mission to mentor young ladies and strengthen their parenting skills,” said Trisha Ryan, Our Mother’s Home Board President.

Our Mother’s Home provides a safe and nurturing home environment for up to 10 teen mothers and their children, many of whom have been in foster care or victims of human trafficking. The organization offers support to any pregnant or postpartum teen after their first trimester

For more information about Our Mother’s Home, call 239-267-4663 or email

Our Mother’s Home holds annual Fundraising Breakfast

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Our annual Love & Appreciation Breakfast was held February 9 at Miromar Lakes Beach and Golf Club.

Among the donations we received during the breakfast was a $10,000 check from sponsor Swinging with Purpose. Barbara Saxton, of Leaders Engage and Develop, donated $200 from local community leaders, and Audrey Brooks from Living Local donated $500.

Honorees included Charlie and Wanda Hurt and Nicole Hurt Hickey, who became Trustees and donated $10,000 this year.

In addition to the Hurt family, Bill Zeeb, Bill Skidmore and other supporters were recognized.

Thank you to everyone!

Community can help Our Mother’s Home win $25,000 grant

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Our Mother’s Home is among 200 causes nationwide competing for $25,000 grants from the State Farm® Neighborhood Assist program.

The Top 40 organizations with the most votes will receive the grants. The Fort Myers nonprofit agency is looking for community support to help push it to the top of the list. Voting is from Aug. 16 through Aug. 25 and anyone with a valid email address can vote 10 times per day. Votes can be cast at

State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhoods, received 2,000 submissions across the country. At least one cause was received from every state. The State Farm Review Committee selected the top 200 finalists.

“We are proud to be chosen as one of the top 200, and now we are counting on our supporters and the community to help make us one of the 40 that receives the grant,” said Karen Watson, Executive Director of Our Mother’s Home. “For any nonprofit agency, every dollar counts. This is a chance for everyone to get involved and help raise money for our organization by simply visiting a website and clicking to vote for us.”

Our Mother’s Home is a residential program for teenage foster mothers and their babies to remain together. The mothers learn skills they need to be independent and self-sufficient, breaking the cycle of abuse, neglect and generational poverty. The agency has helped more than 300 mothers and children over the last 17 years.

On Good Neighbor Day, Sept. 28th, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced at and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to each of the affiliated nonprofits.

“Neighborhood Assist is another example of State Farm successfully turning caring into doing in communities all across the U.S.” said Kellie Clapper, State Farm Assistant Vice President. “The communities themselves play an important role in inspiring people to rally and vote for these important causes.”

To vote for a cause, go to through August 25.